It’s extraordinary to make discoveries about the universe…

It’s extraordinary to make discoveries about the universe…

This week’s guest post features an interview with Michael Brooks. As well as holding a PhD in quantum physics, Michael is an author, journalist and broadcaster. He’s a consultant to New Scientist, has a weekly column for the New Statesman, and is the author of the bestseller in non-fiction titled ‘13 Things That Don’t Make Sense’. As part of an ongoing cycle of lectures, the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain, together with the British Council, recently invited Michael Brooks, to explain the simple question of the origins of the universe. Nicolas Jackson, from North by Southwest, a  … Read more

The Witches’ Sabbath

The Witches’ Sabbath

This week’s guest blogger is Manjit Kumar. Manjit’s book_, Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate,2?ie=UTF8&qid=1300958722&sr=8-2 is about the nature of reality, and was shortlisted for the 2009 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction. He writes and reviews regularly for a variety of publications, including The Guardian, The Independent, The Times and the New Scientist. He used to edit a journal called Prometheus that covers the arts and sciences, and he was also the consulting science editor at UK Wired._  … Read more

Safe spaces

Safe spaces

Rosemary Randall is a psychotherapist, founder of the community-based charity Cambridge Carbon Footprint and the nationally acclaimed Carbon Conversations project. Her work brings insights from psychotherapy to work on climate change and she writes and lectures widely on the psychological dimensions of the public response to the issue. Links to her work can be found on her website. The idea of the ‘safe space’ is crucial to psychotherapy. What relevance does it have to climate change? Many people find it hard to accept the reality of climate change and the need for both urgent action and widespread socio-political change. This  … Read more

Bioinformatics what is it and how it can bring prehistory to life?

Bioinformatics what is it and how it can bring prehistory to life?

Ivan Karabaliev joined Eagle Genomics located at the Babraham Research Centre in Cambridge, UK, a bit more than a year ago and has been discovering the essence of bioinformatics. Coming from a business marketing background, Ivan likes to explain the complex world of bioinformatics to new audiences and the general public. Explained in just one sentence, bioinformatics is the science of managing, analysing, storing and merging biological data (DNA sequences, proteins, etc.) using advanced computing techniques. Put another way, it is the application of computer science and information technologies to solve biological questions. Simple questions include asking what a specific  … Read more

Engineering improvements in surgical technologies

Engineering improvements in surgical technologies

Dr Pete Culmer is a Senior Translational Research Fellow in the School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds (UK). He has a background in medical engineering, with a PhD and subsequent post-doc work developing technology for rehabilitation assessments and interventions. He was awarded his current position, funded by the Biomedical Health Research Centre (BHRC), in 2010 and works with a growing team of researchers including engineers, surgeons and psychologists, conducting research in Surgical Technologies._ I’m at a large white console that wouldn’t be out of place in a games arcade, staring into a 3D display and carefully manoeuvring two hand-held  … Read more

Fractals: How nature just keeps on giving

Fractals: How nature just keeps on giving

This week’s guest blogger is Jovan Nedic, a PhD student in the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College, London. His work looks at understanding how fractal geometries can be used to interact with fluids and how they can be implemented in engineering applications. It is difficult in this day and age of scientific enlightenment to even think there is something in nature that can allow us to understand, and more importantly, exploit the world we have created for ourselves, but fractals are certainly one of those things. I always love explaining what fractals are to others, mainly because I get  … Read more