British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission [source: Wikipedia]

Above a certain amount, cash ceases to be useful. Anyone making serious profits from criminal activity needs the money in a less suspicious, more amenable form—in a bank account to start with, and then perhaps invested in something more exciting: a helicopter (Arnoldo Aléman, corrupt ex-President of Nicaragua), or a $15 million New York apartment… Continue Reading ➤

A New Social Medicine

[Source: PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images]

Do short-term financial interests compromise delivery of long-term scientific objectives? The free market regularly compels companies to maximise profit for shareholders, but this can stifle the development of solutions to big problems. This problem extends across vital sectors such as Energy, Defence, Transport, Finance and Agriculture but it is particularly visible within the Pharmaceutical industry…. Continue Reading ➤

Inflating another Bubble?

[source: wikimedia]

Since the 2008 recession, journalists and politicians have spilt much ink arguing over the nature and sustainability of the economic recovery in the UK. Pessimists first lamented a prolonged period of GDP flat-lining as the economy tinkered on the edge of a double-dip recession. Now that the UK is poised to be the fastest growing… Continue Reading ➤

Dubai: an economic paradox?

[source: Beth Swords]

Dubai has seen eight bear markets, in which the daily stock market has declined by 20% or more, in the past six years.  On June 30th, the benchmark DFM General Index lost 26% in value. But Dubai is still considered one of the fastest growing markets in the world. Volatility is often considered an impediment… Continue Reading ➤

What next for the Union?

[source: Wikipedia]

How fitting that last week, just when the Yes campaign looked like it might win and Westminster burst into flames of panic, J.M. W. Turner’s ‘The Burning of Parliament’ took centre stage in the Tate Britain’s new exhibition of our greatest artist’s late masterpieces. Turner witnessed the blaze at first hand in 1834, and it… Continue Reading ➤

Going Viral: the Human Impact on Emerging Infections

[source; U.S. Department of Agriculture]

In a rapidly changing world, where human modification of the environment has become routine global practice, are we paving the way for emerging viral infections? In the mid-20th century, a naïve belief began to surface that in the future, infectious disease would be consigned to history; that our improved sanitation, better socioeconomic conditions and medical… Continue Reading ➤