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...


Andre Geim

I’ve just found out that Andre Geim, winner of this year’s Nobel prize in physics, is a LEGEND. Not just for the obvious reason of winning a Nobel based on a very simple experiment, but he also co-authored a paper – entitled “Detection of earth rotation with a diamagnetically levitating gyroscope” – with his hamster, insisting that...


Thermoelectrics

Did you know that two-thirds of the energy that goes into an average family car is wasted, primarily through heat loss? Thermoelectric materials have been hailed as one solution to this energy problem. But what exactly are they? Well, as the name might suggest, thermoelectric materials have some interesting thermal and electrical properties. Generators based on...


Paddington

Written 15 Aug 10 Paddington station, Sunday morning. Buzzing with movement. After two quiet tubes, the din of the main concourse amazes me. Most people are here for pleasure, and yet the weekday commuters stick out like a sore thumb. The relaxation on their faces – such a contrast to what awaits them tomorrow. At the weekends, roles reverse – Londoners, so...


Flight

Written on 1 Dec09 Sitting on a packed plane, on the tarmac at Heathrow. The rain driving outside. The air-conditioning turned up so high the air is visible, turbulent clouds billowing from the air ducts, trying oh-so-desperately to clear the stale in-flight smell left behind by thousands of passengers. There’s another odour present, like hard cheese. I think...