Building a House or a Home? – The UK Needs to Decide

The UK, we are constantly being told, is in the middle of a housing crisis. In some cities it’s worse than others with local councils making pledges to build thousands of affordable homes all over the place. A House of Commons report from March 2020 estimated a need for 345,000 new homes per year, aContinue reading “Building a House or a Home? – The UK Needs to Decide”

Plants & Particles – The mystery behind photosynthesis

Plants are all around us. They grow and thrive, all without apparently moving from their primary position in the soil (apart from banana plants that “walk” along). So how do they do this without getting around to look for food like us? Their trick is to let their food come to them, or flow overContinue reading “Plants & Particles – The mystery behind photosynthesis”

Is There Any Truth In Ents?

“My name is growing all the time, and I’ve lived a very, very long time, so my name is like a story.” – Treebeard; from The LOTR In J.R.R.Tolkiens’ Lord of the Rings, there are long-lived shepherds of the forest that look over and protect their ancient ecosystem. Wise in their extreme age and notContinue reading “Is There Any Truth In Ents?”

The Age of Knowledge

How old is knowledge? The idea itself of knowing things has obviously been around for millennia, but what about what we would call knowledge? In the west, the definition of knowledge accounts for the mathematics of perfect circles, the physics holding the moon in place and the psychology of what your neighbor will do ifContinue reading “The Age of Knowledge”