For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emails Sign up to our free breaking news emails S uch is the extent of our dominion on Earth that the answers to questions around whether we are still part of nature – and whether we even need some of it – rely on an understanding of what we want as Homo sapiens. And to know what we want, we need to grasp what we are. It is a huge question – but they are the best. And as a biologist, here is my humble suggestion to address it, and a personal conclusion. You may have a different one, but what matters is that we reflect on it. Perhaps the best place to start is to consider what makes us human in the first place, which is not as obvious as it may seem. Many years ago, a novel written by Vercors called Les Animaux Dénaturés (“Denatured Animals”) told the story of a group of primitive hominids, the Tropis, found in an unexplored jungle in New Guinea, who … [Read more...] about Have humans evolved beyond nature?
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Even as most of the people of this State are yet to fully absorb the finer details of the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission’s latest general tariff increase , the main message is nevertheless crystal clear: they will be paying higher electricity bills than they have paid in the past, regardless of the quality of service. E. Chandra, who owns a petty shop in Madurai, is among many people who are worried about the increase. She is anxious about how she can repay loans because a chunk of her meagre earnings will go towards the power bill. Already, the view gaining ground is that domestic category users who consume 500 units and above bimonthly will be the worst affected. The new rate for those using 500 units bimonthly would be ₹1,725 against the old rate of ₹1,140, an increase of 51.32%, a figure confirmed by Electricity Minister V. Senthilbalaji himself in an advertisement issued to a Tamil daily on September 15. Also Read A tariff shock to Tamil Nadu power … [Read more...] about Tamil Nadu power tariff hike: bolt from the blue
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 A decade after Superstorm Sandy pummeled New York and New Jersey in one of the costliest storms in U.S. history, the federal government is proposing a $52 billion plan to build movable barriers and gates across bays, rivers and other waterways in the two states hardest-hit by the storm. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Monday it has tentatively chosen an option for the massive task of protecting the region from the type of storm surge that wrecked vast sections of shoreline and interior areas during the Oct. 29, 2012, storm. The release of the report came as Hurricane Ian slammed into Cuba on a path that would make it a potentially catastrophic Category 4 story when it reaches Florida, where 2.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate. The proposal for New York and New Jersey includes building moveable sea gates on several industrial canals, bays and other urban waterways … [Read more...] about $52B storm gates eyed for NY-NJ waterways hit by Sandy
News Desk (AFP) Rome ● Sat, May 8, 2021 2021-05-08 16:04 507 559f5bc8c5224ad06a25184c0a47f0fc 2 Science & Tech colosseum,rome,Italy,Colosseum-floor Free The Italian minister of culture announced the winning bid to restore the Colosseum's arena on Sunday, a project that will allow visitors to view the archeological wonder from ground level as soon as 2023. The 2,000 year old structure is currently floorless, the ruins of the underground levels' walls and tunnels exposed to the open air save for a small platform. A Milan engineering firm beat 10 competitors who answered a 2020 call for submissions with its vision involving rotating wooden slats that would allow natural ventilation and lighting of the lower levels. "It's another step forward towards rebuilding the arena, an ambitious project that will aid the conservation of the archeological structures while getting back to the original image of the Colosseum and its quality as a complex … [Read more...] about Italy begins to restore Colosseum floor
LONDON — Britain’s new prime minister, Liz Truss, gambled on Friday that a heavy dose of tax cuts, deregulation and free-market economics would reignite her country’s growth — a radical shift in policy that unnerved global investors already rattled by an energy crisis, surging inflation and the specter of widespread recessions. The British announcement came as markets around the world have been tumbling for weeks in response to higher interest rates and recession fears. The slide continued on Friday with the S&P 500 index falling close to its lowest point of the year and markets across Europe tumbling. The move by Ms. Truss’s government indicated a sharp break with the previous prime minister, Boris Johnson, and with a generation of more fiscally minded Conservative governments. For Ms. Truss, the measures — which critics liken to the “trickle-down economics” of the 1980s — amounted to a breathtaking bet that Britain’s economy would return to robust growth before she faces … [Read more...] about U.K. Government Goes Full Tilt on Tax Cuts and Free-Market Economics
Chinese theaters are preparing for an influx of moviegoers during the country’s “National Day” holiday this weekend, when “patriotic” communist films will flood the screens to observe the anniversary of the founding of communist China. The most prominent film debuting on Saturday, officially the “National Day,” is Born to Fly , a film about Chinese communist military pilots who test out state-of-the-art fighter jet technology. The “patriotic” military film appears clearly inspired by the global blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick , one of the highest-grossing films of all time. China banned it from its theaters for reportedly being too favorable to America. A major Chinese funder, the Tencent media corporation, backed out of the film last year out of concerns that it would show Americans in a positive light and Chinese state media outlets have largely abstained from remarking on the movie’s existence at all, despite arguably being the most significant film release of the year. In … [Read more...] about China Prepares to Debut ‘Top Gun’ Ripoff During Communist Holiday