Daphne Oram and the Oramics machine

This is the truly unique Oramics machine, designed by electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram. It will go on display at the Science Museum later this year. There was a great report on Friday’s PM programme about it. Daphne Oram was a founding member of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in 1958. There are many people that […]

Google’s science competition

Google has teamed up with some awesome organisations to offer budding young scientists some great prizes for coming up with neat ideas. Along with Cern, Lego, National Geographic and Scientific American, Google is asking for people aged between 13 and 18 to submit their projects to the Google Global Science Fair. They describe it as […]

The man-made climate guilt trip

For the past couple of weeks, many big-wigs are meeting in Copenhagen for a chit-chat about climate change. This happens against the backdrop of the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit email hacking. This is said by some to offer evidence that climate scientists have manipulated data in order to boost the case that […]

My name is Duncan, and I am a motorsport fan

This the accompanying article to my contribution to this week’s edition of The Pod Delusion. Here you can find videos and links if you want to delve further into the topic. As you may guess from the title, this article is about motorsport. I do not normally write about motorsport on this website. That is […]

White Elephants and Ridiculous Asses

It’s loathsome and it comes around once every four years. No, I’m not talking about the Olympics. I’m on about American politics. A lot of people get themselves really jazzed with American politics. I mean, I get it — the President of the USA is an important person, so it’s good to keep up with […]

You’d think wind had only just been invented

Here is The Scotsman in full scaremongering mode. METEOROLOGISTS last night said Scots will need to learn to live with the extreme weather and the chaos it has brought to the country over the past few days, as the unpredictable effects of climate change begin to bite. A bit of wind? Can anyone seriously look […]

It’s true — I’ve moved to the right

There is this spinning woman who is doing the rounds on the internet at the moment. Thinks she’s really clever by looking like she’s turning clockwise when she’s actually turning anti-clockwise, while in actual fact she was turning clockwise all along! And anti-clockwise. At the same time. Apparently, whether you perceive the woman to be […]

Toss 24

Sounds like a dream drug, one that can mimic the effects of alcohol but with no risk of a hangover (via Digg). But I agree with the detractors who say that it would be a complete nightmare. The hangover is your body’s way of telling you that you overdid it last night. You know when […]