New Titanium Alloy is Hardest Ever Discovered: Good News for Dodgy Hips

Gone are the days when a gentleman scientist of reasonable intelligence could singlehandedly make new scientific discoveries by mixing random chemicals together and seeing what happens. It is now rare for the lone genius to come up with a breakthrough in a classic Eureka! moment. Science, at its heart, is now a very collaborative endeavour.… Read More New Titanium Alloy is Hardest Ever Discovered: Good News for Dodgy Hips

P-Hacking

Today we’re going to get a bit meta. Just as important, if not more important, than science is the science of science itself. How do we know if the papers being published every day of the week are of a high enough standard to be trusted and to take human knowledge forward? What proportion of… Read More P-Hacking

Physician-Assisted Death: A Conversation We Need to Have

On February 6th 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada annulled the part of the Criminal Code that made physician assisted death (PAD) illegal for a ‚Äúcompetent adult person who (1) clearly consents to the termination of life and (2) has a grievous and irremediable medical condition (including an illness, disease, or disability) that causes enduring… Read More Physician-Assisted Death: A Conversation We Need to Have

Brown Dwarf Found to Have Water in Atmosphere and Earth-like Temperature

For the first time ever we have discovered clouds of water around an astronomical body outside of our solar system. WISE 0855 is a brown dwarf about 7 light years from earth, so extremely close in cosmic terms, and was first discovered in 2014. Since then astronomers at UCSC have been trying to get a… Read More Brown Dwarf Found to Have Water in Atmosphere and Earth-like Temperature