New book blog: How energy shapes society in ‘Foragers, Farmers and Fossil Fuels’ by Ian Morris

It’s not steeped in technology, but this updated book based on the Tanner Lectures delivered by Ian Morris at Princeton University manages to highlight a link with big social issues that could have significant implications for humankind’s future. Everyone’s at least aware of the disparity between access to energy that exists around the world, and how precarious the security of supply is, even in the industrialised West. It’s clear we’re reaching a crucial point where a system based on fossil fuels isn’t going to work in the long-term, but what does that mean for society as a whole? As Morris … Continue reading New book blog: How energy shapes society in ‘Foragers, Farmers and Fossil Fuels’ by Ian Morris

Nasa celebrates #Hubble25 as space telescope hits quarter-century mark – an annotated infographic

Nasa has been celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope this week. For a quarter of a century, Hubble has peered deep into distant galaxies, revealing images of breathtaking beauty and rewriting our understanding of the cosmos. Scientists hope that Hubble will keep working for at least another five years. E&T magazine considers next-generation space telescopes in our latest issue online, as we look at the technology behind the James Webb Space Telescope. Continue reading Nasa celebrates #Hubble25 as space telescope hits quarter-century mark – an annotated infographic

New book blog: Information gets real in ‘Wikipedia and the Politics of Openness’ by Nathanial Tkacz

Nothing brings an otherwise opaque subject into the mainstream quite like a political scandal, and the recent allegations of MPs playing fast and loose with the ability to edit their own and other people’s Wikipedia entries will have done a lot to make the public aware of how the online encyclopedia is run. For many, that awareness won’t have gone much beyond a general idea that it’s written by pretty much anyone who’s motivated to get involved, but is monitored by a self-governing hierarchy of administrators responsible for keeping an eye on it. For some, the motivation to devote time … Continue reading New book blog: Information gets real in ‘Wikipedia and the Politics of Openness’ by Nathanial Tkacz