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 😦
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
Late last year, I posted a piece on a hoax news story then doing the rounds online, concerning a local councillor in Ireland who claimed that his area was especially … Continue Reading Scientific literacy on the rise (Must put a stop to that then…)
The scientific method is truly amazing. Not only can it be applied to such clichéd domains as physics, chemistry, biology, flying people to the moon, curing cancer, adding ears to … Continue Reading EXCLUSIVE: Britain facing boom in dodgy surveys
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?
UK newspaper, The Sun, is no stranger to controversy. Indeed, as part of News Corporation, it is currently mired in the phone-hacking scandal that engulfed its now killed-off sister paper, … Continue Reading Big fat liars
This week, the popular science magazine Psychology Today found itself at the centre of controversy following their publication of a blog post by evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa. His post was … Continue Reading Publish and be (quite rightly) damned
Following up on last week’s Irish Skeptics Society lecture on science communication, journalist John Holden filed a report on the Irish politics and current affairs website, Politico.ie. As part of … Continue Reading Politico.ie covers “The Babel Fish”
Last night I gave a public lecture in Dublin for the Irish Skeptics Society, entitled “The Babel Fish Dilemma: Talking Science with Non-Scientists“. The Irish Skeptics, under the leadership of … Continue Reading The Babel Fish Dilemma: Talking Science with Non-Scientists
Last week, the news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) issued a press release with the title, “Rightwing candidates are better looking, says study”. The item described a study conducted by Swedish … Continue Reading Right-wingers are better looking, study doesn’t show
In times of economic and political turmoil, people increasingly turn their attention to how their societies are governed. As a result, it seems as though matters relating to elections and electoral … Continue Reading Do polling locations influence election outcomes?