The other day, a live World War II hand grenade was found in a garden just down the street from my house. Thirty families were evacuated from their homes in … Continue Reading Galway nuked, radiation fireball blasts Athlone 😦
So apparently, the dinosaurs are extinct. That’s not really news of course (time to let it go, Nessie fans). But what is making the news is some new research about how those … Continue Reading Headline-spectrum of the day: Dino-apocalypse by ‘wind’
What is it with some media outlets and their tendency to gloss over the difference between ‘weather‘ and ‘climate‘? Let me give you the basics. Here’s the Wikipedia* explanation of … Continue Reading Once more, with feeling: ‘Weather’ is NOT ‘climate’
I am generally nonplussed by birthdays. And I realise that blog posts about blog posts can sometimes be boring. However, as I’m an obsessive hoarder and a data geek, in … Continue Reading One year in: The Science Bit’s greatest hits
Happy Solstice everybody! As James Brown (above) puts it, it’s time to hitch up your reindeer and go straight to the ghetto! This is because it’s time for Part 2 of … Continue Reading Scientific advice for Christmas (Original Soundtrack), Part 2
It’s Christmas (kind of). This is a science blog (kind of). And so, therefore, I am obliged to offer you… …A SCIENCE-OF-CHRISTMAS SPECIAL! Woo-hoo! As with all Christmas-related activities, blogging … Continue Reading Scientific advice for Christmas (Original Soundtrack), Part 1
Sometimes I actually feel sorry for politicians. There, I’ve said it. The other week, when wannabe-POTUS Governor Richard “Rick” Perry suffered his spectacular live-TV retrieval failure in front of millions of people … Continue Reading Let’s all laugh at this guy, and his ignorance
Typically, I get uncomfortable when I’m in the presence of more than, say, five other people. Therefore, you might expect me to be particularly perturbed by reports that the world’s … Continue Reading Seven billion Earthlings: So what’s the problem?
I’ve just returned from watching Rise of the Planet of the Apes at my local cinema, and I’m happy to report that there were no scientific shortcomings or flaws whatsoever in … Continue Reading Shock! ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ is scientifically implausible
If you were confused by last week’s media stories about the latest review of UK science research on monkeys, then you are forgiven. The review, commissioned by the major British … Continue Reading See no evil, hear no evil…
Well, how about this then? Apparently, as well as undergoing simultaneous financial and banking crises on a scale almost never heretofore experienced by anyone, Ireland is experiencing a “UFO epidemic” … Continue Reading Six odd Irish UFO sightings
So it looks as though we are all going to die. Again. This time it’s our mobile phones that are going to kill us. And who says so? Well, exactly. … Continue Reading This week’s carcinogen: Your mobile phone
I realise that the rolling news agenda can change extremely quickly in today’s media saturated world, but even this is slightly dramatic… Daily Mail, 9 March 2011: Daily Mail, 11 … Continue Reading Superfast “supermoon” U-turn by the Daily Mail
Have a listen to Ann Coulter talking to Bill O’Reilly on Fox News last week (the show aired on St Patrick’s Day, hence O’Reilly’s green tie). Coulter is a social … Continue Reading “Radiation is good for Japan”: Coulter’s case dissected
The horror of human suffering caused by the catastrophe in Japan is vicariously traumatic, and only compounded by the fearful prospect of mass radioactivity contamination. News organizations have a pivotal … Continue Reading When is a nuclear meltdown not a nuclear meltdown?