Just So Science

“Just So Science” – The Science that Inspires

Elf Eldridge May 26, 2011

Thought i’d take a break from the beautiful universe for a brief moment just to point out a couple of awesome sciency ‘things’ that i’ve found around recently! First off is an excerpt from Paul Callaghan’s speech from graduation this year as published in ‘Victorious’. Here: paulcallaghangraduationspeech2011 A credit to Paul, reading this is the first thing that has … Read More

“Just So Science” – The Cosmos Wanderers

Elf Eldridge May 19, 2011

So the big astronomy news of today is the announcement of “Unbound planetary mass objects” around stars towards the centre of our galaxy. Now before i get too excited, I should probably mention that we have discovered large free-floating planets before (maybe) but these have been confined to large clouds of dust and gas near star forming regions – this … Read More

“Just So Science” – How Physics learnt to Teach

Elf Eldridge May 13, 2011

In response to an article published in Science[1] on improving learning in a physics course. They pretty clearly demonstrate that when comparing two streams of a physics course, that an interactive experimental approach is better than being taught even by the best lecturer. Hmm, I’d just like to say I’m gobsmacked. Let’s get something out of the way – it’s fantastic that … Read More

“Just So Science” – The Clouds that Weren’t

Elf Eldridge May 11, 2011

What’s the best thing about living in the Southern Hemisphere? Winter! Sure, the above image is taken from an observatory in Chile, but in NZ we get treated to a similar view of the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way, and they just get better and better as we move further and further into winter. To … Read More