Does Size Matter?

Last month, on Friday 13th, almost exactly 100 years after the sinking of the Titanic, the Costa Concordia cruise ship hit well-charted rocks off the coast of Italy and sunk, with the loss of at least 17, and perhaps as many as 32, lives. While those of a superstitious ilk might be pondering otherworldly causes […]

High as a kite

Big ships are using a brand new means of propulsion – the wind. This isn’t a hark back to romantic days of white sails and stripy jumpers. This time it’s kites. Huge ones. Hundreds of metres in the air. And now scientists can predict exactly how much power the shipping companies will save. Big ships […]