Daily archives: January 20, 2006

Idiot Design

When the Vatican rubbishes your science you should know to give up.

“If the model proposed by Darwin is not considered sufficient, one should search for another,” he said in the paper. “But it is not correct from a methodological point of view to stray from the field of science while pretending to do science. It only creates confusion between the scientific plane and those that are philosophical or religious.”

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And now we go over to the one hundred metre turd hurdling

The 2012 Olympics could be spoiled by sewage overflowing from London’s drains.

The Olympics site is close to the biggest sewage overflow pumping station in London. The tideway group warned last November that there was currently a 100% chance of sewage overflows in the area between May and October.

To cope with the problem the tideway group recommended that the government build a £1.7bn “super sewer” under the Thames, stretching 22 miles from Hammersmith to Barking.

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I was the first man in space from our street

The BBC has advice for would be space tourists.

It is easy to forget that we are in space already. We are moving through it on a rocky globe that has sufficient gravity to hold us firmly to its surface.

Indeed, Earth has so much gravitational attraction that – unlike the Moon – it can hold down individual gas molecules and provide us with an atmosphere.

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First get rid of the old waste

241,000 cubic metres of intermediate-level and 1,340 of high-level nuclear waste need disposal according to Nirex. The government adviser has published its latest inventory of current radioactive waste totals in the UK, and its forecast of waste totals to be created from the operation and decommissioning of existing nuclear facilities.

And if Tony Blair gets his way and restarts the UK’s nuclear industry there’ll be ever more of this stuff. I’m not as panicky as some about this, but we’re supposed to be cutting down on the pollutants we bequeath our children not increasing the volume of it.

John Dalton, Nirex corporate communications manager, said: “We have been generating this stuff for 50 years or so – surely we have responsibility to deal with the waste we have got now.

“We don’t want to just be passing it on to future generations.”

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