Chris Styles speaks to ethical taxidermist, Krysten Newby, about the truth behind the art of taxidermy and how she turned her passion for art and nature into a business. There is something about seeing an animal in the flesh; something you cannot get from an image. It is tangible, you can understand its weight, its […]
Read More A More Modern Prometheus
Does metaphor help or hinder Sci-com? Metaphors are a powerful tool in language, although we may not realise just how often we use them. You may think that they are only used inadvertently or to add an unnecessary flourish to creative writing, but you may be surprised at just how much we all use metaphors […]
Read More When you can’t see the wood through the trees
Written by Chris Styles and contribution from Dr Ing Marc Anthony Azzopardi Looking up into the emptiness of space at night can leave me in a bit of trance. I do not think the average human mind is very good at comprehending the vastness of it all. But humans are pioneers and nothing will stop […]
Read More Space: A bin that never gets full?
Waiting for a response for an online enquiry, trying to cancel a subscription for a magazine i never read; I was perhaps already slightly frustrated. I found myself infuriated about not knowing if I need to respond to the pleasantries coming up in the text window from “Katie” or if I can just ignore them? […]
Read More Should I chat up my chatbot?
I keep hearing people saying “it’s strange times we’re in”, while catching up with friends I really should have spoken to a long time ago. Normally, life gets in the way; not much of that happening now. I keep telling myself that this is necessary, these rules are for the greater good, but I still […]
Read More Why is it so hard to give an inch?
I am sitting here, on a Sunday (I think it’s a Sunday but days are all becoming the same) morning, looking out of the window, watching the world go by. Time may feel like it’s standing still amongst all the Coronavirus chaos, but it is still going on, forever moving constantly forward. But why? As […]
Read More Time and Chaos- What makes our universe tick?
I sometimes get the urge to do the really stupid stuff, throw my car keys into a canal, stick my hand in the plate of an outside diners food, trip over small children as they walk past me just to imagine what their scary Dad would do. As I list these thoughts my mind goes […]
Read More The call of the absurd-Did I really want to do that?
The internet can make you an instant expert, at least it may seem that way. You only have to do a Google search and you can find pages of videos explaining science, and this can be a real minefield for public (mis)understanding. I am certainly not trying to discredit any particular creators of topics; I […]
Read More Big Bang Theories- The good and evil of pop science.
You’re such an ENTJ! We have always loved to put a label on people, from dragons and water carriers, to Hufflepuffs and Samantha’s. Having someone explain the intricacies of one’s own head seems to bring a slight sense of closure; it is sometimes quite cosy in a box! The Myers Briggs personality indicator is probably […]
Read More Questioning the Myers Briggs test?
On one of the highest spots in Gozo there proudly stands a lighthouse. Built in 1840, it continues to warn nearby ships away from the shallows. After a long night shift, the lighthouse has another crucial role to play. A team of researchers from the University of Malta, led by Prof. Raymond Ellul, has converted this […]
Read More Steam, Ships, and Emissions