1st September: the first day of meteorological autumn, which lasts for three months exactly, ending on the 30th November. Having grown up with seasons defined by equinoxes and solstices , it was until recently a strange concept to me that meteorologists use the actual calendar to define seasons. It turns out that statistics, calculations and averages … Continue reading Start of Meteorological Autumn
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.
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
Here is a post I was supposed to publish over a week ago... A short, somewhat more personal than usual post of encouragement to all those who are struggling through their time at university. Cliché as it may be, there is light at the end of the tunnel. It is doable. If you believe in yourself, … Continue reading I’m a graduate!
Some pretty good tips for those of you awaiting results in a few weeks’ time. Good luck everyone!
For students in the UK, who have been doing their GCSE’s and A-levels, August is the month where we find out our results. These results are important, because they determine whether you get into sixth form or college to study A-levels, continue to study your A-levels, or if you have got the grades to get into university. The wait from the final exam until results day is stressful for everyone, so I decided to write a post on how to cope with the waiting, how to deal with the results you get on the day, and the aftermath of receiving this list of numbers and letters that will determine your future.
The Build Up.
The two months or so leading up to results day is the worst part, because if you’re anything like me, then you will let your imagination go crazy and you will eventually have the worst…
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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
Beautifully written. All my emotions have evaporated and left me feeling numb about life since the announcement of the result. Matt, you’ve just perfectly expressed exactly how half of those eligible to vote feel about the outcome, and I am sorry to hear that you no longer feel like a happy, proud British citizen. But you should. Because it’s those few malicious persons who tarnish the good British name – and you are not one of those malicious snides.