Missing CHRISTMAS LECTURES | The Royal Institution

We are asking people across the country and beyond to search the long-forgotten contents of dusty attics or little-used store cupboards, to help unearth past series of the CHRISTMAS LECTURES from the Royal Institution, described by Sir David Attenborough and other past Christmas Lecturers as ‘national treasures from a golden age of broadcasting’.

We are in the process of making the entire BBC archive of these broadcasts available on our website for the first time. However 31 episodes broadcast between 1966 and 1973 are missing. Included in the missing episodes is footage of Sir David Attenborough not seen since it was first broadcast live nearly 50 years ago.

via Missing CHRISTMAS LECTURES | The Royal Institution: Science Lives Here

Hopefully someone out there has them on tape somewhere. The list of missing lectures and who to contact are listed on the site.


Bloodhound supersonic car project axed – BBC News

The main structure of the vehicle has been built already with “shakedown” tests a year ago working to plan.
But failure to secure the investment forced the firm financing the project into administration.

via Bloodhound supersonic car project axed – BBC News

An absolute shame. Surely the UK has some millionaires with the spare dosh to win this record?! Failing that, hopefully at the least a museum can buy the car and put it on display.

Microsoft Edge: Making the web better through more open source collaboration – Windows Experience Blog

Today we’re announcing that we intend to adopt the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility for our customers and less fragmentation of the web for all web developers.

via Microsoft Edge: Making the web better through more open source collaboration – Windows Experience BlogWindows Experience Blog

Pretty surprised by this, despite seeing the prior rumours. Can’t have been an easy decision. I suspect Electron, PWAs and ARM compatibility are big considerations in this decision rather then web standards and market share. Microsoft and Windows leans a lot harder on the web than before – poor, glitchy performance would reflect on them badly.

Feel sorry for Firefox and the Gecko engine. They have to fight their corner harder now.

Orbital Reflector – Nevada Museum of Art

Orbital Reflector is a sculpture constructed of a lightweight material similar to Mylar. It is housed in a small box-like infrastructure known as a CubeSat and launched into space aboard a rocket. Once in low Earth orbit at a distance of about 350 miles (575 kilometers) from Earth, the CubeSat opens and releases the sculpture, which self-inflates like a balloon. Sunlight reflects onto the sculpture making it visible from Earth with the naked eye — like a slowly moving artificial star as bright as a star in the Big Dipper.

via Orbital Reflector – Nevada Museum of Art

Orbital Reflector launches December 1st and should appear in the southern hemisphere first, according to the FAQs.

I’m looking forward to seeing it after missing out on seeing the Humanity Star discoball!

The Foldable Phones Are Coming – The Verge

Samsung ‘Infinity Flex’ Display
Samsung ‘Infinity Flex’ Display. Samsung: http://bit.ly/2Pm3ijS

In 2011, the giant 5.3-inch display on the Galaxy Note was met with guffaws in tech circles. Today we just call phablets, phones. Similarly, the curved display on the oft-ridiculed Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy Round eventually morphed into the Infinity Displays found on Samsung’s modern S-series of flagships. If foldable phones follow a similar journey, then Samsung’s first device won’t completely capture the design’s potential — instead, it’ll mark the beginning of an emerging battle over this intriguing display technology.

via The foldable phones are coming – The Verge

This is how I feel. Unreleased folding screen device concepts always appear wishfully thin, flimsy, completely alien to phones now. But this early Samsung prototype intrigues me.

The possibility of a large screen but in a pocketable device, is a problem that is of this time, which this device appears to solve. Once again, I predict we will look back on these early doubts and say, ‘Of Course!’

Top Gear: McGuinness and Flintoff announced as new hosts – BBC News

Paddy McGuinness and Andrew Flintoff will be the new presenters of Top Gear, the BBC has confirmed.
The pair will take over from Matt LeBlanc, after he steps down from presenting duties at the end of the next series.

via Top Gear: McGuinness and Flintoff announced as new hosts – BBC News

I like Paddy McGuiness, but I really don’t get this line up. Hopefully Rory can continue to own Extra Gear as he has been, he’s still my preferred front-man.