N-Prize is a £9,999.99 (sterling) cash prize which can be claimed by any individual, or group, who are able to prove that they have put into orbit a small satellite. The satellite must weigh between 9.99 and 19.99 grams, and must orbit the Earth at least 9 times. This project must be done within a budget of £999.99
No. It’s true that the prize money is ridiculously small for a space competition. Nobody in their right mind is going to enter for the prize money – and people who aren’t in their right mind are my kind of people! If the prize becomes bigger, then we’ll start to see entrants who treat this as a business proposition, and who are willing to invest huge resources to win the prize. I’d rather keep it small, so that we attract enthusiastic nuts who are doing it for the challenge.
Archive for July, 2008
ReWalk comprises a light wearable brace support suit which integrates DC motors at the joint, rechargeable batteries, an array of sensors and a computer-based control system. It fits the body snugly to detect upper body movements, which are used to initiate and maintain the walking process. Wearers also use crutches for stability and safety.
Watching the video, I have to wonder if it’s actually superior to a wheelchair. It seems pretty tiring to use, and pretty slow and cumbersome, but that could just be me watching from outside.
I suppose that the best remedy would be shame: publicize the effort well, make sure that IGs of very strong integrity are appointed, and make the reports public and very clear. The principle is not to hide anything. I’m pretty sure Henry Waxman would cooperate with well-publicized hearings.
Yeah, because shame has been so effective in bringing right-wing radicals to heel thus far.
I like the idea of a frontal assault better. The reporting from DOJ makes it clear that many, if not all candidates were asked clearly-unlawful questions about their political and other beliefs. Still other candidates clearly had GOP recommendations for office in ways that violated the law. For the lawyers who passed the bar, it’s to be presumed that they know the law, hence are either accessories or co-conspirators in a pattern of unlawful behavior. They’ve been improperly taking public money, so I don’t have much trouble with the idea that they might find themselves caught up in either criminal or civil actions.
For the non-lawyers, the presumption that they know they were hired unlawfully may be a little harder to meet, but the actions of many of them since they took their jobs confirm their hostility to the rule of law. Start by offering them the option to resign. Then publish the lists.
I’ve got a shedload of synthesizers and equipment, whereas Delia Derbyshire got out of the Radiophonic Workshop when synthesizers came along.
“I think she got a bit disheartened and a bit bored with it all when the synthesizer came along and it all became a little too easy.”
Ms Derbyshire was well-known for favouring the use of a green metal lampshade as a musical instrument and said she took some of her inspiration from the sound of air raid sirens, which she heard growing up in Coventry in the Second World War.
So sad that she should have died relatively young. NHS?
The installation ‘bios [bible]’ consists of an industrial robot, which writes down the bible on rolls of paper. The machine draws the calligraphic lines with high precision. Like a monk in the scriptorium it creates step by step the text.
The Harvard School of Public Health study looked at the diets of 99 men who had attended a fertility clinic with their partners and provided a semen sample.
The men were divided into four groups depending on how much soy they ate, and when the sperm concentration of men eating the most soy was compared with those eating the least, there was a significant difference.
The “normal” sperm concentration for a man is between 80 and 120 million per millilitre, and the average of men who ate on average a portion of soy-based food every other day was 41 million fewer.
Dr Chavarro noticed that overweight or obese men seemed even more prone to this effect, which may reflect the fact that higher levels of body fat can also lead to increased oestrogen production in men.
So what questions immediately come to mind about this study?
- These are all people attending a high-end fertility clinic. It’s a nice convenient sample, but it’s not normal, and male factor infertility is badly studied but not unknown.
- 99 is not a terribly large sample, especially in the US, where eating soy products isn’t particularly popular. So if it was only the highest and lowest groups that gave significantly different results (and the average consumption for the high group was one portion every two days, i.e., not a lot at all) then this does not bolster confidence in the results.
- If the “effect” is more common in overweight and obese men, which way does any possible causation go, since these guys have a bunch of other medical problems that affect sperm count, and are also kinda likely to be trying to cut back on red meat?
- There’s a bunch of data missing here, even though it is typically, um, collected by any fertility clinic worth its salt. Might be the fault of the reporting, might not. Fer example: sperm morphology and motility (tends to be more important than count), total volume of ejaculate (duh), fallow period before collection (duh). Especially with such a small sample of patients, a few outliers would clobber the results pretty seriously.
- And, of course, what does this actually mean for fertility? Sure a sperm count of 100 million would be nice, but 60 million isn’t exactly peanuts. Also, Asia.
Ms Escobar searched hospitals and orphanages and while at the National Adoption Council’s offices in May saw a toddler she was convinced was Esther.
Jaime Tecu, director of a team of experts reviewing all pending Guatemalan adoptions, said: “She was so sure that the child was hers that we agreed to search the house where the baby was kept.”
A Guatemalan judge allowed Ms Escobar to care for Esther while the new DNA tests were performed.
I guess this is how you adopt a baby who isn’t from one of those poor women who might not have taken good care of it. And there are still, of course, people who treat baby-stealing as an urban legend. (Next, coerced transplants…)
The research team said that there is currently “an increased interest in the use of biopolymers for low-cost electronic applications. Since cellulose is the Earth’s major biopolymer, some international teams have reported using paper as the physical support (substrate) of electronic devices. But, until now, no one had ever used paper as an interstrate component of a FET.”
Wll, not really. As far as the illustration seems to show, they’re still doing much of the fab the old-fashioned way, and just using the paper for sort-of insulator/separator and for structure. Which is still way cheaper than using silicon, unless you do cost per transistor or something…