Learning and Outreach Officer (CHILL)
When did you start at Centre of the Cell?
July 2021, so I’m brand new!
What is your favourite science fact?
It rains diamonds on Jupiter! Probably…
There is a lot of carbon in the clouds of Jupiter, and during lightning storms on the planet, this carbon is converted into small pieces of soot that fall down towards the centre of the planet like rain. Because Jupiter’s so big, the closer you get to its centre, the more pressure there is all around you, and when carbon is put under a lot of pressure, it gets converted into diamond. That means that as the carbon soot is falling, it’s getting squeezed and crushed and pushed by Jupiter’s pressure, and so it changes into tiny diamonds as it falls…
Probably, anyway! We’ve never actually seen it happen, because that pressure’s far too high for any of our spaceships to survive to get in close enough to have a look. Scientists don’t have all the answers yet, and this just shows that there’s still loads more out there to prove and discover!
What is a fun fact about yourself?
I was on the committee for Murder Soc at my university. We were a murder mystery society, but that name definitely got us a lot of strange looks.
Which part of Centre of the Cell excites you the most?
I love being able to connect the science that we’re talking about to the work going on in the labs right below us! It’s always great getting people excited about science in general, but when you can show them real life examples of science investigations going on right now as they’re coming in and out of the pods, they get to make that instant connection to the real world, and that’s brilliant!
Jessica has previously worked as an Inspirer at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium, and as a Publishing Editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry. She’s also an avid writer, and managed to churn out a whole novel last year to keep her family entertained over lockdown.