Butchery or beauty? Explaining complex science using only the most common 1,000 words in English

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 in Outreach, The Edge of The Sky, universe

A version of this post appeared on the British Council’s VOICES blog on Nov 12th 2014 Would you try and cross the South Pole wearing only flip-flops? Or row across the Atlantic on an inflatable swimming pool? Or describe the beauty and mystery of the Universe using only the most common 1,000 words in English? As a […]

g-ASTRONOMY: The cosmos at the tip of your tongue

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 in g-ASTRONOMY, Outreach, Public lecture, Science, universe

Astrophysics provides us with an exciting, engaging way to talk about the science of the cosmos and its importance for society. Posted on the IOP blog on Sept 20th 2016 Interest for astronomy and astrophysics is also one of the most-often cited reasons by students taking up physics at undergraduate level. But by its nature […]

14 yr old aspiring writer wins #upgoer5 Mr Santa competition!

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 in News, The Edge of The Sky

In the run-up to Christmas and in collaboration with Imperial Fringe, I set up a competition for the best letter to Mr Santa written using only the most common 1,000 words in English, the idea behind my book, “The Edge of the Sky”. Among many excellent entries, one stood out: It was inspired, poetic and […]

Does being on Twitter make you a worse scientist? Yes… a bit.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 in Bayes, Science, Social Media

I was intrigued by this claim, found in a Twitter survey of the “Top 50 Science Stars on Twitter” that “most high-performing scientists have not embraced Twitter”. That article is debatable on other grounds, as well, in particular in terms of what defines a “Top Scientist” on Twitter. In fact, on closer inspection, the data on […]

Flux Dance Theatre: Weaving science into dance

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 in Hands-On Universe, News, Outreach
Flux Dance Theatre: Weaving science into dance

I was very pleased to be able to facilitate the participation of Flux Youth Theatre to last May’s Imperial Festival, the youth company of the innovative Flux Dance Theatre. Ran by two energetic and dynamic dancers, Charlotte Hale and Emma Dodds, Flux Dance Theatre focuses on science and how to weave it into dance and […]

An event well worth the ticket – even a Ferengi would agree!

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 in Hands-On Universe, Outreach
An event well worth the ticket – even a Ferengi would agree!

The annual World Science Fiction Convention begins on Thursday Aug 14th at London’s ExCeL, bringing together authors, artists, publishers, and fans of science fiction and fantasy. I’m excited to be participating in one of the stands in the Exhibitors Hall: “The Great Cosmic Show”, located at Stand 66 in the Exhibitors Hall of the Convention, sets […]

#IAS2014: Two manic weeks that surpassed all expectations

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 in Hands-On Universe, Outreach

What’s more exciting than winning the World Cup, more nail-biting than the Wimbledon final, more rewarding than getting a Nobel Prize, and at least as fun as looking for dark matter in the sky? Taking part to the I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here, and getting through what I can only describe as a […]

Pigs beat dark energy 20:1

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 in Outreach

My friends at Catsnake tell me that their latest awesome video, about compassionate farming and the plight of pigs, got 4M views in a week. The awesome video we made together about dark energy got about 200,000 views, which seemed a lot at the time (and enough to win it the Berlin Viral Video Award). […]

“I didn’t know science could be so tasty!” @GSC1

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 in Hands-On Universe, Outreach
“I didn’t know science could be so tasty!” @GSC1

The weather was predictably dismal in Glasgow on that bank holiday weekend. The calendar said that it was last weekend of May, but the temperature felt more like February. I didn’t mind — the bad weather suited my goals just fine.   I had travelled up to Scotland to set up my Cosmic Fun Club […]

exp(Outreach!*Enthusiasm^n) = #IAS2014

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 in Outreach
exp(Outreach!*Enthusiasm^n) =  #IAS2014

I’ve been preparing for it tirelessly. I have chatted with previous participants, and asked them for tips about how to keep going all the way to the end. I have reviewed my past experiences, and in moments of doubt asked myself why I have entered this in the first place. I have stocked up in […]