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Archived Since:February 24, 2008

Blog Post Archive

The Elements redux

My good friend Helen Arney has updated every chemist’s favourite Tom Lehrer song The Elements, bringing in the new elements discovered or synthesised since 1959 and including the recently announced official names of elements 113, 115, 117, and 118 [nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts), and oganesson (Og), respectively]. Show More Summary

Comment is with you

Five years ago this month I got so fed up with the spam to genuine comment ratio…1 in 100 comments were real, the rest were spam…and with 7000 comments up to that point on the site, that was an awful lot of fake, fraudulent, scammy, spammy traffic (at the time, trolling wasn’t actually a problem … Continue reading "Comment is with you"

Elemental Discoveries

Back in 1995, my blog (before they called them blogs) was a chemistry news site called Elemental Discoveries, which had started life in the newly launched young chemists’ magazine from the RSC, which I renamed “New Elements” (It used to be called Gas jar, back in the, back in the, back in the day). Anyway, … Continue reading "Elemental Discoveries"

Stonehenge and its dog

New evidence from Stonehenge suggests that travellers made the journey from what is now the Vale of York (250 miles away) with their “pet” dog thousands of years before the stone monument was even built. You can read my comment on this scientific discovery on the Materials Today site.

Future History

Time travellers with nothing better to do just sent me a GCSE history exam paper from the summer of 2066…makes for interesting and yet worrying reading… GCSE History Paper 2 23rd June 2066 World War III (20 January 2017-21 January 2017) Answer all questions in this section. You are advised to spend 90 minutes of … Continue reading "Future History"

Beam me up for Christmas

Calling Trekkies and ubernerds everywhere…fancy an exact replica of the original Star Trek communicator just 50 years after the show launched and hopefully in time for Christmas. The Wand Company who first brought you a universal remote...Show More Summary

Fifty states of grey

I was thinking of writing an essay about how much I’d travelled in my youth. Not to brag, you understand, but just to say how I’d always felt I was a citizen of the world hopping from place to place. I worked in the US, travelled coast to coast and back (23 of the 50 … Continue reading "Fifty states of grey"

The evolution of language

Language changes as time marches on, usage becomes abusage and vice versa with phrases like “the number of people” morphing into the grammatically incorrect “the amount of people”, as if someone pureed the crowd and weighed it rather than counting everyone present. Show More Summary

NMN, next year’s big food supplement

Remember when your parents told you to eat your greens…well…there are plenty of benefits, but one of them might bear fruit if you would like to long long and prosper. Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis have demonstrated increased longevity in mice fed a compound known as NMN, nicotinamide mononucleotide. Show More Summary

Heavy metal MOFs

Metal-organic frameworks, MOFs, are a relatively recent discovery. They are crystalline three-dimensional materials formed from a regular network of metal ions interlinked by organic molecules. The organic groups act as spacers to keep the metal ions apart, generally giving rise to permanent porosity within the solid. Show More Summary

Fall Sky

It’s always quite intriguing where conversations on social media end up. I posted a photo on Facebook of the view from my office at sunset last week, the sky was quite vivid and red and it was a nice shot. One friend, music PR and singer Jo Forrest, whom I first met when we recorded … Continue reading "Fall Sky"

Skewed science

We’ve all had the request…friend of a friend’s daughter is doing a science project (it might be school, university, real-world) and we all jump in with our answers hoping to be helpful. The most recent one I saw popped up on Facebook and there were lots of “Done” comments and one that added “I hope … Continue reading "Skewed science"

Get with the beet

Forget season of mists and mellow fruitfulness…round these ‘ere parts it’s the season of sugarbeet mountains. Local farm just harvested 200 acres of these root vegetables and they’re sitting in a massive heap at the edge of a field waiting to be loaded up on to 30-tonners and dispatched to the sugar works at either … Continue reading "Get with the beet"

Top tips for setting up your floating guitar trem

Floating tremolo units on guitars are a pain in the butt to setup if you remove all the strings to re-dress frets and put new strings on…unless you put a block under the tremolo before you take off the strings so that its “edge” stays parallel to the body. That’s the top tip. The one … Continue reading "Top tips for setting up your floating guitar trem"

Atombombing to smash Windows

Security experts have discovered a way to inject malicious code into Windows 10, and presumably any other active version of the operating system. The process, which they have nicknamed “Atombombing”, does not rely on exploiting bugs or bad code in the OS and simply works through the way in which the OS is designed and … Continue reading "Atombombing to smash Windows"

The real reason those refugee children seem so grown-up

Your home town is being ravaged by artillery fire from friend and foe alike, the outskirts have been littered with landmines, there are snipers and suicide bombers on almost every torn apart street corner. Your significant other and your two middle children are buried under six feet of breeze blocks and rubble. Show More Summary

Online hearing tests

Okay…as a wannabe rockstar and record producer, my ears are important…as are yours, of course. I’ve always felt that I could hear slightly better with my left ear (listening to music on headphones highlighted this) but in mixing music it’s not been apparent over the last few years, so maybe they evened out. I do … Continue reading "Online hearing tests"

Goodenough for the BBC

It’s 36 years since German-born John Bannister Goodenough (now 94 years old) demonstrated a practical rechargeable lithium ion battery at Oxford University the successors of which let you argue with people you don’t know on the other side of the world and look at blurred photos of their food while sitting in the pub with … Continue reading "Goodenough for the BBC"

Symptoms of DVT

Deep vein thrombosis formation of a blood clot (thrombus) within a major blood vessel carrying blood back to the heart. DVTs often occur in the deep veins of the legs. Symptoms of the clot itself may not be apparent, although signs and symptoms of DVT from NHS website may include: Pain Swelling and tenderness in one … Continue reading "Symptoms of DVT"

Aurora – In search of the Northern Lights

Melanie Windbridge has put together a wonderful tome describing her search for the perfect aurora. A plasma physicist by trade, Windbridge is Business Development Manager for the fusion start-up Tokamak Energy, and believes that science and exploration go hand in hand. Show More Summary

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