A Dysonesque Gravitational Wave Generator

PSA: this blogpost contains a good deal of spitballing, and not a lot of calculations. It’s an idea I’d love to see fleshed out, but it would take more knowledge (and time) than I possess at the moment. With the recent advances in gravitational wave (GW) detection since LIGO’s initial discoveries, the idea of gravitational … Continue reading A Dysonesque Gravitational Wave Generator

What fell off my shoulders in 2019

I have an urge to write a review of the year (probably because I wrote so many for Research the Headlines over the years). This isn't really a review, more another cathartic blerp of words like my last post. Spotify encouraged me by reminding me of the music I listened to this year. Seeing that … Continue reading What fell off my shoulders in 2019

Teaching git & GitHub at STFC CDT 2018

Today, I visited the University of Edinburgh’s snazzy new Bayes Centre, as an invited speaker at the STFC’s National CDT Meeting. It was a real pleasure to teach the next generation of PhD students in data-intensive science the fundamentals of version control, git and GitHub/Bitbucket. The two workshops I ran went pretty smoothly, and it … Continue reading Teaching git & GitHub at STFC CDT 2018

Talking Exoplanets at the Astrobiology Summer School (Edinburgh)

It was a great pleasure to be invited to lecture at the Astrobiology Society of Britain's Summer School this week at the University of Edinburgh.  I really enjoyed getting to know the latest crop of UK PhD students studying a range of topics related to Life in the Universe, from engineering to microbiology to glaciology. … Continue reading Talking Exoplanets at the Astrobiology Summer School (Edinburgh)