Daily Archives: February 24, 2012

The last of the glass eye makers

Losing an eye through illness or accident can devastate a person’s life. A “glass” eye can help some people come to terms with it, but others choose to wear them for more nuanced reasons, writes Jolyon Jenkins. In a tiny room in a north London suburb, Jost Haas makes a glass eye. He holds a glass tube over a bunsen burner, twirling it constantly, blows through the molten glass, and turns it into a sphere. His patient Dan Light has only one … Continue reading

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Musical Version of The War of The Worlds

Jeff Wayne

Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds was created by composer Jeff Wayne based on the 1898 novel by H. G. Wells. It features Academy Award nominated actor Richard Burton, Justin Hayward (of The Moody Blues), Chris Thompson (of Manfred Mann), Phil Lynott (of Thin Lizzy), Julie Covington (Evita), and David Essex (Evita). Wayne conducts what would come to be known as the Black Smoke Band and the ULLAdubULLA string orchestra. “Forever Autumn”, “The Eve of the War”, “Thunder Child”, and “The Spirit … Continue reading

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Under the Microscope – Killer T-Cells

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Blood mystery solved


You probably know your blood type: A, B, AB or O. You may even know if you’re Rhesus positive or negative. But how about the Langereis blood type? Or the Junior blood type? Positive or negative? Most people have never even heard of these. Yet this knowledge could be “a matter of life and death,” says University of Vermont biologist Bryan Ballif. While blood transfusion problems due to Langereis and Junior blood types are rare worldwide, several ethnic populations are at … Continue reading

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Motorized roller could mass-produce graphene-based devices


Finding a simple, scalable way to pattern graphene for future electronics applications is one of the biggest challenges facing graphene researchers. While lithography has been widely used to create graphene patterns for electronic devices, its multiple processing steps make it too complex for large-scale use. In a recent study, scientists have found that a motorized, movable roller can deposit a polymer solution onto a graphene surface in periodically striped and cross-striped patterns, which they used to make a transistor. By eliminating … Continue reading

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