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  • Prince Philip, Robert Hooke and Climate Change

    A few weeks ago, over pre-dinner drinks at the Royal Society, I was debating with two old friends whether Fred Hoyle or Desmond Bernal had been the more deserving of...
  • Takeovers and Britain’s poor industrial performance

    In the December 2005 issue of Materials World , I wrote about Britain’s failure to invest in industrial R&D. The most recent international R&D scoreboard, published annually by the Department...
  • Characterising ultra-thin film layers - using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

    The surface and near-surface regions of solids are becoming increasingly important in modern materials technology, an example being the surface modification of medical implants to increase their biocompatibility. The development of the ARXPS technique to study these regions is described.
  • Turkish delight - gold deposits in Turkey

    Ariana Resources, UK, has compiled a substantial geographical database on Turkey, including geological, mineral occurrence and structural and mineral alteration data derived from open file sources. The system underpins the company’s exploration strategy and has resulted in a portfolio of prospective licences including promising gold projects at Kiziltepe and Kinik.
  • Transforming electronics - developments in ferroelectric materials

    Research is being carried out at the Physical Electronics and Materials section at London South Bank University, UK, to address the microwave losses in ferroelectic films, in particular the extrinsic loss limit part caused by fabrication technique, electrodes and thermal and mechanical treatment which limits the application of ferroelectric devices.
  • Pore it in - a new porous crystalline nanomaterial

    A chromium terephtalate based solid with unusually large pore volumes and surface area has been developed by researchers at the Université de Versailles, France. Potential applications include molecular sensors, electronics and gas storage.
  • Mapping the future - technology roadmaps for future planning

    The PowdermatriX Faraday Partnership leveraged its familiarity with the technological terrain and the concerns and capabilities of its members to lead teams building technology roadmaps for four main sectors, advanced ceramics, hard metals, powder metals and magnetics. The roadmaps have established priorities which help to align research to business drivers.
  • Heaps of Nickel - acid heap leaching at Caldag

    European Nickel, UK, is developing the Çaldag deposit in Turkey, which will be mined by open pit methods. Nickel concentrate will be produced through a cost-effective and simple heap leach process using dilute sulphuric acid, and good results have been obtained with trial heaps.
  • The significance of luck in scientific discoveries

    In an interview in the Guardian , Woody Allen said that he was amazed that so few people recognise the dominant role that luck plays in their lives. Napoleon certainly...
  • Stone age – Natural stone for the UK’s architectural heritage

    Much of the UK's architectural heritage reflects its rich local geology, but access to these resources is becoming problematic. The local building stone industry is in many cases too small to maintain quarries and this has had a serious impact on the ability to repair historic buildings.

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