Monthly Archives: July 2010

Confusing icons

In the good old days of Windows 3.1 I used to just have one or two web pages open at a time – sometimes more if I was feeling daring. Now I seem to have about 20 tabs in my … Continue reading

Posted in Froth | 4 Comments

Publish and be jailed

I read an interesting account of the recent arrest of a research chemist in the USA. Chemical and Engineering News reports the case of Ke-xue Huang, a former Dow AgroSciences employee, who was arrested by the FBI for “theft of … Continue reading

Posted in Copyright and IP | 3 Comments

Looking at an old funding decision

A historical article by Martin Johnson et al in Human Reproduction gives a fascinating insight into research funders’ thinking nearly 40 years ago. In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is widespread these days but still manages to excite controversy in some quarters. … Continue reading

Posted in Ethics, Research Councils, Research management | 5 Comments

Copyright, data and research

I have written on copyright before. It is one of those things that are important but very hard to raise much enthusiasm about. Praise is due therefore to the British Library for their latest effort. They have just released a … Continue reading

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Librarians and what we do – conference musings

I have just returned from the Health Libraries Group (HLG) Conference held at the Lowry Centre in Manchester Salford. I don’t often go to this biennial event, though I am a member of the Health Libraries Group. I am not … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Libraries and librarians | 5 Comments

Strength and grace

Tonight I have the privilege to take part in a performance of Mahler’s 8th Symphony at the Royal Albert Hall in London. I will be singing in the Crouch End Festival Chorus, joining the BBC Symphony Chorus, Sydney Philharmonic Choirs, … Continue reading

Posted in Friends, Music | 4 Comments