I’ve recently re-discovered the joy of the Slinky – one of the simplest of all children’s toys and yet, so beguiling, as it seems to defy the laws of physics by hinting at some sort of perpetual motion. So how on earth does this work?
Any Bibliophile will appreciate, or at least empathise (if you’ve never had the opportunity), the exquisite pleasure of gazing upon an ancient book or scroll and reading the words engraved on its pages hundreds or thousands of years ago.
When it comes to the pointless application of technology then this must rank pretty high … Introducing the Wagometer
Examining how Bees work and interact reveals a highly organised and efficient ‘machine’. They appear to co-operate, communicate and work together as a unit with one purpose. But given that Bees don’t seem to communicate verbally, how do they do it?
We are living in an age when the amount of data being collected every minute from the daily lives of those on the planet has never been greater. Information is literally is at our fingertips. So how could we be in a ‘Digital Information Dark Age’ ?
This is something to get washing machine and soap manuafactures in a lather – clothes that clean themselves, or at least resist the grubby attention of the World’s grime.
The vacuum cleaner is perhaps the only invention whose history begins with a handkerchief stuffed in a man’s mouth. The mouth belonged to British engineer Hubert Booth.
Nothing seems quite so paradoxical as the inventor of dynamite being the sponsor of the World’s most renowned peace award – The Nobel Prize. That being the case the invention of Dynamite, please note NOT gunpowder, was a pretty seminal moment in the history of technology.
The Vending Machine is a lot older than you might think. It was actually invented by Greek inventor ‘Hero of Alexandria’ who came up with the first known vending machine design around AD 60.
On August 16, 1858, the first ever message was sent across the Atlantic by telegraph cable it read : “Glory to God in the highest; on earth, peace and good will toward men”. The transmission marked the culmination of 19 years of dreams, plans setbacks and hard work.
Thursday July 12 2007 was a seminal day (apparently). On that day the a United Nations report, that coincided with World Population Day, revealed that for the first time in history, more people were now living in cities than rural areas. But how did this come about ? In this artice we look at the key argricultural and technological developements needed for this to happen.
Barcodes are an example of one of those modern ubiquitous technologies that we take for granted. They ‘just work’ – but HOW ?
The British have always been an innovative and inventive nation. Just how inventive may surprise you. In this article we look at just four of the inventions that Britons have made without which, life today would be very different indeed :
Have you ever had a hankering to be involved with some of today’s latest cutting edge scientific projects. Maybe rub shoulder with the teams searching for extraterrestrial intelligence, or join the hunt for very large prime numbers or test algorithms for predicting the three-dimensional shape of protein molecules from their linear formula?
Boomerangs are commonly thought to be the invention of Aboriginal Australians but over the years they have turned up at archaeological sites as far apart as Arizona and India with the oldest known specimen, around 23,000 years old, but how do they fly ?