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EO Wilson: Letter to a Young Scientist
EO Wilson delivers is a simply fabulous lecture over at TED. Titled "Letter to a Young Scientist", it implores young people to understand the importance of science to our global future, take on the exciting mantle that science offers, enjoy the ground breaking work you can undertake and above all don't become obsessive about maths. Science is about being creative, finding unexplored regions of (unknown) knowledge (run from the sound of the gun) and working in teams that can crack hard problems. It's fulfilling and the vastness of scientific subjects means that anyone can find a home.

posted on: Fri, 29 Jun 2012 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Infographic: Olympic Budget
A great infographic from the BBC on the Olympic Budget through time....well worth a view

posted on: Wed, 27 Jun 2012 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

What's the story....
....morning glory

posted on: Wed, 27 Jun 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Wellcome 2012 Image Awards
Title says it all.... see science at its most stunning

posted on: Tue, 26 Jun 2012 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Aerofilms Historic Collection
A great BBC narrated clip on the Aerofilms collection.... watch the Britain from Above project as it develops. Completion 2014.

posted on: Mon, 25 Jun 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Finch report has landed
Well the Finch report in to increasing access to published research has finally landed. And perhaps the summarised conclusions (need to read in detail!)...

posted on: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Some remote sensing news old and new.....
Old: news from Voyager 1 New: X37-B

posted on: Mon, 18 Jun 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Never Second - a soap opera all of it's own
Well the Never Seconds blog continues to make international headlines. It's hard to imagine how taking a photo of your school lunch can generate such interest, and indeed have such an impact, but it does....

posted on: Mon, 18 Jun 2012 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

A year in the life of a securely locked bike.....


posted on: Thu, 14 Jun 2012 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Get voting people....
....them there is some amazing images

posted on: Mon, 11 Jun 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Google Maps History and Applications
Nice catch from Very Spatial on the recent Google Maps press announcement. Well worth watching at least the first half which gives a great summary of the history of Google Earth (from SGI and Keyhole) and some of the applications of maps. The StreetView Trekker at around 35:00 is really rather cool - have a StreetView device on your back and weighting only ~40lbs. I guess they don't sell them!!

posted on: Mon, 11 Jun 2012 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Uber-cool bath toys
Yes really! Co.Design have reviewed two design classics that will shortly be available at the V&A Museum. More generally, they have a great set of articles that are worth setting up an RSS subscription for.... some great design "stuff".

posted on: Tue, 05 Jun 2012 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

SpaceX Success
So on the face of it a perfect mission - launch, manoeuvres, docking, unloading, loading and return. I guess once the Dragon gets back to SpaceX and is unloaded they get a better picture. For something so complex, it will never be perfect and the vast amount of data recoded during the mission will be invaluable in nailing the many problems that must have been uncovered. That doesn't detract from the remarkable achievement - and the almost inevitable $1.6B contract. No pressure then!

posted on: Sat, 02 Jun 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry