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Why Misjudged Reporting of Ebola Could Kill

(0) Comments | Posted 16 October 2014 | (12:01)

What's the best thing you can do if infected with the Ebola virus? As well as seek treatment and stay hydrated, you should think positive. It may sound surprising, but WHO and other agencies are reporting that a decision to do everything you can to survive can make...

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Gleickgate: Self-Immolation For the Greater Good

(3) Comments | Posted 22 February 2012 | (13:24)

When Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in December 2010, precipitating the Arab Spring, no one complained that he was giving street vendors a bad name, or thoughtlessly putting those around him in danger. Clearly, we expect our scientists to be less impassioned about their...

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So, goodbye UK nuclear

(6) Comments | Posted 13 October 2011 | (13:40)

On Thursday, Chris Huhne admitted in a speech at the Royal Society the UK government has made a consistent foul-up on nuclear energy since the 1950s. "We have made pretty much every mistake human ingenuity could devise," he said, adding "And boy, are we British inventive."

He's right:...

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The Nobel Prize for "nutty" Physics

(0) Comments | Posted 4 October 2011 | (12:12)

On 12 January 1998, astronomer Adam Riess received an email from a colleague. "In your heart, you know that this is wrong," it said.

The "it" in question was the observation, using state of the art telescopes and instrumentation, that the universe is not only expanding, but...

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Meet Marina, the Domestic Extremist

(2) Comments | Posted 13 August 2011 | (00:00)

In a week dominated by a sense of disappointment in our young people, I've just seen something that offers hope: young people breaking the law for good reason.

Just Do It: A Tale of Modern Day Outlaws is a documentary that follows the fortunes of a group of...

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I've Had My Day In Court

(4) Comments | Posted 3 August 2011 | (00:00)

When you write books about science, you don't expect to make the news. On Monday, though, I did. Jake Davis carried my latest book into court, waving it at journalists waiting at the entrance. Davis is accused of taking part in various hacking conspiracies, including an attack that...

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Science vs. the BBC: The Fight Goes On

(1) Comments | Posted 21 July 2011 | (00:00)

Reading Steve Jones' fascinating report on the state of science coverage by the BBC, I was struck by parallels between his recommendations and efforts made by science's elite during the 1940s and 1950s. Nothing has changed it seems.

As Timothy Boon says in his brilliant Films...

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Sex Scandals of Science

(1) Comments | Posted 4 July 2011 | (16:52)

While David Flory awaits trial, I can't help but be amused that the story about a physics professor running a prostitution ring has caused such a scandal. It seems to be the science thing: over on the HuffPo's US site the story carries the tag "Weird News". Why...

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