Chinese Dam Slows Down Earth’s Rotation

When the Three Gorges Dam was built, 39 trillion kilograms of water from the Yangtze River built up behind it to 175 meters above sea level. This altered the Earth’s moment of inertia changed ever so slightly, causing the rotation to move more slowly. This is the same principle behind why figure skaters tuck in their arms to spin faster.

NASA has calculated that the dam only slows the rotation by 0.06 microseconds, which is six hundredths of a millionth of a second. Our planet’s rotation speed actually fluctuates fairly often, as it can be influenced by earthquakes, the moon, and the climate change-induced movement of the North Pole.

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Silk Worms to Spin Screws?

Screws made from 100% silk have been used to repair broken bones.

This research that could transform surgery, with metal fixtures being potentially replaced with those made from the natural fibre, which eventually dissolves in the body. Once used to make sutures, silk has recently been used in modern medical implants.

Lead researcher, Dr David Kaplan of Tufts University, MA, USA, commented – ‘we envision a whole set of orthopaedic devices for repair based on this – from plates and screws to almost any kind of device you can think of where you don’t want hardware left in the body’.

The screws were made using medical-graded silk by a group of researchers at the University. The silk material was cut in to the desired size on a machine and implanted in to the hind limbs of rats.  The silk began to dissolve by the end of the study.

The silk screws have not interfered with X-rays, haven’t set off alarms or caused sensitivity to cold. So far the technique has only been tested on rodents.

Silk worms spin the silk used for the medical-graded screws (photo: norgan_picsoflife)

Silk worms spin the silk used for the medical-graded screws (photo: norgan_picsoflife)

India – Polio Free for Three!

Despite the widespread poverty and poor sanitation in India, a concerted vaccination campaign has freed the country from new polio cases over the last three years!

In March, the country is set to be formally declared polio-free by The World Health Organization (WHO).

Polio is most common in children under the age of five who are when they drink water that is contaminated with the virus. This then attacks the central nervous system, causing deformation, muscular atrophy, paralysis and, in extreme cases, death.

The disease still causes death in parts of the world such as Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria, but is vaccine-preventable.

We May Have a Present for You…

We at Kinetica would love to give you the gift of the perfect new job – but we require your help in being able to do so!

With the Christmas break fast approaching, why not utilise any free time you may have to tweak your CV and get in touch with us?

There would be no better way to begin the New Year than with a new job – so if you’re looking for a new role, a better role or a career change altogether, get in touch with our team of expert Scientific & Healthcare Recruitment Consultants on 0113 261 71 81, or email your CV to

To view our range of Scientific job roles, click here

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We can FINALLY announce our winner!

The winner of our BATAK wall challenge is Frank Barker! With an AMAZING score of 96, Frank was the clear winner of the challenge, with second place going to Emile Shaffu (80) and third to Tim Freeman (74).

For his exceptional efforts, Frank will receive two tickets for the British Grand Prix 2014!

Thank you to all who participated in the BATAK wall challenge – we were very impressed with just how many people gave it a go!

We had an exceptional day at the Lab Innovations Exhibition and trust you did too.

No, Thank YOU!

What an excellent time at the Lab Innovations Exhibition 2013!

Thank you to ALL who participated in our BATAK wall challenge – we were very impressed with just how many of you gave it a go, with many coming back for more!

We know that those who played the wall are eager to find out just who won the challenge – but hang fire – our winner of the two tickets to the British Grand Prix 2014 is to be officially announced on Monday.

Until then, have an excellent weekend!

New Recruit

We have a new recruit at Kinetica – Aneesha Buck!

Aneesha has joined Kinetica’s Medical team as a Senior Recruitment Consultant, and is focussing on commercial roles in the Critical Care and Imaging markets.

To speak to Aneesha about a career in these markets, call 0113 261 71 81 or connect with Aneesha on LinkedIn –

Also, if you are a recent graduate or an experienced Recruiter, then please get in touch with us! We are always seeking new talent to join our ever-expanding company. To be considered to join our team at Kinetica, email your CV to now!

Want to Win TWO Tickets to the British Grand Prix 2014?

The Lab Innovations show begins THIS Wednesday 6th of November 2013!

Do not forget to come and visit Kinetica on stand C3, to partake in our BATAK Wall challenge, where you could win two tickets to the British Grand Prix 2014!

To register yourself for the event, follow this link to our registration page.

The Kinetica team look forward to seeing you there!

Mobile Website – Round Two!

‘There aren’t enough hours in the day’ and ‘I don’t have enough time’ are phrases which are being more commonly used.

We understand that many of you are stuck for time, which is why we have adapted our website to be mobile and tablet friendly, so you can search for your perfect scientific or medical job role on the go.

You can access all Kinetica’s information and current job vacancies from your mobile or tablet during your commute to work, your lunch hour, or at home on an evening!

With our website now mobile friendly, it is now even easier to search and apply for your perfect job role on the move. With a wealth of scientific and medical vacancies and new roles being constantly added, you are sure to find your ideal job with Kinetica.

Just SIX Weeks to Go!

There are just six weeks remaining until the start of Lab Innovations 2013.

Lab Innovations is an exciting event for the entire laboratory industry. The show provides a forum for manufacturers, suppliers and distributors alike gather and do business.

Our team at Kinetica are exhibiting at the show, and are there to offer our recruitment solutions – whether you are seeking a new role or on the lookout for new staff!

Not only are we exhibiting our recruitment expertise, but we are also inviting you to take part in the Batak Challenge we have available, for a chance to win an iPad Mini!

The Batak Challenge is a reaction game that will test your hand to eye co-ordination, reaction, fitness and memory to the limit. With very high scores are available – it is no surprise that Formula 1 drivers, such as Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button have both been world record holders with scores in excess of 110!

We are exhibiting at stand C3 on both Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th of November at NEC, Birmingham, and look forward to seeing you there!