Ben Franklin’s account of his electric kite experiment (1752) and Isaac Newton’s first ever paper (1672) are among 60,000 historical scientific papers now freely accessible online, after Britain’s Royal Society opened up its journal archive.
Attempts in the United States turn a mountain in Nevada into a long-term nuclear dustbin have been on the rocks for a while. So Congressional watchdog the Government Accountability Office has been looking at alternative uses for the site at Yucca Mountain.
Later today the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will launch its latest hypersonic vehicle, the arrow-shaped Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2), in a bid to develop future hypersonic vehicles that can reach anywhere in the world with an hour.
Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the first website going live at CERN. Born out the dreams of Libertarian hippies in 1970s California, and the anti-authoritarian aspirations of internet-pioneers such as Ted Nelson, who coined the term hypertext, from its early incarnation at CERN, the World Wide Web and the way we send data has changed phenomenally.