Author: Laurie

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...


Ready, SET, go!

I spent today in the very glamorous surroundings of the Houses of Parliament, attending this year’s SET for Britain competition. It’s a contest for “…Britain’s early-stage and early-career research scientists”, and is apparently a pretty big deal! So, I feel lucky to have been selected as one of only thirty physics posters 🙂...


Science and the #hashtag

So, you may know that I do a little bit of freelance science writing bits for the lovely team at Materials Today. I’ve writing articles on aerographite, graphene and thermoelectrics…. and I’ve loved writing every word. VERY excitingly, just before Christmas, Stewart Bland the editor approached me to write a piece on the interaction between...


TEDx virgin no more!

I am a big fan of TED. I love listening to many voices, speak about different topics, with real passion and drive. So many TED talks have left me feeling awed, sad, excited, curious… But always, always inspired. So when I was asked to speak at a TEDx event to be held at Sir William Perkins School in Chertsey I should have just leaped at the chance. To stand...


….And S T R E T C H

Another news piece for the Naked Scientists 🙂 The original story, along with the audio of the piece, can be found here:   http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/news/news/1000096/ ——- Imagine a world where your mobile phone could be wrapped around your wrist, your GPS could be bent around your bike handles, or your tablet rolled up and put in...


(Power) Walk this Way

Here’s another story I wrote for (and reported on) for The Naked Scientists – you can listen to the show here: http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/podcasts/show/20130214/    (I’m on from 15.07) And you can read the original story here (or just below!):  http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/news/news/1000083/...


Diamonds are an MRI's Best Friend

Here is another of my news pieces for the Naked Scientists…. I’ve been really enjoying working with them, they are all complete pros and I’m learning SO MUCH from Chris and his team. Its a little daunting talking about science which falls so far outside my comfort zone, but I’m hoping that I’m gradually getting better at it! This...


Gyrating Gyroscopes

So, I was recently asked to describe how gyroscopes work, and all I could offer was a mumbly, handwavy, explanation – mumble conservation  mumble angular mumble momentum mumble – so I thought I should really just do my usual thing of writing it all down in one place, and hopefully, by the end of it, we’ll all understand a little better!...


The Best Thing Since Sliced Carbon

Another post I wrote for Materials Today. Originally appeared here: http://www.materialstoday.com/blog/2013/1/25/the-best-thing-since-sliced-carbon-laurie-winkless/778.aspx ——– Graphene first hit the headlines when two Manchester scientists – Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov – won the Nobel Prize for Physics for their work on it. Since...