• Question: What's been your biggest scientific breakthrough yet?

    Asked by EJH.13 to Alice, Bose, Christian, Emma, Steve on 17 Mar 2016.
    • Photo: Benjamin Bose

      Benjamin Bose answered on 17 Mar 2016:

      I think my biggest scientific breakthrough is getting this far in science haha! As far as research goes, I haven’t had any breakthroughs but I still hope one day I’ll come up with something I can be quite proud of and which will help the scientific community in some way 🙂

    • Photo: Steve Marsden

      Steve Marsden answered on 17 Mar 2016:

      Breakthroughs in science are often a collection of tiny steps, and not huge leaps.

      We don’t know how gravity behaves at very small distances, and how it interacts with subatomic particles. But we do have a number of potential theories that we need to test. Last year, I managed to rule out a selection of these theories.

      This is a small but necessary step. Eventually, maybe one of these steps will show a theories about gravity to be correct, which would be massive news (excuse the pun). Until then, we’ll keep excluding a few theories at a time.

    • Photo: Alice Harpole

      Alice Harpole answered on 17 Mar 2016:

      I’m still very much in the early stages of my scientific career, so my biggest breakthrough so far is probably getting some code I’d been working on for almost a year to finally work. In the future, I’m hoping to use this code to test some physics and hopefully learn something new about neutron stars.