This week Quentin Cooper talks to three people who are each guilty of very different charges of entrapment: astronomer Ray Jayawardhana is part of a movement building the most elaborate and expensive traps to snare the most elusive prey of all – neutrinos; games designer Margaret Robertson lures us into them for our own pleasure – the trick, though, is making them just sticky enough to evade or escape from, to keep players coming back for more; and wildlife ecologist Bill McShea uses ever-improving digital technology to develop cunning camera traps that catch glimpses of animals in the wild without disturbing their normal behaviour.
(Photo: A mouse and a mouse trap. Credit: Getty Images)
Ray Jayawardhana is an astronomer at the University of Toronto. He holds a Canada Research Chair in Observational Astrophysics and is an award-winning science writer. His latest work is Neutrino Hunters: The Thrilling Chase for a Ghostly Particle to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe.
As president of Hide&Seek NY, Margaret has made big games (like the city-wide 12,000 player New Year Games), small games (like the Tiny Games project), silly games (like Drunk Dungeon) and serious games (like Dreams Of Your Life). She was editor-in-chief of Edge magazine, and part of the team behind the GameCity festival, and is a sought-after speaker on game design theory.
Bill McShea is an ecologist at the US National Zoo’s facility in Front Royal Virginia with special interest in wildlife management and conservation. He is a pioneer in the use of camera traps technology to describe and understand animal distributions on a landscape scale. Recent projects include deer ecology in Burma, Thailand and Cambodia; large mammal surveys and the distribution of Asiatic black bears in China; and mapping large mammal use of forest corridors in China.
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