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The last shift at Ebbw Vale. For more that 200 years the town of Ebbw Vale, situated in an isolated valley in south Wales, owed its existence to the heavy industries of coal and iron that emerged there in the late 18th Century.

The last shift at Ebbw Vale

But by the late 1990s a collapse of the international steel market led to eventual closure in 2002. Photographer Joseph Murphy was on hand to document the last men to work at the plant, and to mark the 15th anniversary of its closure has spent the past year asking them to recall their time at the steelworks. The resulting pictures can be seen at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea until early April. Alan John Harris Electrical fitter and electrician, 34 years at the works Image copyright Joseph Murphy. BBC Radio 4 - Radio 4 in Four - 14 Ways You Know You’ve Got Too Much Stuff. Split Ticket Search. Split Your Train Tickets - We do not charge booking or debit/credit card fees is dedicated to saving money on train tickets.

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This money saving booking engine uses a system called Split ticketing. On a typical journey, say an off peak fare, Birmingham to Leeds costs £58.10. But using Split ticketing it would be £37.90, saving a whopping £20.20. 'Old school' synthesiser built 40 years on. An electronic sequencer and synthesiser has been built based on designs produced more than 40 years ago by electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram.

'Old school' synthesiser built 40 years on

Ms Oram who died in 2003, co-founded the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and developed a system of creating sounds and compositions using drawings. The machine is thought to have remained unfinished in her own lifetime. Tim Peake returns to Earth. Summary British astronaut Tim Peake has returned to Earth after a six-month stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS)During his mission, Major Peake completed the first spacewalk by a UK astronaut and ran the London MarathonHe completed 2,976 orbits of Earth and covered a distance of roughly 125 million kmA Soyuz capsule carrying Major Peake, American Tim Kopra and Russian Yuri Malenchenko undocked from the ISS at 06:53 BSTAfter plunging through the atmosphere the capsule touched down in Kazakhstan at 10:15 BSTAll three crew members are safe and are undergoing routine medical checks.

Tim Peake returns to Earth

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Carbon emissions 'postpone ice age'. Image copyright Ittiz The next ice age may have been delayed by over 50,000 years because of the greenhouse gases put in the atmosphere by humans, scientists in Germany say.

Carbon emissions 'postpone ice age'

They analysed the trigger conditions for a glaciation, like the one that gripped Earth over 12,000 years ago. The shape of the planet's orbit around the Sun would be conducive now, they find, but the amount of carbon dioxide currently in the air is far too high. Earth is set for a prolonged warm phase, they tell the journal Nature. How to set up your own Raspberry Pi powered VPN. Eyes are everywhere online.

How to set up your own Raspberry Pi powered VPN

The websites you visit often track where you came from and watch where you head off to next. A VPN - or virtual private network - helps you browse the internet more anonymously by routing your traffic through a server that is not your point of origin. It is a bit like switching cars to shake off someone who is tailing you. There are plenty of companies offering services with varying degrees of security and varying degrees of cost, but if you are willing to roll your sleeves up and get technical with some basic coding and a £30 Raspberry Pi computer, you can build your own VPN server at home. It won't give you the option of appearing to be from somewhere else but you can use it to connect external devices like a smartphone to browse the internet more securely through your home network, and access shared files and media on your home computer. How can we store more energy from the sun and the wind?

Image copyright Solar Reserve It could be a scene from a science fiction movie.

How can we store more energy from the sun and the wind?

Deep in the Nevada desert, thousands of mirrors arrayed in concentric circles face the sky, lit up by the sun. All this reflected sunshine is directed to the top of a 640 ft (195m) tower standing in their midst. How thermal imaging tech is about to become hot stuff. Image copyright Detroit Zoo Soon we'll all be feeling the heat, thanks to thermal imaging technology.

How thermal imaging tech is about to become hot stuff

Although it's already been used by industry, the military and some emergency services, it was expensive and therefore had a limited market. But in the same way that GPS location tech has now found its way into cars, smartphones, cameras and many other devices, thermography, as it's more properly known, is on the brink of becoming a universal technology, too. The cost of chips and thermal detectors that enable us to see and measure infrared heat signatures from surfaces has plunged in recent years. So in the future, that means more sensors in more places. London Stock Exchange LSE. BBC - Homepage. A public appeal for people who can repair BBC Micro computers has been launched by a museum.

The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) needs help to maintain the stock of BBC machines it uses in education programmes and exhibits. Computer museum seeks BBC Micro fixers - BBC News. BBC World News - Click.