Category Archives: Good Science/Research Blogging

Why we shouldn’t be afraid of synthetic biology

No # today, because this is a science blogging post and not A Thing I Have Learned. I just read a fantastically interesting New York Times article on Craig Venter and his attempt to create artificial life. It’s a great … Continue reading

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Did you think cold winters meant we were off the hook?

More fool you: The problem with scientific research is that we can extrapolate trends moderately well, but we aren’t very good at specifics. We can confidently state that the world is getting hotter, on average, year by year and that … Continue reading

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You’ll find me in two, three and, occasionally, seven.

The above image from Neuroskeptic details the nine circles of scientific hell with the punishments the author deems reasonable. Neuroskeptic makes the point that in Dante’s original poem there was space for all men in Hell because even good people … Continue reading

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Libel

I blog and I don’t pull my punches when I do so. So far, my blog is too small to attract much attention and I have yet to write any posts seriously attacking the kind of people who sling libel … Continue reading

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Tread Softly

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half-light, I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, … Continue reading

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Someone tell Vince Cable we can’t do time travel yet.

Ok, ok, I know. I said I was going on holiday, and I am, after just this one more post… Isn’t it always the way that something really important always happens just as you’re walking away from the office? Yesterday … Continue reading

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Roll of honor

I’m fairly realistic about humans and the things they do, on the whole. I don’t expect much from society and I am seldom disappointed. I try and keep abreast of the latest developments in human selfishness and depravity as, in … Continue reading

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A brace of videos on the most bracing of energy solutions.

When I watch videos like this, I want to shout from the roof top in frustration “WHY AREN’T WE ALREADY DOING THIS?!” In the light of the ongoing and increasingly worrisome Horizon oil spill it becomes even more relevant. I’d … Continue reading

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Some graphic design

These just popped into my head this afternoon, so I sat up until 4.30 am doing them. I am an idiot. It only took me that long because my laptop wasn’t up to the job, but I couldn’t stop till … Continue reading

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Scientists are never 100% certain*

Scientists live in a topsy turvy world of theory, doubt and questioning. We learn to observe evidence and seek it out through careful experimentation. We take our observations and, with meticulous care, we weave each new strand of information into … Continue reading

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