Qantas entertainment making the hours fly by

My rare trips to the cinema are now limited to flights! So, what's on for February 2018 flying to Japan? On the CBR-MEL leg I got into the mood with a documentary about Japanese sword, kimono and pottery made by traditional methods. Fun Fact: Mud is involved in the manufacture of all three! Painted on … Continue reading Qantas entertainment making the hours fly by

5 simple chemistry facts that everyone should understand before talking about science

I couldn’t have put it better myself. Even with only first year Chemistry.

The Logic of Science

One of the most ludicrous things about the anti-science movement is the enormous number of arguments that are based on a lack of knowledge about high school level chemistry. These chemistry facts are so elementary and fundamental to science that the anti-scientists’ positions can only be described as willful ignorance, and these arguments once again demonstrate that despite all of the claims of being “informed free-thinkers,” anti-scientists are nothing more than uninformed (or misinformed) science deniers. Therefore, in this post I am going to explain five rudimentary facts about chemistry that you must grasp before you are even remotely qualified to make an informed decision about medicines, vaccines, food, etc.

1). Everything is made of chemicals

This seems like a simple concept, but many people seem to struggle greatly with it, so let’s get this straight: all matter is made of chemicals (excluding subatomic particles). You consist entirely of chemicals…

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Throwing objects at vehicles now a criminal offence in ACT

Now here's an interesting thing in light of my recent experience... on Friday 9 June 2016 the ACT Legislative Assembly passed the Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, and one of the amendments was to specifically target that act. The explanatory statement 5 May 2016 (PDF) reads, The Bill introduces a specific offence in the Crimes … Continue reading Throwing objects at vehicles now a criminal offence in ACT

Sengaku-ji and the 47 Ronin – Conveniently located

Ever had one of those days when you are walking down a street you've walked many times before and you come across a site of major historical significance? (Actually, it could happen all of the time in Australia, because we are rubbish at acknowledging and signifying history.) I've walked past the Sengaku-ji temple a dozen times … Continue reading Sengaku-ji and the 47 Ronin – Conveniently located