Happy 200th, Frankenstein!

Today, June 16th 2016, is the 200th anniversary of the stormy night in Geneva when Byron told his houseguests they should all try their hand at a ghost story ... and the 18-year-old Mary Shelley took up the challenge.

Bad science, bad history, bad TV: we are but motes in the infinite cliché

I wanted to wish Neil deGrasse Tyson well  on his rebooted COSMOS project, I really did: he's a good scientist, and he can write well. Why then, with lots of money and big names and whizz-bang tech behind it, is the much-hyped Sagan reboot such a chore to watch? (Caveat: I've only seen the first …

Crystal bollocks

The Seattle Times has asked psychics in Seattle and New Orleans to predict the outcome of Saturday's pre-Superbowl playoff game. One of them is Seattle's "psychic barber," Rick Cook - but a caption helpfully explains that Cook is "not really a psychic." Thank goodness all the others are legit! Me, I can see the future …