Tagged: experiment

Nanotechnology, asbestos and measurement - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Feb 04, 2014

Last week I had a very interesting and useful visit to the Measurement Standards Laboratory in Lower Hutt. I went along with my summer scholarship student to discuss the measurement of electrical properties of biological tissue. While the procedure for measuring the conductivity of a piece of solid is pretty-well established, biological tissue is soft, squishy, easily … Read More

How big is an atom? - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Jan 08, 2014

I started back at work on Monday thinking that it would be a nice, peaceful day, with no-one else around on campus. Surely, on a beautiful, sunny, 6th January, the entire of Hamilton except for myself would be on the beach at Raglan. Wow, was I mistaken. The campus was buzzing with activity and there was a constant stream … Read More

Who is doing the observing? - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Nov 20, 2013

Last week I watched again the highly amusing film "Kitchen Stories". It's hardly a mainstream affair - in fact I feel like editing Wikipedia's meagre entry on it. The scenario is amusing because it's so ridiculous - a group of Swedish scientists is sent off to Norway to observe single men use their kitchens, in order to … Read More

What is physics? - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Oct 04, 2013

One of the many good education-focused talks at the NZ Institute of Physics conference last week was by Kerry Parker of Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu and the University of Otago. She described her own and  her students' experiences of attending the International Young Physicists' Tournament. The tournament stretches students far beyond the confines of the … Read More

Precision Cosmology – Yeah, Right! - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Sep 27, 2013

We've just had our first session at the NZ Institute of Physics Conference. The focus was on astrophysics, and we heard from Richard Easther about 'Precision Cosmology' – measuring things about the universe accurately enough to test theories and models of the universe. We ablso heard about binary stars and supernovae, and evidence for the existence of dark matter … Read More

Gravity goes downwards - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Aug 06, 2013

Yesterday afternoon I was engaged in a spot of DIY - putting up some shelves. Even for me, as someone who takes to DIY like a duck to mountaineering, it's a fairly simple task, and I'm pleased to say that I got there without the 'do' in DIY turning into 'destroy'. With the help of my trusty stud-finder (Karen - … Read More