Divine Eagle: How much of a threat is China’s new high-flying drone to US air superiority?

The US has led the way in the use of stealth aircraft in combat. Now the game could soon be up, as scientists in China and Russia are discovering ways to make the invisible visible.
Read my latest and well received feature for The Independent in full below or by clicking on this link.
It was the number three story on the website.

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Freedom is Key for Creative Sales and Marketing Professionals

Sam MIssingham of HarperCollins prefers being called "imaginative" rather than "creative."

A trio of UK professionals reflect on managing creatives in sales and marketing — a breed of employee who requires a degree of freedom to be effective.

Read my first of two features on managing creative people for the New York based Publishing Perspectives in full below or read the original by following this.

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Virtual reality: The next frontier

A research assistant assesses the terrain

Scientists are challenging our perceptions of who we really are with their work on a new immersive virtual reality.

Read my recent piece in The FT Weekend Magazine and cover story in below or by following this link.

It was one of three stories about tech in that edition – one by the amazing Douglas Coupland, another by the FT’s US editor and then mine!

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Foyles Finds the Future With an App for In-store Searches

Foyles' busy frontage

Foyles Book Search is a unique app that enables customers to find the location of a physical book within the confines of Foyle’s Charing Cross bookstore.
Will be trying to catch up on my posts over the summer…in the mean time read my recent hit and very well received feature for the New York based Publishing Perspectives in full below or by following this link.


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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

Robojournalism 2

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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