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Volcanic Ash

The Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (POST) offer an internship scheme for EPSRC PhD students. I had a go at applying, but didn’t get the place (a pity really). Anyway, the task set to rank applicants was to write a two-sided brief on volcanic ash that would be understandable and accessible to a politician. Just in case it might be …

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Optimisation Techniques

The featured image is from a little experiment that NASA ran. They tried to write a micro-genetic algorithm that would create an antennae for a particular function on a probe. They got the mess above. BUT, when they made the thing and tried it out, it outperformed the previous ‘man-made’ device. Pretty cool huh? For what it’s worth, I …

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Climate Change Fun

I always thought that metrology was really dull. But I was completely wrong! As part of my masters year, we had to study a whole load of climate change simulations and analyse the data (as well as recreate some of the small parts of the model ourselves). It was actually pretty interesting and fun. As …