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Thursday 3 May 2007

How to live 40% longer?

Scientists believe that a reduction in calorie intake by 60 per cent of normal, while maintaining a healthy diet of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, could prolong our lives by up to 40 per cent. The Telegraph.


Filed under: Health,Science — GS @ 6:31 am
Friday 23 February 2007

‘Planet’ steam locomotive (video)

On Sunday, after seeing the Chinese dragon, I went to The Museum of Science and Industry, where I shot this short video. On certain dates and holidays they have steam train rides.

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Filed under: History,Manchester,Science,With video — GS @ 1:41 am
Monday 5 February 2007

Briefcase ‘that changed the world’

The BBC has the story of how Britain gave away its most valuable technological secrets to America during World War Two.

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Filed under: History,Science — GS @ 10:15 pm
Thursday 30 November 2006

50th anniversary of the first videotape broadcast

On 30th November 1956 the first video recording was broadcast from CBS Television City, in Hollywood.

It was a tape of Douglas Edwards reading the news and was recorded and played on an Ampex Mark IV Video Tape Recorder.


Filed under: Science,TV & film — GS @ 12:10 am
Friday 14 July 2006

Alan Turing: the genius Britain betrayed

In The Times, Ben Macintyre writes about Alan Turing, ‘The genius Britain betrayed’.

Also there is an excellent article from the New Yorker here which speculates that Alan Turing may have been murdered by the state, due to being a supposed security risk.


Filed under: LGBT,Manchester,Science — GS @ 1:13 pm
Thursday 13 April 2006

green.tv

green.tv is the first broadband TV channel dedicated to environmental issues. It launched at the beginning of April with the backing of the United Nations Environment Programme.

The site had 250,000 hits in the first week of being online.


Filed under: Environment,Politics,Science — GS @ 7:13 am
Monday 13 March 2006

British Rail planned nuclear-powered flying saucer

The Guardian reports that British Rail patented plans for a nuclear-powered flying saucer in 1973.

‘Charles Osmond Frederick, patented the design for a craft powered by laser-controlled thermonuclear fusion. Designed to reach high speeds in space, it was meant to move us around the globe and even to other planets.

Its “lifting platform” was designed for the British Railways Board and the patent was filed under the name of Jensen and Son.’

A bizarre and rather funny story. 1970’s British Rail staff being in charge of nuclear-powered vehicles just doesn’t bear thinking about. Although it could have made their limp sandwiches a bit more crispy!


Filed under: Science — GS @ 6:14 am
 
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