The science behind the awesome black hole photograph

It’s been a hot week for science. Thanks to the Event Horizon Telescope, an algorithm created by 29-year old PhD graduate Katie Bouman, and a lot of hard work, humanity got its first photo of a black hole – M87 in the galaxy Messier 87, some 55 million light-years away. It wasn’t made with visible … More The science behind the awesome black hole photograph

What five super-powers would you most like to have?

Every so often I see something on Facebook asking you to name which super-powers you’d most like to have.That’s actually pretty cool, because – you know, super-powers. We all know what these are – invulnerability, invincible strength, teleportation, telekinesis, flying, being magnetic, telepathy, X-ray vision, squirting spider-web from your wrist and doing Tarzan swings with … More What five super-powers would you most like to have?

Science silliness with Star Wars: The Last Jedi

One of the things the Star Wars franchise isn’t particularly known for is the ‘science’ part of the science fiction calculation. I’m talking about everything from visible bolts of laser light that move at about 130 mph (ie: 0.00002 percent of light-speed) through to one-climate worlds, space ‘fighters’ that manoeuvre like First World War dogfighters, … More Science silliness with Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Three days until ‘Explaining Our Weird Universe 1’ is unleashed!

A reminder that my short book Explaining Our Weird Universe 1: cool stuff about time, black holes and quantum magic, is being released on Kindle on 17 September. You can pre-order it right now on Amazon It’s a short book, collecting together six short essays explaining some of the cooler and weirder realities of our … More Three days until ‘Explaining Our Weird Universe 1’ is unleashed!

Explaining Our Weird Universe Volume 1 – cover reveal!

I have exciting news. My short book Explaining Our Weird Universe Volume 1: cool stuff about time, black holes and quantum magic, is being released on Kindle, initially, on 17 September. Already the pre-sales have outstripped previous records for my books on Kindle release. In it I explain – ‘for the rest of us’ some of … More Explaining Our Weird Universe Volume 1 – cover reveal!

Explaining the electromagnetic spectrum in less than 550 words

It’s intriguing how we always talk about stuff like radio, microwaves, light, x-rays and the rest – as if all these were different things. Well guess what – they’re not. They’re all exactly the same thing. Electromagnetic energy. That’s it, really. Well, there are differences – as we’ll see in this post. But in terms … More Explaining the electromagnetic spectrum in less than 550 words

Why this week’s comet landing is way better than celebrity butt-fests

This week’s landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was a landmark in space history – not because the comet apparently bore a passing resemblance to the Kardashian backside that was competing for place in the news, but because surface gravity on 67P is about one millionth Earth’s. You don’t land so much as drift in and try like hell to stay there. Add to that the … More Why this week’s comet landing is way better than celebrity butt-fests