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Stories by Kelly Oakes

How to spot a shooting star this weekend

Wherever you are this weekend, if you get the chance, don’t forget to look up. The Perseid meteor shower was first seen two thousand years ago, and is visible every year from mid July to the end of August.

August 10, 2013 — Kelly Oakes
Art and science collide in a tale of two cultures

Art and science collide in a tale of two cultures

As I mentioned a little while ago, I’m involved in putting on a TEDx event at the Royal Albert Hall later this year. Today we announced our theme — a tale of two cultures — with a trailer featuring some recognisable (and some not so recognisable) places in Albertopolis.

August 8, 2013 — Kelly Oakes
A little perspective on our place in the universe

A little perspective on our place in the universe

Here are some things that will give whatever might be on your mind at the moment a little perspective. You’ve probably seen these images plastered all over the Internet already.

July 27, 2013 — Kelly Oakes
Today's the day! A new pale blue dot

Today's the day! A new pale blue dot

Where will you be at 10.27pm (UK time) tonight?The Cassini spacecraft will be somewhere behind Saturn. But it'll be looking at Earth, at us. So we'd better make sure we're looking back.

July 19, 2013 — Kelly Oakes
A homesick astronaut on Mars

A homesick astronaut on Mars

There are going to be plenty of technological and physiological hurdles to jump before we land the first astronauts on Mars. But once they're safely on their journey, another kind of challenge may rear it's head.

July 7, 2013 — Kelly Oakes
Happy Birthday Higgs Boson!

Happy Birthday Higgs Boson!

A year ago today I was at the 62nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany. Miles away in Geneva, Switzerland, scientists were getting ready to tell the gathering media about a discovery that would change physics forever.

July 4, 2013 — Kelly Oakes
Good morning Gliese 526, the Earth says hello

Good morning Gliese 526, the Earth says hello

Over the years we've sent a lot of stuff into space. Most of that has been spacecraft sent out to explore the solar system -- the moon and sun, planets and asteroids.

June 17, 2013 — Kelly Oakes
Space eye candy: Cool cosmic dust and a bright Orion nebula

Space eye candy: Cool cosmic dust and a bright Orion nebula

This patch of sky holds some of the youngest stars ever found. The ribbon that runs through the centre of the image is made up of dust clouds in the constellation Orion, which holds one of the busiest nearby stellar nurseries.

May 15, 2013 — Kelly Oakes
Happy 20th Birthday to the free, open web!

Happy 20th Birthday to the free, open web!

Today Cern is celebrating 20 years of the free, open web.We all know the World Wide Web was created in 1989 by Tim Berners-Lee, during his time at Cern.

April 30, 2013 — Kelly Oakes
Elsewhere: A new physics blog and an afternoon of inspiring talks

Elsewhere: A new physics blog and an afternoon of inspiring talks

The last couple of weeks have been busy ones in my day job, because we just launched the new physics blog physicsfocus!We have a whole range of posts already up, covering topics from latest physics results, to education and science communication.

April 13, 2013 — Kelly Oakes
Margaret Thatcher knew about the W boson discovery before everyone else

Margaret Thatcher knew about the W boson discovery before everyone else

Margaret Thatcher was many things – including a scientist. And, thanks to her scientific inclination, she was one of the first people to be told about the discovery of the W boson at CERN.Thatcher visited the UA1 experiment, which ran on CERN's Super Proton Synchrotron, in August 1982.

April 11, 2013 — Kelly Oakes
Northern lights as you have (probably) never seen them before

Northern lights as you have (probably) never seen them before

Chances are, unless you've been lucky enough to see them in person, you will have seen the northern lights in a time lapse video online. But have you ever seen them just as they would play out in real life?Kai-Marius Pedersen is a northern lights hunter who records videos of real time aurora.

March 12, 2013 — Kelly Oakes
Want to go to Mars? Dennis Tito will take you there...

Want to go to Mars? Dennis Tito will take you there...

...as long as you're part of an older, married couple with amazing mechanical skills, great long term resilience, and relaxed attitude towards being exposed to high levels of radiation.

February 27, 2013 — Kelly Oakes
Happy Valentine's Day! Here's a space rose

Happy Valentine's Day! Here's a space rose

A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose. But what if it's grown in space? Image: NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center Still looking for an extra special Valentine's gift for tomorrow?

February 13, 2013 — Kelly Oakes
What I learned at ScienceOnline2013: Performance, feedback, revision #scio13

What I learned at ScienceOnline2013: Performance, feedback, revision #scio13

The world is big. Go and do stuff! Photo: Outside the Nature Research Centre in Raleigh, taken by me Just over a week ago, on the second day of ScienceOnline2013, I dragged myself out of bed, onto a bus, and eventually made it to the the coffee table at the McKimmon Centre in Raleigh, North Carolina.

February 11, 2013 — Kelly Oakes
What Voyager saw: a journey in photographs #scio13

What Voyager saw: a journey in photographs #scio13

On the plane to North Carolina. Clouds! Photo taken by me. I spent this afternoon at a workshop on Rapid Media Prototyping, as part of ScienceOnline 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

January 30, 2013 — Kelly Oakes
Stories by Kelly Oakes

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