Brace for impact…
- UK’s newly discovered ancient rock art baffles experts.
- Found in Suffolk, huge haul of 824 gold coins were minted by the deeply-religious Iceni tribe, made famous by warrior queen Boadicea. Check out that second photo!
- A new mission to Mars is needed to determine once and for all whether there is life on the Red Planet.
- Amazing observatories of the ancient world: photo gallery.
- Brit to sail raft made of plastic water bottles to Pacific gyre to highlight ocean pollution.
- New evidence that UK river pollution could be causing male fertility problems.
- Ocean fish discovered to be an ally against climate change.
- Ocean – An Illustrated Atlas maps the sea and its mysteries (Amazon US & Slideshow.
- New stem cell treatment protects immune system from AIDS virus.
- Human genes remember a sugar hit for two weeks, with prolonged poor eating habits capable of permanently altering DNA, Australian research has found.
- Next up from the pharmas: Memory pills.
- Clever Critters: 8 best non-human tool users.
- Dogs bred for looks lose mental bite.
- Early farmers bred different coloured animals for their own amusement.
- Darwin’s theory turned bosses into dinosaurs.
- Classic Victorian novels helped us evolve into better people, say psychologists.
- For 40 years, Japanese island has used magic formula to cope with dire economic times. Another idea that could prove effective.
- Paper house offers cheap home for poor and displaced.
- Children’s letters to President-elect Obama, including one that wants to hear the truth about UFOs and Area 51.
- Joseph E Stiglitz: Capitalist Fools.
- Video: Chinese farmer and his fabulous robots.
Quote of the Day:
It hardly needs pointing out that at the moment we are in a very serious mess, so serious that even the dullest-witted people find it difficult to remain unaware of it. We are living in a world in which nobody is free, in which hardly anybody is secure, in which it is almost impossible to be honest and to remain alive. For enormous blocks of the working class the conditions of life are such as I have described in the opening chapters of this book, and there is no chance of those conditions showing any fundamental improvement. The very best the English working class can hope for is an occasional temporary decrease in unemployment when this or that industry is artificially stimulated by, for instance, rearmament.
And all the while everyone who uses his brain knows that Socialism, as a world-system and wholeheartedly applied, is a way out. The world is a raft sailing through space with, potentially, plenty of provisions for everybody; the idea that we must all co-operate and see to it that everyone does his fair share of the work and gets his fair share of the provisions seems so blatantly obvious that one would say that no one could possibly fail to accept it unless he had some corrupt motive for clinging to the present system.
George Orwell, in The Road to Wigan Pier (1937).