Satellites improve lives

This talk was given in association with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory https://stfc.ukri.org/about-us/where-we-work/rutherford-appleton-laboratory/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rutherford_Appleton_Laboratory The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) is one of the national scientific research laboratories in the UK operated by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). It began as the Rutherford High Energy Laboratory, merged with the Atlas Computer Laboratory in 1975 to […]

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A series of fortunate events

Why is the world the way it is? How did we get here? Does everything happen for a reason or are some things left to chance? Philosophers and theologians have pondered these questions for millennia, but startling scientific discoveries over the past half century are revealing that we live in a world driven by chance. […]

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Engineering enzymes

RAL is a world leading scientific research laboratory where researchers study everything from particle physics which are very, very small through to the astronomically large, studying space and the mysteries of the universe. They host free talks once a month from September to June over a broad range of topics and in this talk, we […]

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Gravity’s Role in the Story of Our Universe

Dr Katy Clough https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJk2BNSZI7U by Institute of Physics: Oxford Centre https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/contacts/people/clough https://kaclough.github.io/CV.html https://www.linkedin.com/in/katy-clough-095809103/?originalSubdomain=uk http://www.grchombo.org/ Einstein’s strange and beautiful theory of general relativity has provided many a plot line in science fiction with its time-warping effects around black holes. But gravity also plays a major role in the story of our universe as a whole, not […]

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10 years at the LHC

A composite image of the Large Hadron Collider Credit: CERN It’s 10 years since the first particles smashed into each other at the world’s biggest scientific experiment, the Large Hadron Collider. Since then physicists have discovered the Higgs boson, created forms of matter not seen since the Big Bang and ruled out a whole host […]

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Looking for Life On Mars

Professor Andrew Coates Wednesday, 23 September 2020 The Rosalind Franklin PanCam team Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London https://www.gresham.ac.uk/ Mars has changed since it formed 4.6 billion years ago. When life started on Earth ~4 billion years ago, Mars was habitable too, with volcanism, a magnetic field, surface water and a thick atmosphere. Today, […]

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How to make the world add up

Tim Harford Credit: Árni Torfason for PopTech Tuesday 22 September When was the last time you read a grand statement, accompanied by a large number, and wondered whether it could really be true? In this talk, Tim Harford drew on his experience as both an economist and presenter of the BBC’s radio show ‘More or […]

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Puzzle Place

Many years ago, I was lucky enough to work in “Launch Pad” in the science museum. There were lots of wonderful activities and the following blog posts are about the activities. Launch Pad has been replaced by the equally wonderful “Wonderlab” https://science-projects.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/ch2.pdf https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/home https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do/wonderlab-equinor-gallery Puzzle Place There were several challenging puzzles contained within this exhibit […]

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The grain pit

Many years ago, I was lucky enough to work in “Launch Pad” in the science museum. There were lots of wonderful activities and the following blog posts are about the activities. Launch Pad has been replaced by the equally wonderful “Wonderlab” https://science-projects.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/ch2.pdf https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/home https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do/wonderlab-equinor-gallery The grain pit The grain pit consisted of a number of […]

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