A story of the everyday squalor of journalistic incompetence

A few days following WikiLeaks’ publishing of over 90,000 classified documents relating to the war in Afghanistan, we learn that some of the leaked files contain the names of Afghan citizens who provided intelligence support to US military forces. I was under the impression that WikiLeakers and their media partners had checked through the files […]

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First foraging of 2010

No scientific reportage, political comment or satire today. Instead something domestic, and possibly far more interesting. One large bowl of big, juicy blackberries picked on Sunday morning, during a Thames-side cycle ride in suburban sarf-east London, plus a block of puff pastry… Result = one blackberry pie… Delicious. Oh yes.

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Collaborate or die

Angry cycling blogger Crapwalthamforest is unimpressed with the London Cycling Campaign… “The LCC is a collaborationist organisation, not a radical campaigning group prepared to challenge the status quo. It colludes with the transport status quo and urges cyclists to adjust to it…” I realise that the post from which I quote is now several months […]

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Fly me to a star!

A “monster star” in the Tarantula Nebula discovered by astronomers at Sheffield University seems to have attracted a considerable amount of mass media attention. Excellent stuff, though a pedant might wish to challenge the detail of the media presentation. The lyrically named ‘R136’ is not an especially large celestial body, having a diameter only 40 […]

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When blue fades to grey

If you are feeling blue, and the world looks distinctly grey, there is an objective biological reason for the latter. According to researchers in Freiburg, people suffering from clinical depression have difficulty in detecting differences in black and white contrast. In their work, Ludger Tebartz van Elst and his colleagues measured the opthalmic analogue of […]

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London roads turn cycling blue

Today saw the formal launch of London’s Barclays Cycle Superhighways: an initiative of the Mayor of London and his Transport for London agency, and sponsored by Barclays Bank. As a cyclist and cycling campaigner who currently spends much of his time in London, I have much to say about the Cycle Superhighways scheme. But I’m […]

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Beery bloggers

Yesterday evening, in a tavern of renown near London Bridge, I spent a convivial few hours in the company of a group of esteemed political and southeast London community bloggers. All had their various bits and bobs in the right places, and there were no pyjamas, nervous ticks or sociopathic tendencies on display. In other […]

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Adolescent pothead mice susceptible to psychosis

In a study published today in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, Dublin-based medical scientist Colm O’Tuathaigh and others show that adolescent male mice are particularly susceptible to cannabis-induced psychosis. This follows from previous research which indicates an association between cannabis use and psychotic illness in young humans, but which has yet to identify the specific causal mechanism […]

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Singularly narcissistic

To those that have, nothing is enough. Forget the enlightenment and rationality, it’s not wealth, political power and cultural hegemony that turns on the captains of high-tech industry, but rather age-old myths such as the Fountain of Youth, and the quasi-religious concept of ‘human transcendence’. “Ultimately, the entire universe will become saturated with our intelligence. […]

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