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More than Driverless Cars upon Us

More than Driverless Cars upon Us

Porsche’s six hundred horsepower all electric supercar has us salivating. This comes hot on the heels of Daimler, Ford, BMW, Audi, and Porsche promising to build four hundred charging points all over Europe.

More than Handbags at Forty Paces

More than Handbags at Forty Paces

Recent heavy rains have raised the age-old agricultural debate. Green Alliance was not pulling punches when it called government spending on farming ‘perverse’. It claims this compensates farmers for denuding upland slopes, draining fields into streams, increasing rainwater runoff, and straightening and dredging rivers.

A Town Where They Read Books

A Town Where They Read Books

A holiday in a remote place without the internet can be a pleasant novelty, although some say we can be too mobile by far. Such is the fate or fortune of astronomers staffing Green Bank Observatory in the heartland of West Virginia.

Please Leave the House Mr Spider

Please Leave the House Mr Spider

‘Touch but a cobweb in Westminster Hall, and the old spider of the law is out upon you with all his vermin at his heels.’ Thus said Henry Fox during an acrimonious debate in Parliament in the 18th Century. A spider of another kind is spinning a web of intrigue in the Commons.

Good News Just In: Our Jobs are Robot Proof

Good News Just In: Our Jobs are Robot Proof

Bob Gordon, Social Sciences Prof at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, and Qatar thinks robot appeal is tailing off. He explains his reasoning in his book The Rise and Fall of American Growth. His headline argument is that modern technology did not extend into everyday life

Venice Sinking in New Ways

Venice Sinking in New Ways

Venice has been quietly slipping beneath rising seawaters for some time. We know this is due to global warming thinning polar ice caps. The debate continues whether this is due to irresponsible human lifestyle, or natural cycles. We have known for some time that the ancient city tilts slightly towards the east.

Ten Seconds to the End of Time

Ten Seconds to the End of Time

Auger thinks it was ten seconds to the end of Earth time 66 million years ago. A fifteen-kilometer-wide meteor was heading directly to earth at an unimaginable speed. A tyrannosaurus rex looks up from picking the last tasty bits from the scattered remains of a brontosaurus.

Engineers Still Build in Clay

Engineers Still Build in Clay

Memories of building models in plasticine and clay came flooding back when we read David Gibson’s post about concept car design. It seems that engineers prefer manually adding and removing material, to exploring ideas on digital. Unsurprisingly, human ingenuity still rules.

Secret Molecules on Your Phone

Secret Molecules on Your Phone

Forget about people tracing our movements with phone trackers. That is so yesterday. Worry more about what scientists at the University of California San Diego could discover about your habits. You could deny it until your bluetooth overheats but if you have been eating unadvisedly, your secret could be out.

The Personality of the Office Desk

The Personality of the Office Desk

Despite best efforts of the office furniture industry to cram us into matching cubicles, our personality still shines through. A single carnation soon becomes a pot plant, and a sticky pad a portfolio of family photos.

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