What the readers saw

Once again, a round up of views and ideas from our regulars

Don’t use soap is the jaw dropping idea of Dr James Hamblin, a lecturer at Yale Medical School. Apparently we have been misusing it for a century ,and this is destroying our microbiomes, which protect us from harmful organisms, as well as leading to auto immune diseases and eczema. But what are we all going to smell like? This one was brought to us by both Dr Stephen Day of Norfolk and Mr Peter Seymour of Hertfordshire. Here’s a plug, and a link from the Guardian.

Clean: The New Science of Skin and the Beauty of Doing Less by James Hamblin is published on 6 August by The Bodley Head (£16.99). To order a copy, go to guardianbookshop.com. Delivery charges may apply.


New times, new materials is a truism of every age in transition, First there was stone, then there was bronze, then iron and steel. If we are going to make the transition to a sustainable world graphene, which was only discovered in 2004, may play a big part. We thank Mr Gary Herbert of Hertfordshire for the links to a youtube and a website which discuss this fascinating new material, Investors on stand by?


Four wheels good Four wheels bad One of the delusions of the human mind is that if you abolish an obvious injustice, or right an obvious wrong, then we will all move to a land flowing with milk and honey, with endless beer and skittles and metaphors dripping from the tree of virtue. Combustion vehicles are unsustainable. But we need to be very, very careful indeed about what replaces them, as this article from Forbes by Tilak Doshi shows. Thanks again to the indefatigable Gary Herbert for the link. All progress is slow, uncertain, and needs rethinking at every step of the way!


#microbiome #soap #washing #graphene #globalwarming #electricvehicles #tesla #university ofmanchester

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