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Amazon’s Mysterious Flying Warehouse

Amazon’s Mysterious Flying Warehouse

Das Vinci had designs on flying machines that raise a chuckle nowadays, and there were more after him. We had been feeling the same way about Amazon’s delivery drones, but that, we gather, could be about to change.

The Duo Limbering Up to Help

The Duo Limbering Up to Help

We thought it would be nice to turn our back on global events, and focus on ordinary people doing extraordinary things in Britain. Take Stephen Davies and Drew Murray for example. They are 3D printing free prosthetic arms and hands for kids, and not even charging for the postage.

A Driving License for a Drone

A Driving License for a Drone

We suppose this was inevitable, even though car-driving licenses are no guarantee for good behaviour, any more than ivy league education guarantees success. That said, we have read of alarming incidents at airports, and think the Aviation Minister has a point that some droners “are not aware of the rules or choose to break them.”

Fresh Approach to Dirty Phones

Fresh Approach to Dirty Phones

Medicos fingered computer keyboards as health threats ages ago, although few people take this seriously. Now, doctors are warning that touchscreens do not belong in sterile areas like hospitals. Auger thinks the logic is cut and dried. We seldom wash our hands before we use our phones.

Hope for Visually Impaired

Hope for Visually Impaired

Auger was really chuffed to see the NHS going ahead with bionic eye trials. Their implant processes information from a miniature camera mounted on a pair of shaded specs. Then it converts the data into electrical pulses, and transmits  them to electrodes on the retina.

Peopling the Green Sahara by Julie Dunn

Peopling the Green Sahara by Julie Dunn

Dr Julie Dunn from Bristol University has been busy, since she gained her PhD in organic chemistry there in 2014. She wants to know more about the people of the Sahara Desert when it was green savannah with large trees, generous lakes and rivers.

Expressive Art to Break Through Autism

Expressive Art to Break Through Autism

Many autistic people are exceptionally creative individuals with a rare parallel talent of following through on detail. Among their numbers, Auger can count Albert Einstein, Amadeus Mozart, Sir Isaac Newton, and Charles Darwin, all of whom were socially awkward.

Would a Robot Make a Better Teacher?

Would a Robot Make a Better Teacher?

Could a robot make a better teacher, Auger wonders … is human interaction on the decline. Imponderables become worthy thoughts as 2017 waits to welcome. Certainly, we mostly all recall our teachers with memorable affection, although our trainers are not without their faults.

Poles Apart and Ignorance Dismissed

Poles Apart and Ignorance Dismissed

By the law of averages, the South Pole must be as geologically rich as the rest of the planet. There should be vast hordes of precious metals, scarce compounds, and fossil fuels it seems we are unable to live without down there. Perhaps its most precious resource is water, pure water free of effluent contamination.

No Sweat, My Brow

No Sweat, My Brow

The idea that we should eat our cod and chips ‘by the sweat of our brow’ became part of our culture to the extent some even frown on gap years. ‘Get yourself a decent job’ may have been a familiar phrase in our youth. However nowadays of course we are paragons of industrious decency.

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