It’s tempting to think of the ‘science that will transform our future’ as some kind of revolutionary technology, like the home robot servants we’ve long been promised or home-grown replacement organs. But I think it will be the fulfilment of already existing technologies: those searching for extra-terrestrial life.
I think we’re fascinated with our dreams because we believe they tell us something about ourselves. But while they may not predict the future or even tell us much about our … Continue reading
Blink, blink, blink. The lights winked out in every major city of the world. ‘Knowledge is power’ they used to say, but he lived by the mantra ‘energy is power’. And this was his cathedral. While other civilisations faded and failed, he kept Reykjavik going by playing his harp.
Things on my mind: Moving house. So much work at the Museum. LAVA!! Iceland is erupting. As I write, there is lava pouring out of the barren ground between Europe’s largest … Continue reading
Between lunch and the deep afternoon, I regularly take a walk in Hyde Park. Though the path and the trees are familiar enough to me, there is only one pair of animals I recognise. Where the Long Water and the path meet side-by-side and by height, a couple of coots have made a nest.
Today, the press are widely reporting on a paper about the extinction of the dinosaurs. Except, the vast majority are not reporting on the paper. They’re reporting on the speculation of … Continue reading
I’ve been on a campaign since January to get back to my pre-Canada weight (damn North America your portions are too big). I have a few metrics for checking my … Continue reading
There’s a tide of unwanted foreigners hitching a ride on ships to Britain. No, I haven’t gone over all Daily Mail; the invaders are Asian shore crabs. They’re a highly … Continue reading
“To unambiguously settle the questions of whether there was life on Mars it will take scientists down on the surface.” This is the quote that made me sit up and … Continue reading
The results are not of sufficiently general interest. That’s what the journal said. What they were turning down, however, was proof that research they previously had deemed interesting enough to … Continue reading