Come With Me, and You’ll Be, in a World of Total Automation! You know what my favourite part of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is? It’s not the Everlasting Gobstopper or the ironic punishments doled out upon the rotten children. It’s the reason why the Bucket family is in poverty. Charlie’s father loses his job […]
Author Archive: Gus Mitchell
An Inconvenient Post-Truth When it comes to climate change, politicians and scientists get along like the Titanic and a (rapidly shrinking) iceberg. Climate scientists have historically been ignored or had their findings downplayed by legislators, and now politicians are facing the consequences of downplaying a threat that can’t be debated or easily scapegoated. In a […]
Hydrogen: Now Metal as Fuck Welcome to Super Science Trends! Where we see what’s new in science and prepare you for the technological advances you can expect in the coming years. So when you get out of university and find a robot has taken your job, don’t say we didn’t warn you! As befitting the […]
Ever since intelligence community martyr and recent Twitter user Edward Snowden leaked classified documents from the NSA, we’ve suddenly become aware of the extent to which intelligence agencies can keep tabs on all of our online actions.
In between essays and articles, the two shows I most recently binge-watched were Black Mirror and Mr. Robot. Both shows are about the profound effect that technology has on our lives and our society, and it got me thinking about how much of a love-hate relationship we have with our devices, despite the innumerable benefits […]
I was introduced to a number of biology lecturers, but at the time, they were only known to me by the animal they studied—“the deer guy”, “the rhino guy”, “the tropical fish guy” and so forth, like some zoological Justice League.
Ancient stone tools used by chimpanzees dating back to 4300 years ago have been discovered in West Africa. This has led archaeologists to declare that chimps are officially in their own Stone Age. Anyone else hear the 2001 theme playing? The Chimpanzee Stone Age has been going for quite some time, with chimps handing their […]
Drug companies are tracking down superhuman mutants to use their genes to cure debilitating medical conditions. This may sound like the premise of the next X-Men movie, but it’s actually happening right now. Thanks to advances in epigenetics and genome sequencing, drug companies like Amgen and Genentech have been able to identify these genetic […]
How many ways do you think there are to tie the average necktie? According to statistical physicist Thomas Fink, mathematically there are 85, based on shape, symmetry and the way in which the tie is laid at each point one ties the knot. Fink published his findings in The 85 Ways to Tie a Tie […]