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Links 1 through 10 of 50 by Simon Phipps tagged Science

While it sounds a little sacrilegious to do this to decent whisky, I do like the idea of the "oak ice cream" and of the "grey dog" from an elderly whisky. The prospect of recombining the best bits of several whiskys is interesting too.

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Thank goodness we have scientists to help us answer the hard questions.

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“I have eliminated refined sugar from my diet and eat as little as I possibly can,” Thompson told me, “because I believe ultimately it’s something I can do to decrease my risk of cancer.” Cantley put it this way: “Sugar scares me.” -- The Lustig video first alerted me to this issue, and the more I hear about it, the harder I try to eliminate sugar from my diet. This article is very long but I think it's very important and I urge you to take the time to read it.

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Excellent (serious) visualisation of the amounts of radiation in the environment and their effects from xkcd. Full of discoveries, worth spending the time to study this.

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It seems James Burke's "Connections" series is available on YouTube - this page has links to the whole series.

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This has to be a candidate for an IgNobel Prize.

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Mendelbrot is someone I would have loved to have met. We were both at IBM at the same time, so it might have been possible, but we never did. His work has profoundly influenced me. I believe he discovered a new fundamental aspect of reality that we will continue to discover allows us to objectively explore and explain things previously thought to be purely subjective. One of the greats of the 20th century has left our community, and left it immeasurably richer.

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Wonderfully written story from Quinn about low-budget experimentation with fusion reactions.

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fMRI is a technique some people are suggesting can be used to read people's minds. This article suggests it's as accurate as a polygraph test (lie detector).

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