Science Snippets

As you, the sharp-eyed reader, will already know I am quite promiscuous when it comes to blogging and am afraid my loyalties lie not only with Sig Figs but with another site that goes by the name of Sciencebase. Over on that blog, I tend to cover science stories, offering my own news and views on recent happenings. So, here is a little taster of a few recent posts. Of course, those of you with the sharpest of eyes will already be regular visitors to Sciencebase and will have signed up for the site’s newsfeed and bonus features.

  • Getting into the Cochrane Library for free

    Today, I was following up a press release about a review of clinical trials. The analysis suggests that the cannabinoid receptor antagonist rimonabant could help people quit smoking without gaining weight. The research was published today in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews…

  • When blogging gets you fired

    You wouldn’t think that writing up a few random thoughts in a blog could get anyone into trouble, would you? Obviously, if you’re making libelous statements then some day soon you are going to be sued, allegedly. But, most of us are sensible enough not to slander anyone in print, in person, or…

  • Harry Potter and the Terrorist Threat

    Could the UK government’s response to the terrorist threat since 9/11 be the basis of plots and story lines in the Harry Potter series of books? Judith Rauhofer of the University of Central Lancashire believes so and has carried out a study of JK Rowling’s fictional accounts of the exploits of…

  • Arctic droughts, plastic breakdown, and liquid telescopes

    This month’s intute Spotlight from David Bradley is now available online: Telescopic lunar liquid : A liquid reflector for a vast Newtonian telescope to be based on the surface of the Moon is being developed by scientists in Canada, UK, and US. The new type of telescope could provide the clearest…

  • Viz Comic to win science writing award

    When I was a kid growing up in the North East of England, the literature was limited, but there was one item of essential reading: Viz Comic . This crudely produced and photocopied newsheet used to worm its way from brothers Chris and Simon Donald’s bedroom to our school with its vulgar, laugh out loud humor…

  • Environmental intuition on the web

    Intute is the Science, Engineering and Technology component of a JISC project based out of England’s University of Manchester and the Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. It offers a free online service with what it describes as the very best web resources for scientific research and education.…

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