Feature Post, Geology

The Mind Bending Types of Geological Folds

Geological folds at Mount Head.

Folds are some of the most common geological phenomena you see in the world – a geological fold occurs when planar (usually sedimentary) layers are curved and/or bent, permanently deformed due to outside pressure. Folds’ sizes can vary from microscopic to mountain sized, as you can see above. Despite being a fairly simple process (in principle), folding can occur under

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Book review: ‘Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet’

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A sobering wake-up call: tax carbon!

Feature Post, Physics

Could you balance a pencil on a one-atom thick tip?

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It’s Saturday, so time for some fun physics. This non-trivial question is often asked in international physics contests and requires a bit of out of the box thinking.

Feature Post, Psychology

How Oculus Rift could revolutionise Social Psychology

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Upon acquiring virtual technology company Oculus, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg predicted that virtual reality technology would one day permeate areas of life further than just the world of gaming, and we would ‘someday [use virtual reality] to enjoy a courtside seat at a basketball game, study in a classroom, consult with a doctor face-to-face or shop in a virtual store’. It’s true – the creation of immersive, virtual environments does indeed have masses of potential for industries which beforehand, were seemingly incongruous with such technology. Social psychology, the study of human experience and behaviour, is one of them.

Anatomy, Anthropology, Biology, Did you know?, News

Why in the world do we have chins? Maybe, because we evolved from being just brutes

Man with prominent chin and missing teeth. Etching by Wenceslas Hollar.

Ever wondered what chins are good for? Upon a quick reflection, you might think it actually has some practical value, supporting your jaw against the massive chewing forces. But that’s nonsense. It doesn’t do any of that, as a recent research concludes. In fact, the chin – the last facial feature to stop growing – actually makes the jaw less resistant to the bending stress of chewing as we age. Though still a mystery, scientists believe the chin is actually a side effect of the rest of the face having become smaller. Much smaller than that of early ancestors or cousin Neanderthals, at least.

Feature Post, Great Pics

19 Magnet GIFs That Will Blow Your Mind

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Magnets – they come in all sizes, they fascinate everyone, and they’re extremely useful in modern society. I won’t go into a Wiki-type of article here, explaining how they work – there’s plenty of good articles online, like this one and this one – here, we’ll just show magnets in their pure awesomeness.           All GIFs

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GeoPicture of the Week: The Seven Sisters of Sussex

Image via Poojycat.

The Seven Sisters are a series of chalk cliffs by the English Channel, in Sussex (doh!). In case you didn’t know, chalk is actually a porous sedimentary rock, a form of limestone composed of the mineral calcite forming in somewhat deep underwater conditions from the gradual accumulation of minute calcite plates (coccoliths) shed from micro-organisms called coccolithophores.   The southern and

News, Offbeat, Science

Why #IAmAScientistBecause is awesome

It’s the favorite hash tag we’ve had since #OverlyHonestMethods: scientists are flooding Twitter with their own revelations and reasons why they feel they’re scientists. It’s awesome because it highlights how special and unique being a scientist really is. #IAmAScientistBecause I want to explain to people how much we all NEED nature. http://t.co/LaX9G8jAkx pic.twitter.com/5AVVPBwD6f — Mark Spalding (@DocSpalding) April 7, 2015 Scrolling

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7 scientific reasons to read books

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I know, I know – reading is fun, it’s hip and it’s good for you. There’s plenty of reasons why you should read, but here, I’ll focus only on the ones backed by science. 1. Reading makes you a better person. Seriously, it’s not a figure of speech. Not one, but two (parallel) studies found that reading actually makes you a better

Great Pics, Offbeat, Other

Giant, tubular creature is not a worm, but a free-floating colony

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It’s one of the most amazing creatures you’ve never heard about: the pyrosome. It often looks like a giant inflatable underwater balloon, or a tube-like worm, but it’s actually made of hundreds or thousands of individuals known as zooids. “One long pyrosome is actually a collection of thousands of clones, with each individual capable of copying itself and adding to