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Category: Science

Essay: When Curiosity Kills
February 8, 2015 • no comments • 817 views
Science

Science is a tool, and is inherently about understanding and knowledge. But science has also been used to destroy, a topic often explored in science fiction. Science is a double-edged sword, and science fiction sometimes becomes science reality.

The history of science is riddled with brilliant scientists making discoveries that have changed the course of history, but learning how to manipulate the sometimes violent forces of nature isn’t always a good thing.

A photo of the Lego model of the ATLAS detector.
Playing with Legos at Work!
January 30, 2015 • no comments • 549 views
Science

Over the last few weeks we’ve been spending a lot of time here at the University of Oslo putting together a Lego model of the ATLAS detector.

The ATLAS detector is one of the four main particle detectors sitting on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva. The ATLAS experiment was one of the two main experiments involved in the discovery of the Higgs particle in 2012. My research group at the University of Oslo contributed to the design and construction of parts of the inner sections of the ATLAS detector, and has been involved in the research following the start-up in 2009.

Picture of the opening screen of the TV show "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey".
Science is Missing Out
June 9, 2014 • no comments • 611 views
Science, Sexism

This piece is also published on Skepchick. In a society where sexism is so deeply ingrained in our culture, a lot of it goes by undetected and unchecked. Today I watched the 8th episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. The show is excellent, don’t get me wrong, and this episode titled “Sisters of the Sun” […]

50s style advert with a woman opening a bottle of ketchup.
On Male and Female Sexuality
December 23, 2013 • one comment • 1 397 views
Science, Sex & Gender

I’m reading an excellent book at the moment on the science of sex difference. The book is written by Rebecca Jordan-Young, and is titled “Brain Storm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Difference”. Highly recommended reading for anyone interested in the subject. You can check out her website and buy her book here. There’s […]