UK National Grid Power Status
Oct19

UK National Grid Power Status

If you ever want to see how much power is being generated by coal, nuclear, gas, and wind in the United Kingdom, or see the gigawatt demand throughout the day, and you want that information presented on retro dials and in line graphs – and, let’s face it, who doesn’t? – then the place to go is U.K. National Grid Status. The data it uses comes from a series of web services here provided by...

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Science Fiction Book Covers
Oct19

Science Fiction Book Covers

I’m a sucker for science fiction whether that’s in film form or literature. As such I follow a lot of science fiction-themed websites’ RSS feeds. One of the things I love discovering through these sites are vintage sci-fi books. Sometimes it’s the author or title that will stand out – someone who may only have had a small distribution in another country, for instance, or something so bizarre-sounding you...

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Genetically Modified Organisms
Jul19

Genetically Modified Organisms

Everyone knows that genetically modified foods are bad for you, right? I mean, they must be because non-governmental organisations such as Friends of the Earth say so and just look at their name! They’re “friends” of the Earth for flip’s sake and “friends” never get things wrong or lie, do they? It’s very easy to believe “friends” and other NGOs, and it’s very easy to...

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The Daily Mail Explains The Supermoon
Jul13

The Daily Mail Explains The Supermoon

You should always take what you read in the Daily Mail with a pinch of salt. Maybe a vat of salt. A large one. If you’re after news then it’s not exactly the most reliable source in the world. And it’s not just news where the Daily Mail fails to provide accurate information as demonstrated by this promotion for a piece of news on the science section of their website. Now I’m no astronomer but when it comes to...

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The Infinite Monkey Cage
Jul02

The Infinite Monkey Cage

Eric Idle, Professor Brian Cox, and Robin Ince star – or, at least, their puppets do – in this video to the new theme music for BBC Radio 4 programme The Infinite Monkey...

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The Dream Of Knowledge
Apr29

The Dream Of Knowledge

Congratulations sleeper! You have been selected to have the Dream of Knowledge, answering that question that keeps plaguing you, that question you raise so often, that question that plays on your mind as you drift off at night. Remain calm and control your breathing as information is imparted to you. You will awake slightly despondent but this is perfectly normal behaviour. Shall we begin? Ah, begin. That’s a loaded word,...

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