'Sexed-up' numbers should not always be accepted as science

Times Online: In December 2005 a study in the journal Nature offered the observation that the circulation in the North Atlantic Ocean, which sustains the Gulf Stream, had weakened by up to 30 per cent over the previous few decades. This figure and its juxtapositioning alongside the melodrama of films such as The Day after Tomorrow were amplified through the cooperation of scientists and media to result in headlines such…

Area Eccentric Reads Entire Book

Satire from The Onion. While it’s difficult to imagine what compelled Meyer to read more than just the back cover of To Kill a Mockingbird, friends and family members claim the strange behavior goes all the way back to his childhood. “I remember when Phil was a little kid, instead of picking up a book, getting bored, and then throwing it at his sister, he’d actually sit down and read…

You Know What's Stupid? Everything I Don't Understand

Great satire from The Onion. [W]hat kind of pathetic loser would actually enjoy something that’s so incredibly not among my personal preferences? Not me, that’s for sure. Maybe my standards are too high, but if you like any of the hundreds upon hundreds of things that are too multifaceted for my attention span, you should have your head examined, weirdo. And don’t even get me started on complex and sophisticated…

Publishers are braced for the slow death of the book – Times Online

Times Online: The slow death of the book may be with us. That was an incredibly painful sentence to write. Most bibliophiles balk at the merest hint that digital e-books could replace “real-books”. But vinyl-lovers sneered at CDs. Those who lovingly categorised their CD collections were seduced, in turn, by the iPod. The ancient poets who sung of the wrath of Achilles from memory, like generations before them, were doubtless…