Monthly Archives: May 2021

Life; but not as we know it

If you pre-decide something and close down discussion, everything is possible, impossible, likely or unlikely. But, in life you are defined by the choice of choices you will allow, or are allowed. It’s hard to work out the effects of a particle or force on another particle if you don’t know sub-particles exist, but it’s […]

Eurovision Song Contest

In the first 18 years of the Eurovision Song Contest we never came last, and came first in 3 contests. In the last 18 years of Eurovision Song Contest we never came first, and came last in 5 contests. The number of UK viewers of the contest was 21.56 million in 1973. This year it […]

Pole Position and the Sun too

19/06/2021 – 9,000 racing pigeons set off from Peterborough of about 250,000 birds released that day in the UK, on a flight that should take 3 hours on average. About 5,000 (55%) of those failed to arrive, and 90% failed to arrive in the expected time for the UK, so the overall loss may be […]

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter

On 19th April 2021 the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter made history in being the first powered flight to take off from the Red Planet. There were later flights on 22nd, 25th, 30th April, and 7th May. Since then there hasn’t been a flight. To give NASA credit where credit’s due, I didn’t think that a helicopter […]

Chernobyl Radiation Levels Rising. What about Fukushima?

It’s interesting that neutron levels are rising again in the Chernobyl reactor areas, but it’s not something that is unexpected. To produce a fission reaction you need to have large quantities of radioactive material in as small an area as possible, and nature has this habit of through the action of weather and gravity, concentrating […]

Chernobyl Radiation Levels Rising

It’s interesting that neutron levels are rising again in the Chernobyl reactor areas, but it’s not something that is unexpected. To produce a fission reaction you need to have large quantities of radioactive material in as small an area as possible, and nature has this habit of through the action of weather and gravity, concentrating […]