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Science 2.0 Europe

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July 23, 2021
Owing to government mandates and subsidies, electric cars have become popular, and as long as European consumers pretend the electricity to power them does not come from fossil fuels we can feel like we are helping the environment. No one can ignore the environmental apocalypse of the batteries,…
March 25, 2021
Poor students in cities are a lot more likely to get into top universities, and that is because schools have created 'urban escalators' which leave rural students on the margins. That is not to say that rural students go to university less, they go more, it is just that elite schools and…
March 16, 2021
Marie Stopes opened Britain’s first clinic offering birth control advice to married women. Born in Edinburgh in 1880, Stopes was an author, women’s rights campaigner and trained paleobotanist. She railed against the Catholic church and the male-dominated medical establishment. And her work –…
February 23, 2021
A statistical association between food and disease or health is created by asking people how much of something they consume and then matching it up to the diseases. If statistical significance can be found, a paper is written on the observational study but there is obviously a high risk of bad data…
February 22, 2021
The UK's first national lockdown in March 2020 created a massive shift in consumer habits from which it will take years to recover.  A new study from the universities of Cambridge and Newcastle used an approach normally used to estimate cumulative excess deaths and found this new mortality was…
December 7, 2020
If you ask even the mode ardent Parisian anti-vaxxer about a COVID-19 vaccine, almost all will want to take it. While measles was claimed to be a philosophical debate about choice, SARS-CoV-2 can clearly kill people and a lot of distrust of medicine and chemicals evaporates when a real problem…
October 5, 2020
Forced contraception in exchange for aid is the solution. The problem is that there are too many of us. COVID-19 is nature’s way of dealing with the situation. These comments are among the most popular responses recently published in the Sun in response to an article by the broadcaster David…
September 24, 2020
Benedictus, Benedicat, per Jesum Christum, Dominum Nostrum. Amen. Please be seated. It’s dinner time in St Paul’s College, Sydney, where I’m dean and head of house at Graduate House. The members of the High Table, wearing academic gowns, have processed into the refectory to a table laden with…
September 16, 2020
Farmers from Europe to South America have one large, fragile asset more important than all others. Their land. Specifically, a thin layer of topsoil that can readily wash away or be depleted. To prevent that, many farmers grow inedible plants during the off-season.They help prevent erosion and…
July 27, 2020
With US-EU agriculture trade talks already stalled, the EU’s new "Farm to Fork” strategy escalates the science war and perhaps even isolates the EU even more - because EU wants to bully other countries into adoption of EU-style regulation.  If there is one thing COVID-19 has taught us, it's that…