What does the Mighty Boosh, last night's blood moon, insomnia and neurotransmitters have in common?

The Mighty Boosh, last night’s blood moon, insomnia and neurotransmitters are all essentially connected

So...the Blood Moon last night:   I'm sure that this is the perfect time to segway into The Moon from the Mighty Boosh. This white and marshmallowy looking bastard did annoy me last night during the biggest harvest/blood moon in the past few decades. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWTd3oW-HOE I swear it would have been far more enjoyable to…

An operatic journey through our solar system at the speed of light

Join me for an operatic journey at the speed of light

If you're like me and tend to gaze up at the night sky and wonder about life and the meaning of it all then you can't help but be swept up in the events of the past few weeks. NASA estimates that 1 billion earth-like planets in our galaxy alone NASA New Horizons Crew find…

What's Your Favourite Smell? Mine Is Petrichor

What’s Your Favourite Smell? Mine Is Petrichor

So basically, the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) in Australia have invented a truckload of good things. Insect repellent was one - out of necessity in  Australia no doubt. Polymer banknotes was another, and so was WiFi. But probably their most esoteric and weird invention was a word to describe a smell. Petrichor.…

Geological Marvel, Art or Book? You Be The Judge!

Ancient Mineral, Art or Book?

San Fran based artist Alexis Arnold has managed to reimagine National Geographic magazines with the use of Borax crystals for a strange geological marvel of colourful striations. Glittering crystals are alive and growing on the gradients of colour, turning them from mere functional books to something akin to living art and also uncannily like a…

Lost With No GPS or Compass? Just Look For A Cow In A Field!

Lost With No GPS or Compass? Just Look For A Cow In A Field!

Scientists at the University of Duisberg-Essen in Germany stumbled upon something weird  while looking at Google Earth satellite images. It seems that cows face a northerly or southerly direction while they eat and sleep. A guy called Hynek Burda was the first to discover this phenomenon. He was viewing satellite images of camping sites and…

Rediscovering the World's Fair in 1939, New York

The World of Tomorrow – Yesterday: The World’s Fair in 1939, New York

This  bright bold fold-out map from the World's Fair in 1939 along with postcards, pictures and a documentary speak volumes about a new optimism following the bleakness of the Depression and a blind faith in technology and all of the hopes and possibilities of the future. Click image to see larger detailed version. Watch an…

The Falling Cat Phenomenon: How NASA Trained Astronauts For Zero Gravity

The Falling Cat Phenomenon: How NASA Trained Astronauts For Zero Gravity

Back in the golden era of space exploration - the 1960's, NASA scientists were concerned with how astronauts would orient their bodies in space. This led to a watershed study at Stanford, featured in the International Journal of Solids and Structures, entitled "A Dynamical Explanation of the Falling Cat Phenomenon."       Partly funded by…

Free Online Course for Dreamers: Origins – Formation of the Universe, Solar System, Earth and Life

This is quite possibly the most amazing course ever presented on Coursera. It's called Origins - Formation of the Universe, Solar System, Earth and Life. A sweeping epic that begins at the moment of the Big Bang and the creation of matter and careens along at a throttling pace through Deep Time towards the Human…

Isaac Asimov: Badass Rapper for Science

Isaac Asimov: Badass Sci-Fi Rapper Mofo

“Tell me why the stars do shine, Tell me why the ivy twines, Tell me what makes skies so blue, And I'll tell you why I love you. Nuclear fusion makes stars to shine, Tropisms make the ivy twine, Raleigh scattering make skies so blue, Testicular hormones are why I love you. ” ― Isaac…

Impossibly Beautiful Marine Life in Sydney Harbour – Part 4

Impossibly Beautiful Marine Life in Sydney Harbour – Part 4

So far I have lovingly described a lot of Sydney natives who live under the sea. In our final of the series I look at the Gloomy Octopus and Eastern Blue Devil Fish, two of the most reclusive, mysterious and strangely beautiful residents of Sydney Harbour. I hope that you've enjoyed this series on Impossibly…

Impossibly Beautiful Marine Life in Sydney Harbour – Part 4

Impossibly Beautiful Sea Life of Sydney Harbour – Part 1

In case you've been living under a rock in the harbour, you will know that Sydney offers some amazing snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities. It's a really clean body of water. The proof is in the snorkelling too. A recent study revealed that Sydney harbour has more marine species than any other harbour in the…

The Electrifying Visionary Power of Nikola Tesla

The Electrifying Visionary Power of Nikola Tesla

During an exciting period of invention at the end of the 19th century, Nikola Tesla stumbled upon cosmic radio signals for the first time. He thought they were signs of intelligent life from Venus or Mars. He later said of the experience, "The feeling is constantly growing on me that I had been the first…