Running Before We Can Walk

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Did Facebook kill Lee Rigby?

The BBC reported yesterday that the UK’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) had concluded in its recent report that internet companies risked making themselves a “safe haven for terrorists to communicate within”. Although not cited in the version of the ISC’s report that went public, the complete version provided to...

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D’yer (still) wanna be a spaceman?

It’s been a hectic fortnight for space exploration. Two catastrophic and tragic incidents during the last week of October, reminded us all just how fragile we are. And how, when things go wrong at the cutting edge of science, they can do so in quite shocking and spectacular ways. But...

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Drugs and legal highs – fighting the wrong battle?

In the UK, the battle with drug-use in society and the legislation to tackle it, are a hot potato that’s been cooking for a long time. The debate about so-called legal highs is a more recent one, but with many parallels. Statistics from the UK Government’s Crime Survey for England...

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Is ISS our ticket to the stars?

Weighing in at over 400 tonnes and spanning an area larger than a football pitch, the International Space Station (ISS) resides some three to four hundred kilometres above the Earth. It’s been continuously inhabited since November 2000 and at the time of writing this article, has completed more than 50...

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Polygraphs for paedophiles?

John Grisham has since apologised for comments he made in an interview with the Telegraph last week regarding child abuse. He drew a distinction between ‘real paedophiles’ and men who “got online one night and started surfing around, probably had too much to drink or whatever, and pushed the wrong...

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Is Minecraft good enough for Microsoft’s billions?

It was big news recently that Microsoft paid an astonishing amount of money to buy the rights to the gaming behemoth that is Minecraft, and its development studio, Mojang. The reported fee was $2.5 billion (£1.5 billion). That’s a lot of money by even Microsoft’s standards, but their statement released...

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Would you choose a designer baby?

Artificial insemination is not a new science by any means, but the global news story this week of an embarrassing mix-up with sperm donor samples has brought a related moral question back to the public conscience. The focus of reports are on the fact the Ohio-based mother, Jennifer Cramblett, is...

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Will life on Mars be our undoing?

The conflict between the Bible’s account of how life, the universe and everything were created, and competing scientific explanations, such as Evolution, Big Bang or String theory, have long been debated. It seems unlikely that this position will change any time soon. However, whereas religious texts, such as the Bible, are...

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Do killer chimps foretell our violent future?

Chimp murders chimp. Primate homicide. Oh, the horror. Evidently, chimpanzees are the only primates that display murderous tendencies toward members of their own kind, and experts have long debated why that might be. Many suspected that human interference, such as destroying their natural homelands, was the cause of such violent...