The Bank of England is asking for the public to nominate their favourite scientist to be the face of the new £50 note. In other news, Japanese scientists have made a breakthrough in bifocal lenses which could mean those suffering with presbyopia can experience clear vision at all times.
Bank of England asks the public to nominate scientist
With the recent updates to £5, £10 and £20 notes a new £50 shall also soon be released, and it’s going to have a scientist on it. The Bank of England have been calling for the public to nominate a scientist they think should be the new face of the £50 note.
A recent naval vessel also took to public vote to choose it’s name and the public settled on ‘Boaty Mcboatface’, so the Bank of England have said announced that although they’re not bound to the public survey, they will take suggestions into account. Mark Carney, the banks governor, made the announcement recently:
There is a wealth of individuals whose work has shaped how we think about the world and who continue to inspire people today, our banknotes are an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of UK society and highlight the contributions of its greatest citizens.”
The Bank of England have put out some guidelines, explaining that the scientist must be British and deceases, as the Queen is only living person so be featured on a Bank of England note. The bank has said it expects candidates to have been deceased for more than 20 years, but they will be considering British born Stephen Hawking. Scientist suggestions can be made on the Bank of England’s website and it’s yet to be confirmed when the new note will be in circulation.
New hi-tech glasses could be an alternative to bifocals
Japanese tech company TouchFocus have been developing an alternative to bifocal lenses in glasses which could be revolutionary. Bifocals are glasses with two distinct optical powers (essentially, two lenses in one) and are prescribed to people to struggle seeing at all distances. The new hi-tech lenses will offer wearers clear vision over either near of far viewing at the touch of a button.
The lenses technology uses electrically modulating lenses to retract, diffract or diffuse light, the lenses will also have a layer of liquid crystals and a micro-display that contains a selective pattern of electrodes. When the electrodes are powered with tiny amounts of electricity they will activate the liquid crystal layer to create the different bifocal ranges.
The glasses are primarily designed for the elderly and have been designed in a simple but stylish way. The lenses mean that bifocal lenses will no longer be needed, and wearers will be able to experience clear vision at all times, with the click of a button.