Black Hole Lane, Rauks (Rocks), Worm on the Tree of Life

This week’s Feedback column (that I write) in New Scientist magazine has three segments. Here are bits of each of them: Mapping black holes — Richard Notley has been wondering down a dark path… and found enlightenment in remarks made by mathematician Roger Penrose (New Scientist, 19 November 2022) about the structure of the universe. He writes: “Roger […]

Roundabout research (Laurier #2 of 4)

Improbable recently profiled the work of Dr. Eric Laurier, who is a Senior Lecturer in Geography & Interaction, at the Institute of Geography & the Lived Environment, University of Edinburgh. Specifically, his paper on ‘Why people say where they are during mobile phone calls‘ Dr. Laurier’s work centres around the realisation that we miss so much […]

Dumpling Fog in China – a Computer Simulation

Impressive though the Shanghai-Nanjing Expressway is (opened  1996) the Zhenjiang branch section does suffer from an occasional meteorological drawback. In the form of ‘Dumpling Fog’. Prompting Yan Mingliang and colleagues at the Key Laboratory of Meteorological Disaster of Ministry (of Education), Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, China, to attempt an algorithmic emulation of […]

Are motorways rational from slime mould’s point of view?

Andy Adamatzky, an innovative writer of scientific reports [see our report about one of his earlier works], has joined with collaborators from many nations to do a new report about the apparently intelligent behavior of slime molds. He has published several papers that derive from the (double!) Ig Nobel Prize winning research of  Toshiyuki Nakagaki and […]