University of Cambridge Open Access making research freely available

11/10/2016. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: .


The University of Cambridge has received its 10,000th Open Access submission – highlighting its commitment to making research freely available to anybody who wants to access it, without publisher paywalls or expensive journal subscriptions.

The Open Access movement has been growing in strength in academia for many years, and it is increasingly being mandated by funding bodies and government.

Ten thousand manuscripts have now been received in this way, and the vast majority of them have been able to be made Open Access, free for anyone who wants to read and benefit from them. Read more…

Lost addthis social share button counts after moving to https

10/10/2016. Category: Gadgets. Topic: .

Facebook like

So, you finally installed a SSL certificate and moved your website from http to https. Good move! But now all the count numbers on your addthis social sharing buttons have gone back to zero!

Don’t worry, there’s a quick fix thanks to an organic gardener.

Why did the count numbers go back to zero? Because the sharing services are tied to the root of the URL of the page and stores the data recorded for each specific URL. Read more…

New Triumph Bonneville T100 vs T120

04/10/2016. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .


Triumph expanded their award-winning Bonneville range with the launch of the new Bonneville T100 at the Intermot 2016 motorcycle show in Cologne, Germany.

At only 11 kg (24 lbs) lighter than the T120 the new T100 is not quite a baby T120; they share the same chassis. In fact, the official specifications report the T100 wheelbase at 5 mm (0.2 in) longer. The T100 seat also is 5 mm higher than the 785 mm (30.9 inches) stated for the the T120.

Looking at pictures and videos, it’s hard to tell the difference. The T100 looks every bit as good as the T120. Read more…

Honda X-ADV adventure scooter launch set for EICMA 2016

15/09/2016. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .


One of the most important vehicles in the modern motorcycle world is to be launched at EICMA in November 2016.

Honda first showed the X-ADV as the “City Adventure concept” alongside the new CRF1000L Africa Twin at EICMA 2015 as a foreshadow of “a new development direction for adventure-focused machines.”

The teaser videos are titled “Your horizons are going to change forever” and “Every road is my road.” And that seems like a promise the world has eagerly been waiting for. Read more…

Why we shouldn’t dismiss Bilderberg conspiracies so lightly

14/06/2016. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: , .


We live in an age of conspiracies about a world shaped by shadowy plots, secret organisations and deals made behind closed doors. And while they are often viewed as the fictions of sad people wearing anoraks and tin foil hats, they can relate to the real business of global politics. Conspiracy theories surround the likes of TTIP, Davos, the CIA, and this week, the Bilderberg meeting.

Haven’t heard of Bilderberg? That’s because security is very heavy, journalists are not invited, and all participants are forbidden from talking about the discussions. The 2016 took place in the rather pleasant looking Taschenbergpalais in Dresden. Other details, however, are kept under wraps. Read more…

World’s fastest graphics card 2016 – nVidia GeForce GTX 1080

10/05/2016. Category: Gadgets. Topic: .

nVidia GeForce GTX 1080

Jen-Hsun Huang was a microprocessor designer at AMD when he left the company in 1993 to co-found nVidia with Chris Malachowsky and Curtis Priem. Today, nVidia is not only AMD’s biggest competitor in the graphics card market but is the largest company in its field. And that’s a good place to be, considering that video gaming is a $100 billion-a-year business, twice the size of the film industry.

What made nVidia so big and profitable? Being a step ahead of the competition for most of the time and more than often scooping the title of “World’s fastest graphics card.” Read more…

Science behind remarkable new Wall of Death motorcycle world record

27/04/2016. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

Guy Martin Wall of Death Ride

By Hugh Hunt, Reader in Engineering Dynamics and Vibration, University of Cambridge.

The Wall of Death has been the most enigmatic dare-devil motorbike stunt for more than 100 years. Motorcyclists ride around the inside of a vertical wall, rather like a huge barrel, at speeds of around 48 km/h (30mph). Most Wall of Death “drums” are about 10 metres (32 feet) in diameter.

There is a Wall of Death near Cambridge, UK, run by Ken Fox. He was approached by NorthOne Television to assist in a mad project to set the world speed record for a motorcycle ride around the wall. The stunt was performed live on Channel 4 television on 29 March 2016 – and I was lucky enough to be right there, as a consultant engineer for the show. Read more…

Buying a personal jet is a matter of clear thinking

12/03/2016. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

Cirrus Vision SFf50

Put your modesty aside for a minute. You wouldn’t mind owning a very light personal jet, would you? Imagine taking a quick trip to Las Vegas without first having to stand in sweaty queues at the airport and then getting a seat next to your not-so-favourite kind of person. You just get on and go. Quickly.

Imagine the response of your friends when you invite them along. Imagine the respect. Read more…

Super Bowl 50 top TV ads

11/03/2016. Category: Media. Topic: .

Super Bowl 50 most searched ads

50 is a big number but the 2016 Super Bowl just couldn’t match its magic. The game was lame and the halftime show was the worst in Super Bowl history.

So, thank goodness for those $5 million TV ads. And though none of them brought the house down – most were rather lame compared to previous years – they did bring interesting statistics to light, in particular the use of second screen usage.

Second screen, as you know, refers to the use of a smartphone or tablet to look up information about what is being shown on TV at that moment. Read more…

Getting rich kids to school quickly

01/03/2016. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

Bentley Flying Spur Speed 2015

You’re a good parent. You also are stinking rich and spoil your kids rotten. It’s only obvious that you want your seedlings to get to school comfortably, stylishly and quickly.

Fortunately, you have many options. But you also have to compete with the Joneses who refuse to be outdone when it comes to chauffeured four-door transport. Among them, they already use a Porsche Canamera, Maserati Qutroporte, Ferrari FF, E63 AMG S, BMW M5, Audi RS7, Cadillac CTS-V and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

How can you take the cake? Read more…

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