Book review: Astrophotography – Rhodri Evans

By Jade Fell  For millennia people have been fascinated by the stars, looking up to the sky at night to search for answers, look for peace, and predict the future. As human beings we often forget our place within the wider universe, and nothing will better remind you of your relative unimportance than looking up at the night sky. It is worth noting however, that the stars above us, while intoxicating to view outside of the city lights, are just a small snippet of world outside our atmosphere. Astrophotography by Rhodri Evans serves as homage to the beauty of the … Continue reading Book review: Astrophotography – Rhodri Evans

BTPT: plant #whisperer, #angry fork and #phallic #egg

By Rebecca Northfield As you bask – I’ve been dying, mind you – in this English sun, everyone gets friendlier, meals get more al fresco and you try to find any spot of toasty warm light like a cold-blooded reptile. However, if you’re like me and hate this time of year when there’s kamikaze flies, face-melting heat and blazing skin-crisping sunlight, have a look at this edition of BTPT to see if anything makes you feel a little better about this brief season.   Bug-A-Salt It’s time to get buzzical. It’s the late afternoon and you’ve organised a last-minute barbeque. … Continue reading BTPT: plant #whisperer, #angry fork and #phallic #egg

Book review: The Cambridge Phenomenon: Global impact – Kate Kirk and Charles Cotton

By Jade Fell “There’s a well-known saying, ‘it takes a village to raise a child,’ and in Cambridge, you could say ‘it takes a cluster to raise a company.’” For nearly 40 years, a technological powerhouse has been growing in the English countryside. Nestled on the southern tip of East Anglia, Silicon Fen, also known as the Cambridge Cluster, may pale in popularity to its older, wiser sibling – Silicon Valley in California – but is of no less importance locally and indeed, globally. Widely acclaimed as a centre of excellence for knowledge and education, Cambridge is ranked as the … Continue reading Book review: The Cambridge Phenomenon: Global impact – Kate Kirk and Charles Cotton

Win! Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – 200th anniversary giveaway

If you saw last week’s review of Restless Books’ shiny new edition of Mary Shelley’s much-loved novel Frankenstein, you are no doubt desperate to get your hands on a copy. Well, I have good news for you my friends – Restless Books have given E&T three copies of the book to giveaway to lucky readers of E&T. To be in with a chance of winning, just comment on this post by next Friday (1st July) at midday. Winners will be selected at random and notified via email once the giveaway has closed. Good luck! Terms and conditions This giveaway is open … Continue reading Win! Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – 200th anniversary giveaway

E&T news weekly #100 – we choose our favourite engineering and technology news stories from the past week

  Jade Fell, assistant features editor ‘Frankenturtles’ used to help marine wildlife in Chesapeake Bay Ode to a turtle corpse May I compare thee to a chap named Frank A young turtle that, sad to say, is dead. While splashing in the confines of his bank An evil boat destroyed his lovely head. So sad was science to hear of his loss That all declared: ‘bring back the loved boss!’ And from the ocean was his corpse once lifted To give back life, as he was once so gifted. Diligent workers set as once to make The saddest body once … Continue reading E&T news weekly #100 – we choose our favourite engineering and technology news stories from the past week

BTPT: fashionable #funeral urns, #smart frying #pan and #stalker radiator

By Rebecca Northfield Let’s just say it’s been a while since I’ve done this blog, so I thought I would make a whopper edition of BTPT, packed with the most bizarre gadgets I’ve encountered this year.   Pantelligent You’re trying to get your steak just right. Yet every time you try to dabble in perfectly cooking a slice of cow bum, you can’t seem to get that fine line between medium and super well-done, so you end up chewing on a bit of leather. Because that’s how horrifically bad you are at cooking. Well, there’s an app and frying pan combo … Continue reading BTPT: fashionable #funeral urns, #smart frying #pan and #stalker radiator

Book review: The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth – Robin Hanson

by Jade Fell  Ever wondered what a world inhabited almost entirely by intelligent machines might look like? Or even, what smart robots might look like and what their uses, design, attitudes, strengths and weaknesses could be? If any or all of these questions are in the back of your mind, then The Age of Em could be just the book you are looking for. In this revolutionary new publication, economist Robin Hanson combines existing theories in physics, computer science and economics to create a realistic vision of a world dominated by robots. Each day, advanced reports emerge of experiments in … Continue reading Book review: The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth – Robin Hanson