Its Just Science!

Diamonds are an MRI's Best Friend

Here is another of my news pieces for the Naked Scientists…. I’ve been really enjoying working with them, they are all complete pros and I’m learning SO MUCH from Chris and his team. Its a little daunting talking about science which falls so far outside my comfort zone, but I’m hoping that I’m gradually getting better at it! This...


Gyrating Gyroscopes

So, I was recently asked to describe how gyroscopes work, and all I could offer was a mumbly, handwavy, explanation – mumble conservation  mumble angular mumble momentum mumble – so I thought I should really just do my usual thing of writing it all down in one place, and hopefully, by the end of it, we’ll all understand a little better!...


The Best Thing Since Sliced Carbon

Another post I wrote for Materials Today. Originally appeared here: http://www.materialstoday.com/blog/2013/1/25/the-best-thing-since-sliced-carbon-laurie-winkless/778.aspx ——– Graphene first hit the headlines when two Manchester scientists – Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov – won the Nobel Prize for Physics for their work on it. Since...


The kilogram gets a little more massive

Some of you might have heard me on last weeks Naked Scientists show, talking about the fact that the standard kilogram is not so standard after all. If you didn’t hear it and would like to, you’ll find a link at the bottom of this piece. Here is a little article I wrote on the story: —– Le Grande K On the western outskirts of Paris, in a...


Below Absolute Zero?

So via the magic of Twitter, I spied this link: http://www.nature.com/news/quantum-gas-goes-below-absolute-zero-1.12146#/ref-link-1 The article, as you can see is entitled “Quantum Gas Goes Below Absolute Zero”…. I hate to be the harbinger of doom, but, well, it hasn’t. Absolute zero has NOT been broken. Sorry 🙁 Don’t get me...


Energy Harvesting hits The Telegraph

The very lovely Roger Highfield has written an article for The Telegraph on human-powered energy harvesting… and he’s quoted me 🙂 * http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/roger-highfield/9705361/Power-is-just-a-heartbeat-away.html * You can call me the Bringer of Doom 😉


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...