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Christian Yates

Christian Yates

Senior Lecturer in Mathematical Biology and author of "The Maths of Life and Death" out September 2019, University of Bath
I'm a Senior Lecturer in Mathematical Biology at the University of Bath. I work on a diverse range of areas of Biology in which randomness plays an important role.

I have studied the migration behaviours of cells in order to understand early embryonic diseases and the collective behaviour of locusts in order to help prevent outbreaks. I have worked to understand how ants make their descisions as a group and modelled how parasites can effectively evade the immune system.

I have developed frameworks for better representing evolutionary game theory and tools for tracking the movement patterns of bacteria. I have even tried to demonstrate how birds' eggs and zebrafish get their beautiful patterns.

Who knew that Maths could be so useful?

AstraZeneca sued over jab: could it be down to a misunderstanding of how risk is calculated?

Nov 15, 2023 01:43 am UTC| Business

A multi-million-pound landmark vaccine damage case is set to take place in Londons High Court. The test case is being pursued by Jamie Scott who suffered a severe brain injury in April 2021 after receiving the...

All the coronavirus in the world could fit inside a Coke can, with plenty of room to spare

Feb 12, 2021 08:55 am UTC| Health

When I was asked to calculate the total volume of SARS-CoV-2 in the world for the BBC Radio 4 show More or Less, I will admit I had no idea what the answer would be. My wife suggested it would be the size of an Olympic...

Are 'dog years' for real? The maths behind calculating canine age explained

Dec 01, 2019 03:19 am UTC| Insights & Views Life

If your dog has been alive and kicking its paws about for a decade, the widely held belief is that it has aged as much a human would have done by the grand old age of 70. This conversion factor each year of a dogs life...

Alan Turing: visionary, war hero and the only choice for the £50 note

Nov 08, 2018 16:54 pm UTC| Insights & Views Life

The Bank of England has decided that the next prominent figure to feature on the 50 note should be a scientist and have put the call out for nominations from the general public. For me, there is one scientist who stands...

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Economy

Marcos Expresses Optimism on Coca-Cola’s $1 Billion Expansion Plans in the Philippines:

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. welcomed the $1 billion expansion plans of the international beverage brand Coca-Cola in the Philippines. The Palace announced this development on Tuesday. Marcos engaged with Coca-Colas...

China’s doom loop: a dramatically smaller (and older) population could create a devastating global slowdown

China has announced that in 2023 its population declined from 1.4118 to 1.4097 billion people. Forecasting by the UN suggests Chinas population will dip to 1.313 billion by 2050 and then down to about 800 million by 2100....

The private sector housing experiment has failed: Ottawa must now step up on social housing

Politicians of all stripes say that housing affordability is a top priority. But few are saying much about social housing the kind thats needed for low-income households in greatest need of affordable rental...

Wholesale power prices are falling fast – but consumers will have to wait for relief. Here’s why

Wholesale power prices are falling steeply in Australia, following two years of surging prices after the Ukraine war triggered an energy crisis. New data shows annualised spot prices for power in Australias main grid fell...

Mortgage and inflation pain to ease, but only slowly: how 31 top economists see 2024

A panel of 31 leading economists assembled by The Conversation sees no cut in interest rates before the middle of this year, and only a slight cut by December, enough to trim just $55 per month off the cost of servicing a...

Politics

Disinformation threatens global elections – here’s how to fight back

With over half the worlds population heading to the polls in 2024, disinformation season is upon us and the warnings are dire. The World Economic Forum declared misinformation a top societal threat over the next two years...

Vladimir Putin’s history war where truth is the first casualty

The Kremlins decision to sanction several UK historians for their allegedly erroneous coverage of Russian history shows the extent to which Vladimir Putins regime is doubling down on its view of Ukraine as historically...

Doxing or in the public interest? Free speech, ‘cancelling’ and the ethics of the Jewish creatives’ WhatsApp group leak

The recent release of a leaked transcript of a private WhatsApp group for Jewish writers, artists, musicians and academics has stirred a controversy that has led to threats of violence, a family in hiding, and the...

Tasmania is going to an early election. Will the country’s last Liberal state be no more?

After months of speculation about an early election and a battle to keep minority government alive, Tasmanian Premier Jeremy Rockliff Australias last remaining Liberal Premier has called an election for March 23, three...

Who will be picked for vice president? Let’s discuss who’s qualified for the job

The November presidential election might seem far away, but its time for the veepstakes already. You know, that favorite game of pundits, politicos and political junkies who, every four years, obsess over the presidential...

Science

The brain is the most complicated object in the universe. This is the story of scientists’ quest to decode it – and read people’s minds

In the middle of 2023, a study conducted by the HuthLab at the University of Texas sent shockwaves through the realms of neuroscience and technology. For the first time, the thoughts and impressions of people unable to...

Synthetic human embryos let researchers study early development while sidestepping ethical and logistical hurdles

Embryonic development, also known as embryogenesis, is a cornerstone in understanding the origins of life. But studying this marvel of intricate and layered biological processes in people faces considerable challenges....

Genetic diseases: How scientists are working to make DNA repair (almost) a piece of cake

I have always been fascinated by genetics, a branch of biology that helps explain everything from the striking resemblance between different members of a family to the fact that strawberry plants are frost-resistant. Its...

Orbital resonance − the striking gravitational dance done by planets with aligning orbits

Planets orbit their parent stars while separated by enormous distances in our solar system, planets are like grains of sand in a region the size of a football field. The time that planets take to orbit their suns have no...

Why now is the time to address humanity’s impact on the moon

Humans have always looked at the sky, using the stars as navigation guides or for spiritual storytelling. Every human civilization has looked to the stars and used celestial movements to measure time and find...

Technology

Nintendo Switch 2 May Struggle to Match Xbox Series S Performance, Leak Suggests

Much has been said about the performance level anticipated for the Nintendo Switch 2 console, but a prominent leak suggests that the console will have difficulty matching the Xbox Series S. Leaker Casts Doubt on...

NXU Breakthrough: Cybertruck Charged at Non-Tesla Station with Universal Tech

NXU, an energy storage and electric vehicle provider, recently charged a Cybertruck at a non-Tesla DC rapid charging station using NACS. NXU Pioneers with First-Ever Third-Party NACS Charging of a Tesla...

Google to Remove Popular Indian Apps from Play Store for Policy Violations

Google LLC has warned that it will be forced to pull out at least 10 Indian apps from its Play Store due to non-compliance with its policies. Some apps affected may include the most popular ones in the country. Apps at...

OpenAI to Expand Board Amid Regulatory Challenges, Names New Members Soon

OpenAI, the maker of ChatGPT, is currently facing legal issues and regulatory scrutiny, and amid these troubles, it revealed its plan to appoint new board members. OpenAI is expected to name several new board members...
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