Frustrated Magnets

Scientists sometimes take magnetism for granted. But some materials behave badly and scientists funded by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are trying to find out why. They are looking at the conventional wisdom of modern theories and finding it does not always stick to exotic magnets. … Continue reading

Breaking Down Technology Transfer Barriers

Breaking down the technical and legal barriers are essential if technology transfer from academia to industry is to be done efficiently and effectively, according to researchers in Spain. Antonio Hidalgo, Professor of Technology Strategy at the Technical University of Madrid and José Albors, Professor of Business Administration at the Technical … Continue reading

Do You Socialise While Scrobbling?

The Last.fm music website apparently has about 40 million active users around the world. The CBS-owned commercial site (and applications) lets you listen to many different kinds of music and has a music recommendation system called the “Audioscrobbler“. This scrobbling system builds a detailed profile of your musical tastes by … Continue reading

Hövding “Invisible” Helmet: No More Helmet Hair!

Is bike safety getting in the way of your personal style? Have you often preferred the prospect of a head injury instead of—god forbid—helmet hair? Then step aside, I’m going to show you something that will twist the chain on your fixie. Enter Hövding, the next revolution in bicycle safety … Continue reading

The Music Industry is Fluxed

The music industry is in flux, has been for at least a decade since the heady days of Napster and Kazaa. A lot of things have changed, the old model of consumers draining their bank accounts to simply consume plastic disks is essentially defunct. File sharing really has put paid to … Continue reading

Analyse Your Facebook with Wolframalpha

Wolfram|Alpha positions itself not as a search engine to rival Google but as an “answer engine”. You give it a question and it seeks out and processes data on the internet to give you an answer. The system is based on the computational platform Mathematica, written by British scientist Stephen Wolfram in … Continue reading

The Rights and Lefts of Leonardo Da Vinci: Anatomist

David Bradley, the author and founder of Sciencebase reports on his recent preview of the Buckingham Palace Queens Gallery exhibition – “Leonardo Da Vinci: Anatomist”: A 5:30 am start is not the usual modus operandi of this freelance journalist but with an invitation to a Bloggers’ Breakfast at Buckingham Palace in London to see … Continue reading

Don’t Get Hooked by a Phish

We’ve all had them, emails supposedly from our bank, or an alert from PayPal, perhaps a purported update from Amazon, they sometimes look seriously suspicious, other times you might not be so sure. The grammar and spelling are rarely perfect, they address you as “Dear Subscriber” rather than by name … Continue reading

Sharing on the Global Scale

There are obvious differences in quality of life in terms of food availability, access to fresh water, disease prevalence and medicine across many parts of the world. Until recently, the notion of the Third World had a far greater poignancy than the politically correct term “developing world”. While labelling the poorer … Continue reading

Latest Technology News and Views

Science expert David Bradley reports on the latest technology news and views. Facebook changes privacy options – At last, Facebook has finally announced a revamp of its privacy settings that might actually be useful and understandable to everyday users of the site. Among the changes, items posted online will each have their own … Continue reading

The Internet of Things

In the early days of the web, pages and sites were fairly static, although they were hyperlinked, of course. You visited a page, absorbed or ignored its content, and clicked on to the next site or back to the search engine results page to find another target for your eyeballs. … Continue reading

Six Serious Signs You Are Tech-addicted

Do you suffer from any of the following feelings? I would feel anxious if I could not use social media/Google/cell phone again. When I post an update/do a search/end a call, I immediately feel inclined to update again/do another search/make another call. Even when I am not using social media/Google/my … Continue reading

Are Smartphones Changing the Way We Learn?

There’s a long-held argument that smartphones have given us the access to all knowledge, but we use it instead to look at pictures of cats and argue with each other on the internet. This isn’t always true – while we may do these things, we also use our phones constantly … Continue reading

Quantum Computing in 2013

The introduction of classical computing brought the languages of classical physics (electricity and magnetism) and joined it into a new assembly of people in the future called computer scientists. Comparable to most technologies, classical computers like ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) began under the purview of engineers and progressed … Continue reading

The New Age of Computing

“In attempting to construct such (artificially intelligent) machines we should not be irreverently usurping His (God’s) power of creating souls, any more than we are in the procreation of children. RRather we are, in either case, instruments of His will providing mansions for the souls that He creates.” ― Alan … Continue reading

Technology, Time and Ageing

The question that many polymaths, scientists, technology-enthusiasts and intellectuals have been curious about ever since educational institutions were introduced is- will the world reach the period where the length of human life can be expanded? Many individuals in the global society have wished to look younger when their facial characteristics … Continue reading