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...

Let’s Tax Sausages – Double The Price! – To Pay The NHS Costs Of...

This is not just an article from The Conversation, it's a write up of an actual scientific paper, peer reviewed, recommending public policy. It's also quite gorgeous in its rampant nonsense. The idea is that we tax meats -...

Genes, Intelligence And The Racial Implications For Public Policy

This is a fascinating article on the subject of genes, their creation or not of intelligence and the implications this has or public policy and all things racial - even racist if you prefer. It's rather a book review,...

Northerners Die Younger – It’s Migration, Not Inequality

It's easy enough to understand how this finding will be used. Young northerners die at higher rates than young southerners. This is undoubtedly the result of inequality so we've got to tax everyone much more - especially the rich...

Economic Rationality Doesn’t Mean What You Think Economic Rationality Does Mean

It's a standard criticism - from the dimmer at least - that free market economics doesn't work because it assumes, requires, that people act rationally. We all know that all people act irrationally at times therefore government should tell...

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India Should Preserve Forest Animals Or Forest Peoples?

It's easy enough to just confirm priors here over whether India should be preserving forest dwelling peoples or forest dwelling animals. Unfortunately, such knee...