There's a video going around social media of a box of nails getting sorted by shaking. I was sceptical about whether this was a real video, or reversed, so as a good scientist, I decided to recreate the experiment for myself! Here are the results: https://youtu.be/HEwGeqR4duQ What do you think? Do you believe it? Have… Continue reading Recreating the nails in the box video
This weekend I was on call for the @atlasexperiment, specifically for our control room shifts monitoring the Inner Detector. What does that mean? It means I left my weekend free to be called if someone who was scheduled to be on shift during this time gets sick, injured, or is otherwise unavailable. It wasn't likely… Continue reading On Call for the ATLAS experiment
Last week I was the curator of the Real Scientists Twitter account (@RealScientists). It coincided with a trip to CERN for a test beam experiment so I took full advantage of being on site to show as much of CERN as possible. I ended up having a lot of fun being a tourist in my own… Continue reading Real Scientists
A few months ago I took part in a recording of a podcast about some of the different mathematical techniques used at CERN. Specifically, the podcast was looking at A-Level maths used by people in different careers and the aim was to inspire school students to study the subject in the UK. The first example… Continue reading Maths at CERN
Last week I was at a workshop unlike the usual meetings I attend. This one was called "Communication & Impact for Female Early Career Researchers". Firstly I should apologise to one of the course instructors, Claire Ainsworth, as I've already broken one of the first rules we learnt during the course, that is that a story should be… Continue reading Women in Science and the Media
On Friday the 13th of June the Comedy Collider team hosted our second show at CERN's Globe of Science and Innovation. The seats were once-again completely sold-out before the day of the event, and the waiting list was only growing, so we we looked forward to a good crowd. We'd enlisted a entirely brand new set… Continue reading Comedy Collider: No Cause for ConCERN
In my last post, I wrote about the second year anniversary of the Higgs boson discovery, so it was very timely that the weekend directly afterwards I spent at the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition, talking to the public about the Higgs boson and where it could lead. The exhibit was a partnership of many… Continue reading Higgs Boson and Beyond
In March of this year (2014) I took part in an online x-factor style science communication competition called, I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here! I'd heard of the event before, and knew other people who had been involved, but for some reason I'd never looked into taking part myself. However, since moving to Paris,… Continue reading I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here!