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James Lovelock’s Gaia hypothesis and natural uranium reactors

As promised, I return to the subject of James Lovelock’s Gaia hypothesis which considers the Earth as an intimately linked system of physical, chemical and biological processes, interacting in a...

Is the Gaia theory a good idea?

Imagine you are a student with GCSEs in geology, geography and biology and view the massive white cliffs of Dover on returning from a school trip to France. You would...

Prince Philip, Robert Hooke and Climate Change

A few weeks ago, over pre-dinner drinks at the Royal Society, I was debating with two old friends whether Fred Hoyle or Desmond Bernal had been the more deserving of...

Takeovers and Britain’s poor industrial performance

In the December 2005 issue of Materials World , I wrote about Britain’s failure to invest in industrial R&D. The most recent international R&D scoreboard, published annually by the Department...

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