Friday, 17 February 2017

How I saved the world with gravitational waves

Are you filled with hopeless dread, now that the forces of bigotry and fear have been unleashed on humanity at unprecedented levels via individuals of incomprehensible incompetence and stupidity? Is it no consolation whatsoever that moronic despots are already the norm in many parts of the world, and the only novelty is that suddenly the blundering malevolence is so close to home? Do you wish that you could hide from it all? 

Perhaps you envy us scientists, who can escape into the endless funhouse of pure intellectual exploration?

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Fake News Flash!

Oh, the humiliation! The guilt! The shame! It is all weighing on me too much, and I have to confess.

Last weekend I spread a piece of fake news.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Lest We Forget: 2016

What an instructive year 2016 turned out to be!

We learned nothing new, of course — I am hard-pressed to name any year when that happened. But it was a great year for reminders.