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RAF100 takes-flight with the launch of the centenary appeal

by Alfred Gilbert

London, October 26, 2017 – Last night, the Royal Air Force, along with a collection of key partners, successfully launched

Why is the modern Air Force perfect for Generation Z?

by Alfred Gilbert

Let’s be honest, generation Z has it tough. Our elders see us as self-centered, materialistic, and seem to think that

GIANT ROBOT DUEL: Japan vs. USA

by Anne Sophie Kristiansen

In 2015 MegaBots, Inc. completed Mk. II, America’s first giant piloted robot. The MegaBot is a whopping 15 ft. Tall,

What Would Happen If You Sat Down Forever?

by Jordan Letchford

Everyone loves a good sit down after a long hard day at work. But let’s just say that one evening

STEM vs. STEAM Debate

by Anne Sophie Kristiansen

So what is the great STEAM vs STEM debate about? Continue reading to find out what all the hype is about.

Are You Shorter Than Average?

by Jordan Letchford

Height is undeniably part of a person’s identity. It can define someone, making them more memorable for the right reasons

What Are The Highest Ranks In The Royal Air Force?

by Jordan Letchford

There are many different ranks within the Royal Air Force. Below is a list of the five highest commissioned  positions

When Was The Royal Air Force Formed?

by Jordan Letchford

At ninety-nine years old, the Royal Air Force is the oldest Air Force in the world. The RAF describes its

Spatial Coupling allows TV control via Cat

by Sean Monaghan

Do you keep finding yourself looking for that damn TV remote? Ever wish it could be something that’s closer to

Gates gives up on Windows phone

by Sean Monaghan

Yet another kick in the guts for the Windows phone has come from an unlikely source, the Microsoft founder himself,

Top 6 Best Sci-Fi Films and TV Shows On Netflix

by Sean Monaghan

Nothing lets you escape reality better than a good, convincing sci-fi experience. The choices below will have you so immersed,

Water Has Been Found On Mars

by Jordan Letchford

Mars – aka The Red Planet – is around 54.6 million kilometres away from Earth. There has recently been a

Microsoft Axes Its Music Streaming Service

by Jordan Letchford

Does anyone use Microsoft Groove? We certainly don’t, when there are great services like Spotify and Apple Music readily available.

What RAF sponsorships and scholarships are available to you?

by Saif Rahman

‘The RAF train all their personnel to the highest standards and offer scholarships and sponsorships to support outstanding candidates’ – Royal

Startups: London is the place to be!

by Anne Sophie Kristiansen

London is full of energy and diversity, that’s what makes it such a great city. The UK has recently received

What Would Happen If All Of The Bees Went Extinct?

by Jordan Letchford

Bees are a form of flying insect that many of us fear whilst growing up. This is mainly due to

Boeing will give $2m to anyone who can build a functional jetpack

by Alfred Gilbert

Flying cars are the stuff of sci-fi. But will Boeing make jetpacks a thing of reality?   In our opinion,

The RAF Need You to find The People’s Spitfire Pilot

by Alfred Gilbert

The RAF’s centenary is fast approaching.   For 100 years, brave Service men and women have protected us from threats

How Long Can You Survive Without Food?

by Jordan Letchford

Food is something we need for energy, and to allow the body to function properly. Food and water are the

What To Do If You’re Buried Alive

by Jordan Letchford

A common fear is being buried alive. A situation where people think you’re dead, when actually you’re just sound asleep.

Passenger Faces to be used as tickets on Underground

by Alfred Gilbert

From the makers of the Oyster card comes their next revolutionary technology – face-scanning ticketing systems built on face recognition

Coca-Cola vs Pepsi – Who Will Win The Cola War?

by Jordan Letchford

Fizzy drinks are adding to the rapid growth of obesity in western society. The drinks are seen as a treat

Edible membranes are being used to contain water

by Tatiana A. Dias

When your business model seeks to substitute one of the most simple, ubiquitous products on the planet — in this

Is This The End For Uber In London?

by Jordan Letchford

Uber is a service that many Londoners use on a day-to-day basis. The company employs 40,00 drivers and they help

Will Netflix Take Over The Television

by Jordan Letchford

Netflix was founded in 1997 after the now CEO, Reed Hastings, received a 40-dollar late return fine for a DVD.

The Science of Leftovers

by Tatiana A. Dias

It’s a well-known fact that some foods improve after sitting for a few hours… But what do they have in

Challenge and Solution Series – Big Data | RAF 100

by Alfred Gilbert

Challenge Modern aircrafts generate a lot of data. According to recent estimates, these machines are producing upwards of 98 billion

Benefits and dangers of using e-cigarettes

by Tatiana A. Dias

E-cigarettes are everywhere, especially in the media at present. As people have become more aware of the risks of smoking tobacco,

Nature gave you a little extra on the inside

by Tatiana A. Dias

Wings on a flightless bird, eyes on a blind fish, and sexual organs on a flower that reproduces asexually—what’s the

The Selfie Generation – What Is It?

by Jordan Letchford

With the introduction of front facing cameras on ‘smart phones’, the selfie evolution began. It was from this moment that

5 Things That Are Making People Dislike You Instantly

by Alfred Gilbert

Scientists have created a list of 12 habits that are proven to make people instantly dislike you. There are a

Not a fan of turbulence? Better go green.

by Tatiana A. Dias

Climate change will change your life in some surprising ways over next few decades. From worsening pollen allergies to lowering sex drives, raising

How to cure a sore throat with a pinch of salt

by Tatiana A. Dias

Salt is a small powerful element. Not only is sodium chloride (the traditional table salt) used for a range of

Are cats solid or liquid? 

by Tatiana A. Dias

Pioneers across many different fields of scientific research attended the 27th annual Ig Nobel Awards at Harvard University. A parody

What happens in your body when you eat sugar?

by Tatiana A. Dias

Humans are programmed to love sugar! Sugar is the main source of energy for our cells. Complex carbohydrates like starch

Facebook vs Twitter – Who Will Win?

by Jordan Letchford

Facebook and Twitter are two of the most used social media platforms worldwide. Over time both platforms have had to

Extinct Animals You Wouldn’t Believe Existed

by Jordan Letchford

It is estimated that between 200 and 2,000 species of animal go extinct every year. This has been happening since

Cassini’s one-way mission to Saturn

by Tatiana A. Dias

It sounds like a scene from a disaster movie: speeding along at 113,000 km/h, a $1.5 bn vehicle the size

The tale of the white giraffe

by Tatiana A. Dias

Last week, news went viral when two white giraffes were spotted in Kenya — a totally white female and her calf. The

Five daring ideas to reverse global warming

by Tatiana A. Dias

How to tackle a problem like climate change? In Drawdown, a team of over 200 academics, scientists, policymakers, business leaders

How Long Would It Take To Drive To The Moon?

by Jordan Letchford

Man first set foot on the moon in July 1969, instilling the dream of becoming an astronaut in the minds

Why are red lights used on submarines?

by Tatiana A. Dias

Inside a submarine, only two places use red lights. One is the berth and the other is the control room.

The common foods that will make you more intelligent

by Alfred Gilbert

New research has found that a specific fatty acid found in many everyday foods is linked to higher levels of

Would you ride in a car that is programmed to kill you?

by Alfred Gilbert

Let’s set the scene and give a little context to our question.   Imagine a scenario where you are travelling

What Happened To Microsoft’s Internet Explorer?

by Jordan Letchford

Growing up, Internet Explorer was the go to web browser in many people’s homes. It was reliable for the time,

How Much Fresh Water Is Left On Earth?

by Jordan Letchford

Water is something that humans need to survive. Without it, we, and most of the animal kingdom, would die. A

Can your routines be killing you?

by Tatiana A. Dias

Do you think you are in control of your schedule? Well, hold on, you just want to reconsider! Your body

Mysterious ‘Earthquake lights’ seen in Night Sky

by Alfred Gilbert

On 7th September, a massive 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the southern coast of Mexico. Strangely, however, after this, videos of

A brief introduction to the Northern Lights

by Tatiana A. Dias

The Northern Lights are known as ‘Aurora borealis’ and ‘Aurora australis’, depending upon whether they happen in the northern or

Why Did The 3D TV Fail?

by Jordan Letchford

3D Televisions were supposed to pave the way for the future of home entertainment. It was meant to change everything

Why is it called Silicon Valley?

by Tatiana A. Dias

The name “Silicon Valley” has become a stand-in for everything in the technology world. It is a synonym of start-up

Why do hurricanes spin counter-clockwise?

by Tatiana A. Dias

Early September is peak hurricane season (as you may have gathered with what’s going on in the news!). A hurricane

This pen diagnoses cancer mid-surgery in seconds

by Tatiana A. Dias

The scientific standard for determining if a tissue sample is cancerous is called mass spectrometry, and it isn’t simple. First,

Is Black Mirror Representative Of The Future?

by Jordan Letchford

Charlie Brooker’s television series, ‘Black Mirror’, is set in the not so distant future. Films have represented the future decades

Augmented reality in bionic eye implant

by Tatiana A. Dias

An increasing number of people are losing their central vision, so it is utterly crucial that we have alternatives for

Why Does Music Give You Chills?

by Jordan Letchford

Music is one of the oldest forms of entertainment. Before film, there was music. Music is something more than just

Bio-inspired robots! Are insects the answer?

by Tatiana A. Dias

The fungus gnat fly is a fairly common insect. However, this is not your average insect! More than 40 million

A Beginners Guide to Bitcoin

by Vivek Varyani

‘Whoa! Bitcoin just rose to £3,000”, “I should’ve invested in Bitcoin”, “If I had bought Bitcoins a couple of years

The Queensferry Crossing: an engineering marvel

by Tatiana A. Dias

There may already be two large bridges connecting Lothian and Fife in Scotland, but now there is a third. And

10 of our most useful iPhone tricks

by Vivek Varyani

Since the release of the first iPhone, Apple has consistently been working on improving its accessibility features. In fact, there

Top technologies to get you through the school year

by Tatiana A. Dias

It’s that time of the year, again! From handling schedules to ensuring good grades, new technologies are now fundamental to

Unmanned ‘ghost’ ships are coming

by Tatiana A. Dias

Current international shipping law states that maritime vessels must be properly crewed, so completely self-governing, unmanned ships are not permitted

Top 5 all electric vehicles you should consider getting your hands on

by Vivek Varyani

Fossil fuels and its use has been one of the main causes of global warming. Carbon emissions due to the

Nano-drills that destroy cancer cells are here!

by Tatiana A. Dias

Anyone who has gone through cancer treatment, or known someone who has, has seen how detrimental the side effects can

Jaguar Smart Wheel

by Vivek Varyani

Artificial Intelligence in your steering wheel? Jaguar has now come up with a smart steering wheel, that is set to compete

Artificial Intelligence Is On The Rise

by Jordan Letchford

Artificial Intelligence is only seen in sci-fi films, right? Predictions of the future in films are hardly ever accurate. Just

Google’s Most Asked ‘How To’ Questions.

by Jordan Letchford

Can you remember a time when Google wasn’t the ‘go to’ thing when a question had to be answered? Going

Is supersonic travel on the horizon with the Hyperloop?

by Tatiana A. Dias

Make no mistake, after dropping the idea for the Hyperloop, leaving the improvement to others, then getting back into the game, Elon Musk is now

Planes without pilots

by Vivek Varyani

Boeing has announced that it is working on planes without pilots for the future. Flying in a metal tube over

Over 20 ‘Death Stars’ have been tracked heading straight for our solar system!

by Alfred Gilbert

Don’t panic! The headline may have got you nervy, but there is one crucial variable we’ve not accounted for… Time.

Fast radio bursts detected from distant galaxy

by Tatiana A. Dias

A group of researchers have detected 15 new, fast radio bursts, coming from a distant galaxy. They are arising from

Are supersonic trains the future of travel?

by Tatiana A. Dias

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has started research into creating a ‘high-speed flying train’ that could travel at up

The significance of the newly discovered species in the Amazon

by Vivek Varyani

The wonderful forest has recently discovered hundreds of new species. Over two years researchers have dived into the depths of

Thinner than a strand of hair, researchers have come up with a self driving car.

by Vivek Varyani

You must’ve heard of the phrase ‘Ants in your Pants’, well, science is now working on cars in your hearts.

Is it time to redefine the four seasons?

by Tatiana A. Dias

If you live in Earth’s middle latitudes, you are used to experiencing four traditional seasons: winter, spring, summer and autumn.  

Top 6 best-paying STEM jobs in the UK

by Tatiana A. Dias

Recent research has found that STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) graduates can earn nearly 20% more than their colleagues, at

The Best and Worst of The 2017 Premier League Transfer Window

by Vivek Varyani

The Transfer Window ends on 31st August in the UK at 11 pm GMT, with the rest of Europe shutting

Huge asteroid headed for close encounter with Earth

by Tatiana A. Dias

Florence, a huge near-Earth asteroid, will pass safely by Earth on September 1, 2017, at a distance of about 4.4

Would you trust a robotic chef in your kitchen?

by Alfred Gilbert

Whether you love or hate being in the kitchen, there is no denying that it is central to our everyday

Burger King release the WhopperCoin

by Alfred Gilbert

Burger King has launched their own Russian cryptocurrency, aptly named the ‘WhopperCoin”.   When using the digital currency scheme, you

Are robots stealing our dance moves?

by Tatiana A. Dias

Elon Musk says artificial intelligence poses a greater risk to humanity than North Korea. Robots are already taking lots of human jobs.

Are Maths & Computing for everyone? Don’t be too sure.

by Tatiana A. Dias

Are you looking for signs that education is changing? Do you think girls are now more eager to study subjects

Game of Thrones – Dragons of Westeros

by Vivek Varyani

Game of Thrones may not be a fiction, but the story for many is all too real. With a timeline

Study finds women should dominate long-distance events

by Alfred Gilbert

Researchers from the University of British Columbia have found that women appear to have greater muscle endurance than men.  

NASA’s £2.7 Billion plan to save our world from Yellowstone Park

by Alfred Gilbert

NASA has released details of plans to prevent Yellowstone’s supervolcano from ever erupting. The theory is there, but will this

An Electric Revolution: Fluid-Like Motion of Electrons in Graphene

by Tatiana A. Dias

Researchers at the National Graphene Institute in Manchester have conducted a series of experiments on electrons in graphene.   Be like honey

Can we get humans to Mars with pee and sweat?

by Tatiana A. Dias

We do know that human excrement is very much real, right? What you may not know is that it could

Apple Watch 3 – Everything you need to know

by Vivek Varyani

A rumour is rife that the Apple Watch 3 will be released this Autumn. Although there is no fixed release

The Volcanoes hiding beneath the Antarctic Ice

by Tatiana A. Dias

Hiding beneath the massive Antarctic Ice Sheet lies one of the densest clusters of volcanoes in the world. In total,

Facebook is so last century for Generation Z!

by Alfred Gilbert

For many, logging onto Facebook is simply a daily occurrence. We mindlessly scroll through our feeds looking for next interesting

A selection of 17 movies on the horizon for 2017

by Tatiana A. Dias

Thanks to streaming services, we have a treasure trove of movies close by whenever and wherever we want them… however,

A Mysterious Planet Hidden Within Our Own

by Vivek Varyani

Although NASA is spending billions, on space exploration, there is a whole world right here on Earth that needs exploring.

Forget petrol and electricity, you can now fuel your car with water.

by Vivek Varyani

Hyundai recently revealed a prototype for a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that will be launched in early 2018. The car

RAF 100 – Machine Condition Monitoring

by Alfred Gilbert

Machine condition monitoring (MCM) is used to determine the condition of machinery whilst in operation.   It is a process

RAF 100 Challenge & Solution Series – Cyber Security

by Alfred Gilbert

The primary role of the RAF and other military branches is to defend our country and allies from outside threats.

How to power the batteries of the future with tears?

by Tatiana A. Dias

In an effort to make the batteries that power wearables and medical gadgets less rigid and safer, researchers have created

Robots 1 – Humans 0 : The rise of the robotic pundit

by Alfred Gilbert

You have likely read about the inevitable robotic takeover. Robots are coming for your job, and there is nothing you

Smartphone separation anxiety is growing!

by Tatiana A. Dias

If I told you not to look at your smartphone for the next two hours, would that be an issue? Two hours

SpaceX sends Ice Cream to Space. Yeapp ICE CREAM.

by Vivek Varyani

An ice cream truck is something that always brings a smile to our face and ignites our salivary glands. Now

2 New Hospitable Planets Found

by Vivek Varyani

Sick and tired of all the irritating people in the world? There’s some good news for you then. Scientists may

RAF 100 Challenge & Solution Series – IoT

by Alfred Gilbert

Challenge The Internet of Things (IoT) is the inter-networking and communication of physical devices. Objects and machines that can collect

Holographic images are finally a reality!

by Tatiana A. Dias

The concept of the hologram has been a sci-fi dream for decades. Indeed, hologram tables themselves have popped up here

RAF 100 Challenge & Solution Series – Robotics

by Alfred Gilbert

Challenge Robotics is being integrated into every aspect of everyday life. This mass uptake throughout differing industrial and commercial sectors

Will polystyrene make solar panels cheaper?

by Tatiana A. Dias

Researchers from The University of Manchester are using polystyrene particles to make the next generation of solar cells. The research shows how

5 great things you haven’t heard are happening right now

by Alfred Gilbert

The world is not always a positive place. Many news outlets focus in the majority on the negative; stories of

How to send an ‘unbreakable’ message to Earth?

by Tatiana A. Dias

China has effectively transmitted ‘unbreakable’ code in an effort to build ‘hack-proof’ communications. This is the first-time quantum key distribution

Scientists create Road Surface from Cigarette Butts

by Alfred Gilbert

It is one of the humanities single most littered products year on year – the cigarette butt. Now, however, scientists

Why have we never found alien life?

by Tatiana A. Dias

Our universe is 13.8 billion years old, with life on Earth only beginning around four billion years ago. The first

5 Xbox games that will glue you to your TV

by Vivek Varyani

2017 has been a year of good games. Lovers of all kinds of genres have been satisfied with a vast

Technology in Football, the way forward?

by Vivek Varyani

In this digital age, football has started to embrace new trends as it works to remain modern and exciting for

How to make music sound louder on your iPhone?  

by Tatiana A. Dias

You have presumably gone over a lot of ways to make your iPhone play louder music, however, it turns out

The Challenge & Solution Series – 3D Printing

by Alfred Gilbert

3D printing is achieved via an additive process. Successive layers of selected materials are added to one another until a

A Diamond Battery that won’t Burn a Hole in your Pocket

by Alfred Gilbert

Scientists have found a possible solution to two of the planet’s most pressing challenge’s. Power and pollution.   Researchers from

5G: Who is in? What applications does it have?

by Tatiana A. Dias

As we have explored what 5G technology is, and what benefits and constraints it may bring, it is now time to

5G: Advantages and Limitations

by Tatiana A. Dias

In 5G: An Introduction we looked at the fundamentals of 5G. What is 5G and what possibilities will this fifth

5G: An Introduction

by Tatiana A. Dias

This series will be a trilogy that will bring up some general concepts about 5G and what you need to

Are drugs destroying fair play in sports?

by Vivek Varyani

After the controversial loss Usain Bolt faced in his last solo race at the World Championship Athletics in London, commentators

Elon Musk’s house is big on solar

by Tatiana A. Dias

At the end of last year, Elon Musk revealed SolarCity’s glass solar roof panels. When he first announced the tiles in

The Science behind Storytelling

by Tatiana A. Dias

As social creatures, we rely on others for our survival and happiness. Empathy is vital for humans since it enables

Drones – the 21st century’s cash cow?

by Alfred Gilbert

The broad uptake of drone technologies throughout a variety of commercial sectors and military branches has led many to believe

Cracking the STEM code!

by Tatiana A. Dias

We are living in an era of cutting edge innovation, where all aspects of our daily lives are somehow related

STEM: Is it important and will it affect your future?

by Tatiana A. Dias

Have you ever thought about how often we experience STEM in our daily lives? We engage with STEM in almost

Why you should focus on the new Hyperloop One

by Vivek Varyani

Floating in the vacuum, levitating in mid air,  a company called space X, – this may sound to you a

6 problems Artificial Intelligence faces in Speech recognition.

by Vivek Varyani

All large companies are investing in voice recognition and the world is slowly yet steadily adjusting to the new technology

The Challenge & Solution Series – UCAVs

by Alfred Gilbert

An unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV), commonly known as an attack drone, is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that carries

The Challenge & Solution Series – UAVs

by Alfred Gilbert

An intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (ISR-UAV), commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft that does not

Changing the World, One Thing at a Time

by Tatiana A. Dias

Kevin Ashton originally coined the term “Internet of Things” (IoT) in 1999, a theory that has since gained huge traction

Is the Future of Music Artificial?

by Tatiana A. Dias

Modern technology has been incorporated into almost everything we do, and the way people listen to music is now not

The Challenge & Solution Series – Simulators

by Alfred Gilbert

The UK has led many major developments in flight simulation technologies over the past 30 years, cementing its place as

The Challenge & Solution Series – Mobile-Sat Comms

by Alfred Gilbert

Effective communications are mission critical for military, security, and defence forces whilst on operation. Active units rely heavily on the

The Challenge & Solution Series – Radar

by Alfred Gilbert

Military radar is having to operate within increasingly complex environments. The world is becoming ever more digitalised, creating a more

AI ‘chat-bots’ shutdown for creating own language

by Alfred Gilbert

Facebook have had to shut down a research program after two of their Artificial Intelligence (AI) chatbots, affectionately named Bob

Will our DNA be the next big data store?

by Alfred Gilbert

We are constantly creating digital data throughout our daily lives. As the amount of data, we are producing increases, we

Why the modern RAF needs commercial partnerships

by Alfred Gilbert

The RAF is currently having to operate in increasingly contested and hostile environments. To remain successful, and ahead of its

Can renewable energy one day power the entire world?

by Vivek Varyani

Over the next 20 years, global electricity use is going to double. By 2050, the earth is expected to home

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