Stories tagged funding

Sep
18
2010

Dyson hand dryer
Dyson hand dryerCourtesy Mr T in DC

How you dry your hands matters

Dyson, who makes a new type of "airblade" hand dryer, funded research which showed regular hot-air hand dryers could make your hands "germier".

When volunteers kept their hands still, the dryers reduced skin bacteria numbers by around 37 per cent compared to just after washing. But the count rose by 18 per cent when volunteers rubbed their hands under one of the machines. Paper towels proved the most efficient, halving the bacterial count even though volunteers rubbed their hands. That's because the towels actually scrape off the bacteria. Journal of Applied Microbiology

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Reading this research paper made me think it was a commercial message written by the Dyson advertising department.

Jun
28
2007

Physicist John Cramer at the University of Washington has an idea. He believes that certain sub-atomic phenomena can best be explained if information can travel backwards in time. And his idea has created enough of a buzz on the Internet that private citizens are funding his work after normal, government funding sources turned him down.

It’s all about something called the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox. If certain sub-atomic particles are split, the two halves still react to one another instantaneously, even if they are separated by immense distances. Since the two particles are not connected in space, Cramer figures they must be connected in time. He has an idea for a small-scale experiment to see if his concept is even feasible, but none of the big agencies would bite.

But when word got out, various individuals who thought the idea was cool started sending in money. Cramer now hopes to get his first experiment up and running in July. If it works, he will then approach the big agencies again – this time, with a track record of success.