PhD projects for Oct 2014 entry

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 in Research, Teaching

For details about funding and how to apply, please visit this page. 1) Direct detection of dark matter and global fits  Identifying the nature of the dark matter (DM) that inhabits the Universe is arguably the most compelling undertaking in astrophysics and particle physics today. Current searches for DM include: – The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at […]

Building the solar system with fruits and veg

Posted on Sep 17, 2013 in Hands-On Universe, Outreach, Talks in schools
Building the solar system with fruits and veg

Year 5 and 6 pupils at Norland Place school had great fun in building our solar system with fruits and vegetables (roughly) to scale. The introduction of crushed peppercorns for asteroids was definitely a bonus. Mercury   0.38 BLUEBERRY Venus           0.95 YELLOW TOMATO Earth           1.00 […]

My job using only the most used ten-hundred words

Posted on Sep 17, 2013 in Outreach, The Edge of The Sky

I study tiny bits of matter that are all around us but that we can not see, which we call dark matter. We know dark matter is out there because it changes the way other big far-away things move, such as stars, and Star Crowds. We want to understand what dark matter is made of […]

The Hands-On Universe public engagement programme

Posted on Sep 17, 2013 in Hands-On Universe, News, Outreach
The Hands-On Universe public engagement programme

Cosmology and astrophysics address some of the most fundamental and universally fascinating questions in the whole of science: Where did the Universe come from? What is it made of? What will its ultimate fate be? The study of the Universe is inspiring, humbling and in short one of the greatest scientific challenges of humankind. But by […]

100 seconds physics

Posted on Sep 17, 2013 in Outreach

Physics World is asking scientists to take a complex idea and explain it in 100 seconds or less using only a white board. Here is my take! What is the anthropic principle?  How do we know that the Universe is flat? 

The Theory of Everything explained

Posted on Sep 10, 2013 in Outreach, Uncategorized

I had the pleasure to act as scientific advisor for a short, sponsored movie on… cosmology and love. It’s a new Theory of Everything. It does sound an unlikely mix, but if you think about it, love is all-pervasive, just as dark matter and dark energy are. But judge for yourselves: The Theory of Everything has […]