Month: September 2010

Thermoelectrics

Did you know that two-thirds of the energy that goes into an average family car is wasted, primarily through heat loss? Thermoelectric materials have been hailed as one solution to this energy problem. But what exactly are they? Well, as the name might suggest, thermoelectric materials have some interesting thermal and electrical properties. Generators based on...


Paddington

Written 15 Aug 10 Paddington station, Sunday morning. Buzzing with movement. After two quiet tubes, the din of the main concourse amazes me. Most people are here for pleasure, and yet the weekday commuters stick out like a sore thumb. The relaxation on their faces – such a contrast to what awaits them tomorrow. At the weekends, roles reverse – Londoners, so...


Flight

Written on 1 Dec09 Sitting on a packed plane, on the tarmac at Heathrow. The rain driving outside. The air-conditioning turned up so high the air is visible, turbulent clouds billowing from the air ducts, trying oh-so-desperately to clear the stale in-flight smell left behind by thousands of passengers. There’s another odour present, like hard cheese. I think...