Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

**** The World, I Wanna Get Rich

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 7:11 4 Comments

Also known as the Copenhagen Summit. I’m not going to go into the scientific evidence for man-made global warming here. I’ve read arguments from both sides, and for me the crucial factor is that the vast majority of scientists, while they might disagree about the amount of man-made global warming, all seem to think that [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Politics, Ranting, Science

The Greatest Show On Earth

Thursday, October 29, 2009 20:33 4 Comments

Richard Dawkins annoys me at times. I find his anti-religion rhetoric haranguing, no more pleasant than that of a gentleman wandering round the centre of town yelling that all sinners will “burn in a lake of hellfire”. To me, it doesn’t really matter which of them are right; it’s not polite, it’s not nice to [...]

This was posted under category: Books, Reviews, Science

On The Booze: A Survey

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 7:20 44 Comments

There was a lot in the press recently about English holidaymakers drinking a lot of alcohol whilst on holiday. One quote in particular caught my eye: English holidaymakers are turning to drink on their breaks with the average adult consuming eight alcoholic drinks a day, a survey suggests.BBC News: English Turn To Booze On Holiday [...]

This was posted under category: Beer, Life, Science

The Transport Observatory MESSAGE

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 7:20 4 Comments

In a post dating back to the start of July, I wrote about the Where Do You Think You’re Going digital transport event at Hoult’s Yard in Newcastle. One of the particular things which had interested me at this event was a five minute talk by someone called Margaret Bell from Newcastle University, who was [...]

This was posted under category: Public Sector, Science, Technology

Bad Medicine

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 18:30 22 Comments

…I feel slightly nauseous myself, having just used a Bon Jovi song title, but it’s perhaps the most one I could think of for this quotation I came across. To set the scene: the article talks about drugs used as a legal ‘high’ — stuff like Salvia, amyl nitrate and isobutyl nitrate, which do not [...]

This was posted under category: Beer, Media, Science

Would you look through Gary Gilmore’s eyes?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 7:20 7 Comments

Okay, it’s a reference to The Adverts, and in particular their song about the spree killer, Gary Gilmore, who was executed by firing squad in 1977, and who requested that his corneas be used for transplants (which they were). The Adverts released a song called Gary Gilmore’s Eyes, which was decried as being somewhat in [...]

This was posted under category: Music, Oddities, Science

The Problem With Alternative Medicine

Sunday, June 7, 2009 7:20 28 Comments

I’ve got no objection to people who want to use complementary, alternative, holistic, wholefood sorts of therapies, as long as they can afford to spend their money on them and haven’t been conned into thinking that serious scientific tests have shown them to be worthwhile. After all, these are now generally termed complementary medicines; they [...]

This was posted under category: Media, Science

The Ghost Map

Saturday, June 6, 2009 9:40 8 Comments

Steven Johnson writes about something I vaguely knew about — London’s Broad Street cholera outbreak of 1854. This is the story of how it was identified that cholera was somehow water-borne, as opposed to the previous beliefs that it was somehow carried by the smells or miasma of the urban filth. The commonly understood legend [...]

This was posted under category: Books, History, Reviews, Science

Goodness Gracious, Great Ball O’ Spiderbabies

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 20:47 3 Comments

I know a little about spiders. I know that they’ve got eight legs, I know that you can’t get spiders which would grow to ginormous sizes because they don’t actually have extensor muscles in their legs and they use hydraulic pressure to move ‘em, but I’m not what you’d call an expert. Also, I’d say [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Science

Great North Museum Actually Reasonably Okay North Museum

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 7:20 99 Comments

Or, in reference to it’s previous name, the Hancock… I thought it was you… The Hancock Museum is near Haymarket Metro station in Newcastle. It’s been a Newcastle institution for years. I visited regularly as a child (mostly, I think, because every time I went, my parents would buy me a small plastic dinosaur to [...]

This was posted under category: History, Local Interest, Reviews, Science