With Burns Night celebrations happening this week up and down the country, I sat down with master’s student Megan Leishman to discuss her work with the organisation Science Ceilidh – a social enterprise working to support communities across a broad spectrum from science communication to wellbeing.
Megan describes herself as a 5th year Astrophysicist and fiddle player and is a member of the university ski club (she says she does “ski racing really really badly”!). I was keen to know how she got involved with Science Ceilidh and find out what she’s been up to!
With Halloween fast approaching, I’ve been taking a look at some of the spookiest physics out there for my MSc science communication and public engagement placement. From the story of an inventor on a quest to discover the source of his laboratory’s “haunting”, to chilling solutions to the Fermi Paradox and even questions about the nature of the universe itself (hint: it may not be real), these stories show the creepy side of the physics found in textbooks around the world.
It’s been a fascinating experience finding connections between science and the supernatural, so I hope you enjoy the results!
Some of South America’s most famous symbols are those associated with astronomy. Both Incan and Aztec empires worshipped Sun and Moon deities, and so South America’s history is tied up with the night sky. Today, the lack of light pollution in many South American countries has been so valuable for astronomy that it has drawn the attention of modern day astronomers from around the world.