Boris about Scotland. Another entry in my John Major Warns series (a whopping four entries long now!), a grey Famous Five collection. Delaying a second vote on Scottish independence may be “unwise”, former UK prime minister John Major said – as he warned a “hardline” refusal to allow another vote on the matter for a […]
While the Ever Given is causing traffic chaos in the Suez canal since it slid sideways in sandstorm and wedged itself last Tuesday 23rd, the internet has done what it does best – shipping light relief in the form of memes. Bonus points for the Austin Powers reference.
The Guardian reports that the US National Academy of Science has proposed a study of large-scale geo-engineering to reduce the amount of sunlight and heat that is reaching the planets’ surface. Proponents of geoengineering argue that impacts of global heating could be so great that every option to limit these must be explored. Opponents argue […]
A collection of failures, flops and surrealist design curated by Sylvie Sauvignet is opening virtually in Saint Etienne. From a wavy ping pong table to a watering can that waters itself, some of these items are wonderfully absurd, and some are flawed designs that just didn’t work (like the Delorean). The exhibition has dedicated a […]
Read more, read widely, take time to read deeply. The effects on your brain are good: Different experts disagree on some of the finer details, but a growing body of scientific literature shows that reading is basically an empathy workout. By nudging us to take the perspective of characters very different from ourselves, it boosts our […]
Why aren’t we more afraid of global warming / climate change, asks the Independent (UK) Our perception of the threat posed by climate change is also skewed by how it’s presented to us, says Salamon, who points out that climate stories often aren’t written in such a “visceral” way as news stories about stabbings or […]
Want to feel small? Watch the earth in action: Amazing photographs here via The Guardian.
Great way of picturing how vaccines work over by Randall Munroe: “To ensure lasting immunity, doctors recommend destroying a second Death Star some time after the first.”
“Art is the universal language used to evoke feelings of mixed thoughts and emotions” Blunt Action I love this type of surreal work, alternate worlds and retro sci-fi futures. There’s more here, and also a book.