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High Fructose Corn Syrup

As I sit here waiting for update 4 of 13 on my laptop, buoyed up by a new energy drink (review up shortly) I turn to my phone, tech addict that I am. A topic I started months ago, but left as a forgotten draft was this one, on the recent (ish) report that fructose […]

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‘That’s obvious – why didn’t I think of that?’

So New Scientist reports that a team have invented ‘white smell’ to join the ranks of ‘white noise’ and ‘white light’. ‘White’ here simply means ‘every part has the same relative strength. So with light, that’s lot of red, a bit less green, and blue somewhere in between, which your eyes read as ‘white’. With […]

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Projection lamps cost more than projectors

As the projector lamp is reaching the end of its life, I looked up the cost of a new bulb, only to find that they are over £200. Plus VAT. And the projectors, new, are around, er, £200 plus VAT. True enough, the £200 projectors aren’t quite as good as the frankly brilliant bargain projector […]

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Genetic drift in divided populations – a factor in motorway design?

The M5 has, like many other motorways, been getting an upgrade to the central reservation. Moving from a steel barrier capable of stopping about 6 tonnes of vehicle by deformation up to thick concrete capable of stopping a large coach, er, dead (without permanent deformation) is obviously great for keeping traffic moving, but I fear […]

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Why the West is losing ‘competitive advantage’ in a death by 1000 ‘competitive advantage’ cuts.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2011/08/17/why-amazon-cant-make-a-kindle-in-the-usa/ This. Read this. If you are in the USA or the UK, and have any interest in how the (business) world turns, this series of articles is vital reading.  

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Are you scientifically literate? Take our quiz – How did you do? – CSMonitor.com

Are you scientifically literate? Take our quiz You may have an opinion on climate change, evolution education, stem-cell research, and science funding. But do you have the facts to back up your opinion? This quiz will test your basic scientific literacy. – Eoin O’Carroll, Staff Quiz results 39 Correct 11 Wrong You answered 39 of […]

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Neutrinos & the ‘Faster than light’ results

So, these ‘faster than light’ neutrino results. Amazing that they haven’t gone away yet, and many papers are trying to work out why. Today’s update is that there may have been a simple hardware error in the sync cable Now I don’t think that the neutrinos are actually going faster than light speed, but… Firstly, […]

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3D file sharing on Pirate Bay

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21328506.400-pirate-filesharing-goes-3d.html Last week, Pirate Bay, the site famous for, well, stolen content (in the form of copyrighted content) added a new category of media, that of 3D data files. Anyone (such as me) can download one of these scans and output it to a 3D printer. This effectively allows the ‘pirating’ of physical objects. True, […]

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The return of RubberTreePlant.co.uk

Yes, it’s all very exciting. www.rubbertreeplant.co.uk is back. Currently the archives are being dusted off, the old SQL queried, pictures being tracked down, and more. To what end? My aim is to bring RTP back to being a weekly updated blog of my random ideas, with discussion and comment, as well as fun and scary […]

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2005-06-18 – It’s in the post!!!

Well, I’ve often thought about it, but never really taken the plunge. After years of reading about IP, inventing, designing, and even giving advice on www.rubbertreeplant.co.uk, I have finally decided to go for my first patent. On Monday it will arrive with the chaps who are going to check it over, (Trevor Baylis Brands – […]

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