Journalism

While the interest for communicating science in the written form has always been with me, it became a profession in 2015 when I started working for IFLScience. In the last two years, I’ve produced more than 1,500 articles mostly on space and physics which are my areas of expertise and also on medicine, archaeology, and social sciences. I’ve also written about astronomy for Italian publications such as the Corriere Della Sera

Below are a couple of pieces from IFLScience that I’m particularly proud of, and a selection of blog posts from The Astroholic. 

From The Astroholic

I recently talked about how time travel to the past is unlikely to be possible. That came with the label that we haven't found a law that tells us that it's impossible just yet. We have hints, but no certainty. So what if time travel was suddenly possible? Who should be using it? For what reason? And with what limits? Let's...
What does it actually look like in the asteroid belt? Is it anything like as dense as is shown in films? Or is it more like you can see one or two rocks in the distance? Matthew, Amsterdam Contrary to popular belief, the asteroid belt is mostly empty and it's not the crammed zone of potato shaped rocks seen in films...
The Sun is responsible for all life on Earth and most of our planet's means of energy production depends on the Sun. We are told that without it we cannot survive, or at least told that we can't survive for very long. My question is just that: how long would we survive? Our thought experiment starts with an unphysical event....
Last night I had a nightmare that the centre of London was nuked. In my half-sleep state I tried working out if I could survive just by getting under my mattress or if I had to get out of bed to be more proactive for my survival. First, I had to check what kind of bomb could detonate in Piccadilly...
Dear Mr Science Guy, How many calories would get in a bottle of antimatter? How long would it take to burn off at the gym if you drank it? Thank you, Rob, age 30 Rob asks a very interesting question which allows me to explain several different concepts. First of all, what is anti-matter? Anti-matter is a substance composed of anti-particles, which have the...

Can anyone hear us?

Assuming that there are other intelligent civilisations out there in the universe, what is the likelihood that we'll ever be able to communicate? The key to answer this question is to look at the Drake Equation. Where N is the number of civilisations in our galaxy with which radio-communication might be possible (i.e. planets past our light cone); The DE tells...
Credit: Stephen van Vuuren
If the 1st Law of Thermodynamics is true how could the Universe begin from nothing? To answer this question we need to remember that nothing is a global term and not a local one. Vacuum states exist where there is no matter or energy (they have maximum entropy) and they are, as we can understand them, empty. Those are their global characteristics....
I know why the moon goes red during a total eclipse. But why does it not go red until near totality? Phil, London This is actually a very interesting question, with an (unfortunately) unsatisfying answer. But let’s take a step back and clarify why the Moon goes red during an eclipse, for people who don’t know. The Moon goes red for the...

Stars of the Future

If the universe continues expanding forever, how long until it's too diffused to allow star formation? How many generations of stars will that mean the universe has? How will the elemental make-up of these late stars be different and what effects will that have? I can't give you an exact timescale but it's possibly trillions of years in the future....
In a previous post, I discussed how long the Earth would be able to survive without the Sun. We had to assume that our star would magically disappear into nothingness. My friend Gavin asked online: “Can we have a follow-up on no Sun and the effect on orbits?” Thank you. I am now feeling cold & I feel I need to move...