Abigail Beall is a journalist based in Leeds, United Kingdom. Abigail is a freelance science/technology journalist published in a number of both print and online publications including WIRED, New Scientist, Alphr, T3, All About Space, Astronomy, Astronomy Now, Daily Mail Online, EU Horizon and BBC Focus. She is always interested taking on new projects alongside her typical commissions to broaden her experience. Recent examples include writing the physics chapter for the DK children’s encyclopaedia and a space tourism article for the Ethiad in-flight magazine. Prior to embarking on her freelance career, Abigail spent a year as a science reporter at the Daily Mail Online. She also worked for two years at ICIS Heren as a reporter covering UK and European electricity markets, writing about energy policy, trading and power plant projects. She holds a physics (MPhys) degree from Durham University and a Science Journalism MA from City University, London.
Just one atom thick but stronger than diamond, graphene’s mix of mechanical and electrical properties have seen it heralded as the answer to many questions over the past decade, but the material is yet to have a commercial breakthrough. Science writer Abigail Beall looks at the research that is revealing where graphene’s strengths lie in industry, and where it falls down.
Mars colonisation, asteroid mining and the potential for conflict could place a strain on an outdated international legal framework
In a discovery that's been more than 20 years in the making, a planet more than three times the mass of Earth and was found orbiting our closest single star