Life etc.

Life, the universe and The Book (an update)

First of all (and I feel like I’ve been saying this a lot lately), sorry for the radio silence, lovely followers, and thanks for your patience. Things in Laurie-land have been hectic of late… crap excuse I know, but hopefully you won’t mind too much… especially when you see the epic update on life, the universe and The Book below. Be...


"You're far too pretty to be interested in maths!"

It’s been an odd week for me. I’ve spoken to some amazing physicists and engineers, learned a huge amount of new stuff and made some plans for the future. But it’s not all been shiny and positive. A few days ago, I was on the tube, en route to visit TfL’s traffic control centre (and yes, I promise to blog about this soon!). It...


#MarRef

As you can tell from the title of this post, it’s not a science-y one, but I hope you won’t hold that against me 🙂 You see, as well as being a lover of all things STEM, I am also a proud Irishwoman. Despite having lived in London for almost ten years, my accent hasn’t changed a bit, and I’m very happy about that. The majority of my...


#LittleEngineers Campaign

Let’s start with this sobering thought. Only 6% of engineers in the UK are women. Given that the population is roughly split 50:50, this number is worryingly low for those of us working in the STEM (science, tech, engineering, maths) sector. For a number of years now, there has been a recognised skills shortage across STEM subjects. Put simply, too few...


#InternationalWomensDay

Hi lovely blog-readers, Sorry things have been super-quiet of late – the deadline for the book is creeping ever closer, so I’ve been keeping my head down! One piece of good news though is that my two most recent Materials Today news stories made it into their top ten most-read articles for the month, woo! Anyway, another thing that almost passed me by...


To London

Hi guys,  Apologies in advance if you were hoping for a sciencey post. Regular readers will know that, on occasion, my posts veer toward the more personal. This is one of them. Feel free to ignore it – it’s more a cathartic exercise than anything 🙂 Today, Thursday 3rd July, marks a mini-landmark in my life. This time nine years ago, I arrived into...


Book Recommendations!

This weekend, I am heading off to China for a work trip, and as anyone who reads my more ‘personal’ blog posts will know, I Do Not Sleep. Especially not on flights. So, yesterday I put out a call on Facebook and Twitter. I asked my lovely friends to recommend books for me to download onto my Kindle and keep me company on the flight. The only limit I...


Science and the City

Well, I’m finally coming to terms with the fact that I am writing a book (if you missed the news, read my post here). I’m filling every spare minute with writing (the book + my freelance stuff for Materials Today), so you can imagine I’m great craic to be around at the moment! Still, I’m loving it. Writing the book has given me an excuse...


Exciting (if surreal) News

Hi everyone! Firstly, forgive me. I know I have been completely useless of late. I’ve been going through some sad times, which I’m not going to talk about. But I thought I should tell you guys about some VERY EXCITING news. I HAVE A BOOK DEAL!!!!!!!!!! Yep, it still feels weird writing that. Totally surreal. But it is all true. Just over a month ago,...


2013+1

I know, I know. I haven’t written a science article in a while. There will be some soon, I promise. Everything has been a little hectic of late. In the meantime, here are some ramblings about 2013…. warning, I am currently feeling a little sorry for myself, so it’s a bit gloomy – please forgive me 🙂 So, it’s 2014! I honestly...