Science and Technology

The Transportation Arms Race needs to end: here’s why
Science and Technology

The Transportation Arms Race needs to end: here’s why

  I’m going to be honest right out of the gate, this wasn’t a fun one to research, and it won’t be a fun one to read. 28 May 2012 - Mark Brummell, a Southampton cyclist, is struck and killed whilst cycling through Ipley Cross on the edge of the New Forest. 2 December 2016 - Kieran Dix, also a cyclist. Also struck at the Ipley Cross junction. Spends 2 months in hospital before succumbing to his injuries. At first sight, Ipley Cross is just another regular road crossing. Visibility is good. In fact it’s near enough perfect, with nought but a slight slope on the north east side of the junction to obscure lines of sight. It's not particularly heavily trafficked, being in the countryside and not on any main routes. To the average onlooker, Ipley Cross is perfectly safe. So why so deadly?...
World of Warcraft: How the MMORPG genre killed RTS games
Gaming

World of Warcraft: How the MMORPG genre killed RTS games

Growing up in the early 2000s as part of a relatively large, relatively poor family provided a unique experience for me when it came to gaming. Whilst my friends at school were whiling away the hours on their Xbox 360s and PS3s, ranking up in Call of Duty Modern Warfare or taking on the Covenant in Halo, my hours were spent with an old PC the size of a suitcase, a hand me down from my grandfather that ran on Windows 95. Nowadays, that PC wouldn't even run the simplest of indie games, but for the duration of my childhood, that chunky off-white box that I couldn’t even lift was home to a collection of the finest games the 90s had to offer. While my friends spent their days bragging about what new gun they’d unlocked in their favourite shooter, I was commanding armies in Command and Conquer. ...
A hard pill to swallow: animal agriculture is killing us off
Science and Technology, UK Politics

A hard pill to swallow: animal agriculture is killing us off

When we think of British farmers and animal agriculture we often think of them as custodians of an idyllic land, tending to their flocks that wander and graze over the rich, green grass of the British Isles. Maybe this image evokes some essence of national pride, especially knowing that we are somewhat better than other nations in food standards - like the US with their chlorinated chicken. Whilst some don’t like to admit it, this is likely down to EU legislation. Despite this, lurking in our land of hope and glory there are more than 800 American-style 'mega farms' in the UK.  The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) reported that between 2010 and 2016, over 4000 smaller farms have closed as a consequence of the rise of these mega-farms. Considering t...