Monday, November 16, 2009
On Thursday, 10 September the Prime Minister apologised for the treatment of Alan Turing, who took his own life two years after he was prosecuted for being gay. The apology came in response to a petition, created by computer scientist, John Graham-Cumming, which has over 30,000 signatories.
The Prime Minister’s apology also recognised Alan Turing’s vital role during World War Two:
Turing was a quite brilliant mathematician, most famous for his work on breaking the German Enigma codes. It is no exaggeration to say that, without his outstanding contribution, the history of World War Two could well have been very different.
And the Prime Minister concluded by saying:
So on behalf of the British government, and all those who live freely thanks to Alan’s work I am very proud to say: we’re sorry, you deserved so much better.
These quotes are taken from The Official site of the Prime Minister’s Office, and the full apology is available at http://www.number10.gov.uk/Page20571.
This article quoted from the IMA site
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I also have some interesting science-related plans which will be highly funding-dependent. I will keep you posted of developments.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
"Doesn't contain Kryptonite (but does contain soya)".
What originally caught my attention though was the advice:
Treat Hunky Dorys like Gremlins. Keep them cool, dry & away from bright lights &strong flavours.
I don't remember the strong flavours being a problem for the gremlins but it's been a few years since I last saw it. Must re-watch!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
you will find a blog called Confessions of a Science Librarian.
Read the May 4th post entitled 'Is Canada losing the lab-rat race?'. In fact, read plenty of the articles as otherwise I'll have to keep linking to them.
In the aforementioned article we see that the worldwide epidemic of poorly paid lab-trapped souls is certainly rife in Canada. There will be no success in outreach programmes until we don't have to lie to prospective scientists and make science seem more glamorous than it really is.
Also of interest in terms of the dissemination of scientific ideas is this one day conference in Dublin. Perhaps I will see you there.
Friday, May 1, 2009
VERDICT: INSOMNIA INDUCING
Won the 1985 Nebula Award and the 1986 Hugo Award. A thoroughly enjoyable book. Set in the future, the tale centres around the life of a boy and the struggles he faces. Despite the science-fiction background this is a story of humanity with well-developed characters and a page-turning plot. My only complaints about the book are (1) there are ONLY 6 further books in the series and 4 in the related shadow series, hoping for more as he's still writing (2) The rest of my life was accidentally put on hold while reading these books, still recovering from the extreme sleep deprivation. I will tell you nothing further, I read the book based only on the recommendation that it was a good book and I'm glad no one spoiled it on me.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Personally I think that discrimination based on race is still rife in the United States, only now it happens for several different races. In addition the poverty gap is immense and the polarisation of social classes has been noticed as a basis for discrimination. I agree that the Section 5 of the act as it stands, applying to only a handful of areas, is highly divisive. However I believe that, rather than discarding it, they should extend the provision to all states, counties and jurisdictions and reinforce the multi-faceted nature of the anti-discrimination act.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I was reading 'Confessions of a Science Librarian' and found this:
Check out the syllabus for ENG 371WR: Writing for Nonreaders in the Postprint Era:
As print takes its place alongside smoke signals, cuneiform, and hollering, there has emerged a new literary age, one in which writers no longer need to feel encumbered by the paper cuts, reading, and excessive use of words traditionally associated with the writing trade...
Students will acquire the tools needed to make their tweets glimmer with a complete lack of forethought, their Facebook updates ring with self-importance, and their blog entries shimmer with literary pithiness. All without the restraints of writing in complete sentences. w00t! w00t!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Science Spin Magazine
Eureka Science Supplement for Primary Schools
Women in Technology and Science
The Alchemist Cafe Dublin
Think for Yourself
One can even find the works of Darwin online.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Reading Orson Scott Card's Ender Series at the moment, incredibly addictive! Will post reviews once I stop reading for long enough! Also will post a review of Neil Gaiman's American Gods, another excellent book.
Found myself reading lots of motivational-based books to beat the 2nd-year slump of the phd. I'm open to any good suggestions! Or if anyone has suggestions for coding-theory or algebraic geometry 'summer' schools or workshops etc.
Gathering together some scientists from all walks to put together a science-communication group in Ireland, might post some more information here as it arrives. Could be interesting and lots of fun!