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Filed Under:Academics / General Science
Posts on Regator:1197
Posts / Week:3.7
Archived Since:February 24, 2008

Blog Post Archive

What is Protomyxzoa Rheumatica?

A contact on Twitter mentioned an apparently newly discovered parasitic disease which goes by the name of Protomyxzoa Rheumatica or the “Fry bug”, named for its apparent discoverer Fry Laboratories of Scottsdale, Arizona. The discoverers have published no scientific papers about this organism as far as I can tell. Show More Summary

Planetary cakes

Who wouldn’t want a spongy Jupiter or a vanilla Earth with tectonic icing? I do wish they’d not misspelled concentric, but never mind. Can I have a slice of Jupiter with the spot? Planetary cakes is a post from the science blog of David...Show More Summary

First World Problems

There ain’t no problem that’s too small For us to gripe and moan and bawl There ain’t a thing we can’t complain We even groan when it don’t rain Sunshine’s warm but that’s not all We have the food, we live the life But little thingsShow More Summary

10 cancer myths busted

Cancer Research UK has an interesting post busting ten of the most irritating and persistent pieces of deceived wisdom about cancer: Myth 1: Cancer is a man-made, modern disease Myth 2: Superfoods prevent cancer Myth 3: ‘Acidic’ diets...Show More Summary

Sciencebase first tweets

I’ve been on Twitter since June 2007, I wasn’t particularly active early on, as you can see from the frequency of tweets in my archive. But for those of you worried that I changed over the years, here’s a screengrab from my archive showing...Show More Summary

Beer and bingo budget

You can say what you like about politicians…but deep, deep down, they’re all self-serving, money-grubbing, knee-jerking, U-turning bustards. It seems that here in Brit Land we have a particularly peculiar penchant for those that are also dullards and bores. Show More Summary

Central bearded dragon, Pogona vitticeps

A beautiful bearded dragon, Pogona vitticeps, or beardie, snapped it at our school summer fair back in 2006. According to Wiki P. vitticeps, the central (or inland) bearded dragon, is a species of agamid lizard occurring in a wide range of arid to semiarid regions of Australia. Show More Summary

Riding the gravity wave

Scientists today announced that they have observed gravity waves – ancient ripples from the Big Bang. Here’s a conversation piece about the science. And, here’s a gravitational playlist to give you something to listen to while you get...Show More Summary

You can’t hide a smile – a song

You can’t hide a smile Wait for something, Something comes along Do you realize you, you could still belong? Could you handle it, or just move on? If the love’s still there then maybe it’s me that’s wrong Tell me to believe, I will walk...Show More Summary

Factoid to factette

Words ending with “oid” often have their root in the Latinized form of the Greek -oeides, from eidos meaning form and so the suffix is used to suggest that something is like something else but isn’t actually the thing itself. Viz: ovoid means egglike, android mean manlike, humanoid means like a human. Show More Summary

Scoop – World Wide Web invented

It was twenty five years ago that Tim Berners-Lee and his colleagues at CERN came up with a technology that would revolutionise communication – it was based on hypertext markup language (HTML) – and they gave it the rather unwieldy name of the World Wide Web. Show More Summary

World Maths Day #WorldMathsDay

It seems to me that too many people take pride in declaring that they don’t understand mathematics, science, computers, technology and stuff, but wouldn’t dream of admitting they didn’t know about politics nor of holding back in expressing an opinion about the economy, art, music etc. Show More Summary

What does your brain think about your mind?

Interesting piece in Psychology Today about the difference between the mind and the brain in which the brain is likened to a factory and the mind the company board in order to discuss behaviour in terms of dopamine, monetary gain and the congratulatory corporate memo. Show More Summary

More Music Maths

ClassicFM asked me to work out an equation for Tim Lihoreau’s More Music Breakfast show to help them celebrate #worldmathsday I’m sure I’ve overlooked the caffeine and toast, but never mind, this is how we summed it up…using a little...Show More Summary

Practice safe surfing

I don’t use my real birthday on any websites, I hide the fake birthday where that’s possible (Facebook thinks I’m well into my second century on Earth). I never accept “birthday” app requests, please don’t send them. It’s safer thatShow More Summary

Sciencebase Jr in New York City

My teenage son is just about to land at JFK on his first trip to the USA. So, in the spirit of nostalgia here’s a snap of Sciencebase Sr 26 years ago at London Heathrow in Departures about to make his debut trip to New York City. And...Show More Summary

Wishful Thinking – New Album

An eclectic mix of acoustic, electric, indie, rock and pop from the man “The Manc Roger Waters” calls “The Geordie Glenn Tilbrook”. Tracks remastered for high-quality download via BandCamp. Wishful Thinking by Dave Bradley Winter Warmer – Taking the road to redemption: “An awesome tune”, “Very cool song. Show More Summary

Shake off Flies – Mars 3113

Having mused on the possibility of our escaping to the stars, I began wondering whether we might not just hop over to Mars and carry out a terraforming program there to give us a new home. There was a nice video showing Mars 4 billion...Show More Summary

It’s all in the balance

I took a few snaps of my Taylor guitar some time ago and have been using them on various pages, including today on my Facebook page. Ben Gilliland was kind enough to add a miniature tightrope walker to one of them, as you do… I think...Show More Summary

Sunny Days and Rainbows

You might be interested to know this song was inspired by learning that Dolly Parton is set to play Glastonbury this year. Quite ironic that there’s a quote from her that you’ve got to put up with a little rain if you want rainbows.Show More Summary

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