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A tiny contribution to culture?

This year I would like to think more and do a little less. Or, in other words, to make a better job of fewer things.  This resolution has caused me to think about why I write this blog and whether I should continue to do so.  414 more words

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The curious case of Volta's leaked letter

Sir Joseph Banks, President of the Royal Society in London, sat in the splendour of his office in Somerset House. It was an April morning in the year 1800. 740 more words



The Royal Society explains its motto (“On the word of no one” or “Take nobody’s word for it”) thus :

“It is an expression of the determination of Fellows to withstand the domination of authority and to verify all statements by an appeal to facts determined by experiment.” 35 more words

Grammars 'will not boost poorest pupils' science grades'

By Judith Burns

Top scientists fear plans for more grammar schools in England will not boost disadvantaged pupils’ grades.

Overall, the poorest pupils do worse in science and maths subjects in areas with selective schools, suggests research for… 570 more words


Royal Society Pairing Scheme: science inside the UK Government


As a scientist employed for all of my career in institutions partially funded by the British state it might seem that I would have a good understanding of how the UK Government gets the scientific information it needs and what science goes on within it. 520 more words

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Matt Ridley: My life as a climate change lukewarmer

By Matt Ridley | The Times | January 19, 2015


I am a climate lukewarmer. That means I think recent global warming is real, mostly man-made and will continue but I no longer think it is likely to be dangerous and I think its slow and erratic progress so far is what we should expect in the future.

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