Many years ago there was a competition in the New Statesman magazine which asked readers to summarise great works of literature in newspaper headlines. Hamlet became 'Five die in palace brawl'. Genesis was 'God says 'Man to blame''. And, most tasteless of all, Joan of Arc was rendered as 'Phew! What a scorcher'.
All major car manufacturers are secretly lobbying the European Commission (EC) to relax its target for cutting climate-wrecking pollution from exhausts, a leaked document has revealed.
A confidential memo from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association to the Environment Commissioner, Margot Wallström, claims that the proposed cuts will “seriously damage” the industry. The association represents Ford, General Motors, DaimlerChrysler, BMW, Fiat, Renault, Peugeot Citroen, Volvo, Volkswagen and four others.
A FEW seconds after the accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor in Pennsylvania began, more than a hundred warning lights were flashing in the control room. "I would have liked to have thrown away the alarm panel," one of the duty operators, Craig Faust, said later. "It wasn't giving us any useful information."
MILLIONS of people with thyroid disease are being given excessive doses of radiation that could increase their risk of contracting cancer. That's the conclusion of the Swedish Radiation Protection Authority (SSI), which says many hospitals around the world are ignoring international recommendations to minimise patients' exposure to radiation.