Justin Holloway mourns the missed opportunity to have your own personal, portable haystack.
Whilst relocating to Old Blighty from Down Under, I was warned by Sharon, the air hostess, ‘oi mate, you better not be carrying a Galaxy with ya’. Fortunately, I was equipped with an iPhone and could use the 24+ hour flight to catch up on podcasts. Since then further aircraft carriers in Australia, Asia, Europe and America have banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from being carried on or packed in luggage. Samsung has also taken the phone off the shelves and has issued a recall for 2.5 million smartphones in what is believed to be one of the costliest product safety failures in tech history.
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Are designer genes nearly here? Joanna Chustecki examines the new toolkit in our hands.
Genome editing, the science behind the manipulation of the very code of life, has seen remarkable advances in recent years. The toolkits allowing the changing of genes have varied, but leading the charge is our very hero: CRISPR/Cas9.
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Is space the final frontier of warfare? Siddharth Trivedi explores whether the offensive capabilities of space infrastructure will be needed one day.
The Star Wars franchise is close to the hearts of many around the world for depicting adventurous stories of love and loss throughout a fictional galaxy. The iconic series has continued to wow audiences since the release of A New Hope (1977) in its portrayal of epic space battles, featuring dogfights between the futuristic X-Wing and the sleek TIE Fighters.
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Virtual Reality has become an exciting new piece of technology and is quickly evolving. William Richardson looks into how virtual reality may change how we work and live in the future.
Virtual reality (VR), following the trend in most technology, is likely to become integrated into our lives, whether that be on the commute to work, in the home or professionally. But what applications will VR have in the future and how will it change how we work and live?
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Marion Cromb interviews Arifa Khan, an advocate for Blockchain, a pioneering new way to bank, buy and transfer property.
Arifa Khan is the Managing Director of Genius Incubator, which raises investment funding for businesses, and is the founder of Fintech Storm, a monthly series of talks on innovations in the financial technology sector. She has 15 years’ experience in the financial and investment banking industry, and has an MBA and a B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering.
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Visionary or mere daydreamer? Siddarth Trivedi investigates Feynman’s contributions to nanoengineering.
Richard Feynman was an American theoretical physicist well-known for his work in quantum electrodynamics for which he won a Nobel Prize in 1965, at the age of 47. The famous pictorial representation schemes in quantum physics that he developed, were later named after him as Feynman diagrams. In contrast, his contributions in the nanoengineering field are relatively unknown – in particular, his lecture There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom given at Caltech in 1959. At the time, the atomic scale was mostly inaccessible, yet this lecture identified him as a visionary for the future of engineering. But was Feynman’s contribution actually important or was this simply the ramblings of a daydreaming physicist?
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The big bang fair is coming back to Birmingham in less than a week!
This is your opportunity to get involved in the UK’s largest STEM event for young people, sign up at the link below:
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On 6 October, Boeing announced its development of a new metal named Microlattice, a material composed of 99.99% air, making it over a hundred times lighter than Styrofoam. Microlattice is a 3D open-cellular polymer structure which, according to Boeing, was modelled on that of bones – lightweight yet able to withstand large forces without breaking. While the outer layer remains rigid, the inside is composed of interconnected hollow tubes, each with walls nearing 100 nm thick, around a thousand times thinner than a human hair.
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Anna Westland discusses how the media can provide the general public with a common misconception about a scientific issue by trying to create a ‘shock factor’, and how scientists and journals alike can alleviate the problem by becoming more understandable and accessible.
The science stories that attract the most attention are often the more controversial ones, but sometimes science is simply miscommunicated to the public. While most now realise that much of the research, like that linking MMR vaccines with autism, was fraudulent, people often still believe the views of the mainstream media. Topics such as genetically modified organisms and stem cell research are still painted in a negative light, as often the mainstream media prefers to concentrate on the more shocking aspects of research rather than actually asking scientists what the applications of their studies are. Scientists are infamous for not being able to communicate well, or simply not bothering to, but this is something that is now changing.
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Hannah Richards dives into the depths of stem cell research and explores the latest developments both in the lab and in the clinic.
In the last few years, the explosion in stem cell research amongst scientific and medical groups has sparked interest within political, pharmaceutical and ethical communities. Stem cells offer great potential to treat diseases that cannot be cured with current medicines; however there is much debate surrounding this controversial research. The concern lies in the use of embryonic stem cells, as it involves the destruction of human embryos with the potential to develop into human life. Embryonic stem cell research has truly divided the European Union, with Germany, Italy and Austria keeping this research illegal.
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