Science & Technology
You are a quantum state hunter. Your job, for which you have many years training, is to tag a particular type of quantum state in its natural habitat. Later, another group of scientists will examine the states you tag in detail, but for now, you just have to tag the best ones you can find.
Computing devices are everywhere nowadays. For many of us, life would be unthinkable without a smartphone, a tablet, or a laptop. The pace at which technology is developing is rather astonishing and its impact in our modern life is possible only because in the thirties of the last century, a new science was born: computer science.
Enough energy from sunlight strikes our planet in one hour to provide all the energy needed for human activity in one year. Given this astonishing fact, it is not surprising that governments and industries all over the world now consider solar research and development to be a priority.
Women in Science: Milking it – How small molecules from ancient pots tell us when humans first started dairying
As a biomolecular archaeologist, I am passionately interested in how people lived in the past. In particular what excites me most about what I do is how science helps us to answer broad scale archaeological questions, such as the timing and spread of what is known as the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition.
Soapbox Science 2013 has now been and gone; what an experience! I joined Soapbox Science because I was keen to dispel the perpetuating myth of academics living in ivory towers and that scientists all look like Albert Einstein! For me, Soapbox Science 2013 was about challenging stereotypes about women and those of scientists.
I remember when I was younger, my mother returning at 1am from a call out (she was a midwife). She had woken me at 11, to let me know she’d been called out. I’d lain awake, drifting in and out of sleep, awaiting her return. She looked exhausted and unhappy when she got back.
My grandmother. Her sister. My aunt. My godfather. My elementary school classmate. My high school science teacher. My sister’s father-in-law. My husband’s aunt and great-aunt. My friend’s wife. Another friend’s partner… And the list goes on… I think of all the people I have known who have had cancer, and so perhaps it’s not so surprising that this is the area of research that I have chosen to pursue.
The study of materials has long been the most underrated of the sciences. This is because up until the last century, the only materials scientists were blacksmiths. Masters of the manipulation of metals, they were considered to be otherworldly because of their skill, and likened to alchemists.
Butterflies fluttering around and nectaring on flowers is a sure sign of summer. As with other insects, most butterflies generally do better when its warm and sunny. So we might expect British butterflies to be benefiting from climate warming, and some of them have done so and have expanded their ranges northwards to track climate warming. However, many of them are not doing well and are declining – but more of that later.
Women in Science: Exploring the exquisite choreography between action and perception in the human brain
Think back to when you first learned to drive a car; the idea of getting behind the steering wheel and maneuvering a two-ton machine of glass and steel down a motorway at high speeds was probably mildly terrifying.
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