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...


Modelling the crashworthiness of graphene composites

Researchers from the University of Sunderland have shown that adding graphene to glass-fibre composites could improve their crash performance. There’s no doubt that the automotive industry is in a state of transition. Hybrid and electric vehicles are growing in popularity, and driverless cars no longer feel quite so futuristic. But there’s another trend...


Ultra-long nanofibers could build better lithium-ion batteries

Chinese researchers say that high-rate, long-life batteries could be one step closer, thanks to nanofiber anodes. Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) have become the go-to option for smartphones and other devices thanks to their high energy density and long life. Despite their mass-adoption, further advances in their development continue to hit research headlines. The...


Investment in renewable energy key to securing future of our cities

I’ve been a big fan of the Irish Independent my entire reading life – I grew up in a house where it was always available. So when they published this wonderful review of Science and the City, I was amazed, flattered, and overwhelmed! And then Paul Melia (the paper’s Environment Editor), contacted me to commission a piece on the financial reality...


2016: Looking back... and peeking ahead

It’s that time of year again when I’m at my most reflective, so I hope you’ll forgive what follows – it’s a bit of a personal (read: self-indulgent) post. I get a lot of pleasure from looking back – as a long-time diary-keeper, it’s an almost meditative process. But it’s only half of the story for me, and I think...


Forbes: October - November

So, October and November 2016 were crazy months for me. October was full of life-logistics in advance of our move, a small amount of book promo around the US launch, and my last visit home to Ireland for a while (we won’t be there again until August 2017). And in November, we actually left London…. my previous post will give you an idea of how mixed...


A new adventure

So, I thought it was about time that I told you my (non-sciencey) news… Very, very soon, I’ll be bidding farewell to London. Myself and this wonderful city have gotten to know each other pretty well in the past 11+ years, and I’ve written about it extensively. I see it as the city that I truly ‘grew up’ in, where I first found my...


Science and the City: An update!

It has been just over two months since ‘Science and the City’ hit the shelves across Europe and I’m happy to say that there’s been plenty of activity around it. Here are a few things that you might be interested in: RADIO I’ve been lucky enough to do quite a few radio / podcast-y things for the book, and I’ve really enjoyed all...