Thought for the month

“There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.” Probably W.L. Sheldon, US lecturer on ethics (1858 – 1907) rather than Ernest Hemingway.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

In brief

An Apple 1 computer motherboard last month sold at auction for $905,000. Time to look in that cupboard? IBM have agreed to pay Global Foundries Inc. $1.5bn to take over its semiconductor manufacturing activities. IBM is to focus on fundamental semiconductor research and the development of future cloud, mobile, big data analytics and secure transaction-optimized systems. Using 20,000 Amperes, the high field magnet at HZB in Germany is now consistently producing magnetic fields over 25 Tesla. The system, which has one regular conducting and one superconducting coil connected in series, will be used for neutron scattering experiments.

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