How Do You Work This Thing?

One of my favourite things about the Clipper Round the World race is that anyone can do it, and the crew have a wide range of abilities from salty old seadogs to complete novices. The same applies to the race supporters and while we can follow the position of the boats on the Clipper Race Viewer or on Marine Traffic, some, …

Chinese Entrepreneur Dares to Lead

London, UK – 29 August 2019: A Chinese entrepreneur and her British ‘rocket scientist’ husband are embarking on a unique global campaign to build stronger cultural partnerships and commercial opportunities between Europe and China. 于海玲 Hailing Yu and Tim Harper have a unique combination of skills and experiences in both Europe and China working in new technology markets. They are aware of …

Together We Dare to Lead

40,000 miles Around the World I’ve never been much of a sailor – motorsports, cricket, hiking and running have been my passions, and always shading to the long-distance endurance side of things rather than a quick sprint. The 24 hours of Le Mans, a five-day test match binge or long distance footpath perhaps, but now I find myself committed to …

Graphene Commercialization: Pushing Too Hard

A few comments from me are reported in an IEEE Spectrum article looking at the effectiveness of the billion euro Graphene Flagship program. I’m not sure that I’m a critic of the program per se because spending money on basic research is the wellspring of later innovation. Where I do have doubts is in graphene commercialization when academics are trying to …

Simply No Substitute – The Battle For Rare Earths


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