Towards a body-on-a-chip

The first organ chips are coming to market and, regulators permitting, will speed up drug testing and reduce the use of laboratory animals.

Very behind on my posts….Read my and Paul Markille’s hit story for The Economist (3.5k likes on Facebook and the double page colour lead ) in full below or the original by clicking here.

This is the second time I have written about this technology. You can read my first take on it for The Observer here.

IN A recently opened laboratory just north of London, an experiment is under way to discover how the liver will respond to an new drug. Normally such a test would be carried out on liver cells cultured in rows of dishes or—as regulators require before approving a drug for clinical trial—in animals such as rats or dogs. But this experiment uses a small device about the size of a smartphone. It contains a miniature liver made from human cells and promises more reliable results. It is one of the first commercial versions of what bioengineers call an organ-on-a-chip.

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Cool Thinking: An inventor’s persistence may be about to pay off…

Read my latest hit story for The Economist (800+ shares on LinkedIn) in full below or the original by following on this link.

LIQUID nitrogen seems a good place to start if you want to cool something down. If Peter Dearman, a British inventor, is correct, it might be even better than it looks. Mr Dearman is a man with a bee in his bonnet. He has dreamed, since he was 15, of making a useful motor powered by liquid nitrogen. Now, at 64, he thinks he has done it—not, as he had originally imagined, to run a car, but to run a refrigerator that promises to be more efficient and less polluting than conventional alternatives…

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Dealing with rogue drones: Copping a ’copter

In the hands of criminals, small drones could be a menace. Now is the time to think about how to detect them and knock them down safely.

Read hit story for The Economist with 1.6k likes on Facebook, one of five stories flagged up on the front cover (again), number three story on Editor’s choice email and main double page feature of the Science and Technology section.

You can read it in full below or by clicking on this link to the original.

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Amazon is a More “Modest Beast,” says UK Tech Expert

“Amazon is no longer as powerful as it seemed” and is suffering a crisis, argues Charles Arthur, ex-tech editor of the Guardian and author of Digital Wars.

Charles Arthur

Read my hit – and first of four previews= of the Publishing for Digital Minds conference/ London Book Fair in April for the New York and Dallas based Publishing Perspectives. It got a lot of people in publishing talking.

If ever there was a place to proclaim the beginning of the end of Amazon, that nemesis of the publishing industry, then it couldn’t get much better than the London Book Fair.

And this is precisely what Charles Arthur, former technology editor at the Guardian and author of Digital Wars: Apple, Google, Microsoft and the Battle for the Internet, is planning on doing when he presents his speech “Amazon: An Objective Case Study” at the London Book Fair’s Publishing for Digital Minds Conference next Monday.

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Drones: The buzz of something new

 

Small drones need to fly free of human operators. Insects suggest to engineers how that might be done

Read my hit story for The Economist which was one of five stories flagged up on the front cover.

You can read the original by clicking here..

THIS year, some predict, will be the year of the microdrone. Small, pilotless aircraft—most of them helicopters with four or more sets of rotors and a payload slung between them—are moving out of the laboratory and into practical use. They are already employed for aerial photography and surveillance, particularly in Europe. In Paris, earlier this month, drones flying around the Eiffel tower caused a security scare. And in America, on March 19th, Amazon, a retailer, was given permission to test a drone designed to deliver its goods….

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The Advent of Robojournalism and Robowriting

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Robotic writing software is now capable of producing acceptable “news” stories based on published reports and media outlets are beginning to rely on them.

Read my second post and hit story today – also about robots –  and this time in Publishing Perspectives in full below or by following this link 

Read the accompanying comment piece here..Will robots soon customise a book for an audience of one?

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Why our roboticists are working for the 99 percent

Been busy writing so rather behind on my blog posts at the moment….here are a brace to keep you going…

Read in full my latest piece for Wired (UK,online) below or online by clicking here.

This piece was inspired by this blog post by Professor Alan Winfield…Roboticists Need To Get Political

Robots are taking over the world — well, the front pages — and are being blamed for the pre-crime of creating a dystopian world that may see huge numbers of jobs destroyed and enormous amounts of wealth concentrated into the hands of ever fewer people. To prevent this nightmare scenario, roboticist and science communicator professor Alan Winfield from the University of the West of England (UWE) and the Bristol Robotics Lab is calling on roboticists “to get political”. Winfield is on the British Standards Institute working group on robot ethics, which recently published a draft guide to the ethical design and applications of robots and robotic systems.

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The real drone revolution will be the micro-drone revolution.

 Dr Mirko Kovac, director of the aerial robotics laboratory at Imperial College London, believes that small-but-mighty machines will bring good to humanity

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UK’s Oral Storytelling Renaissance

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Curators of oral storytelling series in the UK discuss how the form is a reaction to our increasingly digital world — and how it intersects with publishing.

Read one I wrote earlier….my headline article for the New York’s  Publishing Perspectives in full below or by clicking on this link. Publishing Perspectives is a project of The Frankfurt Book Fair.

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OXFORD AIMS FOR ‘NUMBER ONE TECH HUB’ TITLE

Although I haven’t got round to posting up everything I wrote last year, here is my first new story for 2015.

Read in full below or by clicking on this link my latest hit and exclusive story for Wired including an equally exclusive interview with UK Government cabinet minister Ed Vaizey. It was number two story on Wired.co.uk all weekend.

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