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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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