On the Electromagnetic Telegraph and Morse Code

  For most people, the Morse Code is something of an enigmatic historical artefact, today scoring a bit fat zero on the scale of usefulness. Most people are therefore correct. In the 21st century, worldwide proficiency in this niche language is scarce; but some 100 years ago, the Morse Code was indispensable. Indeed, the International Code (somewhat … Continue reading On the Electromagnetic Telegraph and Morse Code

International Conference of Physics Students (ICPS) 2016, Malta.

Sometimes, just sometimes, an unmissable opportunity comes along. You take it. You end up spending a fantastic week in the vicinity of people who happen to operate on the same wavelength as you, congregating from all over the world on this tiny but charming island of Malta. I am writing this on my homebound plane, knackered … Continue reading International Conference of Physics Students (ICPS) 2016, Malta.

The Blue Whirl

This intriguing title describes a very pretty phenomenon, published in a paper for the PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of United States of America) on 4th August 2016 by a team of scientists from the A. James Clark school of engineering, University of Maryland. It is an unprecedented form of a fire … Continue reading The Blue Whirl

CAPS 2016: Glasgow

The first day of the Conference of Astronomy and Physics Students (CAPS), Friday the 24th June, was a bittersweet affair. As the dire results of the EU referendum were announced, a 140-odd group of young, eager scientists was left feeling sombre and disappointed for reasons I need not name. It really is impossible to think of a … Continue reading CAPS 2016: Glasgow

Philae’s Phenomenal Findings feat. Organic Compounds

As for my debut in science journalism, I have decided to venture outside the walls of my own blog and wrote an article for our student newspaper, The Boar, about the analysis of Philae's intial gathering of data upon landing, before it hibernated. The data analysis has recently been published, so that's pretty exciting! Sadly, … Continue reading Philae’s Phenomenal Findings feat. Organic Compounds