The NHS Should Be Free – But Only For The Young

In celebration of this blog’s 1st birthday, I’m publishing an opinion piece. Please read it accordingly.  It’s a social marvel that provides free healthcare to our entire population regardless of class, wealth, ethnicity, sex or age. However, we all agree that the NHS is in financial trouble. Ideally this would be fixed by dramatically increased funding,…

Downside Up

Fact: after being upside down for a week, you start seeing things the right way up. I’ll admit I took a bit of poetic license with the title, but it’s true – we quickly adapt to seeing things upside down. The logic behind studying what appears at first to be a bit of a joke area of science lies…

Hearts and Minds

Fact: Your brain can survive without your heart… for a while. If your heart stops, you’re a goner unless someone can get it started again pretty much immediately. Right? Well, actually, you might be OK for quite some time. When your heart stops pumping, your blood stops moving and the brain becomes starved of both oxygen and…

Speeding Ticket

Fact: This one time, man travelled 85.76mph… on a bicycle. On the salt flats of Utah, Todd Reichart broke the world speed record for human-powered transport, using nothing but his legs, some excessively large gears and some physics. At high speed, air resistance rapidly becomes the biggest force to contend with (next time you are driving at 85.76…