Why Isn’t This Colonialism?

Perhaps the thing which most outraged those we colonised was not that we took political power, nor even that we took all the money - we didn't, but that's what people think we did - it's that we told...

Stunning Scientific Finding – Human Beings Like Sex And Try To Have Lots Of...

It's possible to wonder a bit about what the scientists get up to in their laboratories for we've just got the news that ancient human beings liked their sex. More than that, they weren't all that particular about where...

To Speculate On Why Oxitec’s GM Mosquitos Don’t Work

It appears that the attempt to introduce GM mosquitoes into the wild in order to outcompete the natural ones doesn't work. Which gives us the lovely opportunity to speculate as to why this might be. Our speculation here being...

It’s Capitalism That Made Solar Panels Cheap. Capitalism And Markets, Not Public Policy

The lads over at Vox.com are quite obviously going to squeal in pigletty pleasure at the idea that smart public policy has led to some desirable goal - here a paper which claims that just that, wonks directing the...

They’ve Not Defied 19th Century Physics About Magnetism, They’ve Explored It

If you find something out by exploring the 19th century physics of magnetism you have not defied the 19th century physics of magnetism. You've explored, not defied. So, finding asymmetry in magnetic coupling could be something which defies 19...

Brazilian Termite Mounds Size Of Britain Emit Climate Changes Gases Like – Maybe More...

This is one of those things which is around and about true even if not exactly so - Brazilian termite mounds have been found covering an area about the size of Great Britain. They likely emit greenhouse gases to...

Why Wouldn’t You Know – And Want To Know Why – Wombat Poo Is...

Having discussed politics already today time to turn to a subject less disgusting and more fragrant - wombat poo. The most notable feature of which is that it's cube shaped, even near cubic. This not being one of the...

Binge Drinkers Move To Cold Climates To Indulge

Given current standards of science journalism this is how the finding that people in cold climate binge drink more might be reported - that binge drinkers move to cold climates. The distinctions between correlation, cause and effect, not being...

Following Chinese Breakthrough Fusion Power Only 50 Years Away*

Chinese researchers have managed a breakthrough in the pursuit of fusion power - that promise of cheap, near unlimited and non polluting energy. This means that proper commercial reactors might only be as near as only 50 years away*. China...

Campi Flegrei Ready To Blow Up Naples – But It’s Been Like That For...

Here's one of those stories that does the rounds every few years, the Campi Flegrei is about to blow up and take Pozzuoli/Naples/Half of southern Italy with it. The Campi being the proper name for the whole super volcano...

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NYC Is Mad – New Minimum Pay For Uber, Lyft, That...

We might want to say that the New York City people who run the Taxi And Limousine Commission are being more than a tad...