Thought for the month

“Do not be so open minded that your brains fall out.” Walter Kotschnig, Austrian born US administrator (1901-85).

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.

Friday, 9 August 2019

Michael Pepper wins Isaac Newton Medal and Prize

The condensed-matter physicist Michael Pepper has won the Isaac Newton Medal and Prize “for the creation of the field of semiconductor nanoelectronics and discovery of new quantum phenomena”. Presented by the Institute of Physics, the international award is given annually for “world-leading contributions to physics”.

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Painful science

Newton getting hit by an apple might be an apocryphal tale. Even if true no real harm was done using the head as a gravity detector. To date the hunt for dark matter has been thorough, expensive and unsuccessful. A new paper proposes constraints on the nature of dark matter based on the absence of unexplained gunshot-like impact wounds around the world. Dangerous work astronomy.

Monday, 5 August 2019

Girls, reading and STEM

Girls, reading and STEM

One small thump for mankind

I do not condone violence but understand why, back in 2002, Buzz Aldrin punched someone who insisted that the moon landing was fake. Sadly, it failed to have any corrective effect and the individual has not altered his views. Rationality cannot always overcome belief but this input from a filmmaker is informative.

Friday, 2 August 2019

Thursday, 1 August 2019

The science of history

I frequently delve into the history of science but what about the science of history? If the thought processes of current world leaders occasionally appear unclear, then how do we correctly interpret the thinking and actions of Charlemagne, Theodoric, Julius Caesar et al? The natural world seems to play by, albeit at times somewhat complex, but generally fathomable rules; human based activities less so. If history really does repeat itself then we should probably pay attention.

Next time you meet an historian give them a sympathetic hug, they need and deserve it.

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Monday, 29 July 2019

Friday, 26 July 2019

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Monday, 22 July 2019

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Off-Axis Sputtering Geometry

Further advances in using Off-Axis Sputtering Geometry. While the technology is innovative, the results are proven. The method, developed at The Ohio State University, has been utilized successfully for almost ten years. 

Monday, 15 July 2019

BandiT setting tips

Settings Tips for your kSA BandiT System for easier thin-film temperature monitoring.