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Business News (April 2018)

Weatherspoons calls time on social media Pub chain J D Wetherspoon have taken the decision to drop their social media presence following an announcement on their Twitter page, effectively leaving an audience of over 44,000 followers.  Their decision follows a time of bad publicity around the use of social media that also includes “trolling” incidents involving MPs, the misuse of personal data as well as influences surrounding the “addictive nature of social media”. It is believed that 900 public houses across the UK will leave Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with ‘immediate effect’. Wetherspoons Chairman, Tim Martin, believes that their move to remove themselves from social media sites will not affect...

Engineering News (April 2018)

Propping up the wind turbine industry 17th March, 2018 was an important day for renewable energy resources in the UK. It was on this day that the National Grid reported that more than a third of the energy generation for domestic use in the UK was generated by wind power, a record amount to date. As the UK seeks to lower pollution and raise the use of renewable resources this is very positive news. How can the amount of wind power generated be increased further? The use of inshore and offshore wind farms is difficult when land fit for this particular purpose in the UK is sparse and large areas...

Science News (April 2018)

Droning on about landslides A group of campaigners have urged the Environmental Agency to use a fleet of drones to uncover bad farming practices across the UK with a view of penalising farmers who allow soil to run off their fields. It is believed that only 0.5% of farms are checked each year, yet coalition campaigners feel that not enough is being done to protect rivers or rising flood numbers. The groups feel that poor and careless farming is the cause of the decline of the United Kingdoms rivers, with much of the farmers waste off their fields causing our riverbeds to fill with sludge and become a potential cause...

Internet News (April 2018)

The Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal Facebook has been weathering scandals to varying degrees almost since its inception, but this one tops them all to date and then some. While many companies over the years have been compromised for various reasons and customer data has been leaked, and most of said companies have survived these events, albeit not unscathed, Facebook’s latest situation is in a whole other league, especially considering that the exploitation of its network data didn’t even originate from an unauthorized hack. The centre of all this attention is because of Donald Trump and the fact that his political team utilised the services of Cambridge Analytica (CA) during his...

Business News (March 2018)

Easter eggs: more box than chocolate? Well, according to survey carried out by Which?, a third of your Easter egg weight comes from its actual packaging. The survey was based on the 10 top selling eggs across the United Kingdom and included brands such as Lindt, Thorntons, Mars, and Cadbury. Which?’s research showed that the cardboard and plastic surrounding your Easter egg adds up to a third of the total weight of the entire package. Thorntons came at the top of the survey, with an excess 35% of its weight arising from the packaging. Thorntons responded, explaining that the reason for packaging this way was to seal in freshness and...

Special Report: Stephen Hawking (1942 – 2018)

Cheryl Dyer Ballard takes a look at the incredible life of Stephen Hawking, cosmologist, scientist, and one of the most incredible minds of all time.    Trapped in a failing body, he netherless succeeded where others would have given up, producing some incredible work over  the course of the last few decades, increasing our understanding of the universe, time, space and reality.  This week, Cheryl takes a good look at the man, his career and his legacy. This week has seen one of the saddest moments in the world of science and education, with the passing of British Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist, Author and Director of Research at the Centre of...

Tech Update (March 2018)

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.   In March’s update, Andy looks at  NASA funding for small research and development outfits, the resurrection of an unadulterated design classic, and another car company announces its intention to develop an autonomous vehicle.NASA Invests $96 Million Into Small Tech Research Companies A press release posted by NASA on their website on the 7th March details Phase 2 of its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, having selected 128 proposals from small American tech companies to aid in the advancement of tech research. The idea...

Scientific News (March 2018)

Alzheimer’s researchers win top research prize Four neuroscientists have been awarded the prestigious 2018 Brain Prize, following their pioneering research on the genetic and molecular sources of Alzheimer’s Disease. The Brain Prize was awarded by The Lundbeck Foundation based in Denmark. The winners not only gain a title, they are also rewarded with a €1 million prize fund. The prize is awarded to one or a group of scientists across the globe who have proven excellence and have provided continued contributions within the field of neuroscience, and highlights great discoveries. The group of four scientists this year were Professors Bart De Strooper, Michel Goedert, John Hardy and Professor Christian Haass....

Engineering News (March 2018)

‘Beast from the East’ causes rail chaos Many faced huge delays due to cancelled services during the recent extreme weather (labelled in the UK papers as ‘The Beast from the East’). As temperatures plummeted and snow was predicted, many train services were cancelled even though early on – there was no snow apparent. “Why did this happen?” asked many stranded passengers and many are still asking as they try to chase up refunds on their tickets. There are varied reasons given and as the weather systems are changing, those reasons need to be addressed (or in some cases alternatives to the current solutions found). Network Rail themselves work on advice...

Internet News (March 2018)

5G Internet Is On The Horizon And It’s Pretty Awesome The latest giant leap in wireless internet technology is now on its way. Though 5G phones won’t be arriving until at least 2019 if not later, there have already been a few big demonstrations of the capabilities of a 5G network, not least of which have been at the recent Winter Olympics in South Korea, and the American Football Super Bowl that was held in Minneapolis. Korean Telecom (KT) partnered with Samsung and Intel at the Winter Olympics 2018 to demonstrate automated vehicles, and over 100 cameras were set up around the main ice rink that wirelessly streamed video to...