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

Lila: an Inquiry into Morals

What is quality and what are values? This is the integral question Robert Pirsig asks in his book “Lila”, which is a sequel to his famous novel “Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance”. City Connect reported on the latter book previously, and now we will continue the philosophical debate. … 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

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