World Health Organisation Verdict On Mobile Phones And Cancer
Ed Yong | Cancer Research UK | 31 May 2011
Fine analysis of WHO verdict on mobile phones (they "possibly" cause
cancer). In short, studies inconclusive and all suffer from weaknesses in
methodology. Importantly, still no explanation of how phones could actually
cause cancer Comments
Israel's Borders And National Security
George Friedman | Stratfor | 31 May 2011
Netanyahu says Israel's 1967 borders aren't defensible and it won't return
to them. This analysis argues, convincingly, that those borders are actually
more defensible than post-1967 lines. More territory doesn't equal more
Murder Most Academic
Theodore Dalrymple | City Journal | 31 May 2011
The idea of a university admitting a violent criminal to its doctoral
programme in homicide studies, and that man becoming a serial killer sounds
like satire in poor taste. But this is what happened in Britain recently
Morality Without "Free Will"
Sam Harris | Sam Harris Blog | 30 May 2011
Fascinating assessment of ethics and our notion of free will.
Thought-provoking on why we "need not have any illusions about a casual
agent living within the human mind to condemn such a mind as unethical,
negligent, or even evil" Comments
Man Who Can Taste Sounds
Chrissie Giles | Wellcome Trust | 26 May 2011
On synesthesia. "I was listening to a track by Green Day the other day and
it was full of the texture, taste and sweetness of pineapple chunks. There
was loads of chocolate, too — the rippled kind you get on top of biscuits"
Is The Playboy Party Over?
Kira Cochrane | Guardian | 31 May 2011
Will the Playboy empire, tainted by accusations of sexism and sleaze,
attract a glamorous following to its new club in London? Investor calls it
"sanctuary for masculinity" that will thrill women as much as men. Oh
Vishakha Desai on Asian Women
The president of the Asia Society discusses the changing role of women in
Asian countries and how women have reached positions of leadership there
Black holes, DIY bio-engineering, aliens and more. Interviews and articles
from many of the biggest names in Science. No prior knowledge necessary
Book of the Day
The Unexpurgated Beaton by Cecil Beaton (Author), Hugo Vickers (Editor)
Justine Picardie says: "Beaton was a marvellous writer. His diaries have
the same economy and deftness of touch as his fashion illustrations"
Video of the Day
Risking It All
Driving trucks across mountain passes in the tribal areas of Pakistan. Don't
look down. Better still, just don't look
Quote of the Day
Rosemary Hill, on London's Shard skyscraper
"It will apparently be ‘dynamic’ and ‘vibrant’, neither of which is a
desirable quality in a tall building"