Science of Dr Who, Edinburgh

March 10, 2023

The most striking thing about the Dr Who universe is that it is teeming with aliens but the most striking thing about our universe is that we see no sign of aliens. The most striking thing about the Dr Who universe is that time travel is possible and t …


John Mather, James Webb Telescope

February 4, 2023

“The telescope has far exceeded our expectations. The universe is far more beautiful than we hoped. I never expected we would be able to see individual stars at the dawn of time. We are beyond ecstatic.” – Nobel Prizewinner John Mather, project scienti …


Launch of THE ONE THING…

February 2, 2023

It was a train-strike Wednesday. All day I got e-mails from people saying they could not come to the launch. Was worried I might end up as Billie No-Mates! In the event,  there was a very good crowd. And I ended up with a warm, fuzzy feeling! Thanks to …


Black holes, with Feryal Özel

October 5, 2022

Turkish-American astrophysicist Feryal özel was one of the key scientists who created the first-ever image of a black hole: the 6.5 billion solar mass black hole in the heart of the nearby galaxy, M87. Here we are in conversation Click here Image of th …


Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell: discoverer of pulsars

September 9, 2022

As a graduate student at Cambridge in 1967, Jocelyn Bell famously discovered pulsars – the super-compact relics of supernova explosions that pack the mass of the Sun into the volume of Mount Everest. She was also famously overlooked for the Nobel Prize …