Scientific News (June 2017)

Newquay Airport in Cornwall has been chosen for conducting ‘slow speed trials for Bloodhound – a supersonic car manufactured in the UK, and designed to break the land speed record in South Africa next year. The tests are an opportunity for the development team to gain early key data while Bloodhound is in motion. Chief Engineer, Mark Chapman explained in a recent report, “We’ve gone from a computer design to an actual thing that will move down the runway, it will be a huge validation for the people who’ve stood by us all these years and it’s happening.” The trial will also be used as a promotional event in order...

Engineering News (June 2017)

On a wing and a prayer A new world record attempt by Fraser Corsan to beat his own record of flying at the fastest speed flown in a wingsuit has been successful.  He smashed the record with a 15mph faster time, reaching 249 mph (his previous record was 234 mph) – although this world record achievement is yet to receive the seal of approval by the Guinness Book of Records. Corsan has now been dubbed the fastest man in the world, without using technology or any form of machinery. Corsan’s achievements have also seen him break two near FAI Continental and FAI British Altitude records in flying with a wingsuit, and is now the...

Business News (May 2017)

Phone switching made easy Switching mobile phone providers could soon be a matter of just sending a text message to your provider in a simple one stage process under plans drawn up by regulator Ofcom. By removing long drawn out telephone conversations with current providers, or using other methods to “un-lock” mobile phones, your provider could simply provide you with a code to switch providers – saving money and increased phone bills. According to research by Ofcom, customers have shown their support with the proposals and would welcome the change. Customers have complained about not only the speed that the change takes place, but have also highlighted hidden costs incurred whilst...

Internet News (May 2017)

Massive attack foiled by blogger An unprecedented cyberattack using ransomware was unleashed last Friday, using tools believed to have been sourced from the US National Security Agency (NSA), affecting 99 countries around the world, with some companies, institutions and organisations badly affected. Cyber-security firm Avast reported that it had recorded over 75,000 cases of the ransomware – known as WannaCry worm and its variants utilised for the attack – the perpertrator or perpertrators remain unknown and at large. Amongst the biggest casualty in the UK was the National Health Service, notorious for using out of date operating systems such as Windows XP which are particularly vunerable to this type of...

Engineering News (May 2017)

Flying round in circles Round runways could become a reality according to researcher Henk Hesselink from the Netherland Aerospace Centre. The researcher would like to see circular runways in use – and it’s not as mad as it sounds. He proposes a completely circular runway external to a centralised airport hub, which would both save space and also be friendlier to the environment due to increased fuel economy and a reduction in noise pollution. Tests within flight simulators are currently being undertaken. The idea is that airports will have a complete circuit surrounding them  When aircraft land and take off, they will be allocated an area of the runway, thus allowing up to...

The Hawks did it again!

Starjammer Internet are proud to announce that yet again, The Havant and Waterlooville Under 14 Squad have won the Mid Solent Youth League Cup far a third year running with a hard fought 3-0 win over Waltham Wolves Cobras at the AFC Portchester Ground on Wednesday 3rd May. Well done boys – we’re already looking forward to seeing you in action over the next season!   Internet News – April 2017 Havant and Waterlooville U14 Squad Season Scores 2016/17 Football Crazy! Subscribe to the Starjammer Bulletin...

Tech Update (May 2017)

Andy Cormack gives us the heads up on what’s on the horizon in hardware and technology, giving you the lowdown on the next big thing.   This month,  flying suits, issues with Windows 10 and fonts that may take your fancy. Inventor creates flying suit Richard Browning, a Royal Marine Reserve, has created a device to enable humans to fly, not dissimilar to that of Iron Man from the popular Marvel franchise. The technology behind it, at its core is simple enough; attaching kerosene micro gas turbines to both his arms and, initially both legs, but then switching from legs to two turbines on his back with angled positioning to...

Scientific News (May 2017)

Vaping for beginners Impressionable children as young as 12 are more likely to vape than smoke cigarettes, not only because they are attracted to the various flavours –  they also do not contain tobacco which to them apparently makes it safe.  There is growing evidence to suggest that this isn’t the case. Recent research has proved vaping is not risk free, and tests have shown that vaping has introduced new risks to users. These risks including damaging immunity, causing ‘smokers’ coughs and body sores with lower aged users.  Fresh new data has also suggested that E-cig vapours may also contain cancer-causing chemicals like formaldehyde and acetaldehyde.  Researchers want teenage users...

Business News (April 2017)

EDF raises electricity prices for second time this year The energy firm EDF has announced that from 21st June 2017, customers will see an increase in their gas and electricity prices for a second time this year. Customers will see an increase of 9% for their electricity supplies, while gas supplies will rise a further 5.5% for standard tariffs. The hike in prices will see the average dual-fuel customer paying a further £78.00 per year, raising their annual bill to £1,160.  It has been reported that the majority of EDFs customers are on fixed price deals and will not be affected by these rises. However, Ofgem has criticised this rise...

Internet News (April 2017)

Uber’s president Jeff Jones has quit, citing that the company’s values aren’t compatible with his own. Jones told Recode he “…joined Uber because of its Mission, and the challenge to build global capabilities that would help the company mature and thrive long-term.” “It is now clear, however, that the beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber, and I can no longer continue as president of the ride sharing business.” After the announcement, Uber’s PR summoned up a meager sentence to address his departure: “We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish...