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Having a lend

January 11, 2024 - 16:59 -- Admin

In recent years, there have been all sorts of bizarre conspiracy theories floating around, many of which have been instigated by a person or persons referred to as Q, whose gullible followers are known as QAnons.

The coming revolution?

January 2, 2024 - 14:24 -- Admin

I recently read a fascinating book by Simon Winchester entitled ‘Knowing what we know’1,2. I have a soft spot for Winchester, as he also wrote the book ‘The map that changed the world’ which is about the first nation-scale geological map produced by geologist William Smith, which was effectively the beginning of modern geology and biostratigraphy*3,4. A copy of this large map hangs in Burlington House in Piccadilly (London, UK), the headquarters of the Geological Society.

Salt and battery

January 1, 2024 - 15:13 -- Admin

Four and a half years ago, I wrote a piece about how advances in battery design were increasing the energy density of batteries. Energy density is measured in Watt-hours per kilogram (Wh/Kg). These advances had led to improvements in energy density such that Lithium ion batteries had an energy density of about 250Wh/kg, such that they could be used for all modes of transport, even aircraft.

Maybe they are all gone

December 24, 2023 - 10:55 -- Admin

Earlier this year, I wrote an article about the 1961 Drake Equation. This is the equation which is used to estimate the number of advanced civilisations in the Milky Way galaxy. That article, entitled ‘Where is everyone’ was in part driven by new estimates of some of the parameters used in the equation.

Symbiotic atrocities

December 20, 2023 - 20:51 -- Admin

Israel knew Hamas’ battle plan for the October 7 terrorist attack more than a year before it happened; this is shown by documents, emails and interviews obtained by Israel’s Channel 12 and then the Guardian1  and the New York Times2. However, Israeli intelligence dismissed the plan as aspirational, considering it too difficult for Hamas to carry out.

Back from the dead

December 9, 2023 - 14:48 -- Admin

Back in early 1992, I travelled to what remained of the USSR (or CIS, or whatever it was called at the time), on an exchange program between governments: a Russian colleague had come to Australia to work with us in 1990. 1992 was after the USSR fell apart and Boris Yeltsin had become president, the first popularly elected leader in Russia’s entire history1.

The shingle vaccine’s other benefits

December 6, 2023 - 09:50 -- Admin

As I mentioned in a previous article here, it is clear that some chronic diseases are at least in part caused by infectious agents such as viruses or bacteria1. One major group of chronic diseases in the modern world is that of dementia. There are numerous types, with three of the most common being Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)2.