Author Archives: Michelle Knights

The Famelab Experience

Gazing out at the crowd of 960 people, mostly teenagers, the thought occurred to me that standing alone on a big stage, attempting to entertain such a large crowd of people with science might not be everyone’s cup of tea. … Continue reading

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Is the Cosmological Coincidence a Problem? – Seminar by Navin Sivanandam

Last week, we enjoyed a seminar by Dr. Navin Sivanandam, a postdoc at AIMS, about his latest paper. Navin’s surprising answer to the above question is no, the cosmological coincidence is not something we should concern ourselves with. He uses … Continue reading

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SN Ia Rate in Intermediate-Redshift Galaxy Clusters – Seminar by Eli Kasai

This week, Eli Kasai gave us a short talk about the work he is doing for his masters project with NASSP. He is using image subtraction to find type 1a supernovae to learn more about supernovae rates in galaxy clusters. … Continue reading

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String Theory and Nonplanar AdS/CFT – Public Talk and Seminar by Robert de Mello Koch

On Tuesday the 15th, Robert de Mello Koch graced the AIMS/Science Out Loud scene with his public talk entitled “From Spacetime and Quantum Mechanics to String Theory”. In his brilliant overview of string theory, in which important props such as … Continue reading

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Non-gaussianities in Multifield Inflation: The approach to adiabaticity and the Fate of fnl – Seminar by Navin Sivanandam

This week, we had the pleasure of receiving a seminar by Navin Sivanandam, the new post-doc at AIMS. Navin presented his recent work with Joel Meyers, found  in the papers  1011.4934 and 1104.5238. Navin first overviewed the basics of inflation. … Continue reading

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Recent results from the Herschel-ATLAS – Seminar by Matt Jarvis

This week, Matt Jarvis (from the University of the Western Cape and the University of Hertfordshire) brought us up to speed on the latest results from Herschel, the infrared space telescope launched by ESA in 2009. Matt reminded us of … Continue reading

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Falsifying Paradigms for Cosmic Acceleration – Seminar by Dragan Huterer

Dragan Huterer, from the University of Michigan, gave us a very entertaining talk that stimulated much discussion about how to falsify entire paradigms of dark energy rather than just specific models of dark energy. In their recent paper Mortonson, Hu … Continue reading

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