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Last weekend Alison Campbell and I took a trip to New Plymouth to do a day session with final year school students to help them prepare for their physics and biology scholarship exams. (Alison did the Biology half, I did the physics). I do hope the students got something useful out of it. Doing this kind of thing certainly teaches me things too – it really gets me focused on the essential concepts behind physics, and being able to communicate them in simple terms.   (Talking about communication – I head down to Wellington very shortly to give a cafe-scientifique-style talk at Te Papa  on The Large Hadron Collider – it’s a little bit daunting to be honest – don’t quite know which politicians may sneak in the back of the audience…)