Big European electricity utilities are facing an existential crisis. How did this happen and what should they do?

For most consumers, the revolution that is taking place in the energy markets has been hidden from view. They still get reliable electricity from the grid, with which to power their homes and businesses. Everything seems the same. Behind the scenes, however, the world is changing rapidly and electricity utilities – the centralised power companies More...

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By Tristan Fischer On Monday, February 23rd, 2015
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Dragon Evolution: a 10 year old’s perspective

My son, aged 10, recently wrote and illustrated this article about dragon evolution.  Enjoy! Dragon Evolution The very first dragon was called Draconodon. It was a small, four- legged creature with two wings. 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, 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 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...

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 Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
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Emigration: Colonies of the Mind and Space

Humans like to emigrate.  To pick up sticks and leave a familiar place and move to somewhere new and to settle. And then do that again and again. Ever since our ancient ancestors walked out of Africa between 125,000 More...

By Tristan Fischer On Friday, March 22nd, 2013
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The Origins of Christianity and the Universe: Constantine and the Cosmic Microwave Background

Superficially the Roman Emperor Constantine, who made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire, and the Planck Observatory, which just released the oldest pictures of the Universe when it was a mere More...

By Tristan Fischer On Thursday, October 18th, 2012
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Astronomy for 8-10 year olds – and adults too!

On Tuesday, History Future Now gave a talk to the local Cub Scout troop, where my two eldest children are members, about astronomy. The talk explained the origin of the universe, stars, our sun, planets and our More...