Happy 12,017 Human Era!

For many of us today is 1 January 2017 AD or CE.  AD stands for Anno Domini – the year of our Lord – and is a direct reference to how many years after Jesus Christ was born. Naming years linked to years of a particular reign of a monarch or emperor was very common throughout history.  It was Charlemagne who was responsible for creating More...

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By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
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Why I am voting to Remain in the EU on Thursday

I will be voting Remain tomorrow. This is why. I love being part of the EU and our lives have been enriched by being part of it. I like having people from all over the EU coming to live in the UK.  I like the More...

By Tristan Fischer On Saturday, October 18th, 2014
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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 More...

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 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 watch More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
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Vanishing honey bees – a cause for concern

My day job is running a renewable energy development company, with a focus on solar PV and biomass energy.  On the solar side I have been trying to make our sites as environmentally beneficial as possible.  By More...

By Tristan Fischer On Friday, July 5th, 2013
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The biggest and best space vehicles ever launched

Wired Magazine has a great article about the biggest and best space vehicles ever launched.  While we are all aware of the Apollo programme and the huge Saturn rockets that took man further than he has ever been, More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
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The Impact of Shale Gas on Renewables

A new report by Citi Research suggests that shale gas will be a short lived phenomenon as solar power cost reductions will drive conventional power out of the market. History Future Now wrote about the Ponzi-scheme More...

By Tristan Fischer On Monday, November 5th, 2012
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Can New York Recover? Why the answer will sadly be no! Sandy

Robert Paterson has a great post today about the aftermath of Sandy on New York City, in which he argues that the city will never be the same again.  It is a good argument and worth thinking about:   50 More...

By Tristan Fischer On Saturday, October 27th, 2012
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The new rise of European political extremism – Greece today, where next?

History Future Now has written about the inevitable rise of extremist political parties in Europe as society is torn apart by austerity measures.  Spain now has an overall unemployment rate of more than 25% and More...