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Space: NASA AI Finds Eighth Planet Lurking In Kepler System

Posted by Mark Cantrell on December 15, 2017 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Machines find worlds in star data

Artificial intelligence looks set to play an important role in the discovery of planets beyond our solar system, writes Mark Cantrell, after NASA scientists used machine learning techniques to discover a previously overlooked world orbiting the Kepler-90 star

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Technology: Do Not Let The Web Bugs Bite

Posted by Mark Cantrell on October 31, 2017 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Cyber crooks know where you live…

The Internet of Things is bringing the digital revolution home thanks to an array of ‘smart’ creature comforts that are changing the way we live, bu...

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Society: Will Government race audit spark a bonfire of injustices?

Posted by Mark Cantrell on October 12, 2017 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Making a dash for a more equal society

The Government’s new ‘dashboard’ for monitoring race disparity in Britain isn’t much of a challenge to society unless ministers act...

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Society: Evidence Shows UK Needs More Social Housing

Posted by Mark Cantrell on June 30, 2017 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Breaking the tenure of last resort

By now it ought to be obvious that we need to build many more social homes if we’re to make a start on fixing the broken housing market. The evidence continues to m...

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Science: 100 Days To The Zombie Apocalypse

Posted by Mark Cantrell on April 1, 2017 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Scientists don't rate our chances once the undead bite

Scientists at Leicester University don't rate humanity's chances in the event of a zombie apocalypse, writes ...

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Film: Trafalgar Square Premiere For The Salesman By Asghar Farhadi

Posted by Mark Cantrell on February 19, 2017 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Iranian director’s UK movie premiere is a snub to Brexit and Trump alike


Movie premieres are not usually political affairs, but the screening of an Oscar-nominated feature film by Iranian director A...

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Culture: Digital Technology Illuminates Dark Age Texts

Posted by Mark Cantrell on January 15, 2017 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

 Out of time comes the magic of manuscripts


Dead minds will speak again thanks to a collaboration between the British Library and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France as they digitise 800 illumin...

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FEATURE: An Arboreal Ark For Literary Art

Posted by Mark Cantrell on September 6, 2014 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Can't see the words for the trees

 These books will not be published until the 22nd Century

 Some authors have been known to grouch about the length of time its takes conventional publishers to release t...

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ARTICLE: Speaking Up For Social Housing

Posted by Mark Cantrell on July 18, 2014 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

SHOUT at the devil

New campaign to fight for social housing’s future

For too long social rented housing has been the tenure that dare not speak its name, but now a small group of housing professionals have broken ranks to challenge the silence – and demand it be rebuilt as an essential public asset

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FEATURE: The Bedroom Tax Is A Political Crime

Posted by Mark Cantrell on May 31, 2014 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

With malice aforethought:

The makings of a political crime

The bedroom tax doesn’t have to make sense, not even to its creators, because when all is said and done it’s a policy desig...

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FEATURE: Violent Disorder Needs A New Kind Of Cure

Posted by Mark Cantrell on December 22, 2012 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Violence is a disease

By treating violence as a public health issue, Scotland’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) broke ranks from the conventional law and order model to create a proactive multi-agency approach that has clear lessons for those tackling the more ‘mundane’ issues of anti-social behavior.  Mark Cantrell wrote about the organisation in the September 2012 edition of Housing...

“The sin ...

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COVER: Hot Air Fails To End The Fuel Poverty Chill

Posted by Mark Cantrell on October 19, 2012 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Let them heat cake

From the April 2012 edition of Northern Midlands and Southern Housing magazine: The Hills Review has revealed an urgent need for action to save millions from the frosty embrace of fuel poverty, prompting a host of organisations to back the author’s ‘call to arms’ but the Government’s response was rather lukewarm – a promise to consult later this year. Mark Cantrell reports


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