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A science blog from award-winning science writer David Bradley covering everything from astronomy to zoology by way of bio, chemistry, nano and physics

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  • September 5, 2008
  • 08:00 AM

Night at the Web Museum

by sciencebase in Sciencebase Science Blog

Years ago when BioMedNet’s HMSBeagle was still sailing the high seas, I wrote a feature for the Adapt or Die careers column on scientific jobs in museums, the feature, which is available on Sciencebase is still relatively valid, but one big aspect of museums that has changed significantly since the Beagle was abandoned in dry [...]... Read more »

Thomas Fotakis, & Anastasios A. Economides. (2008) Art, science/technology and history museums on the web. International Journal of Digital Culture and Electronic Tourism, 1(1), 37. DOI: 10.1504/IJDCET.2008.020134  

  • August 29, 2008
  • 08:00 AM

Zen and the Art of Global Maintenance

by sciencebase in Sciencebase Science Blog

A discussion a while back, over a few beers, with a Buddhist friend about life, the universe, and everything (what else?) got around to the subject of null physics and the notion that the universe may always have existed and may exist for eternity to come.

Sciencebase regulars will know that this concept is covered in [...]... Read more »

  • August 25, 2008
  • 08:00 AM

Boris Johnson, Fop or Geneticist?

by sciencebase in Sciencebase Science Blog

For Scousers, Londoners, fans of BBC’s Have I Got News for You satirical news quiz, and especially to everyone who watched this Beijing to London Olympic handover this week the name Boris Johnson likely drums up an image of some blonde, floppy haired, bedraggled and totally confused Tory toff, who just happens to be Mayor [...]... Read more »

et al. (2008) Geography. Nature.

  • August 7, 2008
  • 08:00 AM

Joined Up Fuels

by sciencebase in Sciencebase Science Blog

The green morals of UK motorists are currently being held to ransom by the government. The government hopes to increase vehicle taxes based on how much pollution a car produces - it’s a green tax, a carbon tax, call it what you will. Some drivers will end up paying twice as much each year to [...]... Read more »

  • August 1, 2008
  • 09:07 AM

Finding Experts

by sciencebase in Sciencebase Science Blog

One of the main tasks in my day-to-day work as a science writer is tracking down experts. The web makes this much easier than it ever was for journalists in decades since. There are times when a contact in a highly specialist area does not surface quickly but there are also times when I know ... Read more »

Sharman Lichtenstein, Sara Tedmori, & Thomas Jackson. (2008) Socio-ethical issues for expertise location from electronic mail. International Journal of Knowledge and Learning, 4(1), 58. DOI: 10.1504/IJKL.2008.019737  

  • July 28, 2008
  • 08:09 AM

Mass v Gas and the Biomass Buzz

by sciencebase in Sciencebase Science Blog

There are two main schools of thought when it comes to oil supply. There are those who believe that oil supplies are strictly limited and that we have passed the peak and will soon (40 to 60 years) run out of oil with which to power our vehicles. Then are those who believe supplies could ... Read more »

Maria Sudiro, & Alberto Bertucco. (2008) Production of synthetic gasoline and diesel fuels by alternative processes using natural gas, coal and biomass: process simulation and economic analysis. International Journal of Alternative Propulsion, 2(1), 13-25.

  • July 18, 2008
  • 08:11 AM

Fair Use Rights

by sciencebase in Sciencebase Science Blog

Intellectual property, copyright, creative commons, copyleft, open access… These are all terms high on the science and other agenda these days. For example, public-funded scientists the world over are calling for research results to be available free to them and their peers for the public good and for the good of scientific advancement itself. Librarians ... Read more »

  • July 16, 2008
  • 06:13 AM

Unnatural Approach to Diabetes

by sciencebase in Sciencebase Science Blog

As regular readers will be aware, I’m very skeptical of crank claims. Usually, these will claim to cure everything from premenstrual cramps to cancer by way of motor neurone disease and ingrowing toenails, all of them, with one pill. Forgive my flippancy, but the claims of many of those touting such panaceas usually beggars belief.
But ... Read more »

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