Dr Neil Ashton
I like to call myself a research engineer because I pride myself that I work on real-life engineering projects e.g Bloodhound SSC or Formula 1 but I also try to undertake novel research to bring new methods and ideas to the engineering design process. I did all my studies at the University of Manchester (undergrad and PhD) but then left to go work in Formula 1 at what is now the Renault F1 team. I learnt a lot in Formula 1 – in particular about the aerodynamic design process and what all those bits on the car actually do!
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From fire-belching mountains to blood-red waves of lava, volcanoes have captured the attention of scientists, artists and members of the public for centuries. In this exhibition, discover a spectacular selection of eye witness accounts, scientific observations and artwork charting how our understanding of volcanoes has evolved over the past two...
The Butterfly Effect: What Does It Really Signify? - Tim Palmer
Meteorologist Ed Lorenz was one of the founding fathers of chaos theory. In 1963, he showed with just three simple equations that the world around us could be both completely deterministic and yet practically unpredictable. More than this, Lorenz discovered that this behaviour arose from a beautiful fractal geometric structure residing in the...
Does the answer lie within...? Using patients' proteins to target breast cancer
Breast cancer remains the most common type of cancer in the UK, with women at a 1 in 8 lifetime risk of being diagnosed with this disease. In 2010 alone, more than 49,500 women were diagnosed (equivalent to 136 women per day) and...
Putting the Higgs Boson in its Place
The Charles Simonyi Annual Lecture
One experimentalist’s life of uncertainty.
In 2013 there was huge excitement as scientists announced the discovery of the Higgs boson. But given the uncertainties at the heart of quantum physics and experimental physics, can we really say we discovered it or not… is this...
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