Thought for the month

“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, author and journalist (1808-1890).

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Parking by numbers

Where to park your car, according to maths

Monday, 28 October 2019

The shrinking proton

Scientists measure precise proton radius to help resolve decade-old puzzle

Friday, 25 October 2019

Memory drives spending

Memory forecast to account for 43% of total 2019 semi spending

Monday, 21 October 2019

Re-lay the Table?

Is it time to upend the periodic table?

3 is another

Mathematicians no longer stumped by the number 3

42 is one answer

The answer to life, the universe, and everything

Conference planner

Fifteen tips to make scientific conferences more welcoming for everyone

Friday, 18 October 2019

Optimism extends life

It may be post vacation blues, but it is difficult to avoid a feeling of malaise when absorbing current events. From climate change to national politics, it is not easy to be sanguine. However, solutions are often found in a mix of "something must be done" and "KBO". Amidst this lot it was pleasing to note a Boston University study found that individuals with greater optimism are more likely to live longer and to achieve “exceptional longevity,” that is, living to age 85 or older. Pragmatic optimism sounds good to me.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

North of Greenwich?

For the first time in 360 years, compasses in Greenwich, London last month pointed directly at true north.

Monday, 14 October 2019

Happy birthday COBOL

COBOL maybe 60 years old but 95% of ATM transactions pass through COBOL code, 1.5 million new lines of which are written daily.

Friday, 11 October 2019

Young Scientists Prizes in Semiconductors Physics

Nominations are now open for the Young Scientists Prizes in Semiconductors Physics awarded by the IUPAP for outstanding contributions to semiconductor physics and its applications. Winners will have a maximum of 8 years of research experience following the award of their PhD.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Earnings from chips

According to Future Horizons, throughout the history of the semiconductor industry the average revenue per square centimetre of silicon has been constant at $9.

Monday, 7 October 2019

Quantum supremacy?

Last month the Financial Times reported on a scientific paper, briefly published on a NASA website before being deleted, claiming that Google has built a quantum computer that achieved quantum supremacy. A plain text version has been anonymously posted on-line. It says that Google created a quantum computer with 54 quantum bits and used it to perform a very specific set of operations in 200 seconds that would take a supercomputer about 10,000 years to complete. One summary is: rudimentary quantum computer is better being at being a rudimentary quantum computer than a supercomputer

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Weird but wonderful

This year’s Ig Noble Prizes continue to demonstrate the weird and wonderful spread of scientific achievements. The Georgia Tech team added to their 2015 award with the Physics Prize for How Do Wombats Make Cubed Poo? [It helps them mark their territory]. Japanese scientists rightly won the Chemistry Prize for Estimation of the total saliva volume produced per day in five year old children. [500 ml].

Friday, 30 August 2019

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Monday, 26 August 2019

Friday, 23 August 2019

PVD Products proven R2R deposition tools.

Funding for fusion start-ups is putting a big strain on the companies that make the high temperature superconducting tape needed for the advanced magnet technology. Many such HTS companies are considering significantly increasing their production capabilities with PVD Products proven R2R deposition tools

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

RHEED when you are in a spin

 ... k-Space has answered this age-old problem.

Monday, 19 August 2019

XPS while you sleep

... what is your XPS system doing when you aren’t around?

Friday, 16 August 2019

Device decline

Worldwide shipments of devices (PCs, tablets and mobile phones) will total 2.2 billion units in 2019, a decline of 3.3% year over year, according to Gartner, Inc.. The mobile phone market is set to record the worst performance. 

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

A good buy.

Video recordings of the Apollo 11 Moon landing sold last month for $1.82 million. The tapes were part of a purchase made 43 years ago by a NASA intern for $217.77 from a government surplus auction. 

Monday, 12 August 2019

Jodrell Bank Observatory

The Jodrell Bank Observatory has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status. The radio astronomy observatory is recognised for its scientific endeavours that led to radical changes in the understanding of the universe.