Coding, Space

GIF Earth – GIFs from space

I’m working on developing my first Android app right now and it involves pulling a lot of interesting data and imagery from NASA. One of my favourite sources of space imagery is NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC). It was launched aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) in February 2015 and sits at the Earth-Sun Lagrange-1 point …

Coding, Silly, Tech

A real Weasley clock using a Raspberry Pi and LEGO

I’ve only just started reading the Harry Potter series. I know, I know. One of my favourite things so far was the Weasley’s clock in Chamber of Secrets. It’s a clock that shows where people are and what they’re doing rather than the time. I see programming as a form of modern magic, so why …

Biology

Palaeontology in evo-devo

I’ve always found palaeontology fascinating, probably due to my love of dinosaurs from an early age. These days I have a different appreciation of palaeontology because of the fact that development evolves. I’ve met several people who believe that evo-devo (evolutionary developmental biology) is all about genomics and has little to do with fossils these days. …

Biology

Homology: it’s just similarity, right?

I recently had a discussion where the word “homology” was thrown around very loosely by someone who should probably know better. Those who have at least heard of the word might think it has something do with things being similar. Those with an interest in biology, especially evolutionary biology, probably realise it’s more complicated than …

Biology

How many times has a centralised nervous system evolved?

Neuroscience interests me because of the idea that an object (the human brain) is attempting to understand itself. For that same reason, I’m fascinated by the evolution and development of the central nervous system. Scientist’s brains are attempting to discover exactly how they came into existence. Our central nervous system obviously appeared a long time ago. Cows, …

Space

He went in peace for all mankind

Bruce McCandless: “Okay. Neil, we can see you coming down the ladder now.” Neil Armstrong: “Okay. I just checked getting back to that first step. Buzz. It’s not even collapsed too far, but it’s adequate to get back up.” Bruce McCandless: “Roger. We copy.” Neil Armstrong: “It takes a pretty good little jump.” Bruce McCandless: …