Remembering the tragic outbreak of Britain’s Pacific war

It’s 76 years this week since the Pacific war exploded across the British and their Commonwealth – a moment timed by the Japanese to coincide with the attack on US forces in Pearl Harbor, on the other side of the date line. The shock was compounded a few days later by the ill-fated sortie from … More Remembering the tragic outbreak of Britain’s Pacific war

The obscure word of the week is birefringent

This week’s obscure English word is birefringent. This is a physics term meaning something that has two refractive indices. Just to explain that, most transparent materials bend light in one direction, a ‘refractive’ property. Birefringence is usually a product of crystalline minerals such as calcite, and of the way light is bent in two directions … More The obscure word of the week is birefringent

Why is science IMPORTANT? Listen up, folks

Earlier this week I interviewed Thea Beckman, a science blogger who’s just released her first science explanation book ‘for the rest of us’ – and good stuff too. We all need to understand  science. It’s important. The thing is, we’re living in a world filled with the products of science, one never imagined fifty years … More Why is science IMPORTANT? Listen up, folks

‘Why? Because Science!’ – an interview with science author Thea Beckman

Long-time readers of this blog know I’m a huge enthusiast for explaining science and a cheerleader for everybody on the same gig. Today I’m interviewing author and science writer Thea Beckman, who’s just released her first book – Why? Because Science! Her blog of the same name is a wonderful blend of cool science and … More ‘Why? Because Science!’ – an interview with science author Thea Beckman