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We are all used to big billboards, colourful advertising posters and interesting bus decorations drawing our attention to loads of products that we don’t really need but really should buy. Advertising seems to be all about making us notice things that we would normally ignore. But it doesn’t have to be that way, and as…

A Torrent from Hell

Tokyo will probably not forget 1923 in a hurry. The Hifukusho-Ato region of Tokyo was shaken to its foundation by a violent Great Kanto earthquake which ignited a large firestorm and produced a mammoth fire tornado that killed 38,000 people in just 15 minutes. That deadly statistic clearly casts no doubt on how dangerous fire…

March of the Penguins | A dry and sombre majesty

  There’s just something so deeply fascinating about bioscience—the science concerning living organisms and their relationships to each other and their environment. I guess my interest in the subject was piqued at an early age by my dad who subscribed to the National Geographic magazine, which I read religiously for many years until the subscription…

What’s so special about 3D?

3D is all the rage these days. From blockbuster movies to game consoles and TV sets, two dimensions don’t seem to be sufficient any more. Of course, three dimensions are better than two. We humans – as well as many other animals – have evolved our visual depth perception for a reason, after all; Knowing how…