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Talking Science at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL)
Talking Science at RAL is a series of fascinating and FREE monthly scientific lectures by invited speakers that takes place at STFC's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory every month between September and June. Booking is currently open for our Autumn talks - booking for our Winter talks will open on 14 November 2016. More information about these talks can be found on our website: www.stfc.ac.uk/rltalkingscience. Some of our upcoming talks are now fully booked - if you would like to be added to our waiting list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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From Jack the Ripper to Malaria: Geographic Profiling in Biology
Dr Steven Le Comber, Queen Mary University of London
Friday 18 November 2016, 1:30pm/7pm, audience: all ages
Mathematical biologist Steve Le Comber will demonstrate how geographic profiling – a statistical technique originally developed in criminology to prioritise large lists of suspects in cases of serial murder – can be used to find the sources of infectious disease. Geographic profiling is routinely used by investigative agencies including the FBI and Metropolitan Police, and uses the locations of the crimes to make inferences about the criminal's 'anchor point' – usually a home or a workplace. More recently, the Le Comber Group at Queen Mary has shown how it can also be applied to biology, including animal foraging and epidemiology.
Stopping bad guys with lasers
Stuart Bonthron, Vice President Product Development, Cobalt Light Systems
Friday 9 December 2016, 1:30pm/7pm, audience: 7+
Using lasers to see inside stuff and gather unique fingerprints of what’s inside has some really useful applications. Stuart will discuss and demonstrate a range of techniques and products that use Raman spectroscopy in airport security, bomb disposal, pharmaceutical manufacture and others.
Searching for ripples in spacetime from cosmic collisions
Dr Mark L.A. Richardson, University of Oxford
Friday 20 January 2017, 1:30pm/7pm, audience: 12+
The LIGO Gravitational Wave Observatory recently detected two different collisions of black holes, each happening over a billion light years away and, we think, emitting no light. So how can LIGO ‘see’ these collisions happening? The colliding black holes cause ripples in the fabric of space and time that travel across the Universe, and are eventually measured simultaneously by the twin LIGO detectors in North America. These detections are opening a new window to the Universe, allowing us to test General Relativity in new ways, and broadening our understanding of the formation and evolution of stars.
The flash bang science show!
Lewis Owen, STFC ISIS Neutron and Muon Source and University of Cambridge
Friday 17 February 2017, 1:30pm/7pm, audience: 8+
Coloured flames, speedy reactions, liquid nitrogen and hydrogen gas – finding out where atoms are and what they’re doing! Find out how scientists from the ISIS Neutron and Muon source use a particle accelerator to explore the properties of materials, and discover some of the fascinating systems they study.
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STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL)
Operated by STFC and located on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory provides a thriving and collaborative environment for research in:
- particle physics
- space science
- photon science
- computational and e-science
Approximately 1,200 staff at RAL support the work of more than 10,000 scientists and engineers, chiefly from the university research community. RAL’s pioneering research in areas such as energy, security, healthcare and the environment addresses important challenges facing society.