Today’s physics news: Invisibility cloaks: Will we ever really have them?; Dyson inventor: “schools should focus on science, not arts”
Here is our physics news roundup for Monday 12 November 2012.
Invisibility cloaks: Will we ever really have them?
In this feature, Jason Palmer asks how close we are to a fully functioning invisibility cloaks. Three papers from IOP Publishing journals are mentioned as part of the ongoing research.
Dyson inventor says schools should focus on science, not arts
Britain has turned its back on what made it great, with too many students choosing to read humanities at university, Sir James Dyson has said in an interview with The Times. But the engineer and entrepreneur infuriated some who said he was trying to revive an outdated “two cultures” view of science versus humanities. Sir James, who became Britain’s 22nd richest man by developing bagless vacuum cleaners, said: “The more sophisticated you get as a nation the more you turn your back on the thing that made you wealthy. You don’t choose the difficult, hard work, of science and technology and engineering.”
The Times (Subscription only)
A-levels overhaul: Cap on resits and shift to summer-only exams
England’s exams watchdog Ofqual has announced a shift to summer-only exams and a cap on resits for A-level students in England. They are the first of what are expected to be widespread changes to the exams taken by 18-year-olds. Teachers have criticised the plans, saying there is no evidence that A-levels need changing and that schools and pupils face “huge turbulence”.
Britain’s scientific community won’t accept any more budget freezes
In this comment piece, Jenny Rohn says that Vince Cable may have managed scientists’ expectations last time their was a spending review, but they won’t fall for it again. We fought well last time on ridiculously short notice, but the genie is out of the bottle now: we know the ropes, we are better organised, and we are even more passionate now that we’ve tasted what’s at stake, Rohn writes.