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Could Professions Become Passé

Could Professions Become Passé

Since a hunter-gatherer told his son, “My boy, you need to become an expert mammoth hunter” we have been obsessed with specialisms and careers. The attraction is high salaries paid to experts. Unfortunately the correlation does not always work.

Italian Court Links Phones with Tumours

Italian Court Links Phones with Tumours

Ivrea is an ancient citadel the Romans built to repel invasions across the Alps. Since then, its main claim to fame has been the home of Olivetti typewriters. Now, a labour compensation court has awarded a local businessperson 500 euros a month.

Plant Growth: Global Warming Flip Side

Plant Growth: Global Warming Flip Side

Population growth, industrial pollution, and global warming seem in a deadly embrace. And with them come droughts and food insecurity. The New York Times reports researchers have been trying to trace the increase in carbon dioxide saturation for ages.

Auger in line for national award

Auger in line for national award

Auger has been shortlisted in the prestigious British Insurance Awards making it through to the finals in the Claims Initiative of the Year Outsourced Partner category. Auger joins some of the biggest names in the industry among the 24 categories at the 23rd year of the awards to be held at the Royal Albert Hall on July [...]

The Up Rising of the Kvarkens

The Up Rising of the Kvarkens

The Kvarken Archipelago is where the Gulf of Bothnia narrows, bringing Sweden and Finland fifty miles close. In fact, only sixteen miles separate certain islands. There are proposals to bridge the gap the two governments deem too expensive.

The Professor and the Fiver

The Professor and the Fiver

Small children are not the only destructive creatures. In fact, most of us love a challenge. So it was a dead cinch someone would take the Bank of England on, on the subject of its ‘much more durable’ plastic banknotes. However, Auger must first mention our coinage is the property of the government.

Were We Better Than the Youth Today

Were We Better Than the Youth Today

Complaining that the younger generation is not half as good as we were once is an old habit. Graffiti on the walls of Pompeii complains about “These youths wearing their togas halfway down their legs.” The great poet and philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero remarked, “Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents

Will Enceladus Have a Change of Heart

Will Enceladus Have a Change of Heart

The Greek celestial gods were a troublesome bunch of trolls, pouring fire and brimstone on the earth below. They were also forever squabbling among themselves. Take Enceladus for example. They built Mount Etna over him to shut him up.

The Shoelace Mystery Comes Undone

The Shoelace Mystery Comes Undone

Medical engineering scientists at the University of Berkeley have moved our knowledge base a tad forward. We now know why shoelaces come loose, and they are hoping to use this to unravel why knotted DNA structures fail under dynamic forces.

No More Room in Space for Junk

No More Room in Space for Junk

We create a huge amount of garbage as species. Auger does not even want to Google to learn how much because we know the numbers are scary. Perhaps our own junk stats would cause us to blush too. Future archaeologists may wonder why the inhabitants of the Great Junk Age were so thriftless.

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