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Denial is not just a river in Egypt…

May 9, 2011

So you climatologists are saying... that the future will be like Mad Max 2: escape from thunderdome? AWESOME.

There is one thing I know about global warming and that is this: It’s really really complicated. Like super complicated. It is a field that’s far too complex and wide-ranging for a non-specialist like me to get a hold of, mainly because I’m too stupid to understand it. So it’s with a healthy dose of skepticism that I listened to the Green Party leader state confidently, the other day, that “the science is settled” on man-made global warming, otherwise known as AGW.

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Look at this!

January 22, 2011

I spent much too much of my university career engaged in a criminal neglect of proper journalistic standards. However, it’s not as if someone was paying me for writing sloppily… so it’s with great pleasure that I can announce that the BBC has published new journalism guidelines demanding it’s writers to cite their sources. EXCITING STUFF EH?

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Space… it’s bigger than my university debt.

January 10, 2011

So how big do you think space is? Large? As big as a football field? Larger? How about the size of TWO football fields? Incredibly, space is even bigger than that. I know, it’s incredible.

So you might think that space is pretty sizeable, but unless you’re an astrophysicist/astronomer (or a colossal nerd who is obsessed with this kind of stuff) it’s hard to really get your head around the vast numbers involved. Afterall, how easy is it to visualise the difference between the numbers 1.9891×1030 and 5.9736 × 1024 ? Not much difference right? It’s just a couple of extra zeros! In fact, that’s the difference in mass between the Sun and the Earth. The Sun is 332,900 times more massive than the Earth. That’s a big difference!

You see, the problem we find is that once numbers get past the couple of thousand mark we can no longer visualise just how many of something there is and we simply see it as LOT. It is easy to see the difference in size between say, an object 2 metres long and something that is 15 metres in length because these are the kind of numbers we deal with on a day to day basis; It’s the difference in size between a person and a bus. However, once the numbers start entering the trillions and even quadrillions of metres (a lightyear is around 9.4 quadrillion metres) our sense of perspective is lost and we lose the ability to imagine what these numbers actually mean.

The Sun is 1989100000000000000000000000000 kg and the Earth is 5973600000000000000000000 kg and yet their comparative masses would be much better demonstrated with a picture.

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Bear Grills…eati- wait. SINGING??

May 23, 2010

Not only does this video feature Bear Grills doing something that doesn’t involve eating mud/rabbit poo/his own shirt/etc it also features people singing. From around the world. It’s pretty awesome.

P.s. Dear UK TV,

can we please have our own dedicated science channel?


Olly M

Ever wondered what the orbiter looked like when it lands?

May 10, 2010

There you go.

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You know what time it is. Diagram time.

May 9, 2010

Whats this? I’m pillaging the internet for diagrams in a desperate bid to not write anything? You bet I am!

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That election night in full. Warning: this post contains IN-DEPTH analysis.

May 7, 2010

At 6 o clock, in the wee hours of the morn, I sat down, switched on my computer and decided to write something thrilling. It was going to be an in-depth account of last night’s events, filled with anecdotes, statistics and fascinating insights into the political system all with the express intent of helping you, the viewer, get to grips with the current situation. I was however, extremely drunk. So instead, here are the highlights (or what I thought were the highlights), brought to you via the wonderful medium of ms paint.

Be warned. What you are about to see is extremely crude.

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