Tag Archives: Guardian

A follow up on research impact and the REF

Anyone connected with UK academia, who follows news about it, or indeed who has met a UK academic socially over the last couple of years, will probably have heard about the Research Excellence Framework (REF). All UK universities had their … Continue reading

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Smashing Physics: how we discovered the Higgs boson – podcast

Another Science podcast for the Guardian. With Ian Sample.

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Giles Fraser says scientists are replacing theologians. Some thoughts on that

At the Guardian.

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Should we change the Higgs boson’s name?

I wrote this piece on the blog about Higgs boson naming, and was then asked to write something for g2. This appeared on the web here (not in the usual Life & Physics slot, hence this post so I can … Continue reading

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Ask a grown-up: is there anything smaller than an atom?

And another non-“Life & Physics” article posted here so I can find it. One of the Guardian Weekend “Ask a grown-up” series. Most common response: “You did better than Sir Ranulph Fiennes”…

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How did this get on the science page?

At the Guardian.

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Science Weekly podcast: An accelerated guide to the Higgs boson

A podcast I did for the Guardian with Ian Sample and Alok Jha.

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Moving Home

The Guardian have decided to host “Life and Physics” on their site. I’m really pleased about it, since I guess it can only mean a wider readership. I am also flattered that professionals wish to associate their paper with my … Continue reading

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Sarkozy and the Higgs

See also Chapter 3.4 of Smashing Physics. A lot happened at ICHEP today, but I’ll stick to the presidential address and the Higgs. Quick Higgs recap: we know that something gives particles mass. According to our best theory, known as … Continue reading

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ICHEP is over, long live ICHEP

See also Chapter 3.4 of Smashing Physics. ICHEP now moves from the parallel to the plenary sessions. Some people leave, some arrive. Some, like me, stay. On Friday evening we had concert by a string quartet dressed as the Reservoir Dogs in … Continue reading

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