On April 2nd 2019, BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science Episode II took place at the Aula Auditorium at TU Delft. The focus was on genetic engineering, CRISPR/Cas9, and Jessica Jones.
In this second post-podcast for the event, you’ll hear from two more speakers from the live event. Britte Bouchaut is a PhD student in Biotechnology and Society at TU Delft, and Lucas Evers is based at Waag Amsterdam where he runs the Open WetLab. In conversation with host Barry Fitzgerald, Britte and Lucas discuss bioethics, bioart, genetic engineering, their own work, and of course superheroes.
You can also watch BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science Episode II from April 2nd 2019 online, including Charlotte’s talk, at the link: https://youtu.be/D5yCGhVgV9Q.
BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science is organised by Studium Generale Delft (Twitter: @sgtudelft) and BW Science. It is hosted by superhero scientist and TU Delft researcher Barry Fitzgerald (Twitter: @BWScienceNow).
Most of the time my fundamental research at TU Delft and my superhero work walk side by side with no obvious overlap between the two topics. However, earlier this year, one of the PhD students in our group published a very nice paper about drag forces experienced by non-spherical particles in fluid flows. In the paper, they found that the drag force experienced by a particle in the flow could be calculated for any orientation of the particle provided you know the drag force when the particle is parallel to the flow and perpendicular to the flow.
Now like many science papers it is very technical but with some very nice illustrations and diagrams. After I read the paper I got the idea to write a popular science article about the work and link it to the drag forces that Iron Man might experience. When Tony Stark is in the suit he sort of looks like a non-spherical particle in a way.
The article was published last week on BBC Science Focus Online magazine and can be read here. The article has even shared the front page for some time with an article about Stephen Hawking. You can see this in the image below with my article on the bottom right of the image.
Stay tuned as I’ve another article in the pipeline.
Earlier this month I was interviewed by Robert Visscher for an online article about Secrets of Superhero Science. Before the interview Robert had read the book and I certainly could tell that this was the case. He had a wide range of questions with some focusing on specific aspects or sections of the chapters in the book. During the interview, we discussed the current state of superhero films, my favourite superheroes and their films, the science behind the Iron Man suit, invisibility and the X-Men.
This week Robert published a fantastic article based on the interview on the website for NEMO Kennislink. The interview is in Dutch so it’s a perfect way for you to practice your Dutch. To read the article just click here.