About this blog
My name is Michael de Podesta and I am a scientist at the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL). This blog stems from a course that I run at NPL called Protons for Breakfast which aims to help the general public make sense of some of the science that they encounter. The course generally entertains, amuses and educates but its primary aim is to empower.
People are generally familiar with many parts of the body of scientific knowledge, but often they do not understand the context of their own knowledge, or how one thing they know relates to another thing they know. Protons for Breakfast is a ‘big picture’ course which aims to make those connections.
This blog is generally about things in the news which impinge on the topics we deal with in the course. These include mobile phone safety, climate change and nuclear power. However, there are also personal comments and general proclamations about anything that captures my attention. On occasion I even discuss my work :-).
However, I would like to emphasise that nothing on this site represents the official views of the National Physical Laboratory.
I started the blog in January 2008 and I moved it to WordPress in September 2009.