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…… Continue reading Links for May 19th

Links for February 17th

King Tut Was Disabled, Malarial, and Inbred, DNA Shows King Tut may be seen as the golden boy of ancient Egypt today, but during his reign, Tutankhamun wasn’t exactly a strapping sun god. Instead, a new DNA study says, King Tut was a frail pharaoh, beset by malaria and a bone disorder—and possibly compromised by…… Continue reading Links for February 17th

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…… Continue reading Links for July 6th

Links for April 7th

The amorality of the faithful Rabbi Avi Shafran is a columnist who, to my mind, represents the very worst of religious dogma. He often writes about “morality”, bemoaning the horrid state of godlessness, but his morality is little more than the rote obedience of the dogmatically orthodox. His usual complaint is that atheism removes the…… Continue reading Links for April 7th

Bookmarks for March 2nd through March 4th

Technology designed to ‘attack’ us | Platform – Open University – In a talk at The Open University on Thursday 26 February, Canadian activist, blogger and science fiction author Cory Doctorow stated that technology needs to stop enslaving us and instead start working for us. In his talk, which was hosted by the Centre for…… Continue reading Bookmarks for March 2nd through March 4th