Null Hypothesis: The Journal of Unlikely Science
|Categories||Science Satire and Information|
|Publisher||Null Hypothesis Ltd|
|Final issue||May 2006 (print)|
Null Hypothesis: The Journal of Unlikely Science is an online satirical science website, which casts a wry eye over the world of science and technology. Dubbed "the Private Eye of science" by the Daily Telegraph, it was started in 2004 in Bristol University by three bored postgraduate students disillusioned by the grind of publishing papers in academia. The three behind the idea, David Hall, Andrew Impey and Mark Steer, all have biology backgrounds, although the website covers all topics from mathematics and chemistry to social science and philosophy.
The predominant focus of the website is to provide science information and entertainment in a light-hearted and non-exclusive way. To this end it publishes articles on the latest science news, things which are strange but true, factual information and the occasional spoof story. The public is encouraged to contribute. Contributed articles have included why toast landing butter-side down is proof of a God, whether bungee jumping makes your eyes pop out, and if too many cooks do spoil the broth.
Mixed in with nuggets of the bizarre are current news stories from around the world, features on items in the news and commentary on day-to-day science.
The print version of the magazine ceased publication in May 2006, but it has continued online since then. The website includes information for teaching science, as well as jobs and an archive of past articles.
- "Null Hypothesis a web hit". 4 May 2007 – via news.bbc.co.uk.
- Hold your breath, save the planet: Bristol boffins answer Branson's challenge, The Register, 1 March 2007