[Article] Isis lab funding shortfall “damaging UK’s research standing”

28 11 2011

Some more bad news for funding in the UK. The Isis neutron source is suffering from a shortage of funds. It’s oversubscribed and underpaid.

Hundreds of scientific experiments are being dropped by British universities because there is too little money to run one of the country’s major research facilities.

Work on high priority fields from green energy and drug design to biotechnology and microchips has been disrupted, threatening the UK’s research base and the country’s standing internationally, scientists said.

Isis neutron source (Guardian)

Isis neutron source (Guardian)

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[Blog post] Change of state

28 11 2011

A few weeks ago I bumped into one my group’s former students, Rozmin. She’s still jetlagged from her journey here and she had the look on her face that told me she’d been through the change of state. She’d transitioned from a grad student to a postdoc. The metamorphosis is not an easy one, and in fact no matter how much time you spend preparing for it, and how long it takes, there are always some surprises.

Becoming a postdoc

Becoming a postdoc

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[Video] Ben Stills explains the OPERA result

21 11 2011

This is a great explanation of the OPERA faster than light neutrino result. Ben Still, from Queen Mary University of London, explains what a neutrino is, how they are detected and what the OPERA result means.

The oligatory Standard Model slide

The oligatory Standard Model slide

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[Fun!] The Radioactive Orchestra

17 11 2011

Make music with radioactive decays! This is very relaxing, and gives a good insight into the radioactive chains of nuclei. Who knew Neptunium had so many energy levels?

Radioactive Orchestra

Radioactive Orchestra

Try it for yourself…





[Blog post] In the shadow of Shiva

11 11 2011

In front of one of CERN’s most imposing and industrious buildings stands a statue of Dancing Shiva. During the day it’s a beautiful reminder of the friendship between CERN and India, celebrating the cosmic ballet that surrounds us all. By night it casts an ominous shadow over building 40, where discoveries are made, decisions are taken, results are shared and gossip is spread. But what does Shiva represent to us?

Working in the shadow of Shiva

Working in the shadow of Shiva

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