Following my retirement, we have closed our company for new business.

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly, our email portal remains open and I would be delighted to hear from you and provide ongoing support or advice.

Richard Thomson

Companies represented up to the end of December 2023. Please now contact them directly.

k-Space Associates, Inc.
Phone: +1 (734) 426-7977

Phone: +49 8761 76 24 0

Wednesday 25 May 2016

Monday 23 May 2016

Find your own Boson?

Would you like to do a bit of freelance particle physics?  CERN has more than 300 terabytes of Large Hadron Collider (LHC) data online for free. The data covers roughly half the experiments run by the LHC's CMS detector during 2011. This includes over 100 terabytes or 2.5 inverse femtobarns of data from proton collisions at 7 TeV. To help with data handling CERN has also made software based on its in-house data modelling tool, CernVM, free to download but even so, probably not a task for the mobile connection

Wednesday 18 May 2016

Monday 16 May 2016

Always works for me

NASA has been having some system problems with its Kepler spacecraft designed to survey regions of the Milky Way for Earth-size planets in or near the habitable zone. Whilst probably slightly under playing the work of the scientists and engineers, my interpretation of the explanation that power-cycling the onboard computers and subsystems appears to have cleared the problem is that turning stuff off and on sorted things.

Wednesday 11 May 2016

No slacking here!

Construction has begun to upgrade the X-ray laser at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The project will add a second beam that is 10,000 times brighter, firing up to a million pulses per second.

Monday 9 May 2016

Friday 6 May 2016

300 mm wafer fabs

According to an IC Insights report the number of operating 300 mm wafer fabrication facilities continues to grow and is expected to reach 100 this year.  

Wednesday 4 May 2016

Bletchley Park

A visit Bletchley Park reveals the immense human and engineering resources required to decipher messages that were not meant to be read by a third party. However, what if we actually want others to understand our words? Scientific reports are too often mired in jargon and presumed knowledge. The reader should not be forgotten in achieving the end goal of a publication. It is both interesting and heartening to note the launch of a project to develop a series of guides on scientific topics to assist those involved in handling scientific evidence in a courtroom. The aim is to present, in plain English, an easily understood and accurate position on the scientific topic in question including the limitations of the science. The first document to be developed will cover DNA analysis.

To quote 
Winston Churchill, the man who knew all about Bletchley Park but nothing about DNA analysis: Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.