Average life expectancy in the UK is one of the lowest among comparably affluent countries in the world.
Contrary to Martin Thomas’ view (Solidarity 274), Cumbria’s anti-nuclear lobby cannot simply be dismissed as parochial NIMBYs.
After the success of Bad Science, Ben Goldacre (doctor and debunker*) has now taken on the pharmaceuticals industry (“big pharma”) in his latest book Bad Pharma.
Just over 30 years ago, the disease soon to be called AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency disorder), but then termed GRID (gay-related immune deficiency), was first reported in the US. Sufferers predominantly came from the “four H’s”, homosexual men, heroin users, haemophiliacs and, curiously, Haitians.
In January, we reported that CERN was tentatively claiming that Higgs bosons had been created in high energy collisions of hadrons in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a technique for getting methane gas out of shale rocks.
While it was good to read the interview with Andrew Copson of the British Humanist Association (Solidarity 242), it was disappointing to see Ira Berkovic falling into the trap of a formulaic denunciation of Richard Dawkins’ supposed views on religion.
There are two basic types of cell in the living world: the cells found in bacteria (prokaryotes), and the cells found in plants and animals (eukaryotes). They have characteristic differences in their structures and behaviour.
The Higgs boson particle may have been discovered! But what is the Higgs and why was it predicted?
For every field, a boson
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2009 is the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his On the Origin of Species - a book about which Karl Marx wrote that it "contains the basis in natural history for our views".
Yet since then, many right-wing movements have tried to claim Darwin and Darwinism.
At a time when Darwinian ideas about evolution, and scientific rationality more generally, are under attack from politicised religion, we are holding this meeting to celebrate this great thinker, explore his ideas and discuss their implications for Marxists.
Speaker: Les Hearn