Author Archives: rockfire

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Waiting for the whole truth on industrial strategy

Borrowing from Lawrence of Arabia’s Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Theresa May, the UK Prime Minister, has today announced her ten pillars of industrial strategy.  Ten is a nice round number and looks tidy on the... Read more
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Tongue tied

At CES, the world’s largest consumer electronics show that got the year off to a futuristic start, 2017 was billed as the year of voice recognition. For some reason, perhaps related to the advance of... Read more
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Tidal power

Tidal Lagoon Power (TLP) received backing yesterday for a pilot lagoon project in Swansea.  The tides are predictable and the source of an estimated 10GW of currently untapped energy around the UK coastline.[1]  However, environmentalists... Read more
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Brutality and brutalism

Actually, the word ‘brutalism’ in architecture is derived from the French word ‘brut’ meaning ‘raw’ since it was Le Corbusier who popularised the use of raw concrete in his iconic buildings.  But it is a... Read more
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Strip show

Better known for casino hotels like Caesar’s Palace and the Venetian, the Las Vegas Strip is abuzz with innovation this week.[1]  It hosts the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) where LG has revealed wafer thin televisions... Read more
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Dreaming of a green Christmas

25 December 2016 was something of a landmark for UK electricity.  As turkeys roasted and the Queen transmitted her seasonal message, British homes were powered up by more renewable energy than ever before.[1]  Though demand... Read more
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Leading UK house buyers up the garden path

The Government has started 2017 with a firm pledge on housing: today's announcement to build new starter homes on brownfield sites will surely please those who have long advocated this alternative to building on the Green Belt.[1]... Read more
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Dark matter

Rockfire is resisting the temptation to feel smug.  In November, it highlighted the beneficial effects of bacteria and just one month later, deep sea bacteria are the heroes of this week’s medical news. They form... Read more
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Building with a light touch

Incorporating photovoltaic (PV) material into buildings has been an aspiration of ecologists and architects since the development of the first solar PV modules.  In Spain, photovoltaic glass modules have been used for a while in... Read more
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More medical marvels

In a week when deep sea bacteria have provided an improbable cure for prostate cancer sufferers, it seems that the medical community is bending over backwards to bring more good news. For those of us... Read more