In a different but related experiment the Finnish researchers created a plastic 'Pavlov's Dog' with modelling clay legs and a 'hard body' filled with a liquid version of the 'walking plastic' used in the main experiment. … [Read more...] about Scientists train pieces of plastic to WALK when triggered by light in groundbreaking move that could help develop artificial muscles and more responsive robots
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The airline was branded 'pathetic' after customers at Heathrow, Gatwick, London City, Manchester, Edinburgh and Newcastle airports were told to 'go home' and reschedule after its check-in system collapsed. The IT crash at 4.30am - the third in as many weeks - led to 127 cancellations and another 300 delays. … [Read more...] about British Airways deploys two robots at Heathrow Terminal 5 to guide passengers as part of £6.5 billion drive to combat plunging customer ratings after string of IT glitches, strikes and cancellations
The ability to use her life in writing must have served as a buffer against pain; her marvellous letters bring on nostalgia for a pre-email age. But approaching 70, Bainbridge’s story becomes bleaker, as ill health takes hold. King writes tactfully about her drinking – cause of family rows – chain-smoking and the toll they took. Towards the end, she wrote letters to the people she loved and stuffed them into her roll-top desk to be read after her death. Long before, she had reflected in a letter – throwing out one of her casual pearls – that it was essential to say when you loved someone: “because we go out so quick like little lights”. … [Read more...] about Beryl Bainbridge: Love by All Sorts of Means by Brendan King review – the life and loves of a born fibber
So why, in these recessionary times, does farce seem to be the smart way of making money? The tempting explanation is that, in an economically and politically painful period, it distracts us from serious matters, being the form of entertainment most likely to achieve the cathartic release of laughter. Support for this theory may come from the fact that farce was hugely popular around the time of the Great Depression in the 1930s. These so-called Aldwych farces, named for the London theatre where they were performed, were hit plays by Ben Travers, who died in 1990; among them was Rookery Nook, about a woman in pink pyjamas who has been thrown out of her home by her Prussian stepfather. Travers had been strongly influenced by farces written in France by Georges Feydeau during another period of social, political and economic tension: the turn of the 20th century and the approach of the first world war. Feydeau's plays, including 1907's A Flea in Her Ear, helped establish the … [Read more...] about Farce is everywhere on stage – but why?
Prof Patrick Doherty, report author and director of the NACR, at University of York, said: "The good news is that Wales now leads the world in uptake to cardiac rehabilitation and prevention for patients following a cardiac event or procedure, with around 60% of patients accessing services. … [Read more...] about Cardiac rehabilitation uptake on the rise in Wales