All this hyperbole in politics is worse than murder

Can we all establish one thing? Workfare is not “slave labour“. It might be the right way to get people into work, as m’colleague the Mayor of London says, or it may be an ugly way of providing major corporations with taxpayer-funded staff, as m’colleague Dan Knowles says. It may be both. There is a…

Richard Dawkins is an agnostic? Well, obviously

Richard Dawkins, the world’s most famous atheist (© all newspapers) is, it turns out, an agnostic! What a climbdown! Not so cocky now, eh, professor? In a debate with the magnificently eyebrowed Archbishop of Canterbury, the great evolutionary biologist said that he can’t be certain that God doesn’t exist, and that he would call himself…

I hate to say I told you so: speed of light is still unbroken

[ooyala id=”lqZ3R0Mjq7f-worxkwVj6qaNtZ33X6X4″ ] So it turns out Einstein was right all along. Back in September last year, there was an awful lot of excitement when a beam of neutrinos fired through a mountain between Italy and Switzerland appeared to go very slightly faster than light. Very, very slightly – 60 billionths of a second faster…

StormInATeacupGate 3.0, now with added finger-pointing

As someone who wants the debate about climate change to be open and honest, I should say this, in the wake of the Heartland Institute document scandal. I am absolutely appalled that a rogue activist, desperate for something to embarrass his political enemies, has illegally obtained confidential material. Worse still, the material he has spread…

Why the Government should take lessons from Peter Tosh

After yesterday’s fun piece about drug laws and political cowardice, I received an email from a nice chap from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, who pointed to this interesting graph from their research: (More info available here) Essentially, it shows that changes to the penalties for cannabis possession have had no…

Cosmic rays: not causing global warming

I enjoyed yesterday’s blast about climate change so much that I thought I’d go for it again today. It’s nice getting these things off my chest. A year or so ago, some researchers at Cern, working at the Cloud experiment, made an interesting discovery: cosmic rays might affect cloud formation. More specifically, it said that…