Code for life

Upcoming popular lectures by Professor Lawrence Krauss

Grant Jacobs Mar 10, 2010

The Psychology Department of the University of Otago is sponsoring two talks by leading physicist Professor Lawrence Krauss next week. If you’re in town, be there! Among his popular science books are Hiding in the Mirror (2005) and The Physics of Star Trek (1995). Hiding in the Mirror is subtitled: The Quest for Alternate … Read More

Molecular biology in museums

Grant Jacobs Mar 09, 2010

The past fifty years has seen the rise of molecular biology. Many museums have little to represent molecular biology and it’s impact on medicine, perhaps because the objects studied in molecular biology are usually visualised indirectly, whereas museum visitors traditionally go to view objects with their own eyes. [caption id="attachment_1573" align="alignright" width="350"] Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, New Zealand. Note … Read More

An horrific case of natural health treatment of cancer

Grant Jacobs Mar 08, 2010

Some of my local readers will have seen last night Lorelei Mason of TVNZ (Television New Zealand) present an horrific case of an iridiologist treating a skin cancer on the scalp which went on to invade the patient’s skull, eventually requiring major surgery. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="(Source: wikipedia.)"][/caption] You can read a text … Read More

137 years of Popular Science back issues, free

Grant Jacobs Mar 08, 2010

One-hundred and thirty-seven years of back issues of the monthly magazine Popular Science are now available on-line free. [caption id="attachment_1598" align="alignleft" width="350" caption="Popular Science cover, October 1977. (Source: Google books)"][/caption] You can either search the Popular Science archives, or access issues via Google books. It does not appear to be possible to download … Read More

New Zealand, a tsunami breakwater for Australia, teenage brains and other tales

Grant Jacobs Mar 05, 2010

Time for a lazy Friday post. A round-up of titbits read, ’heard on the wires,’ over the past few days. NZ a tsunami breakwater for Australia? This excellent graphic of a preliminary calculation of the tsunami potential from NOAA’s West Coast and Alaska Warning Center been circulating the internet: … Read More

The inheritance of face recognition (should you blame your parents if you can't recognise faces?)

Grant Jacobs Mar 03, 2010

You’d think that recognising faces is one of those things that we all do well, or at least the vast majority of us do, yet in practice our ability to do this varies. Recent twin studies present evidence that face recognition is heritable and is a distinct cognitive task in it’s own … Read More