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Tag Archives: politics
So, you know how seismologists are entirely capable of accurately predicting earthquakes, right? No? Well, there’s a good reason for that – they can’t. Human technology is simply not capable of warning us when or where an earthquake might strike. … Continue reading
Poor UKIRT. You may remember me writing a few months ago about the regrettble decision by the UK government to pull the plug on the United Kingdom InfraRed Telescope (UKIRT) and shut down all operations by September 2013. This was after … Continue reading
This, which I probably should have posted first, is the inspiration I had behind writing this. Neil deGrasse Tyson’s speech. “We Stopped Dreaming.” I have a lot of things I could say to this, but I’m not going to. Not … Continue reading
Les temps sont durs pour les rêveurs. Et les temps sont durs pour les astronomes aussi. The UK has been determined to drop any and all astronomical operations in Hawaii ever since that fateful research repriositisation in 2009. I just … Continue reading
I’m really quite dismayed that the UK government seem determined to cut funding from scientific research. Dismayed and, frankly, disappointed. After all the times in the past when funding has been mercilessly slashed, you’d think they’d be running out of … Continue reading
Well, the STFC announced their delightful set of reprioritisations today. The outlook? Not good. Especially not for those of us who’re still early in our scientific careers. I haven’t had a chance to look over it properly myself yet (a … Continue reading
Those who hold the purse strings for science funding in the UK aren’t doing any favours to anyone recently. Not to themselves and certainly not to researchers early in their careers like me. The minutes from a recent meeting of … Continue reading
A very happy 200th birthday to Mr Charles Darwin! Perhaps it’s a fitting birthday present that The Catholic Church, so it seems, are being very amicable towards the concept of evolution. To quote a few choice cuts directly from that … Continue reading
Well, being the new year, I think it’s time to stop being such a wastrel and actually sign up for membership to a few societies and associations. The Royal Astronomical Society Unfortunately, my RAS application form has been sitting, filled … Continue reading