Archive for the 'science' Category

Bad Science Should be Required Reading

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Bad Science by Ben Goldacre is a fascinating read. I’ve intermittently followed his Bad Science column on the Guardian and it’s often thought provoking and uplifting too. I’m thus no stranger to the placebo effect, the inflated claims of homeopathy, and the commercial interests of all these companies selling diet plans and nutrition guidance. This […]

Conversational Artificial Intelligence

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

I was listening to the Stack Overflow podcast the other day in the car on the way back from work. They were talking about their new site which proposes a question / answer model for programmer’s questions. The site covers not just the questions and answers themselves, but builds a model upon which the community […]

Playing on the Slide

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

Nathan loves the park close to home, where he can play on the slide, a rocking horse on a spring, and a sort of spinning top. Even now with the colder weather, it’s great to get out and watch him run around and climb up to the top of the slide. I thought the cold […]

Prepare your Wake Up

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

I got an unexpected present this Valentine’s day. Yasmina bought me a new alarm clock, and it’s unlike any I’ve had before. It works on the principle that simulating sunrise by gradually fading up a light until the alarm goes off helps to reduce production of melatonin, the sleep-inducing hormone. So recently, I’ve been waking […]

Online Cyborg Sex Facilitates Human Connections

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

The article “Experts ponder a future of new sex gizmos, robots” caught my eye. People seem to have less and less time to spend really communicating with one another. After you get back from the office and attend to your chores, do you have enough time to really connect with people? Do you socialise as […]

Calculating a Happy Easter

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

Easter only just started for me, since Good Friday is not a public holiday in France. I only get a three day weekend :-(. Easter always falls on the Sunday following the 14th day of the lunar month on or after the 21st of March (got that?). It’s not a particularly early Easter this year […]

Changing Clocks

Monday, March 27th, 2006

This week, America is an hour more than usual behind Europe. In the European Union, Summer Time begins on the last Sunday in March – all time zones change at the same moment, at 1am UTC (Universal Time a.k.a. GMT). So yesterday, the clocks went forward one hour. The clock change won’t happen in the […]

They Put a Man on the Moon

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

In thirteen years from now, with a budget of at least US$108 billion, NASA plans to once again put a man on the moon. In fact not one, but four at a time. Perhaps even a woman this time ;-). The major difference in the new moon launch plan – and something no doubt which […]