Despite being a regular visitor to California over the last couple of years, I’ve only today made the two hour drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara; and a beautiful and interesting place it turned out to be.
European Commission press release.
Fast and reliable access to research results, especially via the Internet, can drive innovation, advance scientific discovery and support the development of a strong knowledge-based economy.
There’s been some debate – but sure. Kids today get nothing like this question from my 1980 Physics paper (reproduced from memory, so there may be some insignificant errors).
With reference to my post Criminally in Pain, this Guardian article shows just how messed up the medicinal cannabis story has become in the USA. In a nutshell: the State endorses, the Federal Government prohibits. Not helping the debate over Psilocybin and headaches. Latest position 15 September 2008 Federal Court Rules Against Bush Administration’s Subversion
Alright class, settle down. Hands up all those who remember the original Young Scientists of the Year competition? I am talking about the weekly BBC1 television reportage, between 1972 and 1981, of the bloody battles for scientific supremacy waged between competing UK schools. This was prime time science on the telly, presented by Paddy Feeny and John Tidmarsh, with the enthusiastic participation of judges Sir George Porter, Prof. Heinz Wolff (pictured), Dr Colin Blakemore, Prof Eric Ash, Prof Aubrey Manning and Dr Donald Broadbent.
In dusting down an old review magazine from my former school, I couldn’t help but notice a similarity, in tone and content, between the mission statement from one of the more formatively influential past headmasters, and some of my favourite lines from Thomas Huxley. As to which of these inspired me the most, or whether the ethos of the one led to a later empathy with the other – I cannot say. Both statements follow.
High Temperature Ultrasonics and the Journey to the Centre of the Earth Regrettably, what would have been a post of seismic implication and importance, was today unexpectedly swirled to the core of the earth in an unruly cyclone of molten iron. When, or if, it surfaces – I shall publish. In the meantime read this.
t must be over ten years since I last visited the Science Museum in Birmingham (UK), so yesterday’s visit to the present incarnation at Birmingham’s Millenium Point was way overdue. Now called Thinktank, the museum’s new name is more than simple rebranding – there have been some real content changes as well as the location. The most obvious change is the introduction of the Science Centre format. On reflection, the old Science Museum was always a little ahead of its time when it came to interactivity.
Earlier this year I captured some thoughts on the plight of cluster headache sufferers (one of whom is a close acquaintance) and the broader issues raised by research, or rather the lack of research, into a particular drug. I’ve updated the original article with only a few changes, as unfortunately nothing much seems to have progressed….