"To hold on to the UK's global lead in offshore wind, it's vital that we maintain this momentum. We must ensure that the crucial legislation going through Parliament right now - the Energy Bill - sets a rock-solid framework to encourage investment in renewables." … [Read more...] about London Array becomes world’s largest windfarm as last turbine comes online
Scientists often get excited when they realise how their views have been shaped by the use of metaphor, and grasp that new analogies could alter how they understand their work, or even enable them to devise new experiments. Coming up with those new metaphors is challenging – most of those used in the past with regard to the brain have been related to new kinds of technology. This could imply that the appearance of new and insightful metaphors for the brain and how it functions hinges on future technological breakthroughs, on a par with hydraulic power, the telephone exchange or the computer. There is no sign of such a development; despite the latest buzzwords that zip about – blockchain, quantum supremacy (or quantum anything), nanotech and so on – it is unlikely that these fields will transform either technology or our view of what brains do. … [Read more...] about Why your brain is not a computer
“It is no accident that every town with a university is more economically, socially and culturally vibrant than those that do not. Students are sources of vitality, energy and lode–bearers of the new – and fun to be around. They may put upward pressure on rents but they start new businesses aplenty and provide demand for existing businesses ranging from 24/7 convenience stores to clothes shops.” He added: “University academics and their research are sources of inspiration and intellectual energy. As a result, universities are major sources of direct and indirect employment – they are the anchor institutions of the 21st-century economy, and most city councils are figuring out ways to keep their students once they graduate. Do without them at your peril.” … [Read more...] about Town v gown: is the student boom wrecking communities?
Hikari, aged 41, has autism, epilepsy and restricted vision. After exchanging greetings in English, he hunkers down to floor level to peruse CDs. He began to speak only at the age of six, when he startled his father in the woods by identifying birds from recordings he had heard of bird calls. Though his use of language remains limited, he was awakened to Bach and Mozart, learned the piano (though he no longer plays) and musical notation, and developed a remarkable gift as a composer. According to Nathan, Hikari is the "only idiot savant in medical history with perfect pitch, able to compose in his head without first improvising on an instrument". Three CDs of his compositions were released in the 1990s, winning him a top award in Japan for western classical music. Hikari's first CD sold 400,000 copies, "better than any of my novels", says Oë, "and I'm proud of that". Oë's English is heavily accented, but its rich vocabulary reflects lecturing bouts in the US. He reads in … [Read more...] about In the forest of the soul