Archive: July, 2006

European Federation of Biophysics

A quick plug for the European Federation of Biophysics, a non-profit European organization aimed at promoting collaboration within the field.

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The European Commission just doesn’t get it

From the BBC, in its latest attempt to drag the EU into the fiery depths of Socialism, the European Commission has decided that the best way tackle high international mobile phone costs is to implement enforced EU-wide price caps. Apparently, the Commission estimates its changes would wipe £3.5bn off of the earnings of mobile phone […]

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Many worlds and the interpretation of quantum mechanics

Note: This article was originally posted on July 25, 2006, but is being reposted now that embedded LaTeX is working. This post is on quantum mechanics, but is intended to be understandable by anyone. The small amount of mathematical notation that I introduce should be fairly digestible to anyone without a physics background. A couple […]

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The cost of higher education

This post follows up on Joel Gilmore’s recent post on the Australian HECS (Higher Education Contribution Scheme) system, posted at Illuminating Science. For those unfamiliar with the Australian higher education system, we have a system called HECS by which the cost of higher education is split between the government and students themselves. To pay their […]

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A balanced response?

“…voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.” – Hermann […]

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New dubious research category

In light of my recent flurry of posts on dubious scientific research, I’m pleased to announce the addition of a new dubious research category. Stay tuned for more scientific hugwash.

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Older people have longer average life expectancy

Via Lubos Motl, I today came across another wonderful piece of recent scientific research. From the Harvard University Gazette, after a detailed statistical analysis the National Center for Heath Statistics has concluded the following, the older you are today, the greater the age you are likely to reach. The reason for this? Because they [older […]

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The Happy Planet Index

Major international news sources (Reuters, BBC, SMH) have been running numerous stories about recent ‘research’ quantifying how happy people are in different countries. The result is the so-called Happy Planet Index (HPI), a vast load of crap if ever I’ve seen one. The index is allegedly designed to quantify peoples’ quality of life in such […]

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The Love is Back – Berlin Love Parade, 2006

Attended the Berlin Love Parade on Saturday. An estimated 1.2 million people, around 40 simultaneous DJ’s, streching all the way from the Brandenburg Gate to well past the Siegesaeule. Awesome.

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Sandsations, Berlin

In Berlin for the weekend. This photo is from the Sandsations sand sculpture exhibition, which was quite impressive. High pressure is used to compact sand until it is stone-like, which the artists then use as a basis for sculpting.

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