Are you superintelligent or a complete and utter smeghead? Take my fun science fiction quiz to find out:
What was unusual about Zaphod Beeblebrox, one of the main characters in Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy?
a) He was green
b) He had two heads and three arms
c) He was from Stoke on Trent
In Star Trek, what was the middle name of Captain James T. Kirk?
We’ve all seen Star Trek, with its ‘Beam me up, Scotty’ moments (yes, I know it was never said in the original series, Mr Nerd of Ohio). People zapping from one place to another, via a special machine, with no ill-effects. It looks great, doesn’t it?
Matter transference, or teleportation as it is also known, is a common element of many a scifi TV series – but does it have any grounding in fact? Could we actually transfer ourselves from one place to another without having to travel the conventional, slow, way?
Well, you may be surprised to learn that recent discoveries in quantum theory suggest there may be a grain of truth in moving matter from one place to another without effort. Is this yet another instance of science fiction predicting science fact? Continue reading →
SCIENCE is irrelevant to your life, right? It’s all people in white lab coats doing experiments with test tubes in foreign places, probably underground, writing really long reports published in magazines you’ll never read.
Well, partly, yes, but science is also a huge part of our everyday lives, and has contributed more to the modern world than any other subject you study in school.
In fact, without science and scientific discoveries, life just wouldn’t be the same. Here are 5 things you wouldn’t have without science: Continue reading →
YOU may have noticed this blog has been about sciencey subjects (so far at least – who knows what will happen in the coming months? I may decide to start talking about fudge, or flowers, or… well, maybe not, though all suggestions are welcome).
Anyway, I thought it was time we got to grips with what ‘science’ actually is.
To my generation, science is always split up into biology, chemistry and physics – the trio of subjects we studied at school. It brings memories of messy experiments, a bit of excitement when something blew up bigger than it should have done, iron filings, Bunsen burners and sniggers at the back when the teacher talked about reproduction. Continue reading →
WHILE we’re on the subject of holes (Were we? Yes we were – pay attention at the back) there’s another type of hole talked about a lot in science fiction – wormholes.
I don’t mean the ones you find in the garden, but the ones many scifi authors find useful for taking characters from one region of space/time to another without that tedious annoyance of reality getting in the way and taking forever.
The idea of a wormhole – basically a short-cut between two points in space or time – has been around for a lot longer than you’d think. Like the theory of parallel universes, it has an essential basis in what could be possible, physics-wise, so you wouldn’t have to throw a stick very far in a scientist convention to hit someone who thinks it could be true. Continue reading →
Well, they’re not really holes – it’s a bit of a misleading name, to be honest. Black holes are not holes as we understand the term – they’re not filled with nothing. In fact, they’re anything but empty.
A black hole is what we call it when a huge amount of matter has been packed tight into a small space. Think of it as three of our suns, all squeezed together into a space small enough to fit a city in. A bit squashed, truth be told. Continue reading →