Liquid Nitrogen Ice Bucket Challenge

For a full disclaimer and safety notice please see the original post.

I now do lots of science blogging over at Tycho’s Nose, an excellent blog put together by Gilead, Keir and myself. Whilst the site’s content usually consists of long, thought-out pieces on interesting and varied topics, I was challenged to do the blooming ice bucket and figured that I would only do it if i was teaching people stuff.

So yeah, combined gas law for the win. The experiment works beautifully and the moment where I pull in the whiteboard isn’t overly cheesy (although still very cheesy) but hell people have messaged me to say they enjoyed learning the gas law so why the hell not.

 

Personal Genome Project Party

Personal Genome Project Party
[Most important update: a big old full statement and apology from the PGP here]
[Update: someone from PGP has commented to point out that this is PGP UK only and the international ones are run separately]

Last night the Personal Genome Project (PGP UK) sent an email out to everyone who’d registered an interest in taking part. 2 hours later one volunteer replied to the PGP UK with a query about the booking form. Unfortunately for the UCL-administered mailing list, the thousands of people that received the first email also received the second one.

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Does Microsoft Excel know more about Nicki Minaj than I do?

Does Microsoft Excel know more about Nicki Minaj than I do?

For a bit of a laugh, I frequently challenge my friends to topics on Quiz-up that I know we both know literally know nothing about. My main topic of choice used to be “Nicki Minaj” but recently I suspect that my younger brother is secretly studying Minaj facts so he can beat me at it.* Anyway, there have been a couple of times I’ve scored so badly in these joke Quizup games I’ve wondered:

Would I actually just been better off jabbing at the screen at random?

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