Feynman explains fire

The always enjoyable Richard Feynman explains fire. His enthusiasm and facility for explaining things in simple terms always amazes me.

I guess the clip is from an old BBC TV series called “Fun to Imagine.” Apparently BBC has some of the episodes available in higher quality on their website, but unfortunately the streaming video isn’t accessible from the US. But Youtube has several other Feynman videos.

I came across a link to this video in a blog post talking about how science journalists needed to not just […Read More]

A depressing/cynical flowchart of the academic job search process

Related to my previous post on the Washington Post article, I came across a blogpost about the academic job search, with this depressing flowchart.

It’s an interesting post that touches on some of the issues involved, but I can only hope things aren’t quite as bad as the flowchart indicates! (I like to think there’s […Read More]

U.S. pushes for more scientists, but the jobs aren’t there – The Washington Post

U.S. pushes for more scientists, but the jobs aren’t there – The Washington Post.

A nice article in the Washington Post by Brian Vastag, about what PhD students in most fields face in terms of job prospects. It’s the first time I’m seeing coverage in the mainstream media about what all my grad school classmates and I quickly learned was the norm–namely, just having a PhD doesn’t mean you can get a job. Most non-scientists tend to assume that’s the case…

It does seem like that sense of entering a grad school and then realizing that it doesn’t guarantee […Read More]

Wellcome Image Awards 2012

The Wellcome Image Awards 2012 winners are here, stunning as always. I think my favorite is the image of caffeine crystals shown above (by Annie Cavanagh and David McCarthy). The Arabidopsis seedling, mothfly and bacterial biofilm look really cool as well, but they’re all worth checking out–here is the winners’ gallery.

[Wellcome Image Awards 2012 | Wellcome Image Awards.]

Published a Wired article on slowing light

Was excited to publish my first article for Wired Science last week!

The article, which appeared on Wired.com, was about a new tiny chip that could slow light down at room temperature, thanks to some quantum physical effects. The article was fairly challenging to write, but thankfully the UC Santa Cruz researcher responsible, Holger Schmidt, was very helpful in making sure I got the science right. We actually got to go to his lab last November and see the experimental setup he used to slow light, which made the experiment a lot more tangible than reading about it […Read More]

Zoom In on Top 8 Ultrahigh-Resolution Science Panoramas | Wired Science | Wired.com

Zoom In on Top 8 Ultrahigh-Resolution Science Panoramas | Wired Science | Wired.com.

Stunning ultrahigh-resolution images, winners of a science photography contest. The images were apparently taken by a GigaPan robotic camera. Link above takes you to the image gallery.


A new website to share scientific images

As part of our social media class at UC Santa Cruz, a couple of classmates and I came up with the idea to create a site where scientists could easily share striking scientific images. (All of us used to work in lab and take pretty scientific photos that we didn’t know where to share.)

The site is called The Art of Science, do check it out when you get a chance. We’re trying to post at least one new image every day, and we hope to get actual scientists and graduate students to contribute.

And every Monday we’ll […Read More]

Nature News published my story about a new underwater robot

The Tethys underwater robot <i>Todd Walsh/MBARI</i>

The Tethys underwater robot Credit: Todd Walsh/MBARI

Underwater robot can follow marine organisms over record distances: Nature News.

Nature News published my story today! Follow the link above to read it.

I’m obviously excited to publish a story in Nature, it’s been a dream of mine. And the fact that […Read More]