Tag Archives: research funding

Conducting Cable

It is depressing is how soon after arriving in Whitehall ministers seem to pick up the traditional line on science funding. Minister: Ok, so I’m a bit new to this stuff. Why do we fund science? Usual suspect 1: Erm … Continue reading

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Peter Higgs, UCL and the Right Honorable William Waldegrave

We’re not just looking for his boson, we also gave him a fellowship and explained his mechanism to William Waldegrave. At The Guardian.

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Discover Your Paper’s Other Side

Good to see that an STFC employee has come up with some money-saving ideas in response to the government’s appeal. I’m not qualified to comment on the salary freeze. The point about end-of-year flexibility is so obviously true it is … Continue reading

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Brain Drained

This post also at the Guardian. On Saturday I went to a leaving party for Lily Asquith of LHCSound fame. Lily was one of our PhD students on the ATLAS experiment at the LHC. Having graduated, she is now heading off to a … Continue reading

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Sarkozy and the Higgs

A lot happened at ICHEP today, but I’ll stick to the presidential address and the Higgs. Quick Higgs recap: we know that something gives particles mass. According to our best theory, known as the Standard Model, it is theHiggs boson. And … Continue reading

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Engineering a Decline?

In a way, I am quite impressed by the Royal Academy of Engineering. They have managed to speak very clearly in response to some difficult questions from our new political masters. What they have to say, however, is pretty depressing. … Continue reading

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Money (That’s What I Want)

Once you pay someone enough to allow them to live comfortably, bunging more money at them is not a terribly effective motivator. In Britain, or England at least, we seem to have great trouble really accepting this. The banks crashed despite the … Continue reading

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A Mammoth of Research

You know, there’s so much science on TV and in the papers these days. I mean, I share in the glory of science every bit as much as people who actually work at it. I certainly know much more than … Continue reading

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Survival of those that Fit

I noticed the other day that suddenly more people were looking at my blog. So it goes – Wordpress give you lots of cool graphs to obsess over. However, that particular demon is a mere spotty imp compared to the citation-count ogre. … Continue reading

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Labour and STFC

So shortly after I wrote about the parties’ science policies and what their attitude to STFC might mean (here and here), Gordon Brown did reply to the CaSE letter, and also produced a science manifesto. He even specifically referred to … Continue reading

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