Category Archives: Science and Technology

Is censorship the right response to protecting children?

Gillan at God and Politics UK has a post in support of plans to force Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block pornographic material. However, he hasn’t really considered whether such a policy is actually going to make a difference, so I thought I’d fill in the gap. Firstly, the best way to protect children from […]

Why GM Crops will not feed the world

There’s been a couple of news stories recently concerning genetically modified crops. It seems that there are those advocating that GM crops could be an important element in feeding the world’s population. Of particular note is a report by the Royal Society saying that we should research GM technology and the Government’s chief scientist arguing […]

News from the blogosphere

I was going to post the next in the series about Christianity and the environment that I’ve been running at weekends, but my PC blew up, so you’ll have to wait until next weekend for the next instalment. Instead, I’ll just point you to a few other great blog posts. Andy D’Agorne points out that […]

Climate Change in the news

The BBC have a brief feature on a prototype floating wind turbine. Unfortunately, the technology won’t be commercially viable for another decade. Which means that the immediate future of wind power is likely to require convincing NIMBYs that it’s in their best interest to sacrifice the purity of the view out their window in order […]

Geo-engineering

The BBC reports that the Royal Society has been evaluating the possibilities of Geo-Engineering to reduce climate change. Geo-engineering, if you haven’t come across the term before, means dealing with climate change in ways that don’t involve cutting carbon emissions. The report examines a whole range of technologies which are said to be able to […]

Dumbing down science

Peter Mandelson’s suggestion this week of cutting off internet access to filesharers has got me thinking. I’ve not been thinking about the ethics of illegal filesharing (it’s morally equivalent to taping songs off the radio), its impact on the music industry (good for obscure artists, bad for the big labels), or the futility of trying […]