Category Archives: News and Views

What can we learn from Tim hunt’s ‘problem with girls’: A female scientist’s opinion

“Let me tell you about my trouble with girls … three things happen when they are in the lab … You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you and when you criticise them, they cry.” – … Continue reading

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The open access debate: Should we pay for knowledge?

One of the bigger issues facing researchers today is how to access scientific information. A lot of research is published in restricted access journals, where the information is hidden behind a paywall. But, many scientists feel like this should not … Continue reading

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The decline of the antibiotic – taking medicine back to the dark ages?

After being struck down with a particularly nasty chest infection, I initially put off going to see the doctor and instead opted for lots of rest, fluids and self-medication. After suffering at home for a few weeks with no alleviation … Continue reading

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Is pressure to publish causing scientific fraud?

A paper which was widely regarded as an exciting breakthrough has come under scrutiny, with some people suggesting that the results were false, or even fabricated. This is not the first time that a major study has been subject to … Continue reading

Posted in Louise Walker, News and Views, Scientific method | 5 Comments

Should Backyard Brains bug out?

A US company, Backyard Brains, has recently been criticised for marketing a device which allows users to create their own ‘cyborg’ cockroach, using a mobile phone app to control the critter’s movements. The ‘kickstarter’ funded project, headed by graduate students … Continue reading

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Comments: The future of secondary school science

Exam time is fast approaching and once again this year pupils will not only be fretting about their potential grades, but also over the following inevitable barrage of claims concerning falling exam standards. Yes, however hard you may have worked … Continue reading

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News and Views: The Brain Activity Mapping Project – What’s the plan?

“If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn’t” – Dr. Emerson Pugh Isabelle Abbey: An ambitious project intended to unlock the inscrutable mysteries of nerve cell interactions in … Continue reading

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