The Future of Industrial Robotics: Penguins

An AquaPenguin in action

For engineers and scientists working in the field of biomimetics the natural world is a source of inspiration. New products are being developed incorporating technology created by mimicking shapes, structures and processes found in living creatures. The buildings, vehicles and products of the future will benefit from millions of years of

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Biography of J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973) was an English writer and academic with a love of languages. His interest in myths and legends brought us The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and the many races of Middle-earth. These stories made him the father of the fantasy genre.

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Diagram Prize Celebrates Odd Book Titles

Occasionally, while browsing the shelves of a local book shop, a book title will stand out for no other reason than its ability to raise a smile. The content of these books may be quite ordinary but the title serves its purpose by grabbing our attention.

For the past 30 years these odd book titles

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Petra, Jordan

Over 2000 years ago, a city was carved from the sandstone rocks of the Shara mountains. Petra was the home of the Nabateans, who occupied the valley when the Edomites moved west. The Nabateans grew wealthy from the caravan trade and Petra became a rival to Rome. But, as with so many ancient civilizations, Petra fell into decline and passed into Roman, and then Byzantine, hands, before disappearing from all records by the end of the 13th century. For the next 500 years, the only people to set foot in the city were local Bedouins.

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