Its Just Science!

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...


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...


Nanotechnology?

Nanotechnology. Its one of those words you hear bandied about, but often in a slightly sinister, futuristic, matrix-style context. But what exactly is it? Well, “nano” comes from the Greek word for “small”. And “technology” is pretty much self-explanatory! So nanotechnology is just the application, science and engineering of the very small. How small?...