Book review: Ontspoorde Wetenschap

On the tube in London, I pulled the book Ontspoorde Wetenschap out of my bag, to commiserate to my travel companion that I was reading this very interesting Dutch book about research fraud, but had nobody to discuss it with because it was in Dutch and nobody else in London…


Science books on T-shirts and bags!

Litographs is a company that sells T-shirts, tote bags, and posters based on books in the public domain. Each print has an image related to the story, and the “pixels” of the image are formed by letters in the original text. If you look close enough, you can read them!…


Spontaneous Paleontology

The Art Assignment is a YouTube show on PBS Digital Studios, hosted by Sarah Urist Green, which features a different artist each episode. The artists show how they work, and challenge viewers to carry out a specific art assignment. I’ve been following The Art Assignment ever since it launched, but…

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Cards Against Humanity Science Expansion Pack

Cards Against Humanity released a science expansion pack recently. Being a fan of science and owner of a Cards Against Humanity game, I obviously had to order this immediately. I justified my impulse purchase as charity, because proceeds for the expansion pack go to the Science Ambassador Scholarship – a…


Can my cat see the rotating snake optical illusion?

In 2013, Rasmus Bååth uploaded a video of a young cat responding to the rotating snake optical illusion. In this illusion, developed by Akiyoshi Kitaoka, it looks like the snakes are moving, even though it’s a static image. Later, Bååth published a scientific paper about this cat and other cats…



I finally had a chance to visit Barcelona last week, on a holiday with my family. Some photos and video below, and many more photos on Flickr.  


Science/music prize for survey draw

I promised an update about the prize pack you can win if you participate in the science and music survey. Now that most of the items are in, I thought I’d show you what’s at stake:   One random participant in the survey will win a music and science-themed prize…


Book review: AsapSCIENCE

AsapSCIENCE: Answers to the World’s Weirdest Questions, Most Persistent Rumors, & Unexplained Phenomena By Mitchell Moffit and Greg Brown Scribner (Simon & Schuster) ISBN 9781476756219 The creators of whiteboard-illustrated YouTube channel ASAP Science have a book coming out later this month: Answers to the World’s Weirdest Questions, Most Persistent Rumors,…


Book review: Keeping Women in Science

Keeping Women in Science By Kate White Melbourne University Publishing, 2015 ISBN 9780522867015 This book is a quite academic report of a study carried out in an Australian research institute. I’m starting my review with that because I was expecting the book to be broader than that, and I think…



I recently made a video about Maud Menten. I used Lego, of course, but this time also added myself. Menten is a famous name in Biochemistry, but for years I didn’t know that her first name was Maud, or that she was a woman in the first place. I just…