Journalism

While the interest in 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 but also on medicine, archeology, and social sciences. I've also written for Italian publications such as the Corriere Della Sera, again on astronomy. 

A couple of pieces from IFLScience that I'm particularly proud and a random selection of blog post from the Astroholic are below. 

The fifth observation of gravitational waves (GW) marks the beginning of a new era in astronomy. On August 17, 2017, the LIGO and VIRGO collaborations detected neutron stars merging for the first time and immediately alerted observatories around the world. In a matter of hours the event had been located, another first for GW astronomy, and telescopes around the world begun studying it almost...

One of the goals of science is to provide the most accurate description of reality as possible, so it’s always fun telling people how the unit of mass is defined. The kilogram, for example, is defined as the mass of a platinum-iridium cylinder in Sèvres, France. Yes, every mass and every scale in the world has to be compared with the French block, which is aptly called the International prototype kilogram (IPK). When the kilogram was cast in 1889, 40 official physical copies were made and sent...

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...
Sometimes inspiration strikes in unusual ways at unusual times. I was tagged in a quote tweet where Prof Peter Coles states that as an astrophysicist he must contest Prince Harry's statement that "the stars were aligned when he met Meghan." Now, I'm currently on my honeymoon in New Zealand and we are waiting at the Rotorua airport for a flight...
A few years ago I filmed a vlog ranting about Astrology being nonsense and I'm now revisiting the subject, not because something has changed (it's still bullshit), but because I think I understand my anger a bit better. A discussion arose in work concerning the most annoying unfounded beliefs that people have. Antivaxxers are by far the most despised category,...