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How your friends can make you fat, happy and smoke-free!

Peter Griffin posted in on January 7th, 2009.

New Scientist‘s cover story this week looks at some fascinating social research under way that suggests moods, attitudes, behaviours can spread through social networks influencing people you may not even know directly but through other friends. Some groundbreaking research has been done in this area by Nicholas Christakis, a medical sociologist at Harvard Medical School […]

NZ methane mitigation research in New Scientist

Peter Griffin posted in on December 27th, 2008.

The current issue of New Scientist features an interesting article which draws on research underway in New Zealand and highlights the challenges the world faces in its atempts to combat climate change: “Rising populations and incomes are expected to double the global demand for meat and milk from 229 to 465 million tonnes and 580 […]

the arithmetic of relentless consumption

Peter Griffin posted in on October 21st, 2008.

New Scientist points out a few home truths this week in its special issue “The Folly of Growth”. Basically, the economic development the world is experiencing is unsustainable, something that’s worth keeping in mind as electioneering politicians use OECD growth statistics to make a point about our economic progress or lack thereof compared to other […]

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