Monthly Archives: December 2012

Learning from Pointless Bickering

In case you missed it, there’s been a big hoo-hah about an editorial that Brian Cox and Robin Ince (two upstanding and excellent nerds) wrote for New Statesman. The gist was this; Guys, stop trying to treat science as if … Continue reading

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Christmas

Merry Christmas from Stoove, at UNcostant!

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The Pretender

Christmas has come, and with it the kind of forced family times that is so famous in the critique of this time of year. Comedians and social commentators revel in the chance to tell us all how poorly they get … Continue reading

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Crossing the Finish Line

Today I finished my 10 month long MPhys research placement at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Ten months is unusually short for a placement student, but this year has felt less like a sprint and more like a marathon. When I … Continue reading

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Making a Point

Sometimes, you really want to get a point across. When you want to get a point across, you have several reliable options; Shout and/or be insulting Be extremely witty and dazzle your audience Write a clear and comprehensive guide Crack … Continue reading

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Community Physics

One thing I like about science is that it’s built around the community of researchers who do it. While inter-department networking is really useful, the most immediate effect is from the people in the same group or the same department … Continue reading

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Sensationalistic Science

(Subtitle: Why I Get Annoyed With The Media.) Today the BBC published this news story about “plastic light bulbs” – something which seem to me to be rather interesting. In short: a type of light-emitting device which has recently seen a step … Continue reading

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