Technology developments

28 Mar 2014

At ... we have a story with Einstein leading from the front. This is the way 'entangled particles' stay connected even when separated by long distances, part of quantum mechanics theory and potentially able to make message sending more secure.

At ... plasma medicine is a new and developing area of medical technology that involves an understanding of the interaction of atmospheric plasma jets with biological tissue. The aim is to work towards an alternative means of cancer therapy, dental care, skin diseases and even cosmetic treatments.

At ... controlling electron spin by light in a topological insulator is the subject here. Light used to alter the physical properties of electrons'At ... British technology in the world's largest radio telescope (making use of Jodrell Bank's knowledge base). The telescope is in South Africa.

Going back some 50 years or so, one of the most important developments at that time was the so called Green Revolution - the development of strains of wheat that were able to feed a rising world population. Here, the elephant in the room is that over the last 30 years we have also enjoyed a warmer world and wheat has been growing in regions it may not be able to if the climate cools. The Green Revolution came about mainly because of one man, Norman Borlaug, born into a farming family in Iowa - see ... The funny thing, as noted by various people, is that until he died a few years ago few people knew much about Borlaug. He didn't come with a PR booster like so many vocal, self selling types. Yet, his biggest detractor, the doomsayer Ehrlich, author of the 1968 blockbuster 'The Population Bomb' is still riding high on the fat of the land even though none of his predictions came true - they were thwarted by Borlaug and various other factors. Ehrlich is still a darling of the CAGW doomsaying community - and yet everything he predicted has proved to be unfounded. It is more than likely everything he is still predicting about future population patterns will also end up in the waste bin of history - especially if co2 is causing a bit of warming.