E&T podcast previews new-look National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh

The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh reopens on 29 July 2011 after a massive refurbishment that has created new galleries housing thousands of exhibits. For its latest issue, E&T picked its ten favourite from the many illustrating Scotland’s contributions to scientific and technological innovation. Find out , what they are and listen to managing editor Dominic Lenton talking to the museum’s keeper of science and technology, Alexander Hayward, about them in E&T podcast 7.5. Continue reading E&T podcast previews new-look National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh

La carpe âgée de roi de Kent est morte…

Anglers are gutted at the news of the death of legendary male carp Two Tone , who was found floating on the surface of Conningbrook Lake in Kent where he’d been domiciled for over 40 years. Two Tone was a survivor in a very reel sense – the 67lb 14oz Cyprinidae carpio (to give him his family name) had been caught about 50 times since 1983, by which point the scaley middle-ager already weighed some 30lbs. Two Tone’s precise age can only be guessed at – Kentish carps cannot easily be carbon dated – but tortoises can (yes, that’s the rather lame technology hook to this … Continue reading La carpe âgée de roi de Kent est morte…

Music technology: the state of the art

Interested in sound? Interested in music technology? Interested in bringing the two together in new and exciting ways to create hitherto unknown worlds of aural pleasure? Good news: your luck’s in. Professor David Howard – or Professor David Howard CEng FIET, Head of the Audio Lab, Intelligent Systems, Research Group Department of Electronics, University of York to give him his full name – is giving a free lecture on Wednesday, 12 May 2010 in the South Kensington Campus, Sir Alexander Fleming Building (not the Ian Fleming Building, sadly) at the Imperial College, London, UK. The good Prof will be looking … Continue reading Music technology: the state of the art

Delia Derbyshire, Dr Who, and the IET connection

Doctor Who fans will be among the coterie of admirers of Delia Derbyshire, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop sound engineer who realised Ron Grainer’s original theme to the BBC-Tv sci-fic series in the 1960s. BBC Radio 4 broadcast a tribute to Derbyshire last Monday, which you can still catch on iPlayer until 10:02pm 3 April 2010. According to the BBC programme puff, this ‘Archive on 4’ special ends with a track entitled ‘The Dance’ from the children’s programme ‘Noah’, recorded in the late 1960s this tape “sounds like a contemporary dance track which wouldn’t be out of place in today’s most ‘happening’ … Continue reading Delia Derbyshire, Dr Who, and the IET connection

In honour of Ada Lovelace

Members of the E&T team have been asked to blog about inspirational women, in honour of Ada Lovelace day, which prompted me to think about who inspired me when I was young. In science and technology the only famous woman I could initially think of was Marie Curie. This morning I remembered Valentina Tereschkova, the first female astronaut – I clearly recall seeing the television reports of her achievement, and becoming aware that women could do the same things as men (this of course was a time when London Transport could legally advertise different pay rates for male and female … Continue reading In honour of Ada Lovelace

It’s Christmas every day here

No, this isn’t a comment on the rather picturesque dickensian scenes outside E&T’s hotel window in Estonia. It is, in far easier here to access Government services far easier than anywhere else in the world that I am aware of. Yesterday, our first full day in Tallinn was dominated by a visit to the Enterprise Estonia Demo Centre – where we were demonstrated, albeit in-vitro, how Estonians manage to accomplish in 5 minutes what the average UK consumer would take five weeks to do. This appears to benefit e-commerce too. Although, technology not much further advanced than the UK, there … Continue reading It’s Christmas every day here

Play that funky music, white shirt

Forget clothes with built-in iPod storage: the future is clothes that make their own music. Brush your sleeve for a marimba sound. Pat your tummy for a bongo jam. Scratch your, ahem, special area for a burst of electric guitar. Yes, walks in the country need never again be a silent trudge accompanied only by the pointless tweeting of birds and the occasional whinnying of a startled horse, thanks to a Swedish fashion student and her technician friend. Master’s student Jeannine Han, clearly thoroughly enjoying the second year of her textiles and fashion design course at the Swedish School of … Continue reading Play that funky music, white shirt

Technology behind the Vancouver Winter Olympics

Immediately ahead of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics – starting tomorrow, in the shadow of Whistler mountain in the Canadian West – why not enjoy E&T’s exclusive report on what the Canadian Olympic officials have been up to these past few years, as they pursue their ambition to declare their games the greenest Olympics in living memory. Go, Canucks! Continue reading Technology behind the Vancouver Winter Olympics