Category Archives: science and society

Inside my genome

Or: Craig Venter and I1 I spat into a tube this morning: This is to participate in a study called “Inside your genome” that is run by the good folks at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. The study offers 1000 … Continue reading

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We (still only just) have the tiger by its tail (do we?)

These last two weeks, my mind has been running in turbo-mode somewhere in the background because of the negotiations going on in Copenhagen. I cannot find the time to post on this – so I am re-posting something (below the … Continue reading

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I can’t get it ouf of my head

As I am sitting home with a nasty cold and my head full of snot, I thought I’d share some of the goodness. I will not talk about the subtle irony that I got both the seasonal and the H1N1 … Continue reading

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How to explain science to your friends

Eh – excuse me for a second while I get off the fence… (sounds of scrambling) …I finally lost my innocence yesterday morning. Unexpectedly, first cup of coffee in my hand, eyes barely open, I came across the first really … Continue reading

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Catchy headlines vs. sound science – interview with John Cullen

John Cullen holds the Killam Chair in Ocean Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He spends a lot of time thinking about and investigating the effects of large-scale iron fertilization of the ocean. Together with colleagues, he has … 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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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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“You’re always at work now, mommy!”

…my son said this morning while I was frantically rushing around to get dressed, pack my lunch, throw the laptop in my bag and grab my charged mobile phone, and run out of the door to catch the bus at … Continue reading

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When you believe in things that you don’t understand…

How about goutweed: Aegopodium podagraria Goutweed, or Ground elder (which, tellingly, made it to number two on Brian Derby’s most hated list in Cath’s weed post) must be the most hated plant of gardeners here in Germany – it certainly … Continue reading

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Just something to consider

Good luck to every science blogger who is participating in the competition to go to the Antarctic with Quark Expeditions! And congratulations to clever Quark who, by recruiting science bloggers, may get some sciencey/environmental validation for their enterprise this way. … Continue reading

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