Monthly Archives: June 2010

What open data can do

There’s an article by John Naughton in The Observer this morning – What a bright spark can do with open data – and the tools to use it. Matthew Somerville & friends have taken train data and the application programming … Continue reading

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Bizarre Bacteria

I had to post this on here – this picture was in an ad at my local GM garage showing the nasty things that might be lurking in your vehicle air’s conditioning, giving examples of algae, water, and strange bacteria … Continue reading

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V.S. Ramachandran: What neuroscience can tell us about human nature (Royal Institution Friday Evening Discourse)

I remember listening to the Reith Lectures in 2003 (available to listen again on the BBC website, including full transcripts) and being fascinated by them, so I was really looking forward to hearing V.S. Ramachandran give this discourse on neuroscience … Continue reading

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Mathematics Celebration at the Royal Institution

Just had rather a full day in London, a lot of it spent at the Royal Institution (Ri). Earlier in the year my daughter attended a series of Saturday Mathematics Masterclasses for Year 8 & 9 students at the University … Continue reading

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Prince William, FRS

Prince William was made a Fellow of the Royal Society yesterday. Fellowship is explained here, but is usually acquired by election following a peer review process, and the main criterion for election is scientific excellence. The Royal Society website explains … Continue reading

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Desmond Elliott Prize winner announced

The winner of the £10,000 Desmond Elliott Prize for new writers was announced tonight as Ali Shaw’s The Girl with Glass Feet, published by Atlantic Books at £7.99. Shaw has worked as a bookseller and at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, … Continue reading

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Important information from the BBC News website

Currently the most popular story on the BBC News website is TV Star Dec Misses England World Cup Goal. Key points of this story include that this was because of a power cut, that he found out about the goal … Continue reading

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