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My first taste of mothing was in a friend’s garden, where I turned up at about 8am the night after he’d “lit up” his 40W actinic, homemade, collapsable Robinson trap. I mentioned it on the blog at the time, you may recall – The...
There’s often an implication in social media comments on some of my updates that somehow my work ethic must be deficient because I don’t, apparently, adhere to the early starts, late finishes, working weekends, and checking in at the office even...
Digital goods – whether software, music and video files, images, documents – can all be transferred at almost zero cost between users provided they have the appropriate computer system and network connection. Unfortunately, for several industries...

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In case you didn’t know, I’m ascience journalist by day, a photographer on my days off anda musician by night.I’ve written and recorded a fewsongs over the last couple of years, which you can get hold of from the usual download sites:iTunes,...
Periodic Table of QR codes – QR codes are those little black and white boxes that look like a messed up barcode, which is essentially what they are, 2D barcodes. They’re becoming almost ubiquitous. Every event you attend, every restaurant you pass,...
Penrose, Escher, back – M.C. Escher‘s famously paradoxical illustration of 1960 depicting a stairway atop an “impossible” building, and made famous recently in a dreamscape of the Hollywood movie “Inception“, that seems to...

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So…that time of year…what was the most visited page on Sciencebase.com? As if you care…Well, of the 800,000 total visits to the site in 2017 (so far, at one time the site used to get almost that many visits every month!), served 4.4 million...
My recent Research Highlight on ChemistryViews.org about the nature of the Periodic Table of the Elements attracted a lot of readers and has stimulated an ongoing debate among those arguing as to whether or not there is a definitive format for this iconic tool....
Emilie Bigorgne of the Universit Paul Verlaine – Metz and colleagues suggest that the increasing production of nanomaterials will in turn increase the release of nanosized by-products to the environment. Whether or not these particles will accumulate...