A weather map from one of our recent storms, with an area of low pressure sucking in swirling winds. The pressure difference that caused all the drama was less than the pressure of a small child’s footprint, but it covered an area larger than Ireland and so unleashed a huge amount of energy. Little changes go a long way when you’re dealing with something the size of the atmosphere.
The Sky Road is a little loop of the Galway coast that we drove around on New Year’s Eve. The sea didn’t have waves, it had explosions. The sky didn’t have wind, it had WIND. The coastline could probably have been better described as a battle-line, and somewhere in the middle of it all were a few rocks. And on one of the rocks was a tower. And it wasn’t falling over.
T’would make one proud to be an engineer.
I recently started a new job with Enbio, a small Irish company who make protective coatings for the European Space Agency. There may not be any dentistry involved but its certainly in keeping with the spirit of ART; using clean, simple techniques to make materials that can withstand whatever space can throw at them.
There’s nothing like a windy night to clear away all those dangerous piles of leaves…or at least move them around a bit. If you don’t know why leaves are dangerous, see last week’s “Reserves“.
Leaves are the single greatest threat to cyclists in Ireland; as slippery as ice, far more common, and always sneakily piling up in the corner of the road. Even now, after weeks of sliding around the city, the tree outside still has a few held back to throw at me. On the plus side, they look quite nice.
Hong Kong’s Victoria harbour has a fantastic combination of bold skyscrapers and hazy mountain back-drops like nowhere else I’ve seen. It’s all the better when viewed at sunset from the roof of a boat. This was just one of the highlights of a great trip thanks to the IOM3 World Lecture Competition. Any young materials researchers should get involved in this competition immediately; anyone else might want to consider becoming a young materials researcher.