April Fools’ Day & Spaghetti Trees

"April Fools Day", "spaghetti tree", "panorama hoax", "BBC hoax"

April Fools’ Day is celebrated in many countries around the world on April 1 every year. Sometimes referred to as All Fools’ Day, April 1 is not a national holiday, but is widely recognized and celebrated as a day when many people play all kinds of jokes and foolishness. The … Continue reading

Councillor Tony Orgee Backs Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Big Walk

The Chairman of South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cllr Tony Orgee, is urging everyone to take part in Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Big Walk in the county on Sunday 13 May. The UK’s leading dementia research charity, based in Great Shelford, aims to raise £50,000 for pioneering dementia research. Hundreds of people … Continue reading

Review: The Six Nations 2012

With The Olympics and the UEFA European Championships just around the corner, there is a lot to be said for 2012’s sporting calendar. However, whilst the anticipation of the summer’s events rises, the first sporting major event of the year came to an end this weekend – the thirteenth year … Continue reading

Local Man Goes to the Summit for Charity!

At the respectable age of 48, Property Consultant from Cambridgeshire, John Bowles, longed for some adventure. There was no better way to satisfy his desire than to trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro with six friends, while at the same time raising money for three different charities. The group … Continue reading

Film Review – A Dangerous Method

"Viggo Mortensen", "Keira Knightley", "Michael Fassbender", "Vincent Cassel"

When going in to watch a David Cronenberg film, there should always be a certain level of trepidation with regards to the subject matter. Daring, as well as thought provoking, the seasoned director has always sought to shock, as well as entertain an audience with controversial subject matters. With his … Continue reading

How to Protect Your Privacy at US Borders

I don’t know about you, but a lot of my life, my real life, is on my laptop. Family photos, my writing, blog stuff, social media backups, contacts, etc etc. Oh, you as well? I’m not surprised. The banking and tax stuff, passwords are all under strong encryption. If I had … Continue reading

Genetic Factors May Influence Intelligence Change Throughout Life

An international team of scientists has discovered that genetic factors are likely to influence how much a person’s intelligence changes, in comparison to their peers, throughout their lifetime. The study of nearly 2,000 people, which was part-funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK, is the first of its kind to look at … Continue reading

Wines from Turkey, India, Greece and Georgia at Laithwaites

Earlier this week, I went to a tasting of wines from Turkey, India, Greece and Georgia at Laithwaites‘ HQ, Vinopolis. In a game of word association, say “Laithwaites” and I will generally think of ripe, fruity, unchallenging wines that are usually overpriced and oversold – I wrote as much in … Continue reading

Cambs Charity Receives Grant From Million Dollar Round Table Foundation

Great Shelford-based charity, Alzheimer’s Research UK, has received a boost of $10,000 (equivalent to £6,100) from the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation (MDRT) in America. This grant is thanks to Simon Gibson, a Cambridgeshire supporter of the UK’s leading dementia research charity. He attended the cheque presentation, which took place … Continue reading

Does Media Have a Negative Influence on Education?

“Sittin’ in the classroom, thinking it’s a drag”. A poignant line from Motley Crue’s anti-school song, Smoking in the Boys Room, that rings true the feelings of many students. Hilary Wilce, a specialist in education, quotes: “the best learning often happens outside the classroom”. There could be several reasons for this. … Continue reading

Film Review – Bel Ami

"Bel Ami", "Robert Pattinson", "Chrisitna Ricci", "Uma Thurman" "Kristin Scott Thomas"

Bel Ami, which was released earlier this month, stars Robert Pattinson as Georges Duroy, a young poverty-stricken ex-soldier who rises to power through the seduction, manipulation and betrayal of a series of mistresses who are the city’s most wealthy and influential women. Guy de Maupassant’s French novel has been brought to the … Continue reading

UK’s Largest Dementia Research Conference Comes to Birmingham in 2012

Over 250 leading dementia scientists from across the globe will gather in Birmingham this week for Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2012, the country’s largest dedicated dementia research conference. The event, which takes place on 27 and 28 March, will share the latest evidence on a wide range of research topics, … Continue reading

Virtual Reality Exercise Games May Improve Cognition in Older Adults

Scientists in the US today revealed the finding of a clinical trial investigating the effects of “exergaming”, or virtual reality-enhanced exercise, on cognition in a group of older adults. The study, one of the first trials of its kind, showed greater cognitive benefit for those who played exergames than those … Continue reading

ME & CFS in the 21st Century – Part 2

In ME & CFS in the 21st Century – Part 1 published previously, we saw the first excerpts of an interview with Alex Howard, founder and CEO of the Optimum Health Clinic. The Optimum Health Clinic is an award winning integrative health clinic specialising in M.E./C.F.S./Fibromyalgia, set up in 2004 … Continue reading

ME & CFS in the 21st Century – Part 1

The Optimum Health Clinic has dealt with over 2000 people suffering from the symptoms of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (C.F.S.) and Fibromyalgia. There is still a lot of mystery and misunderstanding about these conditions. The Optimum Health Clinic is an award winning integrative health clinic specialising in M.E./C.F.S./Fibromyalgia, … Continue reading

Coleraine Researchers Find New Drugs Boost Brain Cell Growth

Scientists in Northern Ireland have found drugs that mimic some of the actions of insulin may encourage the growth of new brain cells. It’s hoped the study, funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK, could pave the way for the design of new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at the University of … Continue reading

Nicotine Patches May Slow Progression to Alzheimer’s

Scientists in the US today announced clinical trial results showing that nicotine patches may improve cognitive performance in elderly people with early memory problems. The findings could take scientists a step closer to the development of new treatments to tackle dementia. The study, published in the journal Neurology, was completed … Continue reading

Uploading Your Dreams to YouTube

Jack Gallant of Berkeley and colleagues recently demonstrated how they could use a computer to reconstruct a video image presented to a subject in a functional MRI machine. The work sounds like the stuff of science fiction it is anything but and offers the possibility of developing a mind-machine interface … Continue reading

The Nokia Case: No Pulp Fiction

Did you know that the Finnish mobile phone company Nokia started out as a wood pulp company? It is unlikely that it would have grown to have been one of the world leaders if it had remained so. Today, Nokia represents 2/3 of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector in Finland, … Continue reading