Thought for the month

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.”
Attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte, Statesman (1769-1821).

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

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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