Friday 24th November 2017,
Frontiers Magazine

Browsing the "OISF 2013" Tag

Photo: Jason Schofield

10 Years of Wave and Tide

It is easy to become blasé about the fact that the technology to harvest wave and tidal energy is being seen routinely on Hatston Pier, at Lyness, or going out past Stromness to Billia Croo. The strange machines being seen [...]

September 3, 2013 NEWS
8981210341_d4a0cf9606_b

Knitting plants – mathematically

Simple mathematical rules can be used to create the most unexpected shapes and patterns, and nowhere is this more evident than in the world of plants and shells. In their 2013 project Botanica Mathematica, artist Madeleine Shepherd and mathematician Julia [...]

August 14, 2013 Making and Doing
featured_image_kogi

When I first encountered the Kogi

When I first encountered the Kogi, it was a quite extraordinary surprise. I was trying to research a film about the Lost City, the ruins of a large Tairona settlement on the steep slopes of the Sierra Nevada de Santa [...]

July 7, 2013 Summer Issue 2013
Kirkwall-St-Magnus-Cathedral

The Norse town of Kirkwall

Evan MacGillivray, who died in 1987, is often described as the father of Orkney’s Library and Archive Service. The Kirkwall Library is the oldest public library in Scotland, with its origins going back to 1683, and as County Librarian after [...]

July 6, 2013 Archaeology & History
featured_image_John-D

John D. Mackay: Man of Letters

The John D. Mackay Memorial Lecture each year commemorates the life and work of a brilliant man and inspiring teacher who opened up fresh horizons in education and in the community. A toast to John D. was given in the [...]

July 6, 2013 People Past & Present
herdwick-hoggs

Sheep and genes, wool and weaving

A hot day, and sheep lie panting in the shade, each covered in an insulating blanket of wool. Does a ewe remember last year’s clipping, and the lightness of being? Does she long for the same to happen again? Who [...]

July 2, 2013 Countryside
DSCF1597

Poetry and landscape: The Standings

The Standings is a new strand of poetry, photography and art-science research being developed by poet Lisa Matthews. It brings together poetry and landscape photography, with the words and imagery simultaneously exploring two different narratives. One of these is geographical [...]

July 1, 2013 Arts & Crafts
The launch, Cromarty Firth

Beatrice Works – turbines over the sea

It was early morning, the sea haar was rolling in. Three giant propellers, attached to a rotor cone, were lying on the ground. Guys with giant hammers were banging beats like massive synchronised timpani to release the cone’s support frame. [...]

July 1, 2013 Arts & Crafts
The-Falling-Sky-novel

The Falling Sky: an extract from a new novel

There are two ways of measuring time at a telescope; two separate displays on the console tell Jeanette the ordinary earth-based time, and also sidereal time. The time of stars. The two loop round each other, one lagging behind the [...]

July 1, 2013 Arts & Crafts
featured_image_lostworld

The lost world beneath the waves

An old Orkney legend may carry a hint of the rising sea. It tells of Orkneymen visiting Norway and meeting there an old woman from Orkney who inquires about the land she left long ago. ‘And what like are the [...]

July 1, 2013 Summer Issue 2013