• Pictorial representation of planet earth surrounded by thousands of satellites in low earth orbit

    Practising The Clean-Up Of Space

    Christina Giallombardo Looking up at the night sky with the naked eye and seeing nothing but darkness and a few stars, it’s hard to imagine the sheer volume of space debris (also known as space junk) orbiting the Earth. The space junkyard gives us a glimpse back in time....
  • A statue of Alan Turing made from many layers of slate on show at Bletchley Park

    Alan Turing: Profile of a Genius Codebreaker

    Christina Giallombardo Alan Mathison Turing’s life was one filled with genius, innovation and secrets, all of which culminated in an untimely and tragic death. Turing was a mathematician, seen as the founding father of computers with his invention of ‘Turing Machines’. He was also gay at a time when...
  • Blue plaque on a wall. The plaque reads: English Heritage. Ada Countess of Lovelace. 1815-182. Pioneer of Computing lived here.

    Ada Lovelace: The First Computer Programmer

    Alice Nott Ada Lovelace was a mathematician in a time when women could not even attend university. Despite her lack of formal qualifications, her work would go on to create the foundation for the technology that our modern world is based upon. Ada Lovelace was born in 1815 as...
  • Google Acquires Fitbit: A Spy On Your Wrist?

    Cam McAdam Google has finally completed the acquisition of Fitbit for £1.5bn, a deal first announced in November 2019. This deal was finalised after a 4-month investigation by the European Commission, over concerns about the lack of privacy for the Fitbit users’ data. But what does this mean? Could...
  • Can UK Homes Be Powered By Offshore Wind By 2030?

    Rian Patel “Wind farms couldn’t pull the skin off a rice pudding,” Boris Johnson, then Mayor of London, said in 2013. Seven years on and a lot has changed. Johnson, as Prime Minister, now proclaims his desire to see the UK as the “Saudi Arabia of Wind Power”, having...
  • Pictorial representation of planet earth surrounded by thousands of satellites in low earth orbit

    Cleaning Up Our Space Junk

    Rian Patel Space is a fabric with many colours and quirks. Lighting up an otherwise black abyss, stars shine light that reflects off planets, moons, and even our tiny satellites and telescopes that we launch beyond our atmosphere. Everything in space is out on show. Yet with our naked...
  • International Space Station viewed with the Earth i the background

    “It’s All About The Sauce” — What Happens On The International Space Station?

    Philippa Flanagan-Smith Tears held together by surface tension, zero-G tortillas, Star Trek cosplays — the International Space Station (ISS) has produced a plethora of entertaining and informing content about life in space since its launch in November 1998. A quick Google search brings up thousands of results about how...