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  1. Velodrome Track

    Snapshot Title: Velodrome Track
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Inside the 2012 London olympic velodrome
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    The velodrome track



  2. Monkeying around

    Snapshot Title: Monkeying around
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Monkeying around at the museum - in high-res
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    Museum interior



  3. Mammal

    Snapshot Title: Mammal
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Monkeying around at the museum - in high-res
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    hn



  4. Rocket

    Snapshot Title: Rocket
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: STS-133 - Launch Pad 39a
    Image Owner: NASA HQ PHOTO



    Description:

    Ready to go///



  5. Unhackable

    Snapshot Title: Unhackable
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: The Dreamliner: a revolution in high resolution
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    On the electronic side, the 787 has a computerised "glass cockpit" that communicates with the aircraft's systems over an Ethernet-like computer network. Passengers will also have an in-flight entertai...



  6. Quieten down

    Snapshot Title: Quieten down
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: The Dreamliner: a revolution in high resolution
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    These are lean-burn Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines designed specifically for the 787. The crinkle-cut engine cowling causes interference between sound waves from the jet core, reducing engine noise.



  7. Under pressure

    Snapshot Title: Under pressure
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: The Dreamliner: a revolution in high resolution
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    The fuselage is the first pressurised aircraft hull made of carbon-fibre reinforced composite materials. Boeing says it can handle higher air pressure than a conventional aluminium hull: the cabin is ...



  8. Nice view

    Snapshot Title: Nice view
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: The Dreamliner: a revolution in high resolution
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    At 27 by 47 centimetres, these windows are the largest on any passenger aircraft and can be electronically dimmed by either passengers or cabin crew.



  9. Wing box

    Snapshot Title: Wing box
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: The Dreamliner: a revolution in high resolution
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    The novel composite materials have presented new challenges for Boeing. The company found that computer models of carbon-fibre behaviour did not match the results of live wing-loading tests. To compen...



  10. She's electric

    Snapshot Title: She's electric
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: The Dreamliner: a revolution in high resolution
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    Boeing has integrated a "more electric" design into the 787, eschewing traditional heavy hydraulics in favour of lightweight electric-motor-based servos and wiring. The landing gear and control surfac...



  11. She's electric

    Snapshot Title: She's electric
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Boeing 787 Dreamliner
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    On the electronic side, the 787 has a computerised “glass cockpit” that communicates with the aircraft’s systems over an ethernet-like digital computer network. Because passengers will also have...



  12. Wing box

    Snapshot Title: Wing box
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Boeing 787 Dreamliner
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    Using novel composite materials throughout the build has presented new challenges for the makers Boeing. The company found that computer models of carbon fibre behaviour did not match with live wing...



  13. More electric

    Snapshot Title: More electric
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Boeing 787 Dreamliner
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    Boeing have intregrated a "more electric" design into the 787 eshewing traditional heavy hydraulic mechanical systems in favor of lightweight electric motor based servos and wiring.

    The landing gear...



  14. Passenger windows

    Snapshot Title: Passenger windows
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Boeing 787 Dreamliner
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    At 27 cm by 47 cm these windows are the largest on any passenger aircraft and have the distinction of being electronically dimmable, controlled by either passengers or cabin crew.



  15. Fuselage

    Snapshot Title: Fuselage
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Boeing 787 Dreamliner
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    The fuselage is the first pressurised aircraft hull made of carbon-fibre reinforced composite materials. Boeing says it can handle higher air pressure than a tradition alinminum hull, pressurising th...



  16. Engine design

    Snapshot Title: Engine design
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Boeing 787 Dreamliner
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    These are lean burn Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines designed specifically for the 787. The crinkle-cut enging cowling is designed to cause interference between sound waves emanating from the jet core,...



  17. Q Bus

    Snapshot Title: Q Bus
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Colossus
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    Input signals are patched here for processing through various algorithms. Colossus uses common boolean operations including AND, OR and XOR gates which can be plugged together in any combination. T...



  18. Switch Panel

    Snapshot Title: Switch Panel
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Colossus
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    This panel is used to patch different signals to various parts of colossus.



  19. Result Display

    Snapshot Title: Result Display
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Colossus
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    These sets of lights lit up in differing combinations depending on the strength of a match between the encripted message and the trail Lorenz setting.



  20. Relays

    Snapshot Title: Relays
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Colossus
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

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  21. Honeycomb Nebula

    Snapshot Title: Honeycomb Nebula
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Stellar debris created the Honeycomb nebula
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    The brightest supernova which has exploded in the current epoch is SN 1987A, located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, at the edge of the Tarantula nebula. The explosion was seen on 23 February 1987 and ...



  22. The stats

    Snapshot Title: The stats
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: The Altantic rainforest goes to Chelsea
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    Some statistics



  23. The Atlantic Rainforest

    Snapshot Title: The Atlantic Rainforest
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: The Altantic rainforest goes to Chelsea
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    Learn a little more about the region of Atlantic Rainforest thatWLT have been focussing on



  24. Programming the Colossus

    Snapshot Title: Programming the Colossus
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Colossus
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    Although the computer couldn't be programmed to perform any task, a combination of telephone jack-plugs like these and switches made it possible to tweak the decryption algorithm.



  25. The bedstead

    Snapshot Title: The bedstead
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Colossus
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    An intercepted German message is fed to Colossus on punched paper tape. Each character is represented with five 1s or 0s, using holes and spaces.

    The machine processes tape at 41.7 feet - or 5000 c...



  26. Danger!

    Snapshot Title: Danger!
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Colossus
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    Colossus uses about 5 kilowatts of power, and some components operate at voltages as high as [HOW HIGH?].

    By comparison a desktop today will consume at most a few hundred watts.



  27. Tape reader

    Snapshot Title: Tape reader
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Colossus
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    A lamp - closest to the camera - shines onto the paper tape. This projects the pattern of holes onto an array of photocells that convert their arrangement into electrical pulses.



  28. Electric typewriter

    Snapshot Title: Electric typewriter
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Colossus
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    Colossus gives its verdict using this electric typewriter, revealing the settings of the first of the Lorenz machine used to send the encrypted message.

    Those settings are used to decrypt the messa...



  29. Jam Jar

    Snapshot Title: Jam Jar
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Inside the vault - Kew Garden's Millennium Seed Bank
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    Strange to see jars that perhaps your nan would use to make jam being put to such an important use



  30. Red

    Snapshot Title: Red
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Inside the vault - Kew Garden's Millennium Seed Bank
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    Colourful seeds



  31. Anonymous

    Snapshot Title: Anonymous
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Inside the vault - Kew Garden's Millennium Seed Bank
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    All of the seeds kept here are stored anonymously to protect the collection. They can be traced back using these reference tags on the computer database



  32. Seeds come in all shapes and sizes

    Snapshot Title: Seeds come in all shapes and sizes
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Inside the vault - Kew Garden's Millennium Seed Bank
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    The largest seed in the world is the single-seeded fruit of the giant fan palm, or Lodoicea maldivica, which can weigh 44 lbs



  33. Jars

    Snapshot Title: Jars
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Inside the vault - Kew Garden's Millennium Seed Bank
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    Just a tiny fraction of the collection keept in -20 storage, underground at the millenium seedbank



  34. Seeds again

    Snapshot Title: Seeds again
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Inside the vault - Kew Garden's Millennium Seed Bank
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    Up to 10000 specimins of each seed variety are kept in the vaults at Kew



  35. Strange

    Snapshot Title: Strange
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Inside the vault - Kew Garden's Millennium Seed Bank
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    d



  36. Mosquito

    Snapshot Title: Mosquito
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Insect collection
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    Come in number IN99 - 13



  37. Curly antenna

    Snapshot Title: Curly antenna
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Insect collection
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    Check out the feelers on this guy



  38. Shiny shiny

    Snapshot Title: Shiny shiny
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Insect collection
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    Iridescent creatures like this beetle get their colour from photonic crystals that diffract incoming light to throw out bright colours. See a gallery of iridescent insects at this link www.news Will open in a new tab or window...



  39. Similar, but not the same

    Snapshot Title: Similar, but not the same
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Insect collection
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    All mosquitos may look the same to you, but studying the variation between closely related, similar species helps reveal the path of evolution.



  40. Sorry, he didn't make it

    Snapshot Title: Sorry, he didn't make it
    Taken by: New Scientist

    Image: Insect collection
    Image Owner: New Scientist



    Description:

    We don't know what happened to this specimen. But all insect collections are constantly under attack from their own kind: the museum beetle, Anthrenus sarnicus. Moving the insect collection into the n...



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