#QEDCon – Saturday Pictures (Posting 1 of 2)


Once a year an amazing event takes place in Manchester that is known as QED (#QEDcon). It is a two-day science and skepticism weekend celebration of science, reason and critical thinking, and this past weekend (14-15 Oct) was this year’s happening. The posting today, the first of a set of two, contains a few pictures I took on … Read more

2017 Nobel Prize – Peace

If you want to know about this year’s winner, just jump around my preamble by scrolling down. “Peace” is perhaps the joker in the Nobel pack because this is the award that has often resulted in what can be best described as WTF moments. The other awards are worthy of attention because they spotlight work … Read more

2017 Nobel Prize – Literature

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2017 is awarded to the English author Kazuo Ishiguro “who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world”. My Immediate Thoughts This is a good choice, it is back to normal after last year’s rather unusual selection. The … Read more

2017 Nobel Prize – Chemistry

2017 nobel prize chemistry

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 to Jacques Dubochet University of Lausanne, Switzerland Joachim Frank Columbia University, New York, USA and Richard Henderson MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK “for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution” Like its … Read more

2017 Nobel Prize – Physics

2017 nobel prize physics

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 with one half to Rainer Weiss LIGO/VIRGO Collaboration and the other half jointly to Barry C. Barish LIGO/VIRGO Collaboration and Kip S. Thorne LIGO/VIRGO Collaboration “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves” It … Read more

Wildfires in 2017 season is global phenomenon – #climate


Wildfires in this 2017 season are a huge problem as vast swathes of land across the United States, Canada, and also in Europe and Siberia are on fire right now. Popular Science has highlighted a few interactive maps so that you can see the scale of what has been going on. US: An interactive version of … Read more