Author: Laurie

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...


London Transport

So, my mate Helen visited last weekend, and as we always do when we get together, we spent most of the time just chatting about random stuff. She pointed out that I like to talk about London. A lot. So I thought that maybe I’d write a blog post on it. This has not been edited, or thought out in any way. This is just how my brain spewed it out… so, apologies....


London's Burning

I will not stand by and watch my beloved city burn I will stand strong with my community And against the thugs This is not about free speech Not about protest Not about being let down by the system This is about mindless opportunism Which has grown into a mob-mentality monster I will not stand by and watch my beloved city burn I will arm myself with pride, bin...


We Raided The Lost Amp!

The mania that was…. My experience at an exhibitor at this year’s Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 5 – 10 July 2011 Visitors: 13,700 (REALLY!!) ……………………………………. Achy feet. Loud buzzing in the ear. Sweaty palms. No voice. Adrenalin pumping. All symptoms of...


First published "popular science" article!

This piece first appeared on physics.org: http://www.physics.org/featuredetail.asp?id=57 this month (Oct 2010)…. its basically an extended version of my Intro to Nanotechnology   Hello nano Nanotechnology. It’s one of those words you hear bandied about, sometimes in a slightly sinister context. But what exactly is it? ‘Nano’ comes...