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    A2 4 Saving the Dinosaurs

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    In this paper, we found the power and intensity required for a gamma ray laser that would slowdown and stop (or destroy) the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs. We found the power andintensity to be 1.2 × 1014 W and 1.8 × 1018W/m2 , which allowed the laser to stop the asteroid in 1.59 years at a safe distance of Mars’ orbit, assuming it to be a blackbody. Assuming not, the laser disintegrates the asteroid in ∼ 9 minutes

    A1 8 Boiling Water With a Hair Dryer

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    We investigate if it would be possible to boil water from room temperature with a hair dryer, and the time taken to do this. We also explore the energy transfers associated with this. We conclude that it is possible to do this, taking a time of 235 seconds

    P1 8 Flight of the Rathalos

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    In this paper we examine the mechanics of flight in Monster Hunter: World, and whether a Rathalos would be able to fly as depicted in the game. We calculate that the minimum flapping frequency to maintain a hovering state is 1.81 Hz, and conclude that a Rathalos would be unable to fly as it is portrayed in Monster Hunter: World due to its flapping frequency of 1.71 Hz

    A3 7 Seasonal Orbit

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    In this paper, we determined how the intensity of solar radiation incident on Leicester changes over the year and investigate what effect Earth's elliptical orbit may have on influencing the intensity. We discovered that there is only a 6% increase on the intensity of sunlight the Earth receives when the Earth is at perihelion compared to it at aphelion. This small difference is drastically outweighed by the approximately 70% difference caused by the Earth's tilt

    Using food-related images to enhance belonging in university staff and students

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    Food has multiple roles within individuals’ lives, with potential to bridge gaps between different groups and enhance belonging. This project sought to explore through food-related images submitted by staff and students, the themes and values identified, and explore whether taking part enhanced belonging at university. Data were collected using a questionnaire and optional interviews. The questionnaire included demographic information, food-related questions and a link to upload a food-related image. University staff and students were invited to participate by email. A total of 23 staff and 67 students completed questionnaires, and 13 interviews (4 staff and 9 student) were completed. Multiple themes were identified. These included food as an evocation of place, time and people; food in relation to tradition; the use of food to bring people together and to share, and food-related skills such as cooking and growing. Health and wider themes such as the environment and global warming were also highlighted. Demographic and study/work characteristics had little impact on either food-related beliefs and behaviours or sense of belonging at the institution. Participation increased sense of belonging in 39% of staff and 49.3% of student participants; it was not decreased in any

    Electrogenesis, electrical discharge and storage in Pikachu

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    Using Pokédex entries and electric eels as a model organism, this paper will discuss generation, storage and discharge of electricity in Pikachu. Due its high voltage, generation of electricity using electrocytes alone is unlikely due to the unfeasible concentration gradient required. Electrocyte sodium channels are also likely activated by serotonin due to electrical discharge being dependent on the organisms emotional state. Pikachu cheek pouches store vast amounts of electrical energy and would likely require a capacitance akin to modern supercapacitors.

    Investigating barriers that prevent students attaining their full potential during their degree

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    Social and economic barriers that students face during their studies can impact severely on their attainment and can be due to many factors. This study investigated how different socio-economic factors, with a focus on digital poverty and workspace availability may have affected students' attainment (during October 2021 - March 2022) at university post-COVID-19. Quantitative data collected during the first teaching block of the 2021-2022 academic year using specific questions in a paper-based questionnaire indicated that a good proportion of life science students did not have access to a home internet source (35%) or proper workspace facilities (34%) and had the requirement to work alongside their degree in order to fund their studies. In contrast to the lack of internet students experienced, many of the surveyed students did have access to a personal computer within their household. Possible reasons for some of the findings, and the implications of the findings, are discussed here

    The Adaptations of Articuno

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    The bird type Pokémon Articuno has adapted to live in his cold, icy habitat on the Seafoams Islands. This paper discusses the adaptations he has developed and how they benefit him. His small surface area to volume ratio, dense feather arrangement, hydrophobic feathers, and blubber help him conserve heat. His long tail supplies him with extra warmth when he is sleeping. The lock wing mechanism allows him to fly without flapping his wings for thousands of miles. His talons, eyes and strong claws allow him to catch and kill prey quickly.

    Determining the accuracy of The Sims 2 as a model for life

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    In this paper The Sims 2 is reviewed as a life model since it is a game of life. The trimesters of pregnancy are considered, and gestational period is examined. This paper finds that The Sims 2 is characteristically accurate however when looking at gestational period it is not an accurate model for life. The paper explores life through comparing pregnancy. A human is pregnant for less than 1% of their life if they experience only one ideal gestational period. A sim is pregnant for more than 1% of their life. A sims pregnancy time period is proportionally closer to that of 21 months of pregnancy but still slightly longer

    The Museum Registrar as ‘Assembled Role’: A Productive Conceptualization of Collections Management Practice?

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    Registrars are an integral part of many contemporary museums, yet theirs is a role that can be difficult to grasp with any certainty. By examining the interconnected functions and duties that constitute registrar practice, this article seeks to determine its scope with greater clarity. To establish the context and rationale for this study, I explore the reasons for the development of competing perceptions surrounding the registrar profession. The article then surveys the definitions of the role present in the published literature to identify the functions most commonly identified with registrar practice. Using the principles of assemblage theory, it fashions a new interpretation of registrar practice from the individual processes that are most widely ascribed to it. The resulting ‘assembled role’ encompasses the fields of resource management, logistics, and risk management. This concept is harnessed to explore the complexities of contemporary registrar practice by considering their role in the acquisition of a born-digital meme. The article concludes by advocating further critical examination of museum registrars and anticipating their continuing importance to the work of museums


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