Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Plato's Cave








Sunday, 8 December 2013

MAPSEC - a roadmap

In my July post 'Masers on Ice' I outlined a proposal to use overlapping maser beams to create a zone of melted ice into which a capsule could descend towards a subglacial lake and then return to the surface of the ice field via a similarly melted zone at the top of the device. As the zone of overlapping maser beams moved through the ice the melt-water would re-freeze, negating any problems caused by the pressurisation of lake-water due to the overburden of ice as well as eliminating contamination such as that caused by a drill hole. In this blog post I will outline a ‘road map’ to the realised project, although I promise not to use the phrase “going forward”.

Monday, 19 August 2013


The scanner is the most used peripheral that is connected to my computer. Although it is designed to copy documents it is perfectly useable as a kind of flat-bed camera that can record three dimensional objects. My artwork consists of prints that are the result of scanning collages of found objects which are combined into a semi-abstract version of landscape pictures.

Friday, 19 July 2013

Pale Blue Dot

Today we can be fascinated by the prospect of seeing Earth from such a distance that it can be depicted by just a few pixels. The 'blue dot' image is a radical and though provoking summation of our planet, but there is an history behind the picture which can be traced back to an event 47 years ago.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Masers on Ice

 Potentially, nuclear powered masers could send a probe many kilometres through ice to putative oceans on Europa and Callisto.

The recent re-development of masers at the National Physical Laboratory in the U.K. has an interesting implication for the exploration of subglacial lakes. 

Friday, 28 June 2013

Shrinkable Mesh - Masers

The virtual re-invention of the maser at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in 2012 could theoretically offer the possibility of a new treatment for complicated bone fractures or other medical conditions that require positional correction.

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Asteroid management – interplanetary landfill

Asteroid management – interplanetary landfill

The recent close encounter with Asteroid 1998 QE2 has drawn attention to the long term need to manage the threat to Earth posed by these objects.

Friday, 11 January 2013


Since its emergence from the domination of history painting in the 16th century, landscape art rose to high fashion in the 19th century and back to such relative obscurity that now the indexes of many art history books do not list it.