Getting to know... archive

Professor Sir John PendryLife through a lens - getting to know Professor Sir John Pendry
Theoretical physicist Professor Sir John Pendry recounts some of the challenges and highlights from his illustrious career

Guinness's Fergal MurrayStout science - getting to know Guinness's Fergal Murray
Fergal Murray, GUINNESS® Master Brewer, tells about the science behind the famous stout

Professor Marcus du SautoyThe man behind the maths - getting to know Marcus du Sautoy
Professor Marcus du Sautoy considers the societal need for mathematical literacy, and reveals the challenges that drive him

Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell BurnellGetting to know Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell
Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell reveals her proudest achievement, and considers the changing face of contemporary astrophysics

Professor Tim FlanneryBiological frontiersman - getting to know Professor Tim Flannery
Professor Tim Flannery explains why a sense of adventure is a must for all budding field biologists

Liz BonninGetting to know Liz Bonnin
Liz Bonnin explains how she has drawn inspiration from her environment, and discusses the power of factual television programmes

Professor Kevin WarwickThe real-life cyborg - getting to know Professor Kevin Warwick
Professor Kevin Warwick discusses what attracted him to the field of cybernetics, and recounts his involvement with Project Cyborg

Nick SaganScience and fiction - getting to know Nick Sagan
Nick Sagan, science fiction novelist and screenwriter, considers how his upbringing influenced his choice of career, and discusses the relationship between science fact and science fiction

Investigating portholeA deep understanding - getting to know Neil Cunningham Dobson
Neil Cunningham Dobson, Principal Marine Archaeologist at Odyssey Marine Exploration, explains how he became a deep-sea explorer, and the responsibilities of his position

Tim SmitHorticultural heritage - getting to know Tim Smit
Tim Smit, creator of the Eden Project, outlines the thinking that lay behind his ambitious venture and the challenges that he has faced since its inception

Professor Jim Al-KhaliliQuantum leaps - getting to know Professor Jim Al-Khalili
Theoretical physicist, Professor Jim Al-Khalili, details his greatest achievements and the challenging nature of his current work

Gadget Show presenter Jon BentleyGadgets, cars and power tools - getting to know Jon Bentley
Gadget Show presenter, Jon Bentley, discusses his passions, inspirations and ambitions for the future

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  • Auroras are not exclusive to our solar system
I think Raspberry Pi is an excellent opportunity to get people back into 'real computing'. I teach mainly to 19+ does anyone have any experience teaching RPi to this range of learners?

Commented Paul on
Manchester academics introduce schoolchildren to a life of Pi
The radio emissions that we have observed have a certain shape to them. By analysing the shape of these radio waves, we can tell that they have been produced by processes similar to those that generate radio emissions above the Earth's auroras. In light of this, we are pretty sure that they have been caused by the acceleration of charged particles along magnetic field lines. Whether on Earth or on other planets, auroras occur when charged particles are funnelled along the object's magnetic field towards its poles. When they hit the atmosphere, they cause it to glow. However, before this happens, special kinds of radio wave are emitted into space. This was actually the process by which Jupiter's magnetic field was discovered; before we even knew about Earth's radiation belts. The presence of these radio waves is a strong indication that auroras are occurring outside our solar system.

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