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Pit of Despair

May 6th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Life

In the book I just finished reading there was a brief reference to some experiments that Harry Harlow did in the 1950s in America. I had never heard of these experiments before and I had not heard of Harry Harlow before but he sounded like a grade A bastard even by the standards of the […]

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The Geek Manifesto

February 28th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Life, Politics

Over the weekend I finished reading an advance copy of The Geek Manifesto by Mark Henderson that Amazon sent me. The book is to be published in May and more information about it can be found at www.geekmanifesto.co.uk Amazon don’t really encourage lengthy reviews, so what I wrote only scratches at the surface of what […]

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Perseids

August 13th, 2010 · Comments Off on Perseids · Life

With all the light pollution here, the air traffic movements from Gatwick, and some clouds and rain in the evening I didn’t hold out much hope of seeing any of the perseid meteor storm tonight, but I was pleasantly surprised.  The rain stopped, the clouds cleared and even with the light coming from windows and […]

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Burning bodies

December 10th, 2009 · Comments Off on Burning bodies · Life

The headline on the Argus website is “Sussex crematoriums to generate electricity” but the full URL for the story is http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/4779646.Sussex_crematoriums_to_generate_electricity_from_bodies/ I think I have a fairly rational, science-based readership here so I probably don’t need to labour the point about all the total point-missing in the story and comments.   Suffice to say, they are […]

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Watcher of the Skies

December 3rd, 2008 · 5 Comments · Life

This always seems to happen.  There was a major astronomical event yesterday and I was oblivious to it until afterwards.  It’s the same with the perseid showers most years: if by some miracle I remember they are happening its a really foggy and/or rainy night.

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Science Friction

August 21st, 2008 · Comments Off on Science Friction · Work

I think I was on the receiving end of one of the best put-downs ever this afternoon, when I went into one of our anorak enclaves to chat with the people whose job it is to actually come up with new ideas, the ones at the sharp end of research & development.

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Gene mapping

April 25th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Technology

I still don’t know whether to be impressed or a bit scared by today’s article about gene mapping.  I can remember hearing about the Human Genome Project when it started, and even before then when it was being talked about.  Back then it sounded like one of those impossible tasks, or at best something that […]

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Alternatives

April 4th, 2008 · Comments Off on Alternatives · Life

A nice quote I came across yesterday about alternative medicine, alternative religion, alternative diets and all the other alternatives: It’s a good thing for people to examine an alternative , but dissatisfaction with the norm can also panic people into falling into love with the first philosophical piece of tail that falls upon their inward […]

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Atomic

January 8th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Life

I just caught the end of a programme on TV tonight which really made me wish I had sat down and watched it from the begining.  It was on BBC Four and was called Atom.  Fortunately it is repeated at 2:00am tomorrow so I have the V+ box set up to record it.

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Evolution

December 12th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Life

I was interested by this story which says that humans are not only still evolving, but are evolving faster now than ever before. Its counter-intuitive which makes it all the more attention-grabbing.

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