Our ‘Net Zero’ Choice: Back To The Stone-Age Or Embrace Capitalism?

Back in the 1970s, experts scared us as we grew up with warnings about nuclear war, global famine due to over-population and, I kid you not, an imminent new ice age. These days, the experts are scaring the kids about the threat posed by a different kind of climate change, warning of a dire future … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

Shame On The Climate Spin Merchants

For a few moments yesterday it looked as though one of the great scientific puzzles of recent times had finally been solved. How can it be in an era of global warming, with average surface temperatures at record highs for much of the last two decades and with the Arctic polar ice cap shrinking, that … Continue reading

Statins Row – A Debate Over Drug Efficacy Or A Symptom Of NHS Sclerosis?

A row rumbling on within the medical profession in the UK has erupted into the news again this week over the role of statins – the blood cholesterol lowering drugs that can cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes. By dramatically reducing cholesterol levels in the blood, statins can lower the risk of premature … Continue reading

Did Global Warming Cause Super Typhoon Haiyan? Is Climate Change To Blame For Killer Cyclones?

  In the wake the catastrophic damage to the Philippines caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan, many people have sought to link this awful tragedy to climate change. In an emotional outburst at a United Nations climate conference in Warsaw on Monday 11 November, the head of the Philippines delegation Yeb Sano blamed the “staggering” devastation … Continue reading

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