Issue 85, 19 November 1999
News
The disease of a thousand faces «
Shimmer project to launch in 2000 «
People in profile «
Fleming's early research is honoured «
Library changes «
New facility «
Hats off to the Civil Engineering Contractors' Association «
 
Features
A word with Chris Wise «
 
Regular Features
In Brief «
Media Mentions «
Noticeboard «


Media mentions

Isaac Newton to go live
The public are to be given access to some of Sir Isaac Newton's most controversial writings, reported the Sunday Times (31/10/99). As revealed previously in IC Reporter (issue 81), Dr Rob Iliffe, Centre for History of Science, Technology and Medicine, and colleagues from King's College and Cambridge have been awarded a grant to put a vast archive of almost 10 million words by Sir Isaac Newton on the internet. Dr Rob Iliffe told the Sunday Times, "The Newton project will be a milestone. It will change people's perceptions of Newton."

I am a mole and I live in a hole
The findings of a new study, reported in the Sunday Telegraph (7/11/99)could help gardeners control the mole. Biologists have previously believed there were fewer molehills in fertile soil areas because earthworms, the mole's main food, were in plentiful supply and the animals did not need to dig so excessively to find food. Dr Grant Edwards and his colleagues at Silwood Park have shown there are fewer molehills where there are fewer earthworms. He said: "The significant thing to look at is the number of molehills relative to earthworms. Initially, we expected to see fewer molehills in areas where earthworm abundance was highest because they would have to dig fewer tunnels to find food. Yet our results show that measures, such as not adding lime, led to a significant reduction in earthworm abundance and molehill numbers."

Diamonds are for implants
Steel, coated with a film of artificial diamond has been developed which could offer an alternative material for medical implants, reported the Times (2/11/99). The revolutionary material which has been developed by Stanislaw Mitura, University of Lodz, Poland lasts longer and has less risk of rejection than conventional implants. Professor Mitura is collaborating with John Hassard [physics] and one of his diamond-coated steel implants is to go on display in the Challenge of Materials Gallery at the Science Museum.

Wye Oh Wye
Wye men are the sexiest in the University of London, according to a nationwide poll. Male students at Wye College have been voted third place nationally in the category 'Attractiveness of Males' in an alternative survey of British universities. London Student (15/10/99) was reporting on a poll carried out by Red Mole, a web site aimed at Britain's student population. "The fit farmhands proved to be making a lot of hay with the Ashford maidens, scoring a massive 3.12 points out of four in the sexiness stakes." For information, Imperial College males made it to a disappointing 80th.

 
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