Posts Tagged ‘Guardian’
“What is love” was the most searched phrase on Google in 2012, according to the company…The Guardian has gathered writers from the fields of science, psychotherapy, literature, religion and philosophy to give their definition of the much-pondered word.
The physicist: ‘Love is chemistry’
Biologically, love is a powerful neurological condition like hunger or thirst, only more permanent. We talk about love being blind or unconditional, in the sense that we have no control over it. But then, that is not so surprising since love is basically chemistry. While lust is a temporary passionate sexual desire involving the increased release of chemicals such as testosterone and oestrogen, in true love, or attachment and bonding, the brain can release a whole set of chemicals: pheromones, dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin, oxytocin and vasopressin. However, from an evolutionary perspective, love can be viewed as a survival tool – a mechanism we have evolved to promote long-term relationships, mutual defence and parental support of children and to promote feelings of safety and security.
• Jim Al-Khalili is a theoretical physicist and science writer
Bat embryos – Molossus rufus (black mastiff bat) – photographed by Dorit Hockman of Cambridge University, one of the finalists in the Nikon Small World 2012 photomicrography competition.
I haven’t visited the daily GUARDIAN Eyewitness photography section in a while. Cranked it up on my iPad and this is among the latest goodie published.
The world’s longest tunnel-to-tunnel suspension bridge has opened in China. Construction of the Aizhai extra large suspension bridge, which carries traffic 355m above the valley floor, took over four years. Designed to ease congestion in the mountainous region, it will cut the time needed to traverse the canyon from 30 minutes to one.
Phew! Not the kind of job I ever volunteered for.
A GUARDIAN Eyewitness photo.
This winning entry in the youth environment section of the Sony world photography awards was taken by a 17-year-old South African, Bernard Pieterse, deep in the Namib desert.
Employees work on an A350 Airbus plane at the company’s facility near Saint-Nazaire, western France. The company is to hire 4,000 staff in 2012, about half of them in France.
The growth at Airbus is matched pretty much one-for-one at Boeing. As the global economy shuffles forward from the joys brought to us by an unregulated Wall Street, an underfunded SEC, a total disregard for oversight, honesty and integrity for a decade or more – some aspects continue to grow slowly and steadily – especially in capital goods.
In spite of 19th Century ideologues who prefer to return us to Bush-league standards.
Daylife/Getty Images used by permission
The rotten parliament is dissolved; this week a new one will be elected. Scores of incumbents who fiddled their expenses will be evicted. Many who did not are standing down anyway, too defeated by the public’s loathing of politicians to face the campaign trail.
So change is inevitable. Parliament will be full of novice MPs. It might also, if current opinion polls are borne out, be hung…
The vital context for this election is the twin crises in our economy and our politics. On both issues most credit accrues to the Liberal Democrats. Their Treasury spokesman Vince Cable was prescient in warning of an unsustainable debt bubble; Nick Clegg pushed for greater openness about expenses long before the scandal erupted.
The Lib Dems have in recent years developed a habit of getting things right. They were first of the big three to embrace environmentalism, first to kick back against the assault on civil liberties, alone in opposing the Iraq war…
The thrust of Nick Clegg’s manifesto is right on political reform, right on tax reform that would redistribute wealth from high finance to ordinary citizen, right on liberty and equality…
The Tories have misdiagnosed the country’s problems and offer the wrong prescriptions. They think society is broken, and think wedding bells can fix it. They say the economy is wounded, and offer cuts to save it.
For all the government’s failings and mistakes over 13 years, Labour’s historic instinct is to protect those most vulnerable in a harsh economic climate. Many voters will want to reward that instinct even if it has been poorly expressed by the party’s high command. There are constituencies where the only way to ensure a presence in parliament that might halt a Tory assault on public services is to support the local Labour candidate…
There is a moral imperative to consider in this election, distinct from the old Labour-Tory contest. Opinion polls throughout the campaign suggest that the country wants the Lib Dems to take a place of equal standing alongside the other main parties. A grossly unfair voting system has historically deprived them of that right. It is vital this time that they win a mandate for real change expressed in the overall share of the vote, not just in the discredited distribution of seats in parliament.
There is only one party on the ballot paper that, by its record in the old parliament, its manifesto for the new one and its leader’s performance in the campaign, can claim to represent an agenda for radical, positive change in politics. That party is the Liberal Democrats. There is only one way clearly to endorse that message and that is to vote Liberal Democrat.
Bravo! I only wish we had the understanding, gumption and long-term will here in the United States to offer a similar choice.
This long-tailed slug, discovered on leaves in Borneo’s high-altitude forest, is part of an unusual invertebrate family that uses chalky ‘love darts’ in courtship.
Eyewitness is Guardian’s first service that has a mode specially designed for the iPad. I enjoy the hell out of it. One of the most satisfying apps I have found – so far. Not that I’m looking for many.
My essential review of the iPad only takes two sentences:
The iPad easily replaces a laptop used as a laptop. It does not replace a laptop used as a desktop computer.
Works for me.