Brandon in Bloom covered St Peter's spire with thousands of knitted, crocheted and fabric poppies for their Remembrance project. Picture: Ian Burt Archant 2018 As part of a new series of reports on the towns in our region, we are looking in depth into what makes Brandon a great place to live and what can be done to improve the area. Over the next few weeks we will be asking you, our readers, to tell us what you love about your town as well as what you think needs to be improved.By taking our online survey, you can tell us the main issues facing the town and give your opinion on where the town should go in the future.This will not only cover the bad and the ugly, we also want to highlight the great things about the town, the community spirit, the parks, and the people that make it tick.We want to tell the untold stories about Brandon and underline the many positives there are to living in the town.From left, Iain Cobb, Paul Brandon and Stella Towell from Smiths the Bakers, were … [Read more...] about The Brandon survey
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"Science literacy is a vaccine against the charlatans of the world that would exploit your ignorance." -Neil deGrasse Tyson Well, I guess it's that season again. The charlatan who claims to have invented a cold fusion device -- the same device whose flaws were exposed here two years ago -- has just held an "independent test" of his device, and there's now a physics paper out claiming that this device works, and must be powered by some type of nuclear reaction! Well. Look, let's get a few things out into the open first. If there is a cold fusion device that actually works, that can harness the power of nuclear fusion to create energy, it would change the world. We would -- as I've written recently -- have a virtually limitless source of clean and cheap energy, and would not only be able to travel to Mars, but to any other world in our Solar System. We could even, literally, reach for the stars! But it's not enough to just simply think about how wonderful it would be if it … [Read more...] about The E-Cat is back, and people are still falling for it!
The crackpots are bustin' out all over -- not just in politics, but also in science. Remember Stuart Pivar? The septic tank tycoon who invented a whole new theory of evolution and development that he called Lifecode, built entirely around imaginary drawings of how embryos formed by folding and stretching themselves like balloon animals? It was total nonsense. There was no data. Much of his imagined topological transformations contradicted known embryological patterns, and he'd clearly never looked at real embryos. It was loosely based on structuralism, like the work of D'Arcy Thompson, which I consider useful and interesting, but it ignored all the work of the last century on induction and cell signaling and gene regulation. Trust me on this, no modern renovation of evo-devo will be able to just wave away gene and molecular interactions shaped by genetic variation as irrelevant, but that's what Pivar has done. I should also disclose that Pivar filed a lawsuit for $15 million against me … [Read more...] about Imaginary Gastrulation and the return of Balloon Animal Biology
PLEASE NOTE (ADDED 2012): IT SHOULD BE EXTREMELY OBVIOUS THAT THIS ARTICLE IS AN APRIL FOOL'S JOKE, NOT A DESCRIPTION OF REAL RESEARCH. Today sees the publication of what is surely the century's most significant zoological discovery. After decades of searching, Africa's mystery Congolese swamp monster, the Mokele-Mbembe, has been discovered - it is a living sauropod dinosaur, and it radically alters our understanding of archosaur phylogeny, sauropod biology and diversity, and indeed the evolutionary process as a whole. As is fitting for the discovery of a brand new, extant, hitherto cryptic megabeast represented by complete carcasses, the Mokele-Mbembe - officially christened Chipekwe lackadaisicalus Brill et al., 2011 - is described in a two-page, 1000-word paper. Previous expeditions to search for the Mokele-Mbembe have been unsuccessful, at most involving fleeting glimpses and indeterminate photos of the beast. A 2010 research effort based at Mazylacrony, Republic of the Congo, led … [Read more...] about Science meets the Mokele-Mbembe!
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 11:41 AM EST Nov 30, 2018 Lions vs. Rams Kickoff: Sunday, 1 p.m., Ford Field, Detroit TV/radio: Fox/760 AM Records: Lions 4-7, Rams 10-1 Line: Rams by 10 View from the other side Rich Hammond covers the Rams for the Orange County Register. He breaks down the Lions’ upcoming opponent for The Detroit News, answering five questions heading into Sunday’s game. You can follow him on Twitter @Rich_Hammond. ► Question: Does this Rams offense have a weakness? ► Hammond: Sure, but probably not a major one. They’ve started slow at times, in part because players say defenses have thrown unexpected wrinkles at them. Against New Orleans, and a couple other times this season, the offense has gotten out of sync when the Rams trailed early. From a practical standpoint, the offensive line has occasional protection issues and the Rams suffered a big loss this month when receiver Cooper Kupp tore an ACL. They’ve … [Read more...] about View from the other side: Lions vs. Rams