Thought for the month

“It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.” Edmund Burke, politician (1729 – 97).

Thursday, 21 February 2013

In brief

The Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show highlighted many novel gadgets. The floating easel Samsung TV will start at under $30,000 for the smaller 85-inch version.
A group at St Andrew’s University have found a way to generate a special optical field that efficiently reverses the radiation pressure of light producing a mini Star Trek tractor beam.
It is definitely quite small - scientists confirm the surprisingly small proton radius with laser spectroscopy of hydrogen.

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