Tuesday 28th September 2021,
Frontiers Magazine

Browsing the "Making and Doing" Category


The magic of compost

Black gold. It really is, soft to touch, the smell of the dark earth crumbling through your hands, and the mind-blowing fact that not so long ago it was egg boxes and broccoli stalks. The ultimate process of empowerment, and witnessing life. The cycle of decay and rebirth into fertile earth, where we rely on [...]

January 10, 2021 Elizabeth Woodcock Making and Doing Comments Off
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3D printing and sewing for the NHS

Sir Paul Nurse called for the Dunkirk approach for the coronavirus. Many small craft in the water can help the fewer large ones with their work, he said, referring to laboratories for COVID-19 testing. It’s turning out true for protective equipment as well, with a range of initiatives across the Highlands and Islands. Three young [...]

May 11, 2020 Howie Firth Making and Doing, Spring Issue 2020 Comments Off

Cape Wrath – What’s in a Name?

When Bob Tateson retired from teaching in Orkney he volunteered to help look after the bothies in the wild and lonely land below Cape Wrath. He has spent ten years here, working, walking and wild camping. This is his personal selection of photographs with a slant on what and how things are named by the [...]

December 25, 2018 Bob Tateson Making and Doing, Winter Issue 2018 Comments Off

Orkney Science Festival announces programme

Two Nobel laureates, three concerts on environmental themes, four Irish musicians with the story of a remarkable mathematician, a genetics research day, a science show from Australia, and a visit from three young Slovenian rocket-builders – are just some of the sparkling mix of events announced today as part of the 28th Orkney International Science [...]

July 23, 2018 Howie Firth Making and Doing, NEWS 0

The plants that heal

What do swallows stuffed with eggs, arsenic and lemon have to do with herbal remedies and beauty products? Perhaps not a lot these days, but you might be surprised at the concoctions used and the reasons behind using them several hundred years ago. According to herbalist and ethnobotanical researcher Anna Canning, our knowledge of our [...]

March 6, 2018 Mary Leonard Making and Doing, Summer Issue 2019 Comments Off

Old furniture transformed

Tables, chairs, sideboards, chests of drawers – all of them off to the dump and buried in landfill when we redecorate the house. Not so, says the owner of one creative Moray business: old furniture can have a new life. Deb Wright of FunkyFurbish in Forres sands it down, paints it, reshapes it – into [...]

October 26, 2017 Howie Firth Making and Doing Comments Off

The stars from my back door

When Eric Walker asked his wife for a telescope for his birthday back in 2004 he got just a little more than he bargained for. Instead of the small portable item he had envisioned – something he could stick in his backpack when he went hill-walking – he was presented with a large astronomical telescope. [...]

August 11, 2017 Mary Leonard Making and Doing, Summer Issue 2017 Comments Off
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From Orkney to Space: For Schools and Community

Night skies above us and the latest developments in space science are the subject of forthcoming schools and community presentations in Orkney. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh are joining together with staff from the Royal Observatory of Edinburgh’s visitor centre to visit several schools and give a public presentation in Kirkwall on the evening [...]

March 15, 2017 Howie Firth Making and Doing, NEWS Comments Off
Kite Power Solutions 500 kW prototype

Which way will the kite blow?

Generating electricity from kites is a developing technology. Hands up if you visited the original 3MW wind turbine on Burger Hill, Orkney in the 1990s. In its day it was the biggest wind generator in the world. Today that lumbering, two-bladed monster on its tapered concrete tower has gone the way of  Homo neanderthalensis, superseded [...]

May 30, 2016 Bob Tateson Making and Doing Comments Off

Planes and a planetarium to see in Moray

A northern aircraft and astronomy centre is opening again for Easter. One of the attractions of Morayvia is that you can be shown round by some of the crew who flew the actual aircraft. Mary Leonard enjoyed a preview. While it may at first sound like a small European principality nestled somewhere near Monaco, Morayvia [...]

March 10, 2016 Mary Leonard Making and Doing Comments Off