Molly, my older Labrador, is celebrating her 11th birthday today. She’s an absolutely great girl and I couldn’t ask for a more faithful sidekick. She’s also the perfect mentor to Ozzy, my younger Lab.
Happy birthday, Molly.
Chemistry World magazine has just published my analysis of the impact that the delay to the UK’s departure from the European Union is having on UK science and what the Prime Minister’s proposed Brexit deal could mean for researchers. Read it here.
Twenty years ago today, I made some vows, signed some paperwork and became married to Natalie, my amazing wife. Scientist, sailor, partner, puppy parent and partner-in-crime extraordinaire. And an all round very nice person, to boot.
Obviously it’s a pity I only realised we’d reached this momentous milestone when I found the card she’d left for me before she headed off for work this morning.
And it’s taken me an embarrassingly long time to find a photo of her that doesn’t have one or both of the dogs in centre frame.
But if marriages are a work in progress, at least I have plenty to keep me occupied for the next 20 years.
Here’s to the journey… with the best travelling companion I could ever hope to have.
Capturing new worlds: How to image an exoplanet. A feature article exploring how astronomers are seeking to take direct images of planets orbiting stars other than our own. Including what they have achieved so far, what they are planning next and how we may one day be able to see an ‘Earth-twin’ orbiting a star like the Sun. Published in the May 2019 issue of Astronomy Now magazine. Read it here.
Agricultural lime may affect validity of strontium isotope maps. A news article exploring claims by Danish researchers that the application of agricultural lime to the soil may cast doubt on the validity of strontium isotope maps used by archaeologists to understand the origin and mobility of prehistoric peoples. Perhaps understandably, this has not gone down well with archaeologists. Published by Chemistry World. Read it here.
Physicists propose huge European neutrino facility. A news article introducing plans by researchers in Russia and Europe to use a particle accelerator near Moscow and a new detection facility at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea to learn more about neutrinos and their effect on the standard model of physics. Published by Physics World. Read it here.
Self-growing polymers repair themselves when fractured. A news article looking at work undertaken by researchers in Japan to develop materials that repair themselves when subjected to mechanical stress, just like human muscle tissue. Published by Chemistry World. Read it here.
Just published: Droplets retain crystal-like structure while sliding on vertical substrate. A news article exploring work undertaken by scientists in Japan, who have observed the spontaneous self-assembly of organic molecules into macroscopic droplets that exhibit unexpected properties. Published by Chemistry World. Read it here. (Seriously, do read this. I found the discovery fascinating, and I’m not even a chemist.)
Just published: Rejection of Brexit deal causes alarm across science community. A news analysis piece looking at the potential impact of a ‘no deal’ Brexit on the UK science community, following the defeat in Parliament of the proposed withdrawal agreement. Published by Chemistry World. Read it here.