Brains and radium

13 December 2016 by

As Christmas approaches, many of us will be resorting to some internet shopping to tick off the names from our…

Cold snaps

5 December 2016 by

We are fast approaching the 60th anniversary of the International Geophysical Year (IGY), which began in July 1957. I am…

Chasing volcanoes

28 July 2016 by

The people of Martinique, in the West Indies, knew that trouble was brewing in early May 1902. A pall of…

Ceres

Opening envelopes

22 April 2016 by

High over a tranquil English landscape, a life-or-death struggle is taking place. A balloon is locked into a stratospheric rise,…