Author: Laurie

Thermoelectrics Go Nano

A piece I wrote for Materials Today – originally appeared here: http://www.materialstoday.com/electronic-properties/comment/thermoelectrics-go-nano/ Thermoelectrics Go Nano Scientists from Northwestern University have developed a new nanostructured thermoelectric material which they claim converts heat to electricity more efficiently than any existing...


Physics etc :)

The whole women-in-physics thing is a subject I have very mixed feelings on. YES, I am a female physicist in a male-dominated environment. But NO, I don’t think I should be congratulated for that fact alone. And I don’t think that aiming to get a 50:50 split between the sexes should be the focus of our (as scientists and communicators) effort....


A couple of interesting papers on Science Outreach: Why do YOU do it?

A link to this paper: How Academic Biologists and Physicists View Science Outreach http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0036240 popped up on my Twitter feed this morning, so I’ve just been reading through it. It is based on academics taking part in outreach (across 97 institutes), rather than across the scientific community as...


My first ever (paid) freelance article :)

Only a teeny thing, but I am very excited that someone’s actually PAID ME to write something! I wrote a little blog post about AEROGRAPHITE on the new Materials Today Blog. http://www.materialstoday.com/blog/2012/7/25/aerographite-laurie-winkless/605.aspx <cough><cough> If you like it, feel free to rate it – if I do well, they might ask me...


Bubbles!

This time last year, I was a lil bit stressed. The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition was just a few days away, and we were about to pack the van….. This year, I’ve had a much easier time 🙂 NPL will be represented AGAIN this year, but this time, I’m not involved 🙂 But the stand is called POP! The Sound of Bubbles …. and, as you...


Thermoelectric Generators - Scrapbook Science!

Thanks to Sarah Castor-Perry for turning my “script” into a totally brilliant video: http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/podcasts/scrapbook/show/20120210/


First article for The Naked Scientists!

Published on their website on 10 Feb 2012: http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/articles/article/thermoelectric-generators/ …. AND I’ll be on their show on Sunday (12th Feb) from 6 – 7pm talking thermoelectrics! Thermoelectric Generators – TEGs Turning waste heat into wanted electrical energy… “In this house we obey the laws...


There could be only one explanation: the Brian Cox effect

The title is an excerpt from an article in today’s Independent: http://tinyurl.com/82l6hmc In the article, the journalist gives Prof Cox the full credit for the recent resurgence in interest in STEM subjects. As a scientist who spends a LOT of my spare (and work) time communicating my research to the public, this article REALLY grated on me. There are...


Short Bio

I recently had to write a short bio – part of my application for WCSFP. While looking back on 2011 (please see earlier blog post) I found it and just thought I’d dump it here. I am a nerd. There, I’ve said it. I was the kid in your class who wanted to be an astronaut, and I’m the adult who still secretly wants to be. I spend my weekends writing...


Science Outreach + my life

It has reached that point of the year that I start to do a few things: Buy Christmas pressies & book flights home. Panic that I have SO MUCH WORK STILL TO DO and so little time. Wake up every morning thinking that I need to double-sock it (I have eternally-cold feet). Recap what I’ve done with my life (or at least my year). Make...