Goldstein wins Batchelor Prize 2016

The G K Batchelor Prize for 2016 is awarded to Professor Raymond E. Goldstein FRS, Schlumberger Professor of Complex Physical Systems in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and Fellow of Churchill College, University of Cambridge.


What do harbor seals and downhill skiers have in common?

An unexpected similarity between nature’s mechanisms and man’s techniques arise in a new study published in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics. The paper reveals how harbor seals can detect prey from far away, and it’s related to skiing.


Mysterious Anti-electron Clouds found Inside Thunderstorm

A terrifying few moments flying into the top of an active thunderstorm in a research aircraft has led to an unexpected discovery that could help explain the longstanding mystery of how lightning gets initiated inside a thunderstorm.…


Sweet Research – How flowing fluids generate unique shapes

A team of scientists has identified the complex process by which materials are shaped and ultimately dissolved by surrounding water currents.


Drag Kings: perfecting pedalling

Elite cycling is one of the most technologically and scientifically advanced sports in the world. Many and varied advances in bicycle design, allied with sophisticated training and nutrition regimes have led to the “aggregation of marginal gains” which in turn have led to massive improvements in performance.


REACH hardly reaching into US chemicals regulation reform

In ‘Influence of the EU Chemicals Regulation on the US Policy Reform Debate: Is a ‘California Effect’ Within REACH?’, published in Transnational Environmental Law (TEL) in April 2013, I investigated whether the demanding EU chemicals regulation (REACH) had led the exporting US chemicals sector to lobby its government to follow suit.  Some thought REACH, which entered into effect in 2007 and imposes obligations on EU manufacturers and third country importers alike, would have this effect (known as a ‘California effect’), but the article showed this was not the case.…


Jitterbug: New software cleans up images on an atomic scale

Photographing atoms isn’t easy. In fact, trying to capture images of these tiny, nearly invisible particles that fit 200,000 abreast on a human hair is far from straightforward.…


How to get your book published, part 2

In his second post, Cambridge University Press Social Science Publisher John Haslam offers a few more notes on getting your first book ready for publication. John focuses on revised theses and other first books, but many of the issues are common across all publishing proposals.…


How to get your book published, part 1

In the first of three posts, Cambridge University Press Social Science Publisher John Haslam offers a few notes on getting your first book ready for publication.…


An interview with the 2012 Batchelor Prize winner – Detlef Lohse

The following is a Q&A held with Professor Detlef Lohse after he was presented with the 2012 Batchelor Prize at the International Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics 2012 Q: What was it that attracted you to Fluid Mechanics research initially, and is it the same thing that motivates you now?