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It’s not about being patriotic or British—not that there’s necessarily anything wrong with either of those. It’s about those who, when the time came, gave whatever they could for what they believed in. It’s about those who died; those who … Continue reading

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Science is Vital meets David Willetts

Cross-posted from Science is Vital. Following the publication of our report on science careers in the UK, which drew on nearly 700 responses to a call for evidence, members of the Science is Vital team met with Minister of State … Continue reading

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On taking a good look at ourselves

Cross-posted from Naturally Selected for added controversy. Perhaps the most distinctive and powerful thing about Science is its tendency, or rather proclivity to ask searching, even uncomfortable questions. And unlike belief systems, or ideological and political and movements, or pseudoscience, … Continue reading

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Open letter to Simon Hughes, MP

Cross-posted from the BioLOG. Dear Simon Thank you for signing Early Day Motion 767. This implies you support continued (if not increased) public funding of scientific research, along with many of your colleagues in the Coalition. Today we learned that … Continue reading

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On being very, very cross

I responded to Duncan’s comment somewhat incoherently: Blah. UK must invest heavily in scientific research … economic competitive advantage Blah I’m not cross at Duncan, not by any means. No, my ire is directed at those public servants, those ‘leading … Continue reading

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