Robert Lea

Robert is a member of the Association of British Science Writers, qualified in Physics, Mathematics and Contemporary science. As well as contributing articles on topics as diverse as quantum physics, cosmology, medical science and the environment at Scisco media, he also writes the Null Hypothesis blog which examines pseudoscience and poor science reporting in the news media.
Science & Technology

Staring at the Sun: The Parker Solar Probe heralds a bright new future for solar-physics

August 11th saw the launch of NASA’s Parker solar probe. A probe with a unique mission; to beam back a record of the plasma that comprises the Sun’s corona and the magnetic fields which shape it. The probe will fly closer to the Sun than any probe has before, facing brutal heat and radiation, even flying through the Sun’s corona, the outermost part of the star’s atmosphere.  The research team behind the mission hope that this data will help solve several mysteries surrounding the Sun, such as what heats this plasma to 200 times temperature of the sun’s surface?

Sure.. Trump looks crazy, but are you sure it's not you?
Opinion Politics

Right-wing media using accusations of ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’ to gaslight the left

Accusations of ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’ levelled at critics of President 45 and his allies are becoming more common. Whilst versions of this syndrome, ‘President Derangement Syndrome’ (PDS) have also been associated with Trump’s previous two predecessors, it has never before been used in the manner that is increasingly today, to gaslight an entire nation. 

Science & Technology

The Science Dispatches (15/07/18); the ‘ghost’ dunes of Mars may hide signs of ancient life. CERN’s full colour X-ray scans. Ammonia: A renewable carbon-free fuel

These are the Scisco media science dispatches for the second week in July 2018, including Mars’ ‘ghost’ dunes, CERN’s technology leads to colour X-ray breakthrough which may revolutionise disease identification and the development of ammonia s a renewable, carbon-free fuel.