It’s thoughts like these, together with his ideas on touch, that make me want to know what Dodge thinks, in the new age of corona in which we find ourselves. His book is salutary now, partly because he shows us that processes of human connection have always been fraught. When he vows to himself “to leave the studio sometimes – risk contact with unfamiliar humans – in order to find myself in the heaving maw, the protean, flowing haemorrhage of universal energy” he reminds us that we have always feared contamination by other bodies and other minds, while pushing ourselves to risk it. Where, then, can the human animal seek its energy in this era of lockdowns and social distancing? Dodge may help us to find out. … [Read more...] about My Meteorite by Harry Dodge review – reflections on touch and vulnerability
Burton yeasayer 2019 review
It’s a tragedy and an injustice that it is the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world who are most exposed to the impacts of the climate crisis around the world. Their voice must be heard as we debate the solutions to the crisis, not just because it’s the right thing to do but also because it will help unlock the answers to a just transition. It was Europe’s approach of working together with the small island states of the South Pacific and the vulnerable countries in sub-Saharan Africa, which built the global alliances that unlocked the Paris agreement. Britain’s leadership in international development helped to build these special relationships and shows why social justice and environmental justice go hand in hand. We should never see offsets as a cheap alternative to reducing pollution here at home and we must pay for the investments needed by ensuring the wealthiest who did most to cause the problem invest the most in fixing it, and by exploring the … [Read more...] about What are Labour leadership candidates’ green policies?
After a vacuum bag, kitchen towels were fairly protective, but uncomfortable. Masks made of T-shirts were very tolerable, but only worked a third as well as surgical mask. The Cambridge University researchers concluded that homemade masks should only be used 'as a last resort.' … [Read more...] about AI-powered app analyzes the user’s voice to determine whether they are infected with the coronavirus
Experts have been conflicted since the beginning of the outbreak about whether the true number of people who are infected is significantly higher than the official numbers of recorded cases. Some people are expected to have such mild symptoms that they never even realise they are ill unless they're tested, so only the more serious cases get discovered, making the death toll seem higher than it really is. … [Read more...] about UK labs ‘can’t cope’ with mass coronavirus testing, meaning millions of British-made swabbing kits are being sold OVERSEAS
Estimates from Imperial College London show 15 per cent of Spain's population may already have been infected with the coronavirus. Graph shows Imperial College's estimated infection rates (yellow bar) contrasted with each nations' current death rates - how many of those officially diagnosed can be expected to die (red bar) … [Read more...] about UK coronavirus cases could number 1.8MILLION as leading scientists predict one in every 37 Brits has caught the killer illness already