After April, when Nepal suffered its worst earthquake in 80 years, the technology made it to the front page of the New York Times.Read the full article...
British environmentalists love Germany’s energy policies. Mistake!Read the full article...
Have Britain’s main suppliers of energy abused their monopoly position?Read the full article...
The US Navy is more committed to solar energy supply than mainstream investors, who prefer to massage energy demand – downwards.Read the full article...
The Middle East needs new energy, not Europe telling it to save the stuff.Read the full article...
The power of the nucleus had little to do with What Went Wrong at the TEPCO nuclear reactors in 2011Read the full article...
BP became so obsessed with irrational management practices and petty health-and-safety measures that it overlooked the real safety of its workersRead the full article...
In an extract from their new book, Energise!, James Woudhuysen and Joe Kaplinsky argue that climate change is real, but the answer is to invest boldly in forms of power supply not moralise about personal consumption.Read the full article...
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Innovators I like
Robert Furchgott – discovered that nitric oxide transmits signals within the human body
Barry Marshall – showed that the bacterium Helicobacter pylori is the cause of most peptic ulcers, reversing decades of medical doctrine holding that ulcers were caused by stress, spicy foods, and too much acid
N Joseph Woodland – co-inventor of the barcode
Jocelyn Bell Burnell – she discovered the first radio pulsars
John Tyndall – the man who worked out why the sky was blue
Rosalind Franklin co-discovered the structure of DNA, with Crick and Watson
Rosalyn Sussman Yallow – development of radioimmunoassay (RIA), a method of quantifying minute amounts of biological substances in the body
Jonas Salk – discovery and development of the first successful polio vaccine
John Waterlow – discovered that lack of body potassium causes altitude sickness. First experiment: on himself
Werner Forssmann – the first man to insert a catheter into a human heart: his own
Bruce Bayer – scientist with Kodak whose invention of a colour filter array enabled digital imaging sensors to capture colour
Yuri Gagarin – first man in space. My piece of fandom: http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/10421
Sir Godfrey Hounsfield – inventor, with Robert Ledley, of the CAT scanner
Martin Cooper – inventor of the mobile phone
Thomas Tuohy – Windscale manager who doused the flames of the 1957 fire
Eugene Polley – TV remote controls
George Devol – 'father of robotics’ who helped to revolutionise carmaking