It looks like we have to stay goodbye to the European Space Agency’s latest attempt to land a robot on Mars. Just like their previous outing, the Beagle 2, it was landing the equipment on the surface of the Red Planet that was their Achilles’ heel. So why does this keep going wrong for them, … More Get Your Lander To Mars!
Tonight, the sky lights up again for another major meteor shower (it did last night as well, but I was able to post for that, sorry, I’ll do better, I promise!). This meteor shower won’t be as bright or have as many meteors as the last one, but it was cloudy then anyway, so who … More Look to Orion!
Science Burrito has been away again. It is terrible of me, I know. I promise, I will make it up to you all by posting plenty of fun stuff over the next two weeks. But before we get back to our regularly scheduled science-y fun, I wanted to draw everyone’s attention to a project that … More An Analogous Blog
Science Burrito sneaks into your home once more to leave science all over the place like some kind of educational Santa Claus. This time, I thought I’d show you all a bit of what I do for a living. I am a spectroscopist. That sounds super fancy. I am not super fancy. Maybe I’m a … More Spectroscopy – 2 Ways 2 Science
Tonight, between 6 and 10 pm (GMT), prepare yourself for the moderate spectacle and minor astonishment of a partial lunar eclipse. Not only that, but nature brings this mildly amusing side-line/potentially disappointing little brother of the total solar eclipse, to a Harvest Moon. Which, sounds really cool and pagan, and looks kind of pretty I suppose, a … More A good moon rising?
Science Burrito and build-a-body return after a short hiatus. Previously, we saw that for our cells to produce the energy they need to work and, in turn, for us to live, we need oxygen to burn sugar. There’s another we can look at that though. We need sugar for that oxygen to burn! Our obvious … More How to build a person. 4 – Feed!
The internet loves a countdown! And who am I to deny them that? The internet also loves superheroes, and I can oblige there too. I love science, and this is my blog, so I get to pick what goes in it. I also love the movies. Unfortunately, these two passions, like fat and water, aren’t … More Marvels of Science
Here’s the good news. Every year, on the same night, give our take a leap year, something magical happens… Our world, the Earth, is hurtling at ridiculous speeds through space around its star, the Sun. Space is mostly empty, of course, that’s what makes it space. But around the 12th of August every year, space … More Shooting Star Gazer
So far in Science Burrito’s epic quest to build a person with nuts and bolts, we have made a skeleton and covered it in blood. This is pretty grim, especially so far from Halloween. Maybe it’s time for a breath of fresh air… That’s a pun, by the way, and I will not apologise for … More How to build a person! – 3: Breathe!
Warning! There is very little science in this piece (although I managed to get some reference in there). It is purely an opinion piece, a subject very close to my heart that I wanted to get out there and it’s my blog so I can. So there. Society has, from time immemorial, and for good … More Identity Crisis