Author: Laurie

Moving on

Change is hard. Scary. Exciting. Almost always worthwhile. But hard. My mum tells the story like this. We were wandering around Dublin city centre when I was five or six, and as we passed the gates of Trinity College, I asked what was inside. Mum explained that it was a ‘big school for very clever people’. I declared, “I’m going to go to...


Nanosheets Soak Up Spills

My eleventh news bit for the awesome Naked Scientists – originally appeared here (you can also listen here too): http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/news/news/1000158/ —- A material capable of absorbing up to 33 times its own weight in oils and organic solvents has been developed by scientists in Australia. The clean-up of oil spills has...


A Boy and His Atom

I’m sure you’ve already seen this – the smallest movie ever made, by scientists at IBM. But I LOVE it, so I just wanted to stick it on my blog. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSCX78-8-q0 And I’m sorry to be pedantic, but what you see are not atoms, they are pairs of atoms – each ball is a carbon monoxide molecule, one atom of carbon...


No More Droopy LEDs?

This is a piece I wrote and chatted about on the Naked Scientists podcast last week. It also marked my TENTH appearance as their physics / tech reporter-type person 🙂 It originally appeared here: http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/news/news/1000148/ Reducing the Droop in LED Efficiency Wed, 24th Apr 2013 A team from the University of California,...


My TEDx appearance

I promised that I would share my TEDx video when it appeared on YouTube. So here it is! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKziv1x4DMw PS: I really REALLY don’t like watching myself


Super-Strong Spider Silk

This is a blog post I wrote for Materials Today last month – it originally appeared here: http://www.materialstoday.com/blog/2013/4/3/super-strong-spider-silk-laurie-winkless/852.aspx —— Spider silk has often been regarded as one of Nature’s “wonder materials”, with an unmatched combination of low density, high extensibility and enormous...


Guitars

For someone who doesn’t actually play guitar, the instrument seems to play a rather important role in my life. I am lucky enough to live with three particularly handsome guitars, along with an even more handsome player-of-guitars 🙂 And I just love them. How they look. How they sound (when played properly). And, at the risk of sounding a bit...


Naked News - Thurs 4th April - Lithium Batteries Get a Sulphur Makeover

This story originated from Germany, and it’s all about the development of lower-cost (and potentially safer Lithium-based batteries) for use in the car industry. It was part of a great series of news stories – you can listen to / download the whole show here: http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/podcasts/naked-scientists/show/20130404/ Story...


Another week another Naked News story

SORRY for the lack of posts of late – things have been somewhat manic. Never enough hours in the day and all that. Anyway, since the last time I posted, I’ve written two more pieces for the Naked Scientists – I’ll include the most recent one here, and the other one will be up next 🙂 …… This one is about a new laser-based...


Water in the sky in dimers

Last Thursday I had another brief appearance on the Naked Scientists news show – this time I was talking about detecting water dimers in atmospheric conditions – you can listen to the show here (I’m on from 15.18): http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/podcasts/naked-scientists/show/20130314/ —– Water Dimers Detected Physicists...