Predictions for 2022 – what’s going to happen?

In my previous post I suggested that 2022 was arriving like a Medieval butt-trumpet, with all that this implies. This wasn’t entirely for satirical effect though, you have to admit, Medieval butt-trumpets are pretty funny. But there’s a serious issue behind it (see what I did there). Back at the beginning of 2021 I joined … More Predictions for 2022 – what’s going to happen?

And now Kiwis are facing a potential mega-quake and tsunami. But of course…

This week’s news that a previously unsuspected magnitude 8+ mega-quake could hit central New Zealand and then douse the place with tsunami isn’t too surprising to me. I wrote the most recent pop-sci book on our earthquakes. It was published by Penguin Random House last year. While I was writing the book I had a chat … More And now Kiwis are facing a potential mega-quake and tsunami. But of course…

Close encounters of the meteor kind – this weekend

Back in 2013, I wrote a piece that mashed Pope Benedict’s resignation with the science of the meteorite that exploded over Russia. I was Freshly Pressed by WordPress on the back of it. Good stuff. This weekend, a similarly sized chunk of space debris – about 20 metres in diameter – is rolling past Earth with … More Close encounters of the meteor kind – this weekend

Beware the next Carrington storm – a Q&A wrap-up

After last week’s post on a Carrington storm – a solar event able to do large-scale damage to anything electrical, especially power grids. I fielded a few questions which deserved a post. And I had some new ones of my own… Does the whole Earth get hit? The issue isn’t the Coronal Mass Ejection that goes with the … More Beware the next Carrington storm – a Q&A wrap-up

Science says we’re all doomed. Neatypoos.

We’re all doomed, apparently. A NASA-backed science study says so. That’s more credible than stupid ideas about Mayan calendar dates (the world ended on 21 December 2012…didn’t it?) or the teachings of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (world’s end in 2010), or the deranged spoutings of former French pharmacist, Michel de Nostradame (1984 or … More Science says we’re all doomed. Neatypoos.

Forget Star Wars – here’s the real-life Death Star

It’s in a nebula with the boring name of NGC-3372, and the un-boring name of Homunculus, maybe 7,500 light years from Earth. It’s called Eta Carinae. But you might call it the Death Star. Luckily for us, it’s not pointed our way. We think. It’s currently a million times more powerful than the Sun, but … More Forget Star Wars – here’s the real-life Death Star