Brexit. Between fatigue and oblivion.

When I’m not travelling I pretty much wake up with Radio 4 every day. But for a long time now I have fallen into the habit of immediately turning my radio alarm off to avoid the obligatory grave voice that will tell me how utterly disastrous the Brexit negotiations are progressing. Or rather not progressing. …

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Some changes to the blog

I’m in the process of making a few format changes, and generally cleaning up the archive, outdated posts, broken links and more. The main purpose of this revamp is to get everything back into shape so that I will be able to post more regular content. As it often happens in a blogger’s life multiple …

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Major steps ahead in stem cell research this year

Stem cell research might not be the scientific area with the best public reputation at the moment. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve had conversations in pubs or other random places descending from the casual inquiry about my interests into heated debates about everything that’s wrong with stem cell research. Some particularly …

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Launch of a new Journal blacklist – behind the paywall

For seven years, Jeffrey Beall, an academic librarian at the University of Colorado, maintained a blacklist of open-access Journals, which according to his criteria were questionable and untrustworthy. This list was mostly meant as a resource to warn the research community about predatory journals that would charge fees but did not provide appropriate publishing services, such …

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Are we still crowdfunding research?

The concept of crowdfunding has been around for several years now, going through highs and lows. From the early days when we only had IndieGoGo and Kickstarter as platforms to fund creative projects, a remarkable portfolio of different public-benefit corporations has been established over the years. These days, crowdfunding is still highly popular in arts …

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Genome editing – A CRISPR factsheet

The CRISPR-Cas system is a genome editing technique that allows to alter the genetic code of any given organism. The method, which is derived from an inherent adaptive immune system in bacteria and archaea, was first published in 2012 and has since taken the scientific community by storm. Owing to its simplicity and efficiency it …

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Fundamental research: how much is it worth?

Certain scientific leaders believe that funding for science should be allocated, not based on the relative ‘trendiness’ or ‘impact’ of projects, but rather according to the acumen — either potential or proven — of the practitioners. One champion of this ethos is the President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, a certain Prof. Helmut Schwarz, …

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