Monthly Archives: August 2009

News from the tower of Babel

This morning, I had a news release from the US National Science Foundation in my inbox: a new ice coring record was set in Greenland this season. That is good news in itself, since it will give climate researchers a … Continue reading

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It’s a control thing, dummy

I enjoyed Science Online London 2009. One topic that seemed to come up in different sessions, particularly on Friday at the wonderful FringeFrivolous, is PR. Here is a loose collection of things that I heard people said about it: it’s … Continue reading

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It’s a numbers game

A long time ago in the last century – a timid biology student – I was temping at Cargill, a big international corporation that trades in just about anything. Their offices in Hamburg were rather inconspicuous: not in one of … Continue reading

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What’s the difference?

I realized recently that, over the last few weeks, I got completely obsessed with hung up on the question what the difference is between physics and biology (and why the type of scientist that will pursue one vs. the other … Continue reading

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Look closer

Last weekend my son, niece, mother and I visited a nature center dedicated to otters, martens, ermines, badgers and the like. It was fantastic. One of my favourite moments was – besides seeing an ermine couple hang out in their … Continue reading

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