This was originally published on the blog site for The Litmus Paper, the daily newspaper for the Times Cheltenham Science Festival. The events referred to were part of the programme at the 2012 festival. *********** Although I knew the crowd filling the stadium was whooping and screaming, I couldn’t hear them. My legs felt numb. As … Continue reading A winning mind
Friday morning started with a random email. I was made aware of the fact that Graham Linehan, writer of Father Ted and The IT Crowd, had tweeted about a blog post which Inside Knowledge blog (a multimedia blog produced by me, David Robertson, Anna Perman and Ben Good in the summer) had posted in July … Continue reading Viral Science
On Tuesday night I faced some considerably large fears and stood up on stage to do a 9-minute science related set for Science Showoff. The subject? The science behind some skills from lacrosse. Here is a blog post based on the set. Men’s and women’s lacrosse are quite difference sport. The men’s games is essentially … Continue reading The science behind lacrosse skills
A few months back, I was designated ‘scientist for the evening’ at Science in the Pub, which is held monthly at the wonderful Ritzy cinema in Brixton. I conducted a small experiment, involving red wine, which was based (oh so scientifically!) around an article I had read. A reasonably strong red wine was watered down … Continue reading Drinking wine to understand how we see the world… no really!
I’m not in particularly great shape at the moment – this was brought very dramatically to my attention today as, when I got home after a run, my heart felt like it was going to explode out of my chest, alien-style, as it was beating so hard. But, in a terribly geeky way, it did … Continue reading Be still my beating heart!
On Saturday night I got my first bug-bites of the summer – this is quite a miracle. No, not that I got bitten - more the fact that I hadn’t been bitten yet this summer. I am one of those people who seems to attract every mosquito within a mile radius, and is usually being … Continue reading Bug-girl and her itchy bites!
I have been regressing slowly but surely over the last few days. I have returned to leafy Surrey, to my Dad’s house, as I’m attempting to be more productive in my dissertation writing. I have to admit its absolute bliss to away from the hustle and bustle of London. Getting some headspace has definitely has … Continue reading The science of getting some headspace
When you walk through the wrought iron gates of No. 6 Carlton Terrace, there is something in the air that makes you realise you are somewhere great. I never fail to have a feeling that I am privileged to be entering this place of scientific excellence. I always smile as I walk through the front doors, … Continue reading Changing faces – Summer Science 2011
Thursday was a shockingly awful day. In a horribly cliched manner, it even moved me to cry in the toilets at work (I mean, can you get more Bridget Jones!?). However, a medicinal G&T with a good friend saw me right, and I was wearily descending into Baker Street tube station when I got a … Continue reading Fireflies in the brain
When I was in my second year of university, a few of the girls in my year bought hula-hoops. Part joking, part serious, we starting hooping in the corridors of our college saying that it would help tone our abs! Last night I hit the dance floor at Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes armed with a large … Continue reading Hula-hooping and jiving!