J. Brand

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Great GizmosHydraulix - Mini Cherry Picker by Great Gizmos
I bought one of these from the Glasgow Science center (which means the one I bought was overpriced) after a visit with my five year old son there largely because most science toys seem to be aimed at an older age range. This seemed to be simple enough that he could help build it, understand at least the ideas involved and not so flimsy as some of the other younger age bracket toys. It ticks all those boxes and ticks them well. OK it's not exactly durable engineering but at this price point did you really expect that? and like a lot of these toys half the idea is that if you can build it and understand it then even if it does break you can repair it or even understand enough to build a… Read more
TCP LED GU10 5 Watt LED Spotlight, White by TCP
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On paper this should be a near exact replacement for a 50W halogen light but in use the example I had didn't seem to be as bright as the halogens I replaced. According to the figures this is 330 lumens compared to about 385 lumens for the halogens I swapped out. A small difference but nonetheless the bulb seemed noticeably less bright then either the halogens or philips LEDs I have used elsewhere. This does seem to be quite common with a lot of led spot lights, my experience is that led spots need to be at about 6W or more to match a 50W halogen. Another point against it is that the light fitting is slight larger than a standard halogen spotlight. That makes them harder to fit in some cases… Read more
Can Science Fix Climate Change?: A Case Against Cl&hellip by Mike Hulme
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This book presents a reasonable conclusion but reaches it through a weak argument. In a nutshell the conclusion is that technological fixes for climate change are a bad idea. Nothing wrong with that conclusion, after all it would be difficult to find anyone who would reasonably argue that it's not better to avoid a problem rather than fix it after things have gone wrong. What's wrong with this book is that Hulme's argument is not an argument but an assertion masquerading as an argument. He is far too prone to asserting something in one chapter only to then refer to it in a later chapter as something he has shown or even proven. He may have asserted it, it may have been a reasonable… Read more

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