In the UK alone more than a thousand people die from falls on the stairs each year, and falls in older people cost the NHS over £1 billion per year.
45 years ago this week, an innovation which brought the British banking industry into the modern age was installed in Enfield, north London – the cash machine. Truly innovative for its time, the ATM was the brainchild of one man, John Shepherd-Barron, after a brainwave when noticing how technology behind vending machines could be applied to banking.
Physics was never my favourite subject. The two traumatic years I spent studying it for GCSEs were a haze of misunderstood equations and botched experiments. But in the midst of all the stress, there was one voice of reason – my physics teacher. His refrain of ‘it’s just common sense’ had the power to suddenly illuminate the simplicity behind the initially unfathomable.
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