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Category Archive: opinion

May 08

Campaign for Clear Code starts here!


Tweet Follow @Sci_ents I’m concerned about the software that’s installed on my electronic devices. You should be worried as well. Have you really considered what you are opening yourself up to every time you download a new app or install an upgrade? Have you thought about what all those faceless software giants are doing with the …

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Apr 18

It’s time science reclaimed health food from the quacks


Tweet Follow @Sci_ents   I’m not quite sure what came over me, I’d set out in search of a beer and a burger. But somehow ended up in a juice bar wolfing down falafel, quaffing a cucumber, celery, ginger smoothie and sprinkling sweet potato chips with some strange pink salt. And it was good. Really, …

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Jun 27

Is the Coop bank fishing for an anti-science cause?


The Cooperative bank has had its troubles of late, mismanagement, scandal ridden executives and massive debts have seen an the organisation that prided itself on its ethical policy forced to reevaluate its self image. At the moment it takes a stance, both through its investments and the customers its accepts, that supports communities, tackles povety, …

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May 15

Who knows reviewers’ identities?


A couple of posts ago I shared a pretty unpleasant experience I had after peer-reviewing a grant application. In short my anonymity appeared to have been breached and I received ,what I took to be, a thinly veiled threat from the grant’s author. Some of the comments that followed thanked me for bring the case …

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Apr 01

The advance of the chemical-free sciences


Chemist have long complained about the use of the term ‘chemical-free’ in marketing, particularly when used to promote organic produce. To bolster our standing, and to sure up the chemical industry, we go one about everything containing chemicals and hence  how ‘chemical-free’ is a meaningless term. The veracity of the anti-chemical-free movement is highlighted by …

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