Green Super Rice

For this post I'm delighted to introduce an article provided by guest contributor Saikat Basu. Saikat is an Indian scientist currently working in Canada. This paper, which was co-written by P Zandi from the Institute of Crop Science in Beijing, is a great example of international collaboration on an issue with global implications. As Saikat … Continue reading Green Super Rice

Tides in Free-fall

Why do we have two tides each day? It was always a race against time.  Frantically digging on the beach to build up the sand wall that we were making ; convinced that this time we would create a barrier high enough and strong enough to withstand the incoming tide. Of course we never did … Continue reading Tides in Free-fall

Sultans of Science

Reflections on Eye Rays As a young child I used to puzzle about how the world worked. It seemed to me that objects fell to earth very quickly – I remember wondering whether this was instantaneous or not – though my vocabulary would have been more basic! I also thought about how I could see … Continue reading Sultans of Science

The real value that the Energy Sector brings to the world….

 This week I attended the 2017 Asia meeting of the Oil & Gas Council in Singapore. Attended by executives from operators, funders and advisors, the mood was generally somber, with much discussion on how the industry is increasingly seen by the public as a ‘dinosaur’; relying on yesterday’s energy sources –largely run by men of … Continue reading The real value that the Energy Sector brings to the world….

Maths is Eternal – Science is Transitory

“Mathematics can create worlds which are impossible physically but possible in the mind” Marcus Du Sautoy FRS Driving along Jalan Tun Razak in Kuala Lumpur last Tuesday morning, I heard (by the miracle of podcasts) the renowned Mathematician and Fellow of the Royal Society,  Marcus Du Sautoy, interviewed on ‘the Life Scientific’ . Why did … Continue reading Maths is Eternal – Science is Transitory

How a Nile River cruise in 1872 aided Nuclear Submarine Design…….

Shaded by a canvas sheet from the heat of the sun, John Strutt watched the ancient pyramids pass by as his houseboat continued on its cruise up the Nile. As the days passed he had felt the aches in his joints ease and his vigour return. Now he felt strong enough to return to his … Continue reading How a Nile River cruise in 1872 aided Nuclear Submarine Design…….