Whilst navigating the seas of social media today, I happily stumbled upon something useful! I found a website which encourages researchers to describe their work using the 1000 most common English words.
I found this particularly challenging and therefore enraging and addictive, and thought that my blog readers would thoroughly enjoy having a go at this. Click here to see my effort.
I particularly encourage friends and family to do this, whatever their job may be, so that they may appreciate the amount of work that goes in to preparing something like this!
Mine is not totally coherent.. and makes black holes sound like cannibalistic zombies.. but there's only so much a girl can do with the 1000 most common words in the English language when trying to describe supermassive black holes. Le sigh.
There is a particular effort which describes how stars age are excellent, and worth a read.
PS, if tweeting your results use #UPGOERFIVE
BBC Stargazing Live 2013
Last night marked the first night of BBC Stargazing Live 2013 at the University of Birmingham :) I also seem to have made it (in picture-form) on season 3 episode 3 of BBC Stargazing Live! I am demonstrating the lycra universe to some kids.
The event went very well at the University. I estimate that we had about 400 people through our display in the physics library over the course of 4 hours. At some points the room was totally packed and people couldn't get in!
I'm really looking forward to Saturday's event, there should be quite a good turnout!
Chiara Mingarelli, science lover.