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The Common Hand - By Carl Zimmer Illustration by Bryan Christie - National Geographic

Alan4discussion - 03 June 2012 21 Comments

The hand is where the mind meets the world. We humans use our hands to build fires and sew quilts, to steer airplanes, to write, dig, remove tumors, pull a rabbit out of a hat. The human brain, with...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, EVOLUTION, SCIENCE

Water-cooled nuclear power plants aren't the only option

Alan4discussion - 03 October 2011 34 Comments

I was having a look over the latest National Geographic mag, and saw this article on nuclear power generation, which could provide an interesting discussion. It seems that the problems...

TAGGED: ENVIRONMENT, PHYSICS, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY

China space station programme begins with launch of unmanned lab

Alan4discussion - 03 October 2011 8 Comments

It seem the Chinese are setting up a rival to the International space station and have now successfully launched the first unmanned module. Given that competition from the earlier space race...

TAGGED: SCIENCE, SPACE, TECHNOLOGY

Cartoon - Hitler, Mussolini and the Vatican

Alan4discussion - 22 September 2011 14 Comments

I was having a rummage when I came across a 1942 book of cartoons. There is one of Hitler and Mussolini approaching the Vatican about rumours of Vatican correspondence with Stalin. I thought...

TAGGED: GENERAL INTEREST, POLITICS, RELIGION

Tony Blair 'godfather to Rupert Murdoch's daughter'

Alan4discussion - 07 September 2011 12 Comments

The mixing of politics, religion and the media moguls is not a pretty sight or in the public interest, so I thought this news threw light on that issue. Full article via this link: Former UK...

TAGGED: POLITICS, RELIGION

US cigarette makers sue over graphic warning labels - freedom of speech?

Alan4discussion - 23 August 2011 83 Comments

How far should we take "Freedom of Speech"? Should it really be a liars' and con-artists' charter to say whatever they like? Should honest health warnings be suppressed in favour of vested...

TAGGED: CRITICAL THINKING, HARM, MEDICINE

Potato genome sequence published - Genetic diversity of food crops.

Alan4discussion - 15 July 2011 26 Comments

I think this will make an interesting topic for discussion. There is a stark contrast between the narrow selection of productive commercial food crops on which we are increasingly dependent, (with...

TAGGED: GENETICS

Harness the Sea - National Geographic June 2011- Tidal / Wave power generation

Alan4discussion - 06 June 2011 25 Comments

In view of the German decision to end their nuclear power generation, I think this could be an interesting topic for discussion. It is short, to the point and well illustrated. Ocean Power - ...

TAGGED: EARTH SCIENCES, TECHNOLOGY