#14 The physics of snowflakes (yes there is a graph)

Snowflakes are special. Their immediately recogniseable shape evokes the smell of glögg, the taste of pepparkakor and the spirit of Christmas. But before the snowflake was popularised as a Christmas icon by Wilson ”Snowflake” Bentley, the delicate and intricate structures had captured the imagination of physicists who wanted to understand how they formed. They were… Read More #14 The physics of snowflakes (yes there is a graph)

February 10th: Anniversary of the death of Joseph Lister, the father of modern surgery

The year is 1800 and you are lying in a hospital bed. You broke your leg and need surgery to set it. In other words, you’re dead. You’re not literally dead of course, that comes soon, but not quite yet. Before then, you have to lie in a dirty hospital bed as the “good old… Read More February 10th: Anniversary of the death of Joseph Lister, the father of modern surgery

Christmas baking for science geeks: Pepparkakor Synthesis

Baking is synonymous with Christmas cheer. In Sweden, a favourite Christmas treat is the Pepparkaka (PK) which is a thin, crunchy biscuit flavoured with Christmas spices and enjoyed with Glögg, the Swedish mulled wine. Current methods of Pepparkakor (PK’s) synthesis fail to address the needs of scientists who often required the integration of geekiness into… Read More Christmas baking for science geeks: Pepparkakor Synthesis