Published October 10, 2011
Biology , Evolution , Geology , Palaeontology , Videos
Tags: Archaeopteryx, Caudipteryx, duck, Fossil, Microraptor, Modern birds
Most people prefer a good Tyrannosaur to a lowly duck. It’s a matter of choice of course, but when thinking about dinosaurs you probably have visions of ruthless predators with teeth the size of meat cleavers, or titanic herbivores bigger than small buildings, whereas ducks tend to float around in ponds inquiring after handfuls of bread.
However palaeontologists and biologists have revealed evidence that the humble duck may have triumphed over the mighty dinosaurs.
Continue reading ‘Why Ducks are better than Dinosaurs’
In a previous post I wrote about how we discovered the age of the Earth, and I mentioned that our planet formed at the same time as the other rocky bodies in our Solar System.
I didn’t say HOW this happened though. So now I will.
Continue reading ‘How the Earth was born’
Published October 3, 2011
Alien life , First Contact , Not-so-science , Star Trek , Videos
Tags: Alien life, Astrobiology, David Icke, Dian Fossey, First Contact, Prime Directive
Imagine that intelligent alien life exists, that its discovered humanity, and that it has the technology to reach us. What would first contact between humanity and aliens be like?
In the first post in this series I looked at the idea that advanced alien civilisations might be totally indifferent to our existence and would simply choose to ignore us.
In the other scenarios in this series I’ll assume that they are interested in us, and in this post, that they arrive on Earth, but in a rather covert fashion.
Continue reading ‘First Contact Scenarios – Espionage’
A lot of people don’t like the 2009 Star Trek re-boot directed by J.J. Abrams. A lot of these people are Star Trek fans.
I think they’re insane though. It’s a great film and a great way to revitalise a frankly tired franchise.
There’s a lot to like about Star Trek, but Abrams realised what its best asset was, and consequently hit the nail square on the head when he made his film…
Continue reading ‘In defense of ‘Abrams Trek’’
Published September 20, 2011
Alien life , Astrobiology , Astronomy , Biology , Geology , Life in our Solar System , Panspermia , Physics , Sci-Fi , Videos
Tags: Astrobiology, Giovanni Schiaparelli, Life on Mars, Mars, Percival Lowell, Red Planet, Solar System
In this series of posts I’ve looked at planetary bodies in our Solar System that could support life, from the moons of Saturn and Jupiter, to the cloud layers of Jupiter itself, to the ephemeral-once-jungles of Venus, I’ve even looked at Earth itself.
Now one of my favourites, Mars, the Red Planet.
Continue reading ‘Life in our Solar System – Mars’
Published August 25, 2011
Not-so-science , Sci-Fi , Star Wars , Videos
Tags: Blue Harvest, Christmas, Darth Vader, Science fiction, Star Destroyer, Star Wars, Stormtrooper
This is a piece I’ve written for SciFi Now, a brilliant British magazine dedicated to, you guessed it, SciFi. But also horror, fantasy, games and stuff. Go to their website right now.
They’ve asked for people to submit their own stories about their Star Wars memories and love of the franchise. Mine’s about my earliest experience with Star Wars and it’s deep Christmas meaning. I’m not sure if they’ll use it, but fingers crossed.
Continue reading ‘Star Wars: The true meaning of Christmas’
Published April 30, 2011
Alien life , Astrobiology , Biology , Evolution , Geology , Life in our Solar System , Videos
Tags: Astrobiology, Cassini–Huygens, Enceladus, Great Oxygenation Event, Saturn, Titan
In a couple of previous posts I looked at the possibility of life existing on some of Jupiter’s moons, including Europa, and then the possibility of life existing on Jupiter itself.
In this post we’ll head further out into the solar system and look at two of Saturn’s moons, Enceladus and Titan.
Continue reading ‘Life in our Solar System – Titan and Enceladus’