Climate Change and Digital Music

Information technology has a carbon footprint, that’s beyond doubt. Now, writing in a special issue of the Journal of Industrial Ecology, Christopher Weber, Jonathan Koomey and Scott Matthews in the US in work supported by grants from Microsoft Corporation and Intel Corporation have calculated that purchasing music digitally reduces the … Continue reading

The Formation Of Man

The New Year never fails to rein in an eclectic range of resolutions, from the life changing to the downright dumbfounding; nevertheless these feats are attempted in the hope o development. Whether wishful thinking or willpower is permeating 2013’s endeavors, commendable personal development has already been achieved and all before … Continue reading

Homeopathic Out-Reach For Cambridge Homeless

WinterComfort is a Cambridge-based charity providing support for the homeless and rough sleepers. A 1-year homeopathic project started in 2009 saw about 50 service users taking advantage of this service. The project was run by Thierry Clerc, a local clinical homeopath. The majority of consultations focused on acute and physical ailments, … Continue reading

The Wholesome Foods of Huckleberry Finn

I recently re-read Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.1  I had read it once as a kid and didn’t appreciate it then.  Reading it now, I found it extremely entertaining and culturally revealing, however, my original purpose in re-reading this piece of literature was to learn of some of the foods that … Continue reading

Are You A Man or A Mouse?

Are you a man or a mouse?

How the Mus musculus is furthering our understanding of human inherited diseases In 1907 Cuenot mated two yellow mice giving an unexpected, unmendelian 2:1 offspring ratio. 5 years later Castle and Little repeated the experiment, determining that 1 in every fourth offspring had died during embryonic development. Nearly a century … Continue reading

Do You Socialise While Scrobbling?

The Last.fm music website apparently has about 40 million active users around the world. The CBS-owned commercial site (and applications) lets you listen to many different kinds of music and has a music recommendation system called the “Audioscrobbler“. This scrobbling system builds a detailed profile of your musical tastes by … Continue reading

Alzheimer’s: Darkening Corners of Once Bright Minds

November 26th 1901 saw the German psychiatrist and neuropathologist, Alois Alzheimer, historically cement his observations of the first woman to ever be diagnosed with the condition, Auguste Deter, 51 years old.  ‘She sits on the bed with a helpless expression… she looked as if she didn’t understand the question… she … Continue reading

Is Antioxidant Luteolin an Anticancer Super-nutrient?

A flavonoid compound found in fruit and vegetables, luteolin, was recently hailed as an anticancer supernutrient by the tabloid media. Aside from the fact that over-dosing on antioxidants could be detrimental to one’s front-line immune response to pathogens, the research was purely laboratory based and said nothing about whether or … Continue reading

10 Things You Maybe Didn’t Know About Rainbows

Science correspondent David Bradley describes some interesting facts about rainbows that you may not have known: I am currently reading the most excellent “The Sun’s Heartbeat” by astronomy writer Bob Berman. It’s the kind of book I’d love to be able to write, informative, entertaining, engaging and witty. In it, … Continue reading

How Strongly Do You Wish to Succeed in Martial Arts?

When you see a person who is active and among the top performers within your school or club have you ever asked your self what took that person to be where he/ she is now?  We surely cannot assume that anybody was born capable of punching, kicking or performing any … Continue reading

Holistic Treatment of Haemorrhoids

What are haemorrhoids? Haemorrhoids, also known as “piles” are the result of swelling and protrusion of a group of veins, called the “venous plexus”, which are located in and around the rectum. In summary, these are simply varicose (swollen) veins, located internally or externally to the anus. They can be … Continue reading

Virgin Sangria

No alcoholic Sangria -refreshing drink with delicious fresh summer  fruits. Ingredients: 1 peach stone and diced 1 lemon cut into round slices 1 orange cut into round slices 1 apple diced 12 grapes halved 350 ml cranberry Juice 150 ml orange juice 500 ml sparkling water apple flavour 100 ml … Continue reading

Homesteading is Possible for Most People

Since becoming interested in nutrition and the overwhelming effect of politics upon it, I’ve gradually come to the conclusion that the only way to obtain nutritious food is to either (1) buy it from a small farm or (2) grow it yourself. The first option is becoming more and more … Continue reading

Spanish Romesco Sauce

Ingredients: 1 Orange capsicum 1 teaspoon chilli flakes 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 clove garlic 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 teaspoon salt 120 g almonds Method: 1. In a dry pan roast the almonds  for 5 minutes stirring intermittently so that they dont’t burn. 2. … Continue reading