Bankrupting Physics


Modern Physics is in trouble, it has become a mess of free parameters, over inflated theories and untestable nonsense. In Bankrupting Physics theoretical physicist Alex Unzicker and science writer Sheilla Jones argue that physics, just like the banking sector, has become too big to fail. Unzicker expertly guides us through the wonderful worlds of cosmology, […]

Ada Lovelace Day Live 2013


In October 2013 a host of funny, engaging, inspiring and brilliant women scientists and science communicators descended on Imperial College London for Ada Lovelace Day Live, an evening celebrating women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Ada Lovelace Day Live was the highlight of a series of worldwide events held in honour of Ada […]

Test Tube Brains


New mini brains grown in test tubes open up new research possibilities in neuroscience that could help cure brain diseases such as microencephaly. A team from the Institute of Molecular Biology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMBA) used human pluripotent stem cells to grow 4mm cerebral organoids, or mini brains, in their laboratory. Using […]

Harm of e-cigarettes


There is no doubt that smoking is harmful. Tobacco is thought to kill nearly 6 million people every year, but do electronic cigarettes provide the answer to this assault on the nation’s health? As with conventional cigarettes, there is often an information deficit on the chemicals that electronic cigarettes contain and although some just use […]

Freezing Fast


Hot water sometimes freezes faster than cold water. This sounds counter-intuitive but it’s true. This effect was uncovered by Tanzanian game park manager Erasto Mpemba fifty years ago; since then scientists have been trying to explain what is known as the Mpemba Effect. First let’s try the experiment… I took 100mls boiling water and poured […]