Thought for the month

“The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Writer (1749-1832).

Monday, 22 February 2021

Friday, 19 February 2021

 2020, not so bad after all?

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Monday, 15 February 2021

Friday, 12 February 2021

Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Monday, 8 February 2021

Males and females are programmed differently in terms of sex

Males and females not only behave differently in terms of sex, they are evolutionarily programmed to do so, according to a new study from Oxford, which found sex-specific signals affect behaviour.

Friday, 5 February 2021

 Wood you believe it? 

Trees have been used to fabricate conveyances since early humans devised simple barges and sleds.  With the increasing concerns about space debris researchers from Kyoto University are developing a satellite made from wood that should more completely burn up at the end of its life. They aim to launch a functioning flight model in 2023.

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Free online tool calculates risk of COVID-19 transmission in poorly-ventilated spaces

The vital role of ventilation in the spread of COVID-19 has been quantified by researchers, who have found that in poorly-ventilated spaces, the virus can spread further than two metres in seconds, and is far more likely to spread through prolonged talking than through coughing

Monday, 1 February 2021

 Weird and wonderful

This year’s consumer electronic show, CES2021, was a virtual affair with an array of new products including 8K TVs, rollable tablets, affordable 5G smartphones,  drones, and faster laptop chipsets. All a bit dull? Well how about a smart toilet, a furry therapeutic robot or a flying taxi. You know you want one.

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

NASA plans to put the first woman on the moon in 2024. 

Monday, 19 October 2020

Gravitational waves indicate the 7 million year old merging of two black holes about 85 and 66 times the mass of the sun.

Friday, 16 October 2020

UK-based computer chip designer ARM Holdings is being sold to the American graphics chip specialist Nvidia. If approved, the deal would be the largest semiconductor acquisition in history.

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

2016-20 is set to be the warmest five year period on record with the average global temperature 1.1 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures.

Monday, 12 October 2020

Who were the Vikings?

Research debunks the modern image of Vikings, including the conclusion that many Vikings actually had brown and not blonde hair.

Friday, 9 October 2020

Noble beasts?

I presume that no animals were harmed in the doing of the research, this year the Ig Nobel Prize Winners have a beastly feel. From getting crocodiles to breathe helium to vibrating earthworms. Also, there was some ‘crap’ science.

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

 Did a taste for fat make us human?

Long before human ancestors began hunting large mammals for meat, a fatty diet provided them with the nutrition to develop bigger brains, posits a new paper in Current Anthropology.

Monday, 5 October 2020

NASA will get paid about $128,000 for filming some skin care products on the International Space Station. The footage will be used by a cosmetics company for promotions and advertisements. My initial reaction was somewhat negative ... because you’re earth it? ... in space no one can hear your cream? ... Houston we’ve had a perfume? However on reflection I feel more sanguine, as well as generating income, it further engages NASA and space exploration with the wider public and is a bit of fun. The later perhaps being in short supply at the moment.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Happy New Year

We would like to wish our customers and contacts a happy, peaceful and fulfilling new year.

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?