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…


The Music and Science survey

After spending a few years interviewing people involved in music and science, and reading a bit on the topic, it was time to find out a bit more about people’s interests in music and science. I’ve created a survey, which only takes a few minutes to fill out, and you…

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This week it finally snowed a bit, and I went for a walk before work on Tuesday.