Science News

New Scientist Live 2016

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At the end of September, I was able to visit New Scientist Live – one of the biggest science events in the UK, aimed at enthusiasts of all ages. Being a regular reader of their weekly magazine, I was instantly excited about going in person. The list of talks on the website (here) blew my mind: […]

Mathematics

Mathematics in Music

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In the musical scale, the approximate ratio of frequencies of successive notes is the twelfth root of 2, which is roughly equal to 1.059463094. The powers of the twelfth root of 2 are rough irrational approximations of the natural musical intervals which are simple rational numbers. Physically, sound waves are vibrations. The higher the amplitude, […]

Astronomy

Lunar Mission One – An Introduction

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“Lunar Mission One is the most inspirational Moon project since the Apollo landings. Funded by the public it will perform world-leading science into the origin of the Moon and the planets, and it will leave a permanent archive of human life buried at the Moon’s south pole.” (lunarmissionone.com) Up until now, space exploration has been […]

Technology

Deleting off a hard drive

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In a small error in judgement you have downloaded some very unfortunate photos or files onto your phone or PC. Naturally you immediately delete it. But does it really ‘delete’? A while ago there was a scandal involving celebrities having revealing photos leaked; photos they long assumed were deleted. The ‘hackers’ had simply made a […]

Biology

The Brain Observatory

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Until about 40 years ago it was only possible to study the workings of the brain of a living individual by their outward appearance and proposed symptoms. In 1977 the MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanner was developed and has since revolutionised the way in which we can investigate the anatomy and structure of the brain […]

Technology

The 21st Century – The Turning Point?

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Today, science is developing at an incredible rate, and offers promising prospects in the future, including: in medicine, in nano-, cyber-, and biotechnology, in communication, and perhaps the most exciting of all, mankind’s ascension into outer space. However, as well as these enthralling benefits, any scientific or technological progression often results in a drawback. Any […]

Physics

My week at CERN

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It has been almost a year since I managed to get up on the stage at the 21st EU Contest for Young Scientists in Paris, to be presented with the EIROforum CERN Prize. I still can’t believe how I got there from a six week Nuffield Bursary project at the University of Sheffield, via the […]