Category Archives: Personal

Marches for Science

Tomorrow is the day of Marches for Science. The idea of a march for science has somewhat divided people, although along rather predictable lines. There’s concern that it will be seen as politicising science. There’s concern that it will be … Continue reading

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State of the blog

Since I’ve now been running this blog for four years, I thought it might be an opportunity to consider if I should make any changes. Things have certainly got a little quieter, which might simply be because I’m writing less, … Continue reading

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Four years!

WordPress reminded me that I started this blog 4 years ago today. Not really sure what to make of that. I’d like to think that I’d have some kind of insights to share, but I don’t really think I do. … Continue reading

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Spiral density waves

There was an interesting (non-climate) paper in Science, by Laura Perez and colleagues, about Spiral density waves in a young protoplanetary discs. Essentially, they used the Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA) to observe a young stellar object (Elias 2-27) in … Continue reading

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Arguing online

Stephen Curry has an interesting article about how to have an argument on the internet. It discusses a rather amusing exchange on Twitter between Douglas Carswell, UKIP’s only MP, and Paul Nightingale, Professor of Science Policy at the University of … Continue reading

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A new exoplanet!

You might think I’m going to discuss the newly discovered explanet around Proxima Centauri, but – no – that’s pretty much been done to death. Instead, I thought I might tell you about our paper that was accepted on the … Continue reading

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Science communication

I came across a Guardian article called why scientists are losing the fight to communicate science to the public. The only polite way I can describe it is missing the point entirely. The article was motivated by Brian Cox’s appearance … Continue reading

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