Clarendon Palace …

…a visit to ancient ghosts Constitutional lawyers and historians in English-speaking countries will find the names ‘Clarendon Palace’ or ‘Clarendon Lodge’ familiar. From 1164 to 1166 this medieval palace, some miles east of Salisbury, echoed with heated arguments in Norman French. Those debates marked the birthing pains of what some historians call England’s first constitution… Read More

Asbestos still wreaking havoc

‘Asbestos still wreaking havoc’ is not the title I gave the letter below, but it certainly could be. The title comes from an editor at the Toronto Star. The paper published the following as a Letter to the Editor: on the Internet on Monday April 25; in print on Tuesday April 26, 2016. Asbestos and mesothelioma (Toronto… Read More

Quantum computing: IBM lets anyone play

By Cade Metz | Wired | Business | 05.04.2016 ” Quantum computing is computing at its most esoteric. It’s an experimental, enormously complex, sometimes downright confusing technology that’s typically the domain of hardcore academics and organizations like Google and NASA. But that might be changing. IBM makes quantum computing available for free via the cloud ” Today, IBM unveiled… Read More

Supernova: the stuff of star-stuff

We start this in a perverse sort of way considering we are dealing with a supernova. We drop straight into the world of fiction, with an excerpt from ‘Wessex Tales’ ~ ‘Musing on Damory Oak’: ‘In the thirteenth year of King Canute (1029), the year in which the acorn thrust its root down in moist earth to discover life and home… Read More

Kandinsky on the Spiritual Element in Art

Maria Popova Maria writes and generates a philosophical blog. ‘Brain Pickings – An inventory of the meaningful life’, is quite wonderful. Among a host of other things, Maria’s blog describes Kandinsky’s book on the Spiritual Element in Art. The artist also held strong views on the responsibilities of the artistic community. The Amazon Kindle Store offers an e-edition, free of charge… Read More

Designer Carl Strüwe Peered Into Microscopes

Another page in this URL describes the work of German-American designer, Will Burtin. Burtin fled nazi Germany with his Jewish wife, Hilde Munk, in July 1938. Burtin shares with designer Carl Strüwe—also German—the characteristic of representing science visually.  Strüwe was a designer who “pointed a camera at a microscope lens in 1926.  Wired.com describes a beautiful blend of science and art.”… Read More

TPP ‘worst trade deal ever’: Stiglitz

CBC News: Mar 31, 2016 8:45 PM ET, Last Updated: Apr 01 (Stiglitz on TPP) TPP ‘worst trade deal ever,’ says Nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz. The Trans-Pacific Partnership should be revised to advance interests of citizens, not corporations, he says. Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says the Trans-Pacific Partnership may well be the worst trade agreement… [Read more]

The Guardian discovers Canada. High time!

A vision of what a progressive Britain could be. It’s called Canada By Gaby Hinsliff ‘While the US boasts of offering its citizens life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, it’s Canada that actually delivers on all three.’ [To put it another way, as the current Scientific American does, ‘Ironically, the American dream is more of… […]

Norse settlement in Newfoundland

By Ralph Blumenthal, The New York Times | April 1, 2016 On a remote point in Newfoundland, satellite technology detects evidence of a second Norse settlement in the Americas. A thousand years after the Vikings braved the icy seas from Greenland to the New World in search of timber and plunder, satellite technology has found intriguing evidence… [continues]

Climate change solutions: towards ‘Emily’

In November the world held a conference in Paris hoping to dress the global, seemingly chronic, wound of  climate change. Perhaps our post-industrial society will slowly point itself in the right direction. So far it has done so shame-facedly, with grovelling apology to the purely human artifice of demand and supply economics. Thus, forests are said to be worth… Read More