2013 Heatwave: Personally Delivered to you by Climate Change

Posted 25 January 2013 by Lauren Fuge

Australians like myself are accustomed to enduring scorching hot summers, but the heatwaves that Down Under has recently been experiencing are longer, more frequent and more intense than ever before. The whole country is feeling the burn—starting around Christmas on the west coast, the heat quickly spread across the continent to hit the densely-populated eastern coast. Temperature records are being broken everywhere and catastrophic bushfires are burning in three separate states. Some think it’s only a taste of what to... Read more

Interview: Go For It

Posted 20 December 2012 by Lauren Fuge

Lauren Fuge: Go For It from rocketlist on Vimeo. I was recently interviewed for RocketList as part of a series of interviews with successful, motivated young people who are making things happen. I’m honoured to be included among some truly amazing people, and my interview was just published on their site—so give it a watch! I talk about writing, the importance of scientific literacy, and what inspired me to become a science communicator. ... Read more

Shedding Light on Colour

Posted 3 December 2012 by Lauren Fuge

Hold a prism up to the light, and the colours of the rainbow will project out in a beautiful spectral array. People once believed that the prisms themselves coloured light, but Isaac Newton realised that this was false. He became the first to understand the rainbow by demonstrating that all the prism did was refract white light and split it into its component colours: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet. Our colour vision influences very human activities from art... Read more

How far will Curiosity take us?

Posted 25 October 2012 by Lauren Fuge

Since our first footprints on the grey dust of the Sea of Tranquillity in 1969, humankind has been itching to explore other worlds. Astronomers are constantly identifying new exoplanets, spacecraft like the Voyager I and II give us incredible glimpses of our neighbourhood, and we send out probes and satellites to explore the mysteries of our own solar system—but the Mars rovers mark a whole new chapter in space exploration. They are man’s representatives on the surface of another world.... Read more