Justinian’s Plague and Ebola

The Roman Emperor Justinian had started to rebuild the Roman Empire when the Mediterranean was hit by a plague that wiped out a third of the empire’s population. It had a similar devastating impact on the Persian Empire which made the rise of Islam much easier. Isolated and in small communities the population of the Arabian Peninsula were less More...

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By Tristan Fischer On Saturday, October 18th, 2014
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Mechanical Turks- the future of employment is pretending to be a machine

Once upon a time most people were involved in agriculture. Now only 2% of the population in developed countries work in agriculture. The shift in employment in the 1800s and 1900s was painful but most of the slack More...

By Tristan Fischer On Sunday, September 28th, 2014
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The Caliphate of the Headless: why Islamic State deserves our respect

First, lets get this out of the way: the Islamic State is a frightening, murderous, group and needs to be neutralised as soon as possible. Second, their game plan is terrifyingly brilliant and deserves our More...

By Tristan Fischer On Friday, September 19th, 2014
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Why an expanding global middle class is going to cause us all problems

Much has been made of recent announcements that the world’s population is not going to peak at 9 billion in 2050, but will rather increase for the rest of the century, hitting over 11 billion by 2100.  This More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
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Greenland’s ice caps are bigger than thought previously. So what?

Lots of interesting science coming out at the moment about the impact of global warming on sea levels.  A new report about Greenland claims that the ice that is trapped on land is much greater than previously More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
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Antarctic ice loss is double what previously thought

Remember those climate change sceptics who claimed that while they agreed that Arctic ice cap loss was accelerating, the Antarctic was seeing an increase in ice.  They were wrong. From the Guardian: Antarctica More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
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Why do we hate wind energy?

Great cartoon by Hellerton says a lot about the irrational fear of wind energy.  Look at all of the alternatives!    More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
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Climate Change as a game of Tetris

TED has come up with a good explanation of Climate Change using the game Tetris as an analogy for carbon “blocks” building up in the atmosphere.  At 2:48 minutes it won’t take much time to More...

By Tristan Fischer On Monday, April 21st, 2014
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4700 AD – an unimaginably distant future

History Future Now spent the Easter break in Sicily amidst the ruins of Greek and Phoenician cities.  Agrigento, founded by Greek colonists in 582BC, contains one of the most extensive collections of Greek temples More...

By Tristan Fischer On Thursday, March 27th, 2014
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The Holy Trinity: How to explain Climate Change to Conservative Christians

To the great surprise of most people living in North America, January 2014 was the fourth warmest January in recorded history, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. What is even more More...