Frontier Physics - Pulsars and Girls in Physics
Once a month, I'll be posting a topic entitled "Frontier Physics", highlighting some current physics research in the news.
This week, the Nature Physics website has a paper entitled "Rotational evolution of young pulsars due to superfluid decoupling". I don't pretend to understand what all that means (apparently it will help to yield measurements of neutron star mass) but it does give me a link in to my blog on Getting girls into physics.
Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered pulsars, early on in her career - a great example that physics is not just for the boys. Dame Jocelyn was president of the IOP from 2008 to 2010. Their report (linked out from my blog post) shows that less than 50% of maintained schools sent girls on to take A-level physics in 2011.
There are some suggestions in my blog of ways of improving the situation. I'd like to hear your views on the subject - or if you can explain superfluid decoupling to me, that would be fine too.