Posted on 13 January, 2015 by Mathew
Arwa Mahdawi has published a joke story on the guardian about the phenomenon of ‘manslamming’ in New York. You can tell it’s a joke because they conflate experiment with anecdote.
Is manslamming a true phenomena? It seems reasonable if manspreading is real. Manspreading sounds like something more testable. It is easy to imagine that collisions on the street are a result of both parties, so it seems more difficult to design an experiment — maybe mass observation would be the way to test this claim.
The original article can be found here. http://nymag.com/thecut/2015/01/manslamming-manspreading-microaggressions.html
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Posted on 28 November, 2013 by Mathew
Sir Colin Humphreys was among the guests on this mornings “In our time” hosted by Melvyn Bragg (Baron Bragg), discussing microscopy.
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Posted on 17 July, 2013 by Mathew
Thank God, for making the world just complicated enough to study, but not so simple we can explain everything.
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Posted on 17 April, 2013 by Mathew
BBC report about scientist jailed for faking results. Steven Eaton from Cambridgeshire was convicted in March 2013 under the 1999 Good Laboratory Practice Regulations. The court heard that while working at the Edinburgh branch of US based pharmaceutical firm Aptuit in 2009, Mr Eaton manipulated experimental results, so that a drug would proceed to human trails.
Mr Eaton was convicted by Sheriff Michael O’Grady QC, and received the maximum possible sentence of three months, the Sheriff said his powers were inadequate for this case, and a longer sentence would be justified. Mr Eaton’s defence lawyer, claimed his client did not benefit financially from the fraud, as he was only making £35,000 per year.
Mr Eaton was reported by his employers after they became suspicious and reported him to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.
Story with generic science pictures can be found also at these sites:
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Posted on 17 October, 2012 by Mathew
Incredibly only 1 million of UK (The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) jobs depend on physics according to the institute of physics (IOP) IOP – One million UK jobs depend on physics. This seems an incredibly low number, they must have very stringent criteria about what counts as physics. This headline produced from a report that was conducted with auditors Deloitte (Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited).
The IOP try to differentiate jobs which rely on “the physics base” or need employees with an advanced understanding of physics, and says employees in these physics-based businesses add to the UK economy is almost double that of the average UK employee. With a Gross Value Added (GVA) of £70,000 compared to the average of £36,000.
This should mean that these physicists make up 4% of UK employees, and their added value is (70,000-36,000)*1 million = 34,000 million
or 34 trillion pounds or 0.034 trillion pounds. This compares to GDP of $2.480 trillion $2480 trillion (2011 – wikipedia) 2.4 trillion (2012 – google world development indicators).
Download IOP report, the importance of physics to UK economy
Article updated on 27 Oct 2012
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Posted on 13 July, 2012 by Mathew
Harry Bhadeshia and Alan Bagg appeared with the Naked Scientists (interviewed live on BBC Cambridgeshire) to talk about ‘Super Bainite’. and it’s potential applications for bearings A transcript of the interview can be read and the interview downloaded as an mp3. A seperate transcript is available for the part of the interview with Alan Bagg.
Later on in the program (around 45 mins–53 mins) there is an interview with Prof. Peter Brown about the use of Super Bainite as a armour. After which Harry and Alan field tweeted questions.
Photos of the BBC studio used for the interview can be seen on Harry Bhadeshia’s website.
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