Scary Indy Headlines – Nuclear Edition

Soviet nuclear submarine emitting radiation ‘100,000 times normal level’ into sea, scientists find! It’s actually quite an interesting story - Soviet nuclear sub wreck found, actual images, cold war secrecy etc. here. But that deliberately scary headline, wow. 100,000 times!! It...

Cheddar Man Tells Us Something Different About Race And Immigration

It is depressingly true that much science - for example, of the roots of homo sapiens and thus of humanity - is politicised. Rather than a description of what happened we get things distorted through the lens of what...

Donkey Intelligence Is Heritable – A Bit. Bang Goes The Lefty Theory Of Education

There is a particularly idiot belief over in some corners of the left that we human beings are just tabula rasa. The human being, at birth - or perhaps conception - is not just equal in moral worth to...

You’re Right, Your Mobile Is Vastly More Powerful Than The Apollo Computer

A nice little working through quite how much more powerful your iPhone is than the Apollo computer that took men to the Moon: Would your mobile phone be powerful enough to get you to the moon? Many people who are old...

No, Really, Humans Eated The Megafauna Into Extinction

The Observer gives us a listing of five megafauna that are, sadly, no longer with us. Well, actually, with Megalodon we're probably rather happy they're not. Sharks four times the size of Great Whites would make surfing a more...

Crimea Fried Ostrich – And Then We Eated It

Another marker to put down about the extinction of the varied megafuana. A lot of which went extinct just as human beings - or varied ancestors of - turned up in the same area. The usual bit being that...

Puppy Dog Eyes – Mickey Mouse And Neoteny

That puppy dog eyes have developed to control us human beings is true. But how lovely it is to find an article about evolution that actually gets the mechanism right: In a project that has all the makings of...

Maybe Life On Europa – No, The Moon, We Know Juncker’s Pickled

One of those oddities, an interesting and informative article at The Conversation. If there's salt on Europa then what sort of salt is it? Life on Jupiter’s moon Europa? Discovery of table salt on the surface boosts hopes Europa, a...

Of Course Pregnancy Is At The Limit Of Human Endurance – That’s How Evolution...

An interesting finding about the link between endurance athletes and pregnancy. Which is that we can work out about how good endurance athletes can get by looking at the extreme to which the human body can be subjected and...

Sir Paul Nurse Seems Ignorant Of Basic Science

Sure, fighting words aimed at a Nobel Laureate from someone who's not going to get close to finishing the first chapter of a chemistry book. But then that's rather the point here, Feynman's one. That outside their own area...

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Jamie Oliver’s Cultural Appropriation Of Jerk Rice

OK, yes, we should get that joke out of the way early on. Yes, Jamie Oliver is a bit of a jerk, isn't he?...