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  • There Is A Human Cost To The Prolonged Recession Wrought By The Euro

    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. It is time to drop the misty eyed European romanticism and confront the truth: the euro is a recession machine.

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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

The long term remorseless rise in atmospheric CO2. This has been rising consistently throughout the whole period of the global warming pause rasing questions about the nature of the link between CO2 and climate change. Courtesy: NOAA and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Record CO2 Levels Reported As Global Warming Pause Reaches 19 Years

Today the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed that in 2013 the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2)  and other so called greenhouse warming gases rose at the fastest rate since 1984. Greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, including CO2, methane and nitrous oxide, reached record levels in 2013. WMO Secretary General Michel Jarraud warned that … Continue reading

This painting by Thomas Cole, called Destruction, is part of his Course Of Empire series and depicts the sack and destruction of a great city following the decline of a glorious empire. 
History teaches that the end of empire is often accompanied by division, civil strife and conflict.

Chaos Reigns When A Great Empire Declines

Disorder seems to be erupting all around the globe. Wars burn in Europe, the Middles East and Africa while tensions grow between China and Japan and on the Korean peninsula, as civil unrest festers in many other places. It was not supposed to be like this. The end of the Cold War was – in … Continue reading

An eruption on April 16, 2012 was captured here by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory in the 304 Angstrom wavelength, which is typically colored in red. The venet on 23 July 2012 was even more powerful than this. Credit: NASA/SDO/AIA

Solar Storms Threaten Global Nuclear Nightmare

Nuclear Reactors Worldwide Are At Risk From A Solar Super Storm That Could Disable Cooling Systems And Emergency Back-Ups Causing Meltdowns And Explosions Our planet came within a whisker of disaster two years ago. On 23 July 2012, an eruption exploded on the face of the sun blasting a stream of material into space that … Continue reading

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Ebola Death Rate Much Higher Than Press Reports Suggest

Ebola in West Africa is almost certainly far more deadly than press reports indicate. Simplistic analysis of the regular updates issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has led many reputable news outlets to underestimate the true death rate of this killer disease while the WHO itself avoids issuing an ongoing analysis of what it … Continue reading

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