Electric fields elicit ballooning in spiders

Of all the great flyers the world has ever known it may come as a surprise that one of the best aviators in the animal kingdom doesn’t even possess wings spiders instead use long fans of silk to carry them through the air often for many hundreds of miles in a process known as ‘ballooning’ […]

Cabot Institute for the Environment: Low Carbon Energy

Globally we have some really significant challenges because we need to transition away from using fossil fuels to a completely carbon neutral energy economy. At the Cabot institute we’re developing solutions and also policy to ensure a safe and affordable energy supply for all. I’ve been the special advisor to the House of Lords to […]

‘Diamond-age’ of power generation as nuclear batteries developed

Since the 1940s, the UK has run many nuclear reactors, for research, military purposes and electricity generation. These reactors use uranium as fuel, housed inside of a core made of graphite blocks. This graphite core assists in the nuclear fission process, enabling a controllable chain reaction which provides a constant source of heat. This heat […]