September 2010
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Archive: misc.ience September 2010

Calling All to the Night of the Nerds

Aimee Whitcroft Sep 04, 2014

As some of you may know, for the last 4+ years I’ve been organising and hosting a wee event here in Wellington called Nerd Nite (you guessed it) Wellington. I’ve made mention of it occasionally here over the last few years, and today seemed as good a day as any to mention it again! For two reasons… 1. We gots mediaaaah … Read More

IdeaForge: the NEW engine of creation

Aimee Whitcroft Jul 01, 2014

It’s possible some of you have noticed I’ve not been around much recently. For which I am sorry – I miss blogging about sciencely things on a regular basis :) However, life has been…busy. In addition to the whole ‘paying the mortgage with day job’ thing, I’ve been spending time trying to get various projects off the ground*. One of … Read More

A mathematically representative climate change debate

Aimee Whitcroft May 16, 2014

John Oliver*, commentator and satirist, NAILS IT. And in case you didn’t see the news last week? Well, I’m just super glad I’m not investing in seafront property. Or anything close. Distinctly worried about most of our major cities, though, given humanity’s apparently inability to get its arse into gear around climate change-related issues. —– * If you don’t listen … Read More

The best visualisation of the solar system yet

Aimee Whitcroft Mar 07, 2014

Regular readers may be aware of my penchant for whimsy. My happy grinnings when people mix pedantry with a sense of humour*. And today’s offering is just such a one. The description is perfectly apt: it IS a tediously accurate scale model of the solar system. But there are some wonderful surprises, and I found myself scrolling for an awfully … Read More

Winners of 2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge announced

Aimee Whitcroft Feb 07, 2014

And my goodness but there are some stunners this year. It’s difficult to pick a favourite, but I did want to highlight the video below as one of them. Produced by NASA and winner of the video category, it shows the beautifully intricate and dynamic relationship between Sol (our sun) and Earth. How it affects our climate, the effect of … Read More


Countdown: I love this liftoff

Aimee Whitcroft Jan 27, 2014

It’s an insane day for space stuff! Stephen Hawking is boldly claiming ‘there are no black holes‘* – and this from the chap who proposed Hawking radiation :P Astronomers have discovered an ‘ultramassive’ black hole: one of the most powerful objects ever found. The ‘cosmic web’ – filaments of gas connecting galaxies across the darkest regions of space – has … Read More

Spellbinding: Computers Watching Movies

Aimee Whitcroft Jan 23, 2014

Artist Benjamin Grosser has done some utterly fascinating – given us a new perspective on, well, our perception by showing us how computers ‘watch’ movies. The outcome is stunning. Each movie used – from Taxi Driver to The Matrix, Space 2001 to American Beauty – shows a strikingly different pattern. They come from software, written by Grosser, which illustrates how … Read More


Academic kindness

Aimee Whitcroft Jan 20, 2014

The academic world can be a harsh mistress, as anyone who’s been anywhere near it knows. Not only can it feel like your colleagues are out to get you, but your bosses, funders, the public, governments and officials and, well, the world. Through all of this,  fledgling (and lovely!) tumblr blog Academic Kindness shines a light of sweetness and hope. Read More

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