Tour of the ISS

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Must-view for so many reasons (NB 25 minutes long, so plan your time). I loved the stuff stashed everywhere making it feel like a big shed. I loved how elegant the astronauts get at handling zero g.  I loved the working / using / sleeping on all four walls of any space. I loved the handholds / footholds everywhere. Just …

Gladwell: Do Genetic Advantages Make Sports Unfair?

Tom Reading, Science 3 Comments

We want sports to be fair and we take elaborate measures to make sure that no one competitor has an advantage over any other. But how can a fantastic menagerie ever be a contest among equals? It is a valid question, and a difficult one to answer. My hunch is that there’s a case-by-case approach: we have to have some …

“Explorers, not colonists”: space isn’t easy

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Must read account of an unusual occurrence on a space walk. Amazing that we take the existence of the ISS for granted now, and it is nothing compared with what we need to do in space (and I strongly believe we can work on climate change and poverty while pushing ahead with space exploration). EVA 23: exploring the frontier | …

MSG myths

Tom Reading, Science 5 Comments

Helpful to know that the anti-MSG message is based on no real science (everything is damaging in large quantities). Worth reading in full. Thought experiment: if you were offered Kombu salt to finish your dish, would you accept? If you were offered MSG crystals? Same stuff, quite likely a different answer.

Agnotology – my word for the day

Tom Personal, Science 3 Comments

Agnotology is the study of culturally induced ignorance or doubt, particularly the publication of inaccurate or misleading scientific data. There’s an interesting comparison with epidemiology (the study of how we know): agnotology is the study of why we do not know, recognising that it could be more than ignorance, indeed it could be an “outcome of a cultural and political …

Escaping star

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Astonishing photo of a star breaking out of its umbilical cord of dust and gas. APOD: 2013 March 24 – Dust Pillar of the Carina Nebula.

Panoramas of Mars and London

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Fabulous panoramas to spend a few minutes exploring. Mars by Curiosity Mars Panorama – Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 177 in Out of this World Who knew our London house was so directly underneath Alexandra Palace (when viewed from the BT tower)? Click to view the extraordinary panorama of London.

Our stunning universe

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Some videos to catch up on to remind you quite how astonishing and beautiful our universe is. You could fit the earth underneath the solar prominence in this video. The whole earth. Driving on the moon? Done it and got the video. Landing on another planet’s moon? Yes, you can watch that too. Watch our own moon at incredible size? …