Estimating properties in rocks with the same technology doctors use in hospitals to assess injury.
A rock at the surface does not behave like a rock a kilometre below our feet. To understand how rocks behave at depth, we must first put them in a pressure vessel, and then increase the temperature.
To some, side projects a distraction from primary research. I see them as a way to collaborate, and stay sane by distracting me from writing a thesis.