Category Richard de Crespigny

A Night at the Zoo

Update – Post Zoo Report The Dinner at the Sanctuary Adelaide Zoo, Adelaide, South Australia was a great success. Everyone enjoyed close encounters with panda bears, meeting Paralympic medalists, hearing stories of resilience and supporting two excellent charities. Peter Eaton collected us from Adelaide’s brand new airport in his 1927 & 1929 Whippet cars. These […]

Physics for the Coffee Table – Quiz # 7 – Seven Winners!

Situation I had the privilege last week to address a large audience at the Royal Aeronautical Society at the Engineering School at Cambridge University in the UK.   (click here for more information). The next morning Dr Hugh Hunt (Department of Engineering) showed my son Alexander and I around the Trinity College and the Trinity Clock Tower. We […]

PHYSICS FOR THE COFFEE TABLE -QUIZ # 7

Put your thinking caps on again. The Physics for the Coffee Table (PFTCT) Quiz number Seven will be broadcast on Wednesday 4th December at: 7 am-  New York 4 am – Los Angeles noon – London 1 pm – Paris 8 pm – Singapore 11 pm – Sydney Good luck!

Bio-Mimicry of Shaking Dogs (version 2)

See also QF32 Biomimicry Richard Hammond’s Miracles Of Nature Biomimicry You don’t have to be a dog lover to be awe struck by this fantastic video of dogs shaking themselves dry.   Their seemingly simply movements generate up to 70 G accelerations that “centrifuge” the hair 70% dry in just a few seconds. Why is the […]

Resilience and Teamwork at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup

Re·sil·ience Webster definition:  the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change Richard’s definition:   The synergy of human confidence, passion, courage and intrepid determination needed to survive and to conquer adversity IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup In my roll as the Patron of Disabled Wintersport Australia,  it was my (and Coral’s) pleasure on […]

Giving Back – Disabled WinterSport Australia

I am pleased to be the first Patron of Disabled WinterSport Australia (DWA). DWA is the National Sporting Organisation that has provided accommodation, equipment and ski training for people with disabilities at Australian ski fields for 35 years. Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO and His Excellency Mr Michael Bryce AM AE held a […]

BioMimicry, Red Kites & 101 Club

BioMimicry BioMimicry is the study by biologists, scientists and engineers of the mechanisms and strategies of the living world, with the aim to apply them to human machines. Predators must be tougher and faster than their prey, so creatures on top of the food chain such as raptors and sharks  show us where we can adapt […]

Backstory – Annual General Meeting of the Australian Women Pilots’ Association (AWPA)

Coral and I had the pleasure to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Australian Women Pilots’ Association (AWPA) in Hervey Bay last week end. In this fast and competitive world, it’s getting harder to find the time for aviators to meet, network, help and mentor the youger entrants in this field.   So it […]

PFTCT – Quiz # 6 – No Winners This Week!

Question # 6 See also:   Physics for the Coffee Table (PFTCT) Situation A major city (population 5 million) is planning to build a new airport at a new location inside the city.  Two sites are proposed: one beside the ocean and one twenty kilometers  inland from the ocean. Consider the noise levels originating from aircraft […]

Giving Back – Canberra Grammar “Code Cadets”

Update – March 2013 The Code Cadets have returned from their California trip with remarkable memories from Apple, Google, Cisco and NetApp headquarters.      Thank you to all these wonderful companies for motivating our youngest generation! The Code Cadets delivered a session on iOS development for beginners at the MacWorld/iWorld Conference, taking attendees through a step-by-step […]

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