Links for May 19th

Unpleasant Medicine I think it's significant that there's no consensus on the larger-scale significance of environmental threats; indeed, our responses are severely polarized, as if these are debatable matters of opinion rather than ones with quantifiable facts attached. Eyjafjallajoekull can potentially continue to erupt for years, massively disrupting long haul travel across the North Atlantic [...]

Links for December 14th

Cleaners 'worth more to society' than bankers - study Hospital cleaners are worth more to society than bankers, a study suggests. The research, carried out by think tank the New Economics Foundation, says hospital cleaners create £10 of value for every £1 they are paid. It claims bankers are a drain on the country because [...]

Links for December 4th

Don't strike up the band Visit a pub and there’s every chance you’ll hear background Muzak, or high-volume Sky Sports coverage of Premiership football. But what are the chances of hearing live music? At least as good as they have ever been, says the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, which controls the licensing of [...]

Links for November 27th

Boots' cynical stance on homeopathy There's something of a backlash taking place online against Boots today, after their professional standards director Paul Bennett admitted before a parliamentary committee yesterday that the chain sell homeopathic remedies because they sell, even though they know there is no scientific evidence that they actually work. National papers involved in [...]

Links for September 1st

British plan to tackle asteroids A team of British scientists are developing plans for a spacecraft that could stop large asteroids from destroying the Earth. The 10 tonne "gravity tractor" would deflect any orbiting rocks years before any potential collision could happen. The device, which would rely on the force of gravity, is being developed [...]

Links for July 6th

Coffee 'may reverse Alzheimer's' Drinking five cups of coffee a day could reverse memory problems seen in Alzheimer's disease, US scientists say. The Florida research, carried out on mice, also suggested caffeine hampered the production of the protein plaques which are the hallmark of the disease. Previous research has also suggested a protective effect from [...]

Links for March 17th

Minister won't confirm belief in evolution Canada's science minister, the man at the centre of the controversy over federal funding cuts to researchers, won't say if he believes in evolution. “I'm not going to answer that question. I am a Christian, and I don't think anybody asking a question about my religion is appropriate,” Gary [...]

Links for March 12th

Iron Maiden speak out over riot Heavy metal group Iron Maiden's tour manager has criticised the people who were arrested for trying to gatecrash a concert in Bogota. Colombian police arrested more than 100 people after stones were thrown hours before the group were due to perform. In a statement posted on the band's website, [...]

Bookmarks for March 5th through March 10th

YouTube vs PRS: whoever wins, it's bad news for musicians - You've got to hand it to Google: when it threw its toys out of the pram over its dispute with PRS For Music, it immediately won the PR war. On blogs, boards and Twitter the consensus is: hurrah for Google! It's sticking it to [...]