To Infinity and Beyond

Fact: If you add up all the positive numbers in existence, it comes to a total of -1/12. You might think that infinity is a big number, but if you add up all the positive numbers in the world you end up with a paltry -1/12. Yeah it sounds crazy, and no it doesn’t make…

The Student Loan Conundrum

Question: Should I pay off my student loan? It’s the most glorious of times – a new tax year. In celebration, I’m doing something a little different and taking on one of the most common but confusing topics around – whether you should pay off your student loan. Spoiler alert: maybe, it depends. First up,…

Your Own Worst Enemy

Fact: The most likely person to kill you is you. The logic behind this one is simple: in the UK, suicide rates are far higher than murder rates. If someone is going to kill you, odds are its going to be you. With murder lagging well behind suicide in the rankings, it doesn’t look like…

Mummy Says I’m Special

Fact: Every single snowflake is unique – but only just. Science backs the magic of snowflakes – they’re all special, just like mummy used to tell you. However, they’re also all very similar: it’s only microscopic, molecular quirks that make them unique. The intricate structure of snowflakes is formed when water slowly freezes around a…

Cause and Effect…

Fact: Eating margarine in Maine does not cause you to get divorced. Maybe this week’s fact seems like an obvious one. I’m guessing that the question of whether eating margarine causes couples to divorce anywhere in the world was one that was far from the tip of your tongue. Why am I bringing this up? Well,…

We Are Not Alone

Fact: The aliens should have been in touch by now. There is absolutely no convincing evidence of intelligent – or indeed any – life on other planets to date. However, taking into account the huge size and age of the universe it is also extremely unlikely that we are the only life-forms in the universe….

Against The Clock

Fact: There are 10,080 minutes in a week. And this time I could only find a single one in which to write a post. ‘Another one of Mr Shaunak’s Little Bites of Science’ Image under Creative Commons license

Beautifully Simple

Fact: 111,111,111 × 111,111,111 = 12345678987654321 Sometimes the world needs no explanation. Also I have finals. ‘Another one of Mr Shaunak’s Little Bites of Science’ Image under Creative Commons Liscence

Play Your Cards Right

Fact: If you shuffle a deck of cards, that precise order of cards has probably never happened before.  Actually, if every single person on earth (all 7 billion of us) had shuffled one deck of cards every second since the start of the universe – 13.7 billion years ago – we still wouldn’t even be close to having…