The Voyager Series
The official home of the Voyager Series. Find out what happens when Voyager 1 gets picked up by two itinerant spacecombers from Morys Minor...
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"I read the news today, oh boy."
A sincere and unequivocal attempt to make nonsense of a range of topical issues of the day...
Here is a catalogue of my prose writings, including children's fiction, short stories, non-sequiturs and odd scraps of surrealism with or without a straightforward narrative. Don't believe me? Well, to prove it, here's a picture of a man being fired from a cannon:
Scientists are racing to find dark matter in the universe. You may find some of it here in the form of conspiracy theories, dark secrets, sinister and bizarre tales...
Raising a racket at Upper Gummtrey Tennis Club...
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This intergalactically recognised award was presented to The Speed Of Dark Blog by The Speed Of Dark Awards Commission.
I am delighted to have been nominated for the 2012 Tony Blair Ducking Under The Bar Award for boldly raising the bar and diving under it. I knew I had the potential to be a great underachiever. I've racked up another prestigious award - the Eric Morecambe 'Mister Preview' Prize. According to the award citation, The Speed Of Dark Blog contains material that ranks with the finest literary works in history. All the right letters are there, but not necessarily in the right order.
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Category Archives: Science
Operation INFEKTION (and the advent of fake news)
Disseminated by social media and platforms such as Google (as well as more traditional media outlets), disinformation (or black propaganda or ‘fake news’) has become a significant feature in the complex landscape of modern international politics in recent years. With … Continue reading
Posted in Dark Mutterings, Opinion, Science Tagged AIDS, Fake News, HIV, Jakob Segal, KGB, Operation INFEKTION
Pandemic? Don’t panic! (Lies, damned lies and statistics)
With a second wave of fearmongering now being orchestrated by the mainstream media, a bizarre fraud of staggering proportions is starting to come to light. A prominent feature of the daily Downing Street press conferences during the lockdown was the … Continue reading
Posted in Opinion, Science Tagged coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic, PHE, Public Health England
This enhanced colour image of Pluto and its moon, Charon, was taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft in July 2015. Pluto was discovered and classified as a planet in 1930, when astronomer Clyde Tombaugh of the Lowell Observatory examined photographic … Continue reading
Posted in Matter, Opinion, Science Tagged ammonia, Charon, Clyde Tombaugh, dwarf planet, Eris, Lowell Observatory, New Horizons, Pluto, Venetia Burney
My cousin is a fungi
According to the phylogenetic tree, the groups most closely related to animals are slime moulds and fungi. We share about 30 percent of our DNA with mushrooms and toadstools, far more than we share with plants! Well, how can it … Continue reading
Remembering Space Shuttle Columbia
Fifteen years ago today, the Space Shuttle Columbia’s flight back to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida was cut short in the sky over Texas. A piece of insulating foam had broken off the external fuel tank during the launch … Continue reading
Posted in Dark Mutterings, Science Tagged David "Doc" Brown, Mars rover Spirit, Space Shuttle Columbia, STS-107
Avoid tabloid headlines like the plague
“Invasion of almost 200 billion daddy-long-legs on the way, warn experts!” says the Telegraph. “A record 200 billion daddy-long-legs are set to hatch this autumn and experts are warning the warm weather will see the insects spread further across the … Continue reading
Posted in Dark Mutterings, Good planets are hard to find, Science Tagged chlopyrifos, crane flies, daddy-long-legs, Dursban, leatherjackets, Lorsban, organophospate, pesticides
The sixth moonwalker dies
Edgar Mitchell, the sixth moonwalker Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, lunar module pilot on Apollo 14, has died. He passed away last Thursday in West Palm Beach, Florida, on the eve of the 45th anniversary of his lunar landing. Mitchell and Alan … Continue reading
Posted in Science Tagged Alan Shephard Jr, Edgar Mitchell, moonwalker, NASA
The reboxetine drug trial scandal
Reboxetine is an anti-depressant drug marketed by Pfizer under the tradenames Edronax, Norebox, Prolift, Solvex and Vestra. Approved for use by the MHRA, the organisation that governs all drugs in the UK, it was first introduced in 1997 and millions … Continue reading
Posted in Dark Mutterings, Science, Science or Pasta Tagged anti-depressant, Edronax, MHRA, Norebox, Pfizer, Prolift, Reboxetine, Solvex, Vestra
Does drinking milk cause global warming?
Today’s helping of bad science comes courtesy of a major Swedish study, published in the British Medical Journal, suggesting that drinking milk not only fails to prevent bone fractures, but may also be responsible for earlier death. So what are … Continue reading
Posted in Humour, Nonsense, Science Tagged BMJ, British Medical Journal, Uppsala University