What took place this week when the senior management of Oxford University attempted to block a vote on the proposed pension reform in the university’s governing body.
A look at the work of seventeenth century gadgeteer Robert Hooke.
Despite enduring a certain stigma, fan fiction is a totally legitimate form of culture and a powerful tool to engage with a young audience about science. Here I explain how I have used cartoon ponies as a springboard to talk about everything from the physics of rainbows to nuclear reactors.
Selecting the best candidates for an oversubscribed course is not easy. Here’s how we do it for Oxford physics.
The search for particle dark matter involves many challenges. During my time working on such an experiment at the Gran Sasso laboratory, I had to run a helium liquefaction plant and maintain a super-clean environment deep underground, as well as endure daily battles with Italian bureaucracy and teams of builders.
Fifteen years ago, I was a postgraduate physics student at Oxford, working on a dark matter search experiment, when I first read Philip Pullman’s His Dark Material’s trilogy. It was quite a thrill when I reached the part where Lyra walks into our lab to learn what it is, and how we search for it. Here is my perspective on that scene in this epic fantasy.
Silicon – the favourite element of the electronics industry – also has an important role in particle detectors allowing us to pin down the tracks of the hundreds of particles produced by collisions at the large hadron collider. As planned upgrades of experiments will need detectors with even better resolution and durability, we are investigating various ideas for new silicon detector technology.
Behind the scenes at the Curiosity Carnival particle physics stall.