Living out of a suitcase

Reading Time: 7 minutes As my regular readers will have noticed, I haven’t blogged for a while.  Partly this is because my mother died in the summer and I just couldn’t face putting this fact into writing for the world to read about.  I felt bereft.  I felt that my reason for living in the UK no longer existed.  … Read more

A Graphene ‘Camera’ Images the Activity of Living Heart Cells

Reading Time: 7 minutes Scientists can take these measurements with microelectrode arrays—networks of tiny tubes—inserted into cell membranes. But this approach is limited. Researchers can only determine the voltage in the specific cells that have had an electrode poked into them. “Recording the voltage of one point—say, in the brain—is a little like trying to watch a movie by … Read more

Vizio’s New System Brings Theater Sound to the Living Room

Reading Time: 7 minutes For years, I’ve said that there’s very little reason to spend a ton of money on a TV. Most screens are so good and so cheap that you just don’t need to spend more than $1,000 to have an excellent viewing experience. Vizio’s latest $500 Dolby Atmos soundbar system does the same with surround sound. … Read more

What being a physician taught one astronaut about living in space

Reading Time: 6 minutes How have these experiences colored and affected your time in space?  Every astronaut is different. There is no set path. What space agencies really look for is a kind of jack-of-all-trades, because once you are up in space, you have to be able to tackle pretty much any problem.  I really am an engineer at … Read more