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Mark G. Jackson

I was born and raised in beautiful Portland, Oregon. I did my undergraduate degree at Duke University, then completed my Ph.D. in theoretical physics at Columbia University under Brian Greene. My research in superstring theory and cosmology continued with postdoctoral … Continue reading

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Kai Staats

I am an entrepreneur, inventor, writer, and film maker.          In 1999 I co-founded and for ten years was CEO of Terra Soft Solutions, developer of Yellow Dog Linux. I helped to shape Linux for the Power architecture in the high … Continue reading

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Machine learning and the future of science

A while ago I gave a talk at IAP in their wonderful amphitheatre (slides at the bottom). The colloquium series at IAP is  a very serious affair with lots of top scientists so I felt pressure to try and say something … Continue reading

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Dr Ignacy Sawicki

I grew up in Poland in the final years of communism, moving to the UK for high school in the final years of Margaret Thatcher. I followed up a physics degree at Cambridge by a short digression in finance. Changing … Continue reading

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Discovery of a new supernova with SALT

We are happy to report our first confirmed discovery of a supernova for the international Dark Energy Survey (DES) using the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT).  DES, which is based in Chile, has just started science operations and hopes to discover … Continue reading

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The super-compressible Cosmic Microwave Background

One of the most striking features about the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) is that it is incredibly compressible from an information content point of view. The Planck satellite produced maps with of order a billion pixels whose information could be … Continue reading

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Recent AIMS seminars

We have had a spate of stimulating seminars recently covering a number of topics in cosmology, statistics and radio astronomy. Here are the slides for you to enjoy! Gianni Bernardi, 14 August 2013 Sajeeth Philip, 31 July 2013 Kim McAlpine, … Continue reading

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The amazing growth of South African astronomy…

It is nearly a decade (yikes!) since I returned to South Africa and there have been amazing changes in that time. We just had an astronomy town meeting as part of our first large decadal review process and it was … Continue reading

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Cosmology Postdoctoral Positions: closing date 1 November 2013

The AIMS cosmology group has funding for one or more postdocs with a start date between between March and November 2014. The focus of the group is the nexus between observations and theory, with a particular interest in astrostatistics and … Continue reading

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The SuperJEDI Conference

We are less than a week away from the start of a massive experiment: the SuperJEDI conference, to be held from 30 June – 9 July in Mauritius. This conference will bring together around 45 scientists from around the world … Continue reading

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FameLab Finals

Michelle recently got through to the final 10 of the international FameLab competition during which she gave two talks; one on pulsar networks as detectors of gravitational waves and one on quantum fluctuations during inflation as the source of all structures … Continue reading

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Publication list 2013!

Romeel Dave; collaborators: D. Angles-Alcazar and F. Ozel title: Black Hole-Galaxy Correlations without Self-Regulation Nima Khosravi; collaborators: G. Niz, K. Koyama and G. Tasinato title: Stability of the Self-accelerating Universe in Massive Gravity M. Knights, B. A. Bassett, M. Varughese … Continue reading

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