Science Is Vital – my Journey

In almost exactly one month (since Vince Cable gave his speech and the subsequent call-to-arms from Dr Jenny Rohn) Science Is Vital became a petition of over 24,000 signatures, a 2000-strong rally and it had dates in the diary for a lobby of Parliament and an official visit to 10 Downing Street to personally deliver … Continue reading

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A letter from my MP

After an encouraging meeting with my MP, Jeremy Corbyn, at the Science Is Vital lobby and after him signing the Science Is Vital Early Day Motion 767, he also chose to write to me as well – the day before the Comprehensive Spending Review.  What a lovely man indeed (though, honestly, I’m probably only feeling … Continue reading

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D.H. stands for Quacks

Ever heard of the Department of Health (DH)? Of course you have. So, as an organisation managed by the Departmental Board that work within the boundaries set by Ministers, is it safe for me to assume you would trust their judgement when making decisions about healthcare? Well then, maybe you will be surprised to hear … Continue reading

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Science Is Vital

Today, Vince Cable gave a speech that, pretty much, confirmed what all those involved in science and research, were already expecting to hear.  Science: expect some cuts!! Ok, but how much and where?  Well, what we do know is that the department for Business, Innovation and Skills needs to make at least a massive 25% … Continue reading

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Working up a viral “Storm”

The 9-minute beat poem “Storm” is the brain child of the incredibly talented Tim Minchin.  For those of you inauspicious types, unconscious to his existence, here comes a brief biography of who he is.  Born in Perth, Australia, Tim (the Rock and Roll Nerd) has found fame through composing music, acting, writing and his infectious, … Continue reading

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In The Shadow Of The Sun

The light of the Sun is the primary source of the free energy that potentiates life on Earth.  Solar energy is naturally harnessed by chlorophyll in the leaves of trees and plants; and together with water from the soil and carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, the process of photosynthesis propagates the release of oxygen.  As … Continue reading

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Oncogenesis: Moving up and down a NOTCH.

Oncogenesis is defined as the progression of cytological, genetic and cellular changes that ultimately lead to uncontrolled proliferation and malignant transformation.  In normal tissue, regulatory processes recognise when cells must undergo proliferation, differentiation, repair or death to eliminate renegade cells and prevent the threat of transformation.  Factors that disrupt this regulation contribute to oncogenesis but … Continue reading

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Life Without A Head.

If you’re not impressed enough with the fact that cockroaches could out-survive humans in a nuclear incident, why not try this one for size…. Cockroaches can survive up to one month without their head!! “Headstrong” (I thank you, I’m here all week!!) We, as humans, cannot imagine this is possible because we could not survive … Continue reading

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Science Punk talks sceptically about being sceptic about Skeptics.

On Monday 2nd August, Frank Swain (@SciencePunk), a science writer, gave a talk to the Westminster Skeptics (#WestSkep), entitled “Skeptical about Skeptics”.  A podcast of which can be found here. While drinks and food were being ordered (the latter hindered by short staffing due the late booking on a particular person’s part – ahem, J … Continue reading

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Will you get cancer?

Have you ever wondered how some people who smoke heavily all their lives never get lung cancer, yet someone who never smokes (except passively maybe) does? Firstly, we’ve all been saturated with food and drink advertisements that boast they contain this and that anti-oxidant, but what about the oxidant that we’re being told to be … Continue reading

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