When I heard that the Natural History Museum will replace Dippy The Dinosaur with a blue whale, my first instinct outrage. I was wrong. It's time to let Dippy go.
A recently discovered early primate has revealed that a distant ancient relative of modern day humans may have evolved earlier than originally thought. The primate fossil resembles modern day tarsiers from south-east Asia and is believed to be 55 million years old.
By examining too little - i.e. the narrow scope of one set of data - a bias is ushered in through the backdoor.
Without getting into a long winded debate about what constitutes a true citizen science project I will boldly state that I think citizen science is anything that engages people with the process of science.
A scientific study from Oxford University made an interesting discovery about macaque monkeys, their brains and its relation to their position in the social hierarchy. According to the study, monkeys seem to have specialised brains that indicates whether they are a leader or a follower...
Events will occur, often in a sequence. With Jupiter so active, don't be surprised if you inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. In late March, the clocks will go forward. In the summer you will find yourself wearing fewer clothes.
There is an extraordinary diversity of subjects in this top 10 list of London exhibitions for 2015. Mark these in your calendar and your brain will be like a sponge, just soaking it all up.
At this time of year, with the latest devices and gadgets packed, parceled and delivered, it's easy to take for granted all the astounding innovations...
Stupid tends to attract stupid, like a poo magnet. The Food Babe is influential; 876 thousand Facebook fans (the "Food Babe Army" FTW). And with that level of blind, ignorant, social media justice behind her, she can do some serious damage.
I'll start with a disclaimer: I love makeup. I love it, but I can't justify buying a product that isn't essential to my life, that has been developed by companies responsible for the suffering and death of animals, regardless of how good the discount is or whether Kate Moss appears in the advert.
Few insects produce methane and the protein they provide would be an efficient and sustainable way to increase intake as the population grows. It could be argued that if we can overcome the fear of eating lab grown meat then we should instead get over our cultural aversions to eating edible insects.
'Hype' might be more likely built up around the latest boyband, but many emerging technologies also rely on good marketing to bring in investment and support. Science might not get the queues (apart from the Apple store) but in the same way Apple has fumbled with the iPhone 6, many technologies are subject to a major backlash.
Much has been written about a skills gap in my industry. Nuclear has an ageing workforce and we desperately need to get more young people to see it as a place where they can grow a career if Britain is to remain at the forefront of the industry worldwide.
My Granddad loves Sudoku. A few years ago he was given his very own tablet with pre-installed Sudoku challenges to push him into the 21st century... two months later it was hardly used, but many Sudoku books had been scribbled in and completed. He was dedicated to pen and paper.
Open and honest discourse and the free exchange of views is the cornerstone of scientific enquiry. Without it, ideas stagnate, progress is delayed, and the status quo prevails -- not because it deserves to, but because alternate viewpoints have been stifled.
As humans we may see, imagine, and dream of other paths, other realities, but we can't take them. Our reality is a path of all things and the logic between them, we are not the dream creators, the world makers, but rather a cog, a pretty cog. A cog that likes cake.