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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:06:26 +0000Back 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"
Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:20:28 +0000New 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.
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:15:20 +0000Time 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"
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:10:47 +0000In case you didn’t know, I’m a science journalist by day, a photographer on my days off, and a musician by night. Always been in love with music, since my first rattle and toy guitar as a tot, been fretting guitar strings in earnest since I was about 12 years old and jamming with friends, but it’s only in … Continue reading "Music"
Mon, 14 Nov 2016 21:12:40 +0000Calling 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 control Harry Potter wand and a Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver to change channels (oh, and a phaser!) have now surpassed even the … Continue reading "Beam me up for Christmas"
Wed, 09 Nov 2016 16:56:37 +0000I 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"
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 19:19:51 +0000Language 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. It’s only pedantic grammazis, like me, who care. Although that said, if a … Continue reading "The evolution of language"
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 15:23:06 +0000Remember 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. This … Continue reading "NMN, next year’s big food supplement"
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:21:34 +0000Metal-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. These pores can adsorb a wide range of small … Continue reading "Heavy metal MOFs"
Tue, 01 Nov 2016 19:00:13 +0000It’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"