Tag Archives: Science

There’s more to this than meets the eye

The work of Yu-Chen Wang asks fundamental questions about human identity at a key point in history, where eco-systems and techno-systems have become inextricably intertwined. Yu-Chen’s central practice is drawing, allowing her to explore and meditate on mechanical and biological forms, and the ways in which their bodily borderlines blur and mutate. From these extemporisations, she then finds collaborative routes that take her work into the realms of fictional text, provoking the subsequent production of sculptural installation, performance, music, and film, in various combinations.

Her new large-scale intricate drawing, exhibited at the Science Gallery, London exhibition ‘Dark Matter: 95% of the Universe is missing’, explores the concepts of dark matter and how knowledge is created.

Our study suggests the elusive ‘neutrino’ could make up a significant part of dark matter

Ian G McCarthy is a Reader in theoretical astrophysics at the Astrophysics Research Institute at Liverpool John Moores University in Liverpool, UK. He is a member of the ARI’s Computational & Theoretical Galaxy Formation group.

“I use both supercomputer simulations and good old-fashioned “pencil and paper” theory to study a variety of topics relating to structure formation in the Universe, including the formation and evolution of galaxies and the use of large-scale structure as a sensitive probe of cosmology. I work closely with observers to test the predictions of the simulations/models and to intepret the observational data.”

On Dark Matter and Dark Energy

Brian Clegg is an English science writer. He is the author of popular science books on topics including light, infinity, quantum entanglement and surviving the impact of climate change, and biographies of Roger Bacon and Eadweard Muybridge. In this exclusive interview he discusses ideas relating to his latest book, ‘Dark Matter & Dark Energy: The Hidden 95% of the Universe’.

Bizarre ‘dark fluid’ with negative mass could dominate the universe – what my research suggests

Dr. Jamie Farnes is an astrophysicist and radio astronomer, currently based at Oxford University’s e-Research Centre (OeRC) in the UK. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2012 in the area of observational astrophysics. At Cambridge, he was based at Trinity Hall, the Cavendish Laboratory, and the Kavli Institute for Cosmology. He has also held postdoctoral positions at the University of Sydney, Australia, and as an Excellence Fellow at Radboud University, the Netherlands. His research has mostly focussed on driving forward the skills needed for next-generation Big Data radio telescopes such as the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) – which will be the largest radio telescope ever constructed.

Experiment picks up light from the first stars – and it may change our understanding of dark matter

Carole Mundell is Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy, Head of the Astrophysics Group, University of Bath. She is an observational astrophysicist who specialises in astrophysical phenomena outside of our own galaxy, including gamma ray bursts and active galactic nuclei. She leads the Bath Astrophysics Group and currently also acts as Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

We talk about artistic inspiration all the time – but scientific inspiration is a thing too

Tom McLeish is Professor of Natural Philosophy in the Department of Physics at the University of York specialising in soft matter, rheology and biological physics. He maintains a broad interdisciplinary research interests, and is a co-investigator in projects on medieval science, philosophy of emergence, social framing of science and technology, and theology of science. His book on the cultural position of science, “Faith and Wisdom in Science”, was published by OUP in 2014.

Teleological behaviourism or what it means to imagine a lion

Howard Rachlin is an American psychologist and the founder of teleological behaviorism. He is Emeritus Research Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. His current research focuses on patterns of choice over time and how those patterns affect self-control (on which he worked with George Ainslie), including cooperation over time. His most recent book is The Escape of the Mind (2014).