Thursday 27th April 2017,
Frontiers Magazine

Browsing the "Going Further" Category

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Gravitational waves – and the Papay connection

Three men are recognised as the pioneers of the LIGO system for detecting gravitational waves, one of the greatest physics discoveries of all time. And it turns out that one of them has Orkney ancestry – as Patricia Long reports. 1.3 billion years ago, two black holes spiralled into each other at almost two-thirds of [...]

December 12, 2016 Patricia Long Going Further Comments Off
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The Ultimate Exploration: Interstellar Flight

Let’s go to the stars! Human interstellar flight is a problem with significant challenges. The possible approaches to an interstellar journey range from “slow” travel, at 1% of the speed of light or less, where journeys will require hundreds or thousands of years, or “fast” travel, at 10% of lightspeed or higher speed, where journey [...]

August 3, 2016 Geoffrey A. Landis Going Further Comments Off
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Darker skies and brighter stars

When the “yellow lights” first arrived in Kirkwall more than 40 years ago they began in Palace Road, King Street and School Place, and gradually spread all over town. Children were fascinated not only with how much light they provided, but also how they changed the colour of clothing and skin. They were a novelty. [...]

March 7, 2016 Mary Leonard Going Further Comments Off
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Thirty Years at the Koestler Parapsychology Unit

How did a controversial subject like parapsychology come to find a home in Edinburgh University? The story begins rather darkly, with the death of the terminally ill writer Arthur Koestler and his healthy wife Cynthia in a suicide pact in 1983. Koestler had a lifelong interest in dualism and the paranormal, and had written books [...]

August 20, 2015 Caroline Watt Going Further, Summer Issue 2015 Comments Off
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I Fly the Pentland

The first Orkney resident to cross the Pentland Firth by air was The Orcadian’s young reporter, 18-year-old Agnes Shearer, who would later become the writer Ann Scott-Moncrieff – and in a short life produce acclaimed work that included stories of adventure for children and those of every age with a feeling of the open road [...]

April 16, 2015 Agnes M. Shearer Going Further Comments Off
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Making waves

Scotland is at the forefront of research and technological development in the field of wave and tidal energy and is home to leading companies such as Pelamis and Aquamarine. These companies are producing a whole new generation of wave and current devices which are starting to feed energy into the grid. Scale model tests on [...]

June 24, 2013 Clive Greated Going Further 0
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Metals in Medicine: Zinc

The art of geometry Metals play an important role in the development of drugs and medicines for the future, and when we combine particular metals with organic molecules to form a drug it’s known as a metallodrug. Particular metals have extremely important roles in human physiology, so by finding out all we can about the [...]

June 24, 2013 Allison Kirsop Going Further Comments Off
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Luigi Fantappié and the physics of life

Eggs break and we cannot repair them, cups smash into pieces, and the dominant force in the world is the breakdown of any order, leading to the growth of entropy as described in the Second Law of Thermodynamics. That seemed to be part of the bedrock of physics, but now it is being challenged by [...]

March 17, 2013 Mary Leonard Going Further Comments Off
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The solitary wave and the ship-building Scotsman

In February 1999 Mr John Sibley was killed when his small pleasure boat overturned off the coast off the Suffolk Coast of England. He was a non-swimmer gone for a day’s sea fishing with a friend in calm seas. Yet his friend recalls a freak, solitary 10-foot wave. Why? This was no tsunami. There was [...]

March 13, 2013 Alan Champneys Going Further 0
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Metals In Medicine: Vanadium

Sea-squirts and Mushrooms Vanadium was named after Vanadis, the Norse goddess of beauty, due to its tendency to form compounds and solutions with a wide variety of colours. Vanadium is as abundant as zinc in the earth’s crust (0.015%), and is highly resistant to corrosion and very hard. Small quantities of vanadium add strength to [...]

March 12, 2013 Allison Kirsop Going Further 0