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News in Brief

April 16, 2012

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Apple down, ARMS up At a time when technology giant Apple is facing huge and growing problems with its latest product, the much smaller Cambridge-based company ARM Holdings is looking like a major British success story. They have developed a new energy-saving microchip which the company claims might enable a whole new wave of internet-connected […]

Massive solar storm

March 8, 2012

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With superb timing for this issue, while the articles were being prepared news came of a vast solar storm heading for the Earth (Wednesday 7th March 2012 at 11:05 pm). Details can be found at the Guardian website, from which much of this article is directly drawn. Either use our link at Massive solar storm […]

The solar downside

March 8, 2012

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Not all is well on the solar front, despite the plummetting costs of solar panel production during 2011 (see our article Solar power gets realistic in this issue). We may be able to look forward to more widespread use of solar power in the near future, and along with it electricity that is both cheaper […]

Earth-born Timelords

March 2, 2012

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For the worriers who may read Changed Times, first a little perspective on things. Our own sun will last, as such stars do, another five to ten billion years before it finally gives up the ghost – or at least gives up the possibility of supporting a planetary lifeform such as our own. Even the […]

Suicidal gas cloud

February 13, 2012

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Generally considered to be a “starving” black hole because it is not currently in the process of gobbling up the huge amounts of matter usually associated with these cosmic vaccum cleaners, it looks as though the dark giant at the centre of our own Milky Way is about to wake up with an appetite.

News in Brief

January 13, 2012

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Another phoney “scandal” Almost two years to the day since the damp squib of the “Climategate Scandal” fizzled onto the scene and just six days before the start of the UN climate talks in Durban, we were off again with a new round. Yes, once again we are to be subject to a barrage of […]

Something from nothing

December 14, 2011

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It is an oft-quoted truism of theists in arguments with atheists that “You can’t get something from nothing.” Like many such truisms, it turns out it is not true at all.