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Our company, founded in March 2006, provides tools for analysis, thin film deposition, measurement and control applications from market-leading suppliers. We focus on research, development and process control in the materials science, energy research and semiconductor markets. We have a significant breadth of product offering, including the World market leading thin film metrology company k-Space Associates, Inc. and our 15+ year relationship has included 9 Distributor of the Year awards.

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k-Space Associates, Inc.

In-situ thin film metrology

European sales partner.

Staib Instruments GmbH

Products for RHEED and surface analysis

UK & Ireland sales partner.

Thought for the month

"There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen" Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. 1870 – 1924


RTA Instruments Ltd
Back Lane,
Monks Eleigh
United Kingdom

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Tuesday 18 January 2011

The clarity of youth?

Congratulations to Biology Letters for publishing a scientific paper by a group of eight year olds about bumble-bees. In my undergraduate days I remember reading a collection of classic scientific papers written by Rutherford, Stoney, Thomson and the like. It struck me then, as now, that their papers were perfectly understandable and therefore accessible to most readers. Could the same be said of today's leading edge publications? I certainly struggle with many publications and question who is the intended readership nowadays? Perhaps journal editors should follow the lead from Biology letters and ensure that whilst the paper is not "dumbed down" the ideas are clearly explained and are open to more people? In extremis I am attracted to the Groucho Marx school of testing comprehensibility: "A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five"

The full bumble-bee paper is available via this link.

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