Science

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    Pretty Good Privacy

    Internet security is a pretty big deal these days. In the age of Wikileaks and Edward Snowden, the scope and scale of surveillance by government agencies is staggering, and [more...]
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    IFLS Job Application

    on the 20th of January 2014, I applied for the position of science writer at the “I F*cking Love Science”  website. It has been well over a month, and I’ve [more...]
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    Explaining the Vortex

    Recently, much of North America (and it should be noted: ONLY North America) has experienced a brief period of record low temperatures as a result of the unusual but not [more...]
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    The Future of Doping in Sport

    blood doping, inexpensive and still commonly used For the longest time, I thought that it was a losing battle. The dopers would always outfox the anti-dopers. It was simply a [more...]

Fluorinated Compounds

Monday, October 3, 2011 // 0 Comments

Last Friday I was fortunate enough to be present at my girlfriend's Ph.D. thesis defence at the University of Copenhagen. In case anyone is wondering, it went very well, and all the opponents spoke highly of her work, and now we can all call her "Doctor". [more...]

Mid-Life Calculation

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 // 2 Comments

It is a fairly well-known truism that time seems to pass at a slower rate for children than it does for adults. One day, not long ago, I was pondering the unusual behaviour [more...]

Drawing Molecules

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 // 2 Comments

When you were a little kid, you probably came across quick step-by-step guides in children's books on how to draw things. My views on the faults of modern educations systems are perhaps best left to another post, but for now, I present a how-to guide for drawing molecules. [more...]

Population Paradox

Friday, April 9, 2010 // 7 Comments

Let’s say you’re a government minister, and you’ve been tasked with the job of controlling the population. There’s one catch – in the country [more...]

Undo the Folded Lie

Thursday, December 10, 2009 // 2 Comments

(The Earth Debate: Part 5) the current warming trend has more to do with us than the sun, anybody who tells you otherwise is a filthy liar I am angry. I’m angry at the [more...]

The Earth Debate: Part 4

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 // 0 Comments

The famed classical economist Thomas Malthus once said: “The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man. [more...]

The Earth Debate: Part 3

Thursday, July 9, 2009 // 0 Comments

There is a good reason that our “pale blue dot” is blue, and that is because over 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water. It is no surprise that [more...]

The Earth Debate: Part 2

Friday, July 3, 2009 // 1 Comment

In part 1, it was established that warming was taking place, and that the consequences of warming were not good for humans. I wanted to get those points out of the way first [more...]

The Earth Debate: Part 1

Monday, June 29, 2009 // 3 Comments

(note: Paul Krugman said more-or-less the same thing as I am about to do so in his NY Times Column this morning) The trouble with the Earth, is that it is our home. Because [more...]