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Science Relies On Computer Modelling – So What Happens When It Goes Wrong?

Science Relies On Computer Modelling – So What Happens When It Goes Wrong?From the transforming discovery of penicillin to the theories of relativity and quantum mechanics, science progressed with mind-boggling speed even before there were computers. Much of this is down to the robustness of the scientific method: scientific results are validated by being replicated and extended by other scientists.

How Email Has Survived And Continues To Thrive

How Email Has Survived And Continues To ThriveAsk around – everyone has an opinion about their email and their inbox, and it’s not always positive. From information overload, zero inbox and leaked email scandals to the much-hyped triumph of workflow software like Slack and Asana, email has certainly had a bad rap recently.

The Five Most Common Misunderstandings About Evolution

Do I resemble your great-great-grandfather by any chance? DaniRevi/pixabayGiven its huge success in describing the natural world for the past 150 years, the theory of evolution is remarkably misunderstood. In a recent episode of the Australian series of “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here”, former cricket star Shane Warne questioned the theory – asking “if humans evolved from monkeys, why haven’t today’s monkeys evolved”?

How Satellites Can Help Control The Spread Of Diseases Such As Zika

How Satellites Can Help Control The Spread Of Diseases Such As ZikaThe explosive spread of Zika throughout the Americas is raising questions about the best ways to control this and future epidemics. We first need to identify what factors contribute to the spread of Zika and understand where and when they occur. With that knowledge we can effectively target our resources to fight the disease and control its spread.

Why We Have To Wait For Scientific News?

Peer-reviewed and published. Maggie Villiger, CC BY-ND Purposes of a press embargoExtra, extra! The embargo’s lifted, read all about it. Rumors were flying through the blogosphere this winter: physicists at the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) may finally have directly detected gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of space-time predicted by Einstein 100 years ago in his general theory of relativity. Gravitational waves were predicted to be produced by cataclysmic...

Gravitational waves and why their discovery is such a big deal

gravitational wavesComputer simulation of two merging black holes producing gravitational waves. Scientists working at the LIGO experiment in the US have for the first time detected elusive ripples in the fabric of space and time known as gravitational waves. There is no doubt that the finding is one of the most groundbreaking physics discoveries of the past 100 years. But what are

What happens when LIGO texts you to say it's detected one of Einstein's predicted gravitational waves

Oh hey, I heard ripples in space and time, generated as two black holes merged. Call me back.

The best thing about a day in my life on the lookout for gravitational waves is that I never know when it will begin.

Like many of my colleagues working for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), the morning of Monday,...

Gravitational waves found: the inside story

Two black holes collide. One hundred years ago Albert Einstein in his general theory of relativity predicted the existence of a dark side to the cosmos. He thought there were invisible “gravitational waves”, ripples in space-time produced by some of the most violent events in the cosmos – exploding stars, colliding black holes, perhaps even the Big Bang itself. For decades,

Blending science, art and other excrement

I think it’s fair to say that I am fairly experienced in dealing with excrement. While some of this comes with caring for two small children, most of my faecal-awareness comes from first career as a veterinarian. In veterinary practice, the characteristics

Gravitational waves discovered: how did the experiment at LIGO actually work?

The 4km long arms of the LIGO experiment at Hanford. Gravitational waves are mysterious ripples in the fabric of space and time that travel across our universe at the speed of light. Predicted by Einstein exactly 100 years ago, a number of experiments have been searching for them. One of these experiments, LIGO, has now found them.

How punitive, omniscient gods may have encouraged the expansion of human society

With moralistic gods watching, it’s easier to be fair and cooperative.For the bulk of our evolutionary history, human groups were small, tightly knit communities. Only quite recently, some human groups started evolving into the large-scale societies..

could you fall in love with a robot?

Imagine it’s Valentine’s Day and you’re sitting in a restaurant across the table from your significant other, about to start a romantic dinner.

As you gaze into each other’s eyes, you wonder how it can possibly be true that as well

ways in which rail safety systems can fail

The aftermath of the German collision which is now under investigation.

Whenever we hear of an accident such as the head on train collision that occurred in Bavaria on Tuesday our first thoughts must be with the victims


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