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Laissez-faire is part of “the air we still breathe”, wrote John Maynard
Keynes in 1926. “We do not dance even yet to a new tune.” Conservative
individualism of 18th-century luminaries such as David Hume,
conveniently underpinned by the supposed free market economics of Adam
Smith, led to the view that enlightened self-interest operates in the
public interest. Hence, leave things to the market, writes Professor
Michael Marmot (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) in The Lancet.
Published: Apr 27, 2015 3:23:27 PM
The Nepal earthquake was expected. For 15 years seismologists warned of growing tension along the Nepal-Bihar fault line, which snaps at least once a century. They feared a repeat of the 1934 disaster that killed 12,000 people, one sixth of the population, including the daughters of the King and Prime Minister. Now 2.5m people are crammed into the Valley. Would the honeycomb of fragile, hastily built homes collapse? Would only the solid, historic buildings survive, asks Professor Anthony Costello (UCL Institute for Global Health) in the Independent. More...
Published: Apr 27, 2015 12:41:42 PM
Seismologists have discovered a massive magma reservoir beneath the Yellowstone supervolcano in Wyoming, US, that suggests its volcanic system could be more than four times larger than was previously thought, writes Robin Wylie (UCL Earth Sciences) in The Conversation. More...
Published: Apr 24, 2015 3:04:52 PM
During its impressive 25 years the Hubble Space Telescope
has captured numerous remarkable views of the universe, providing
astronomers with a wealth of data for making astounding discoveries. Of
all the beautiful astronomical objects observed by Hubble one of the
most awe-inspiring is the massive, dying star V838 Moncerotis, writes Professor Raman Prinja (Physics & Astronomy) in The Conversation.
Published: Apr 24, 2015 10:24:31 AM
Immigration clearly ranks as one of the most important issues
for voters in the lead up to the UK’s election. But public opinion
doesn’t always match up with the evidence, and political parties can be
led in different directions by both. With this in mind, the following
takes stock of the different policies about immigration, as outlined in
the parties' manifestos, writes Professor
Ian Preston (UCL Economics) in The Conversation.
Published: Apr 23, 2015 9:57:07 AM