Light and Dark Matters: Sunset walk and talk with artist Susan Schuppli

Artist Susan Schuppli leads a walk in Tate Modern’s surrounding area reflecting on the materiality of sunsets and the politics of light. Why is the sun now setting further west in the arctic regions? How do atmospheric pollutants supercharge the colours of our sunsets? When the sun goes down our AM radio reception fade and […]

Light and Dark Matters: Are we darkened by light?

Human history has been a quest to light the dark, but today most of humanity spends more time bathed in electronic light than our primary source: the sun. What different forms of light are we exposed to, and can we ever switch off? A panel of artists, scientists and architects examine our contemporary urban experiences of […]

Light and Dark Matters: Sunrise walk and breakfast with scientist Lucie Green

Join Royal Society University Research Fellow Lucie Green to walk and talk about the activity and atmosphere of our nearest star, the Sun. Green studies the immense magnetic fields in the Sun’s atmosphere which sporadically erupt into the Solar System. Find out what would happen if these eruptions reached the Earth and how that could […]

A Gem of a Discovery

Like an oyster in the ocean, opening to reveal a pearl, new research has discovered stars can be stripped apart to reveal diamonds. Nicknamed “The Dish”, the Australian CSIRO Parkes telescope stumbled on the discovery whilst searching for pulsars, as part of the “High Time Resolution Universe” survey. Pulsar J1719-1438 had a peculiar signal and […]

Global cooling?

The last week has seen a flurry of excitement over reports that solar activity may be set to decrease. Climate change deniers have sprung upon this news, with prominent Daily Telegraph blogger, James Delingpole, advocating that we increase greenhouse gas production, in order to mitigate any cooling associated with this decrease in solar activity. In […]

Sun Sneezing

Although I am a massive fan of all this warm weather and cloudless sky, the inevitable rise in the pollen count does tend to put a downer on this time of year. However, this year I seem to be escaping the usually debilitating side effects of hay fever. I am, however, not quite as smug […]

Science saved my soul

I know many of us are revising frantically at the moment, spending every waking moment trying to cram as much knowledge into our delicate little brains as we can. Either that or feeling guilty for not doing as much as we should. It can feel like our lives have been dominated by the need to […]