|Friday 28 May 2010|
|An engaging tale, packed with myths|
Christian Salmon’s book rightly notes the increasing use of narrative in modern life, but his ‘anti-capitalist’ instincts get in the way of understanding why.
|Thursday 8 April 2010|
|Whatever happened to innovation?|
ELECTION ESSAY: James Woudhuysen explores the roots of the establishment’s neglect of scientific and technological innovation.
|Thursday 11 March 2010|
|How the state is a roadblock to progress|
Red tape-obsessed, visionless governments are holding back the kind of big and risky innovation society needs.
|Friday 29 January 2010|
|Do we need a more venturesome economy?|
It is true that in the world economy, R&D, laboratories and national competitiveness aren’t everything – but they count for more than Amar Bhidé suggests.
|Wednesday 11 November 2009|
|Still no clear policy on nuclear energy|
New Labour’s commitment to nuclear is half-hearted at best, and goes hand in hand with more policing of our energy use.
|Friday 30 October 2009|
|State intervention is no substitute for innovation|
British industry isn’t dead by any means, but if low-carbon jobs and protectionism trump new research and development, it soon will be.
|Wednesday 19 August 2009|
|New Labour’s power vacuum|
The UK government’s obsession with energy self-sufficiency and renewables looks set to lead to blackouts in the next few years.
|Tuesday 21 July 2009|
|Who’s afraid of electric vehicles?|
Green opposition even to eco-friendly electric cars shows that what environmentalists really dislike is travel itself.
|Tuesday 7 July 2009|
|The green man’s burden|
Why is Greenpeace calling on the UK to lecture nations like China, when the Chinese are cleaning up faster than us?
|Monday 29 June 2009|
|Let’s go back to the |
moon — and beyond
As the 40th anniversary of the first manned moon landing approaches, backward attitudes here on Earth have tainted our view of lunar exploration.
|Friday 26 June 2009|
|Gladwell: hero or zero?|
One reviewer is disappointed that Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers reveals more about the author’s prejudices than it does the nature of success, while another is won over by Gladwell's emphasis on hard work.
|Monday 15 June 2009|
|Risk-taking, R&D and the recession|
Contributing to the spiked/CMP debate on the future of business, an innovation expert demands real wealth creation.
|Wednesday 27 May 2009|
|An R&D recession|
Today’s economic crisis partly springs from years and years of under-investment in research and development.
|Thursday 30 April 2009|
|The myth that New Labour is pro-nuclear|
Everyone from big business to greens imagines that British government policy favours nuclear energy. It doesn’t.
|Tuesday 7 April 2009|
|A Fu Manchu of the dot com age?|
Claims that Chinese cyber-spies are plotting world domination through the World Wide Web are greatly exaggerated.
|Thursday 19 March 2009|
|The recession and the Politics of Fumbling|
The consistent incompetence of politicians is no accident: it is testament to their lack of a cohering ideology.
|Friday 30 January 2009|
|The world needs abundant, cheap, clean energy|
In an extract from their new book, Energise!, James Woudhuysen and Joe Kaplinsky argue that climate change is real, but the answer is to invest boldly in new forms of power supply not moralise about personal consumption.
|Monday 12 January 2009|
|The CFLs are on, but nobody’s home|
The mad green war on light bulbs won’t save much electricity - it’s about enforcing moral rectitude in the home.
|Monday 22 December 2008|
|Global rivalries go green|
Climate change will be a central part of government agendas in 2009 - and a rich source of diplomatic squabbles, too.
|Wednesday 16 July 2008|
|Nothing Romantic about environmentalists|
The great nineteenth-century English poets waxed lyrical about nature, but they still believed in humanity - unlike today’s eco-pessimists.