The Guardian: ‘Crime and punishment: the ethics of the (other) Met museum’

How does the Metropolitan police plug its £500m shortfall? The Conservative group on the London Assembly thinks it has found at least a partial solution: throw open the doors of the Met’s crime museum – currently accessible by invitation only – and charge a hefty entrance fee. The museum, housed in two rooms on the second floor of New Scotland Yard, holds a collection of grisly artefacts relating to some of the most notorious cases of the...

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New Humanist: ‘Getting tough on the faith healing scammers’

The phrase “bogus faith healer” probably strikes you as something of a tautology, but let’s put such quibbles aside for one moment. Coventry’s trading standards officers are so concerned about a spate of leaflets and small ads promising to cure bad luck, depression or physical illness through prayer or spells – in return for hefty cash payments, of course – that they have issued an official alert. The statement warns local...

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New Humanist: ‘They didn’t come from outer space’

“So, where are they then?” That question, allegedly posed in 1950 by physicist Enrico Fermi, neatly captures the contradiction between the apparently high probability of extraterrestrial life and the complete lack of evidence for it. It’s a mystery that’s never far from the surface in Alien Revolution, the Royal Observatory’s new exhibition exploring our changing perception of alien life from the 16th century to the present day. Read the full...

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