Thought for the month

“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” Francois- Marie Arouet (Voltaire), author and philosopher (1694 – 1778).

Friday, 29 April 2016

Scotch research?

Evaporated whisky inspires new type of coating technique

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Clean with nanoparticles

Nanoparticle-coated textiles clean themselves with sunlight

Monday, 25 April 2016

Better batting

Cricket players more successful when batting the 'wrong' way

Friday, 22 April 2016

MEMS galore

Status of the MEMS Industry 2015

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Sun dried electricity

New study identifies tomato waste as source of electricity

Monday, 18 April 2016

Breaking wafers

In situ high-speed crack propagation within silicon wafers under thermal stress has been imaged simultaneously in direct transmission and diffraction X-ray imaging.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Top speed in Moscow

Moscow scientists have proposed a new, faster, version of superconducting memory architecture.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

LEDS are go!

LED lighting is predicted as being the biggest driver of growth for the next few years in the industrial semiconductor market.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Patently leaders?

Which organisation do you think tops the Reuters list of Top 25 Global Innovators, Government - a list that ranks the publicly funded institutions doing the most to advance science and technology? Based on a methodology that looks at patents, papers and article citations and impact, the accolade goes to France’s Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission. On a country basis, the United States leads the list with six organizations ranked, France and Japan each have four, and Germany has three.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Enhance XPS surface analysis capabilities with UV photoelectron spectroscopy

Next Thermo Scientific Advanced Materials Science Research Webinar: Enhance XPS surface analysis capabilities with UV photoelectron spectroscopy.


Are we amazed or concerned by AlphaGo’s 4-1 win over Go grandmaster Lee Se-Dol? Two neural networks operating in tandem give AlphaGo the edge.The first network reduces the effective depth of the search by estimating how likely a given board position will lead to a win without chasing down every node of the search tree. The second reduces the breadth of the game, limiting the number of moves for a particular board position by learning to chose the best moves for that position.  So the first network generates possible moves that the second judges their likelihood to beat the opponent.
Personally, I will only be impressed when it beats Barry Cryer at Mornington Crescent.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Correlated XPS and Raman

Thermo Scientific launch XPS-Raman (see the seminar "Elemental Analysis of Advanced Materials" from Pittcon)

Monday, 4 April 2016

John's ramblings

Last month I visited the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. The collections of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings are truly impressive. Sadly and bizarrely, many fellow visitors spend almost no time admiring and appreciating these masterpieces on canvas. Technology and human behaviour seem to have, for many, reduced museum and gallery visits to a series of tablet and mobile phone picture taking and ‘selfie’ opportunities. We can all learn from the greats, but it can take the investment of some time.

The German philosopher Schopenhauer said: Treat a work of art like a Prince. Let it speak to you first. Obviously, he did not have an iPhone.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Monday, 28 March 2016

Monday, 21 March 2016

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Monday, 14 March 2016

It's Pi Day!

Here are 3.14 facts about pi

Carrier characterisation

To provide quantitative, repeatable MOCVD carrier characterization, k-Space Associates Inc. have developed the kSA Emissometer. This ex situ tool scans the entire carrier and measures the diffuse reflectance, specular reflectance and emissivity at each point, providing a visual and quantitative map of the entire carrier. To better understand the power of the kSA Emissometer and the correlation between ex situ carrier emissivity and in situ carrier temperature click here.

Friday, 11 March 2016

In Brief

The EU’s Photonics Public Private Partnership has launched three manufacturing pilot lines to help small businesses take photonics technologies from lab to market. They will focus on health applications, flexible organic light-emitting diodes and sensors for the detection of chemicals in gas and liquids Professor Colin Whitehouse has been appointed as Chair of the Cardiff based Compound Semiconductor Centre. 2D tin monoxide layers deposited on sapphire substrates by pulsed laser deposition have shown p-type conduction. More than 18,300 people applied to join NASA’s 2017 astronaut class. The 18-month process will end with the selection of 8-14 individuals going on for the opportunity to become astronaut candidates.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

The sound of Mochizuki

Brilliant, ground-breaking, incorrect or incomprehensible? The 2012 proposed solution of the ABC Conjecture by Shinichi Mochizuki is still leaving the mathematics community flummoxed. For some bizarre reasons the complexity of his arguments seem incapable (or unwillingly) of being broken down into simpler digestible elements and those few people who claim to understand are strangely unable to explain it to anyone else. So how do you solve a problem like Inter-universal Teichmuller Theory?