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Bryony Graham

Bryony Graham

Molecular Biologist
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 08:45
Scientists, solar eclipses, and smartphones

‘Interdisciplinary collaboration’ is a phrase familiar to many scientists. It is tied into funding applications, policy decisions, and teaching. But sometimes, it is the wonder of science and science alone that...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 13:00
Space - The Ultimate Laboratory

I’m looking for new particles not in particle colliders, but in space. Now you might think there is a bit of a size issue here, but space is actually chock full of particles. For example, one of the more mysterious particles in the Standard Model is the neutrino. Neutrinos are very, very light...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 13:00
Physics Fan Fiction

What do theoretical particle physicists do? The first job is to identify a problem. This could be some unexplained data, or something more abstract. For example, a lot of us are working on dark matter, which boils down to a huge amount of unexplained data. We’ve spent a long time observing the...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 13:00
The Centre of the Universe

What’s at the centre of the Universe? Or, to put it another way, where did the Big Bang happen?

Fourteen billion years ago, the universe began with a big bang. The whole universe expanded from this single point. Where is that point? What’s there now?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 13:00
The Physics of a Table

I often tell people that I became a physicist because I wanted to understand the stars. What are they? Why do they shine? This is a very romantic notion, but is really only partly true. Yes, I wanted to understand the stars. But I also wanted to understand my table. What is a table made of on a...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 13:00
Space, time and my 14 year old self

Space is a confusing place, particularly for a physicist. Einstein’s theory of General Relativity makes things even trickier. He told us that space curves around a large mass like a star or even a galaxy. What does this really mean though? How can space curve? What does it curve into? These are...