The Clock That Changed the World

In the 18th Century, navigating across the seas was a very risky business, fraught with danger and uncertainty. With no practical method of determining longitude, sailors had no accurate means of pinpointing their position at sea. Ships had sailed forth only to blunder off course and never return. Thousands of sailors had died. And, mistakes […]

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Ideas That Propelled the Industrial Revolution

The Industrial revolution can perhaps be characterized as a transition from humanised handicraft to mechanized manufacture, as actuated by a complex structure of successive and interweaving technological innovations. But, what spurred such technological advancement remains contentious. What is it about the 18th Century that made it distinctively amenable to such technical change? And, importantly, what […]

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Peering Back into the Cosmos

As our sense-extending technologies continually project the far elusive reaches of the universe¬†into¬†the confines of our cognition, we find ourselves constantly defining the word observable. NASA’s long-awaited Hubble successor, the James Webb Telescope, is finally taking shape as it promises to give us an unprecedented glimpse into the history of our early universe. Just today […]

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