Category Archives: 2011

5th December 2011 – Patterns and Randomness

What is randomness? Where is it? How can we spot it and should we care? Human beings generally think they have an intuitive grasp of randomness – or at least what isn’t random. But what should random actually look like … Continue reading

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7th November 2011 – Magnetic Pole Reversals

When’s the next one?  Is it dangerous? How do I avoid ending up at the South Pole?  Is this the cause of mass extinctions?  Will I have to wear a sunhat all the time? All valid questions if the North … Continue reading

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3rd October 2011 – Fukushima

What happened? Could it happen here? What does it mean for nuclear power? The events at Fukushima in March 2011 didn’t just send a literal shockwave across Northern Japan, they sent a metaphorical shockwave around the global nuclear industry. Six … Continue reading

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5th September 2011 – Personalised Medicine

The impact of medicines is different on different patients or patient conditions. It is very important to get the right medicine to the patient to produce the best outcome. Some patients’ conditions may be more critical than others and may … Continue reading

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4th July 2011 – Camouflage: How it Works and Why

There has to be a signal, a receiver and, very importantly, a processor. This aspect will be explored using the story of the Peppered Moth. How did camouflage evolve and how do complicated patterns it sometimes needs get created? Professor … Continue reading

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6th June 2011 – The Structure of the Vacuum

Professor Simone Marzani of Manchester University will lead our discussion of the vacuum structure. Is it really “nothing at all” or is it stuffed with interesting things designed to appear to be nothing – mostly? This session originated from our … Continue reading

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