Understanding something as simple as the Sun

Prof. Lucie Green is a solar physicist based at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL’s Department of Space and Climate Physics. Besides being a great scientist, Lucie Green is also an inspiring science communicator and is very active in public engagement with science. She gives public talks regularly and is a television and radio host. In 2016, she published her first book 15 Million Degrees: A journey to the centre of the Sun, which discusses the history of solar physics until the current research and the “hot topics” of the field.

 

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Can we predict solar superstorms?

Coronal mass ejections (CMEs) are spectacular eruptions coming from the Sun. They also are the major drivers of solar storms on Earth. Solar storms can cause disruptions to space- and ground-based technological systems. What are the factors that determine the ability of a CME to cause a solar storm? And what would happen if a solar superstorm (an exceptionally strong CME) would come to us? If you want to know more, check our latest TSB digest: "Can we predict solar superstorms?"

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Can we bring back dinosaurs?

Scott Gilbert is a Professor of Biology (Emeritus) at Swarthmore College, where he has taught developmental genetics, embryology, and the history and critiques of biology. He is the author of various textbooks such as 'Developmental Biology' and 'Ecological Developmental Biology'.  One of his research interests is how the turtle got its shell.

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