Given the current global lockdown scenario, I thought it was high time I posted some photographs from my (pre-Covid) visit to Chernobyl and the now deserted nearby city of Pripyat. … Continue Reading Things to do in Chernobyl when you’re alive
Stephen Hawking is dead. Far be it from the likes of me to write him an obituary. You can see several of these elsewhere, many of them heartfelt and insightful. … Continue Reading Stephen Hawking RIP
Alright, there really is no humble way of putting this. My new book [*blush*], having been trailed as “imminent” for several months, is now officially available. In all good booksellers, as … Continue Reading ‘Rethinking Psychology’ is now available
1. Analyzing John Brooks’ Dream About Scoring the Winning Goal Source: Time.com, ‘HEALTH’ section (17 June) One-line summary: A US soccer player scored a goal and then says he previously had a dream … Continue Reading Bandwagon latest: ‘Science news’ with tenuous World Cup relevance doing the rounds right now
Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Here are some tweets… Yes, fans’ favourite Adam Rutherford makes a highly reasonable observation on The Guardian‘s use of media frames to pitch us the theory of … Continue Reading Einstein = Mylie Cyrus squared. Or something
Stephen Hawking encounters a stag-do in Cambridge: From The Telegraph: Chris Hallam, 29, and ten friends…turned a corner and bumped into Stephen Hawking getting out of his car. And they … Continue Reading “Should we ditch the meal and go out with these boys?”
I’m on a bus, ploughing its way through an excessive headwind as yet another Atlantic storm blasts us to colour-coded distress (we are Code Red now; there are no more … Continue Reading Polarity. It’s a useful concept
Here is the spinning globe atop the University of São Paulo’s international webpage. Tut, tut, tut: I know what you’re thinking: “That’s the wrong direction of rotation! Why, if the … Continue Reading Reverse the Earth’s rotation? I’d want to get off
More news from the crazy world of time travelling: it’s still impossible. A team of intrepid researchers have trawled the Internet looking for references to Pope Francis that preceded his becoming … Continue Reading Evidence for time travel on Twitter is not there, unsurprisingly
Remember, folks, if (a) it’s new, (b) it’s popular, and (c) it’s invisible, then you know what it is. That’s right. It’s a cancer-causing death ray inflicted by lazy-minded bureaucrats … Continue Reading Reading this can damage your health
It’s official. Dogs poop and wee in non-random directions, taking their cue from the Earth’s magnetic field:
Well done Ali Razeghi, who’s only just gone and invented a time machine. And what a time machine it is. Despite the near wall-to-wall use of Back to the Future … Continue Reading How to predict the future
You’ll have to forgive my recent lack of Tweets. I’m in China and Tweeting doesn’t work here. According to the log-in page of my hotel wifi, some websites are inaccessible … Continue Reading Peurile? Moi?
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 😦
Here is a short piece I wrote for Tuesday’s Irish Independent. It was part of their ‘Science For Life’ supplement (not available online), in which scientists provide answers to “some of … Continue Reading Is there actually evidence for anti-ageing creams?
Last September I blogged about this very exciting discount available from Amazon.com. Now, please restrain yourselves…I’m only talking about a mere $467 price reduction on a single-volume book! I guess the downside was … Continue Reading That sensational Kindle bargain: UPDATE (includes rant)