Exploring the relationship between Science and Art. Logic and Emotion.
History of Pressure Ink
I formed Pressure Ink in 2015 as an online science communication platform aimed at reaching transdisciplinary readership. I explore the meaning of our natural and physical world by fully integrating several scientific disciplines, thereby dissolving the non-physical boundaries that separate them. Unlike the more traditional and better known interdisciplinary approach, I can explore beyond the scope of a single discipline and envision solutions for real-world problems.
Inspired by the song Under Pressure by Queen, Pressure Ink started as Pressure Video Productions. Although I didn't produce many videos under this name, I quickly adopted the name Pressure for music compositions. This then became Pressure Ink. Originally the word Ink was merely a word play of the Inc. abbreviation, which made the name Pressure somewhat more complete. However, the name, which implied the Ink was somehow involved, was not so fitting for music production, and I soon dropped the name altogether. A few months later, during the second year of my PhD, I started a small group project with fellow PhD students and friends aimed to analyse and report on-going research in science and technology. It was only logical to bring back the name Pressure Ink.
Pressure Ink represents the action of writing so hard on notepaper that markings are made on subsequent pages, thus what is written is embedded . The word pressure not only relates to the feeling of being under pressure when answering or presenting something to an audience, but signifies that the subject that is being discussed is sensitive and can ignite debates. The word Ink represents anything that is written.
This website will be closing down on June 15, 2019. Thanks for the support!
Structure of Pressure Ink
Pressure Ink is structured such that personal experiences and opinions are separated from facts. There are four main areas within this website: Ink Studio, Pressure & Impact, the Science framework and Lifestyle. Ink Studio contains the Inkwell Blog, where personal experiences and opinions are discussed, and these may relate to articles written in both Pressure & Impact and the Science framework. Ink Studio is there to add some emotion and personal opinion to scientific facts, such that our readers can understand the view point of our writers. Scientists have emotions as well, and in fact, these might play a larger role in science than scientists are willing to acknowledge.
Pressure & Impact (previously joined as Pressure Point) contains high impact entries with the purpose to engage with our readers. Topics are carefully picked and written to encourage thinking and debating. I started the Doctor's Corner (DoC) blog (under the Pressure heading) after completing my PhD. It provides insights about conducting PhD research, PhD experiences and the value of a PhD, as well as career advice for recent PhD graduates. Under the Pressure heading, the Resource Centre (RC) page (formally HelpZone) is there to provide academics and students additional tools and resources relating to their research or study. The RC is currently under construction and will undergo regular updates. Pressure Ink also has its own Glossary. Click on technical terms highlighted in orange to access their definitions. These will eventually be indexed in the Glossary.
Spawn Theory is all about unscripted and spontaneous thoughts, which make there way into short video productions. The word 'spawn' was chosen because it sounds a lot like the first part of spontaneity. Theories start by an idea and I wanted to bring this concept closer to our readers, encouraging open discussions, and forming new theories. Following up on this, the Spawn Theory Today section has a record of Thoughts of the Day and brings forward random ideas as they come along.
The Science framework is the heart of Pressure Ink, and is the main reason why Pressure Ink was formed. Originally aimed to have science and technology news articles, it is now a section to communicate how science and technology plays a part in our everyday lives. Articles are written to cover the four main scientific disciplines: the physical sciences, the life sciences, the applied sciences (including medicine) and the social sciences.
Pressure Ink & LIFESTYLE
The Lifestyle section was formally separated into The Arts and Gaming. We have reformatted this section to include all aspects of our everyday lives, and how we can live better and healthier. We take mental health very seriously and support a flexible lifestyle, with proper balance between work and play. In the Lifestyle Blog, we explore all that life has to offer and allow you follow us as we explore the world.
Seanasol is a scientific, engineering and agricultural solutions group, which aims to manufacture smart devices for enhanced farming strategies. We discuss our current projects and how we aim to deliver solutions for real-world problems.
Pressure Ink focuses on the unspoken relationship between science and art or logic and emotion. By keeping to a high intellectual level, everyone from students to professionals can trust and rely on the articles published on Pressure Ink. Our extensive range of subjects make it simple for students to understand and integrate into their studies, giving readers an easy-to-access, online library of scientific literature, research topics or academic experiences. We encourage people from all backgrounds to engage with us, so that we aid in the communication of research and make it easier for those that have an interest in science, but do not have relevant training or experience, understand and develop their own goals and satisfy their curiosity or passions.
The aim is to not only communicate science but to encourage people to think, analyse and engage in current events without being told how to think or shown articles that are one-sided or written by non-professionals. I use several methods of communication so that even though those who do not know much about a certain topic can find the information, background and other relevant information directly on this website without needing to search for it elsewhere.
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