Monthly Archives: December 2010

Lonely hounds seek love online

A fun front page story for a festive Sunday Times. Brilliant new Kennel Club initiative aims to combat inbreeding with a ‘matchmaking’ site, which selects the healthiest pairings.

This has become necessary because some breeds have reached critical levels of inbreeding.

If you’re interested in finding out more, ‘Pedigree Dogs Exposed’ is a scary and important BBC investigation into some of the poor practices among pedigree breeders.

Article is here on the Sunday Times website, or full text is below.

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One giant lift for mankind

Science fiction authors have fantasised about an elevator that could reach into space since Arthur C Clarke’s A Fountain of Paradise. Now the discovery of carbon nanotubes could make fantasy a reality.

These threadlike structures, less than 1/50,000 the width of a hair, are stronger than steel: a string the size of a sewing thread could bear the weight of a car.

Full text on the Sunday Times website here, or read on.

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