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Biochemical Society launches questionnaire exploring the impact of EU membership on UK molecular bioscience

By Michael Wood, Intern, Biochemical Society

Before the end of 2017 members of the public will be asked, “Should the UK remain part of the EU?” as part of a referendum on the United Kingdom’s EU membership. 310 more words

Science Funding

The 21st Century Cures Act: What Is It And How Does It Affect Scientific Research?

The House of Representatives approved the 21st Century Cures Act on July 10th, 2015. The bill, which was drafted by the Energy and Commerce Committee in the House of Representatives, hopes to “accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery of life saving and life improving therapies, and transform the quest for faster cures”. 1,002 more words

Science Policy

Supportive and collaborative culture among social amoeba specialists

By Dr Jason King, Advanced Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Sheffield

This August I attended the 2015 International Dictyostelium meeting at Royal Holloway in London. Although I have attended this meeting several times in the past, I had only just started my own research group in Sheffield, so felt this was an important opportunity to build the collaborations that will be essential for me to succeed in my new life as a boss. 178 more words

Membership News

Space Billiards #NewHorizons @profmcateer

New Horizons was launched 2006 and has already flown 3 billion miles over 10 years on its journey of discovery. We now know Pluto is active with recent ice flows and a thin atmosphere. 241 more words

Space Travel

Government Priorities (An Adaptation of an OpiWiki Response)

What should our ranking of government priorities be?

This is a very complicated question, because the priorities are not linear. Every dollar of military spending is not the same as every dollar of helping the poor. 775 more words


Commercially-driven research should be funded by loans, not grants

I couldn’t resist a very quick comment on an item in yesterday’s Financial Times. The article may be behind a paywall, so here’s a short extract giving the essential point: 558 more words

Science Politics

Science is Vital at the Conway Hall

Yesterday, as promised, I went up to London to attend the Science is Vital event at the Conway Hall.I was a bit worried that I might not make it in time for the 7 o’clock kick-off, but it turned out that a meeting I was attending finished earlier than expected and I got to the venue in good time. 109 more words

Science Politics