Sexist Bias in HST Proposal Reviews

A study carried out by the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore has found that men are more likely to have a proposal accepted than women led teams on the Hubble Space Telescope. This bias exists even though a good representation of women are on the review panel. It is not only the most recent…

Undergraduate Life: High Altitude Balloons

During my degree I have been heavily involved with the University of Birmingham Astronomical Society and one of the major projects which has occurred whilst I have been at university has been the launch of a series of high altitude balloons. These balloons are massive and filled with a large amount of helium. The first…

Superheavy Relativistic Chemistry

Einstein’s law of special relativity provides us with a model for how particles will act when moving at close to the speed of light. Recently there has been great advancement in the production of superheavy elements. For these elements with an atomic number greater than 104 life is short lived. The instability of the nuclei,…

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014

This years international astronomy photographers have been chosen by the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Below are the winners of each category, see more at the Guardian –¬†http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2014/sep/18/astronomy-photographer-year-2014-royal-observatory-greenwich-pictures Aurora over a Glacier Lagoon James Woodend (UK), Earth & Space: winner and overall winner Hybrid Solar Eclipse 2 Eugen Kamenew (Germany), People & Space: winner The Horsehead Nebula…

PhysCraft: Physics through Minecraft #1

A few months ago I posted the first episode of a series I call PhysCraft with the aim of teaching a bit of Physics through the popular game Minecraft. The episode focuses on the states of matter. I realise that I needed a bit more confidence in the video but other than that please comment…

How to survive a Physics GCSE/A level?

Whenever I mention to anyone what I do for my degree I receive one major response “Physics! Oh I hated that at school!”. Not only does this tend to kill the conversation but it is fundamentally interesting to know why a majority of people dislike physics at school. I think the main reason is that…

Undergraduate Life: Comet hunting!

A short post following on from yesterdays article regarding the Rosetta mission. At the University of Birmingham we last year installed a half metre Ritchey-Chretein Cassegrain telescope in our observatory. During the last year since it’s introduction I have taken part in a few memorable earlier morning observing trips. I though I would post some…

NASA back into space in 2017

Over the last few hours it has been announced that following the termination of the Space Shuttle program the US will begin shuttling astronauts into space again in 2017. Although this was to be expected what is a change is that the new deal is that both Boeing and SpaceX as private space companies will…

Spotlight #2: Measuring the Mass of Cosmic Giants

The universe we live in has a hierarchy of structure. We live on a planet which orbits an averaged sized star that we call the Sun. The Sun has neighbouring stars which all form into a large galactic city that we call the Milky Way. Each of these galaxies is gravitationally combined with all the…

Rosetta Coming in for Landing

For the last 10 years the Rosetta spacecraft has been speeding across the solar system in order to attempt a first for humanities space exploration. The craft is preparing to rendezvous with the comet 67P (Churyumov-Gerasimenko) with a schedule of landing on the 11th November 2014. Today ESA released on which proposed landing site the…

Physics Horizon is back for 2014 and onwards!

Physics Horizon has had a mixed coverage since it’s foundations in 2012. This is mostly down to how busy my undergraduate degree has been and I personally apologise for this. But I thought it was about time to start occasional coverage on this website again! Although over the past year posts have been scarce I…

Number of new physics teachers doesn’t reach UK target

This year the number of people accepted to train as physics teachers was only 560 in the United Kingdom which was far below the ambitious target set by the government of 990. Michael Gove expressed his concerns at the news and stated that more should be done to attract graduates into the teaching profession. This…