Entries by Jonathan

First conNecTed device prototypes

Our friends from the Life Science Centre visited us today, and we spent the day hacking with cardboard and servo motors to make these puppets. We’re terribly proud of them. These are the first three prototypes of the sort of devices we’ll be making with a few hundred families across the North of Tyne region, […]

Planning

“We’ll need to see an implementation plan,” said the funder, “It seems like a complex project.”“That’s fine. I feel a Gantt chart coming on,” I replied, perhaps unwisely. This isn’t a Gantt chart, not in any detail: lots of intermediate stages are missing and there are few dependency links. However, (a.) it sets out the […]

Kate Winter on Bloomberg

Remember when former NUSTEM staffer Dr. Kate Winter went to Antarctica to continue her research on carbon dioxide uptake in the Southern Ocean? We followed her trip here on the NUSTEM website. Kate took some footage for news service Bloomberg, which is now out. Here she is: “I feel so lucky that I get to […]

2019 WISE Awards: Finalist!

NUSTEM are delighted to be recognised by the WISE Campaign as a Finalist for their 2019 Awards. We’re shortlisted in the Outreach and Engagement category, up against some outstanding individuals and another excellent university programme – the sort of company we’re more than happy to keep! WISE say: The awards recognise inspiring individuals and organisations […]

Bullwhips, breaking the sound barrier, and science in progress

New year resolution: blog more. We’ve been big fans of Destin Sandlin ever since his original chicken video (seriously: take a look), and into his Smarter Every Day YouTube channel. His latest film is outstanding. If you were in central Newcastle just before Christmas you might have seen an Australian street performer doing whip stunts. […]

Kate in Antarctica: Life on Base

Kate’s been stuck inside with bad weather – windy, with visibility down to less than a metre. Not good for science or filming… but great for writing blog posts! Here’s her latest, and for the full set (and some background) be sure to check out our page all about Kate in Antarctica. Station life is […]

Kate in Antarctica!

Kate’s made it to the Princess Elisabeth Research Station, which (if you ask us) looks more like the villain’s lair in the next Bond film than anything so straightforward as a research base. Wait… are we sure Kate isn’t plotting world domination? Here’s Kate’s update: Merry Christmas from the Princess Elisabeth Research Station in East […]

Kate in Cape Town

Our intrepid geologist Kate has made it about as far South as is remotely reasonable to go, to Cape Town in South Africa. Of course, that’s not nearly remote enough for her, and is merely a staging point on her epic journey to Antarctica. Here’s her update: My field assistant James Linighan (a Master of […]

Kate’s heading to Antarctica!

Long-term NUSTEM partners will recognise Dr. Kate Winter’s name as our sometime admin assistant, and might even have wondered where she’s disappeared to in recent months. Well, we have news: we found her. In Antarctica. It’s a bit more planned than that. Kate’s returned to geology research, won herself a big support grant, and is […]

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week

This week is Tomorrow’s Engineers Week. Back for its sixth year, the themed week is led by Engineering UK and the Royal Academy of Engineering, and involving basically everyone else who’s big in engineering in the country. At NUSTEM we have a packed week of engineering-themed support with our partner schools, including: Team newcomer Mel […]