Forbes: March and April 2017

Hi all! If you’re new to this blog / my Twitter account, you might not know that I write about the science of cities for Forbes, usually 3-5 stories each month. Below, you’ll find summaries and links to each of my stories published in March and April 2017, but you can also view my entire portfolio here. MARCH A Volcano Erupts In Auckland…. In...


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Inspired by fish: Designing a high-performance, flexible armour

A group of Canadian researchers have investigated the optimal design for lightweight armour, using 3D printing and mechanical testing If asked to suggest animals that use armour to protect their soft, squishy innards, you might think of the quills of a porcupine, the thick hide of a rhino, or the hard shell of a tortoise. But there is another class of natural...


Women are literally boring.....

Tunnels, that is. Back in August, I met Catherine, co-founder of a new and utterly brilliant blog called ‘Women Are Boring‘, which shares fascinating research by women from all over the world. She wanted to interview me about my book just before my Dublin launch (you can read the interview here), and I’ve been a regular reader of the blog ever...


Forbes: January and February 2017

Right, (long overdue) Forbes update time! Below are intros and links to each of the stories I wrote for Forbes in January and February 2017. They’re a rather eclectic bunch, so I hope everyone will be able to find something in here especially for them! JANUARY 2017 Reading The Road: How Will Driverless Cars Talk To Pedestrians? It’s amazing how many...


Making capacitors and capturing carbon dioxide… using Coca Cola®

An international consortium are using the world’s most popular soft drink to produce a host of carbon-based storage materials With 1.9 billion servings sold per day worldwide, Coca Cola® is the most popular soft drink on the planet. But a consortium, led by scientists at Curtin University in Australia, haven’t been using their stockpile to quench their...


Forbes: Cities Are Running Out Of Freshwater. Here’s How Science Can Help

Hi everyone! In the last few weeks, I’ve had several comments from people who are growing increasingly frustrated by the autoplay-ads on the Forbes website, and so haven’t read my latest articles. Without exception, they’ve asked me why I don’t just post all of my stories on here instead. The truth is that (as I’ve mentioned in...


Biocompatible energy storage device that runs on body fluids

Korean researchers have developed an implantable supercapacitor that could be used to power future medical devices Implantable devices aren’t new – pacemakers, which use electrical impulses to regulate the beating of a heart – have improved the quality of life for millions of people since the 1960s. But they can be rejected by a patient’s immune system,...


Working Down Under

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve blogged – things have been rather busy since we arrived in New Zealand. I’ll post an update on general life stuff soon, but I thought you guys were especially overdue an update on all things work-related! As you might remember from this post, one of the things I’d hoped would happen in NZ was that...


Turning digestive gases into carbon nanomaterials

French researchers say that a mix of carbon dioxide and methane could be the perfect feedstock for high quality carbon nanomaterials. These days, graphene seems to make most carbon news headlines, but there’s another carbon nanomaterial that’s long had a role in industry, but it’s not often discussed. Carbon black is mainly seen as a reinforcing filler for...


Are we a step closer to 3D printed carbon nanotube composites?

Electrically conductive CNT-composites could be produced using standard commercial 3D printers, according to Italian researchers. In the past five years, additive manufacturing (AM) has gone from a tool used exclusively in industry for rapid prototyping, to a new, widepsread approach to developing high-value products. The automotive, aerospace and architecture...