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  • Einstein Was Wrong – Quantum Mechanics Really Is Spooky

    Science does not get much stranger than the whacky world of quantum mechanics – our theory of very small sub-atomic particles which seems to defy common sense in so many ways.

    The great physicist Albert Einstein never liked the idea that quantum mechanics is at odds with our everyday view of the world. Scientists have not been able to prove whether this really is the case or whether the theory is somehow flawed. Until now.

    A landmark experiment has confirmed that the universe really is weird...

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Experiment Confirms Quantum Weirdness

  Science does not get much stranger than the whacky world of quantum mechanics – our theory of very small sub-atomic particles which seems to defy common sense in so many ways. Physicists have long known that quantum mechanics is at odds with our everyday view of the world but they have never been able … Continue reading

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Beware Sugar Taxes And The Law Of Unintended Consequences

Health campaigners lobbying for the introduction of a tax on sugary foods and drinks would do well to consider the lessons of the Volkswagen emissions scandal. Well meaning measures to protect the planet from climate change resulted in European Union (EU) governments encouraging a major switch from petrol to diesel vehicles across the continent over … Continue reading

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Is This How The Third World War Begins?

News that Russian fighters have violated Turkish airspace increases tensions in the Middle East. More worryingly, it raises the possibility of a dogfight in the skies over Turkey. Now, this matters because Turkey – like Britain, the US and 25 other nations – is a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) which is … Continue reading

Ed Miliband seems to think profit is a dirty word... Image courtesy BBC

If Miliband Thinks Profit Is A Dirty Word Then Britain Is In Trouble

As Britain’s general election campaign gets under way, Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has made a populist pledge that sets a depressing tone for the battle to come. Miliband has promised to cap the profits that can be made by private companies dealing with Britain’s monopolist, state-owned, state-managed, health care provider – the National Health … Continue reading

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Time For Europe’s Politicians To Face The Truth: The Euro Is A Recession Machine

News this week that deflation is stalking the eurozone while political uncertainty in Greece is undermining confidence in the single currency comes as the iron grip of austerity continues to throttle the economies of southern Europe. A quick look at data from Eurostat – the European Commission’s central statistical organisation – tells you all you … Continue reading

Artists impression of the Curiosity Rover on Mars. In a paper published in the journal Science on 16 December 2014 NASA scientists revealed that this robot explorer has detected variable amounts of methane in the Martian atmosphere - a possible hint that life may be present. Courtesy: NASA/JPL

If There’s Life On Mars Why Have We Not Heard From ET?

NASA’s revelation that Mars burps methane gas has renewed speculation over the possibility that life exists on the red planet. Most of the methane on Earth is due to biological processes and the US space agency’s research, published in the prestigious journal Science on 16 December, hints at the very real possibility that the momentous … Continue reading

Wreckage from Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo in the Mojave desert following the crash on 31 October 2014.  Courtesy: CNN

Private Enterprise Will Deliver Our Future In Space

Tragedy struck billionaire Sir Richard Branson’s space business last month with the crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane leaving one pilot dead and another injured. This was the second space disaster in less than a week to hit the private sector space industry following the explosion, shortly after blast off, of the Antares space … Continue reading

Yesterday's x-1.6 flare from Active Region 12192 as seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. Courtesy: NASA.

Fingers Crossed As Massive Sun Spot Points At Earth

  Keep your fingers crossed for the next few days. A massive growing belching sunspot that has been firing off solar flares in all directions is slowly coming round to point at the Earth bringing with it the risk of a major solar flare hurling billions of tonnes of super heated star stuff straight at … Continue reading

Created by US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) microbiologist Frederick Murphy, this artificially coloured transmission electron micrograph (TEM) image reveals some of the structure displayed by an Ebola virus. Courtesy: CDC/ Frederick A. Murphy

Ebola: The Nightmare Scenario Of A New Black Death

With transmission of the deadly Ebola occurring outside of west Africa, the world is belatedly waking up to the very real risks posed to the entire world by this terrible virus. The longer that Ebola is allowed to circulate in West Africa then the greater the risk that the virus will evolve into an even … Continue reading

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Diet Foods Make You Fat: Research Shows Artificial Sweeteners Can Trigger Illness, Diabetes And Obesity

Diet foods and drinks can cause illness, diabetes and obesity, according to major new research published tomorrow (Thursday 18 September 2014) in the leading science journal Nature. Experiments on mice and humans have shown that artificial sweeteners change the make-up and behaviour of bacteria in the gut resulting in raised blood sugar levels. This is … Continue reading

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