Monthly Archives: May 2010

apparently some people think the oil spill isn’t that bad!

which is a bit nuts. but ‘Of Pelicans and Petrol’ says it better than I ever could This is a fantastic article on why oil spills are bad – with a particular focus on wildlife called ‘Well allow me to … Continue reading

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Ivory towers, science and society

why it takes all kinds Ok it appears there is no more money – I mean science, research, business innovation, technology and higher education money, where both the US and the UK governments are making cuts. (see my previous post) … Continue reading

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Do we really need another sputnik before we do something?

Do you like your mobile phone? Do you like the fact that you can use the world wide web to connect with your friends? do you like using your iphone when you sit on a delayed train? Yes? Than why … Continue reading

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Science takes time and we are not all going to die…

well we are, but not by a world taken over by synthetic beings in the near future… Science isn’t very fast, even though it often seems like it especially when we read media reports about ‘new’ scientific breakthroughs… Last week, … Continue reading

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Dumb and Dumber: the mismeasure of women

Oh no here we go again.. Every 5 – 10 years the good old IQ debate comes up…. and usually some minority comes out on bottom, women, African-Americans – yet no one ever asks themselves why is it that White … Continue reading

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Science funding, where do we go from here???

Science needs a Saatchi! Whether you supported the Lib Dems or Labour, or even the Conservatives things are looking pretty dire for science funding. As the New Scientist says in the elections ‘Science is the Loser’. Science is, or rather … Continue reading

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If you vote for science, which party do you choose?

I think its gotta be Labour…. The general buzz (twitter, blogs, newspapers, etc) is that the Lib Dems are the best on science, so if you want to save science – Vote Lib Dem! But it depends on which bit … Continue reading

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Just because you are a scientist doesn’t mean you are morally superior.

Although we sometimes tend to think so – and this isn’t helped by scientists who purport to be morally superior by the fact that they are ‘rational thinkers’ Some scientists like Richard Dawkins appear to think that rational thought (or … Continue reading

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