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The festival of fire

The festival of fire

Stella Ktenas falls down, down, down into the Burning Seed

Science Revue: How We Built a Time Machine and Ruined Everything (Stella Ktenas)

Science Revue: How We Built a Time Machine and Ruined Everything (Stella Ktenas)

Stella Ktenas wants to build a time machine to go back and watch this show again

Waiting for the drop

Waiting for the drop

Stella Karver reports on new developments in the University of Queensland’s pitch drop experiment

The Arctic is melting

The Arctic is melting

Coleridge foretold our future in the lines, “Water, water, every where, / nor any drop to drink.” The oceans have been slowly warming in recent decades. This year Arctic temperatures were 1-3 degrees Celsius above average, and thousand years old methane frozen on the sea bed is starting to bubble to the surface in plumes. […]

When spell-check strikes back: the Cupertino effect

When spell-check strikes back: the Cupertino effect

Before there was Damn You Auto Correct, there was the Cupertino effect. The effect derives its name from the spell-check dictionary on Microsoft Word 97, which only contained the hyphenated spelling of ‘co-operation’. This meant the British form ‘cooperation’ would be automatically corrected to ‘Cupertino’ (in a bizarre coincidence, Cupertino turns out to be a […]