Scottish Spaceport Plans Announced

Scotland is being considered as the site of the UK’s first-ever spaceport, which could be here as early as 2018, it was reported this week. The spaceport would be the first one ever built outside of the US. What’s more, Scotland are definitely the odds-on favourite to be granted this prestigious (not to mention historic) prize, as eight UK aerodromes have been short listed as possibilities and six of them…

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Programmer Facing Paralysis Develops Revolutionary New Software

38-year-old computer programmer Gal Sont is developing revolutionary new software to aid disabled people in communication, even as he faces paralysis himself. Sont suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS – alternately known as ‘Lou Gehrig’s  Disease’), which he was first diagnosed with in 2009. Due to this disease, the neurons that govern voluntary movement (located in the brain and spinal cord) are slowly dying out, which means that Gal is…

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Which Major Discoveries led to the Invention of the Two-Way Radio?

The modern two way radio, which is a direct descendent of the WW2-era Walkie-talkie, first became recognizable in the years just before the outbreak of World War 2. Its origins are an interesting story in their own right (but I’ll condense it here). Three names are usually mentioned with regards to the invention of the walkie-talkie… The first is Canadian inventor Donald Hings (1907 – 2004), who invented an early…

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Greatest Discovery Since Tutankhamen’s Tomb Found Under Ice In Northwest Canada

Ghostly sonar images, taken from below the ice of Northwest Canada, appear to show the final resting place of the lost ship HMS Erebus, which vanished in the area during the mid 19th century. The ship was part of Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition to discover the Northwest Passage (a sea route that would hypothetically –and later actually- link the Atlantic to the Pacific via the Arctic seas). The expedition…

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My Other Computer’s a TARDIS: Virtual Reality Makes Time Travel Possible

A new virtual form of ‘time travel’ could be employed to help victims of traumatic experiences overcome their ordeals. In a computer generated ‘virtual world’, participants can move about and interact with their environment in a similar manner to how they would in the real world. Professor Mel Slater of University College London, told BBC news that, “In virtual reality, the brain’s low level perceptual system does not distinguish between…

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So…Who Uses a Spy Earpiece?

A look into the surprisingly popular world of ‘spy’ gadgetry British comedian Jack Dee probably said it best, “Men like to use drills because secretly, we think they’re guns”. Tools just bring out our inner 007. He’s right. Men like gadgets for the same reason. We can’t deny it, there’s just something unassailably cool about a tool that you can use, but that no one else knows about. Whether you’re…

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