Friday, 31 May 2013

Bacterium-sized Bunny the future for Bionic Brains

Scientists in Japan have created a new material that can be shaped into complex, conductive 3-D structures. Get ready for your custom brain electrodes.

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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

The Modern Periodic Table

Ten questions on grammar

Grammar is in the headlines with the arrival of a new test for primary school children, but how much do you know about apostrophes, semi-colons and dangling participles?

Find out by following this link.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Commander Chris Hadfield - Space Oddity

Commander Chris Hadfield - the first Canadian to walk in space and surely the coolest man in space* - released this version of David Bowie's  Space Oddity on 12 May 2013, after handing over command of the International Space Station before returning home.

* And described by Forbes as "perhaps the most social media savvy astronaut ever to leave Earth".

Friday, 3 May 2013

More Maths

School of Hard Sums

If you're not watching this, you should be.

Dara O Briain on the importance of Maths:

“Maths is the language in which the universe is written. It’s innate to the human brain and is a spectacular thing that we’ve discovered/invented. Also it permeates our lives. If you have to discuss something in terms of its utility, we’re moving increasingly to being a technological society and therefore you need to be conversant with it. But in all honesty, I am over discussing things in terms of their utility, as if education is just training for jobs – it isn’t.

"I encounter the same argument in teaching obscure languages: it fires neurons in different ways, helps you with problems. The example I quote is if people really understood probability, they’d save a lot of money on lottery tickets.”