News Mayhew, right, meets Sir Winston Churchill in 1954, when Churchill was the Chancellor of Bristol University

Yon Mayhew was the author, with his colleague Gordon Rogers, of the bestselling textbook Engineering Thermodynamics, Work and Heat Transfer. Published in 1957, it quickly became known as “Rogers and Mayhew”, and has gone on to sell more than a million copies, remarkable for a university text in a specialist subject. It remains the standard text on university engineering courses, and most practising mechanical engineers will have a copy on their shelves. 

Why filling hard drives with helium can boost storage capacity by 50%

The latest innovation in hard drive technology has taken years to perfect but means quieter, more energy efficient hard drives that fit more data in the same space

Teachers turn to emergency handouts to cope with public spending squeeze

Supply staff are being hit hard, charity reveals, with grants going to pay for housing and food

Ammonia leak kills 15 in Shanghai

A leak of liquid ammonia at a refrigeration unit of a plant in Shanghai has left 15 people dead according to state media.

Vincent Bright pleaded guilty in exchange for his freedom

Man who stole body from Detroit cemetery ‘to bring back to life’ avoids jail

Vincent Bright faces sentencing next month after admitting the charge of disinterring his father's remains

Vincent Bright pleaded guilty in exchange for his freedom

Man who stole father's body 'to bring it back to life' avoids jail

Police found the corpse stored in Vincent Bright's home freezer

Rebecca Armstrong's tortoise, Nimrod, hibernates annually in the fridge

Eggs, milk, butter... tortoise: What's in your fridge?

Who knew that a survey of Europe's fridges would be so fascinating? As well as shedding light on our eating habits, it also revealed the inedible things we stash in there. Medicines, nail varnish, batteries, sun lotion and glue were items that those surveyed admitted to having in their doors and drawers.

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British man Geoffrey Portway admits plot to rape, murder and eat children in a dungeon beneath his US home

40-year-old's basement was equipped with a steel cage, a child-sized home-made coffin, scalpels, butchering kits, freezers and castration tools

Investigation launched into mortuary fridge failure

Hospital chiefs have launched an investigation after a mortuary fridge containing the bodies of five infants broke down.

Album: Dans Led Arbres, Canopée (ECM)

John Cage's centenary provides a perfect peg for a second album by this sound-as-music, music-as-sound improv quartet featuring Norwegian composer Christian Wallumrod on prepared piano and harmonium.

Felipe Fernández-Armesto: Never mind the hour, we have lost track of what time really means

There's more to connecting with the seasons than clock-changing

The ten best fridges

Chosen by Nicola Hebden and Larissa Khatchik

If you think this is bad, go to Vostok

Analysis

The Ten Best Fridges

If you want the coolest kitchen on the block, why not buy a fridge?

Grieving man climbed into mortuary freezer

A Taiwanese man grieving over the death of his girlfriend climbed inside a mortuary freezer to be with her and was only pulled out alive half an hour later.

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Panto dames: before and after

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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