Proof Through Images – Shots of Science Up Close

April 12, 2017

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Science is revealed up close with this selection of images gathered by Canadian researchers for the 2016 competition ‘Proof Through Images’ The National Centre for Scientific Research, or CNRS, is a collection of 10 institutes run by the French Ministry of Education and Research. Together with Decouvrir magazine, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council […]

US Naval Research Lab Tests CICADA Swarming Palm-Sized Drones

April 10, 2017

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Imagine a fleet of drones, each the size of your palm blooming from a package dropped from an airplane. That’s what’s possible with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s CICADA - a tiny drone undergoing swarm testing.

Mind on the Run: The Impressive Majesty of Basil Kirchin’s Hullian Soundscapes

March 27, 2017

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On Sunday I listened to BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now programme live from Hull City Hall, featuring a tribute to sonic visionary Basil Kirchin – a little known post-war composer. It was transcendent. Catch it while you can. The broadcast is available for another six or seven days on BBC iPlayer. If you’re a […]

Posted in: Art, Music

Police Body Cameras and Face Recognition point to Perpetual Surveillance

March 26, 2017

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Police body cameras are widely seen as a way to improve law enforcement’s transparency with the public. But when mixed with police use of facial-recognition tools, the prospect of continual surveillance comes with big risks to privacy.

Scoville Scale: How Hot Would You Go on the Chilli Pepper Charts?

March 5, 2017

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Chilli pepper heat is measured using the Scoville Scale. Some like it really hot, so just how does your favourite pepper rate? Wilbur Scoville invented his scale in 1912 to chart the progressive heat of different chilli peppers. It’s simple, the higher the number on Scoville’s scale, the hotter the spice. So where do various […]

Posted in: Food, Nature

AI Driverless Cars: Machine Intelligence gets its own Race Series – Roborace

March 5, 2017

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It’s official: driverless cars have hit the race tracks. Roborace, the autonomous race car maker, had its two self-driving ‘DevBots’ compete against each other at the Formula E Buenos Aires ePrix.

So What Do You Call a Gathering of Ferrets?

February 11, 2017

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Many people know that the collective name for a group of crows is a ‘murder’. but what about monkeys, peacocks or even bishops? The answers are surprisingly lyrical. Nouns of assemblage often go beyond the merely descriptive into the poetic. Take some of the examples below. They look into the character of what they represent, […]

Posted in: Animals, Botany, Journalism
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