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Best Science Show – Brit Edition

Seed asks “What’s the best science TV show of all time?” As I grew up in Ireland in the 70’s & 80’s, my answer obviously features British science shows. Bora has already mentioned Don’t Ask Me with the wonderful Magnus Pyke. I’ll add “Tomorrow’s World” (more of a future tech show) and “Life on Earth”…

I’m actually finding it remarkably easy to answer this question. I’d have to go for the period after 1660, in London, and thus during the time of the Scientific Revolution. Sure, you had to be a gentleman of privilege, but the Royal Society of London had begun to consolidate informal attitudes that had developed in…

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The mothership asks: How is it that all the PIs (Tara, PZ, Orac et al.), various grad students, post-docs, etc. find time to fulfill their primary objectives (day jobs) and blog so prolifically? Ann Coulter would answer that, in the case of PZ at least, being an atheistic anti-american liberal evilutionist, his drinking of the…

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This week’s question is: Assuming that time and money were not obstacles, what area of scientific research, outside of your own discipline, would you most like to explore? Why? I’m going to force myself to choose something totally outside the biological sciences and go with some area of physics. In high school and college in…

Question of the Week #4, Followup

Here I answered out overlord’s question of the week, namely: Since they’re funded by taxpayer dollars (through the NIH, NSF, and so on), should scientists have to justify their research agendas to the public, rather than just grant-making bodies? This press release is therefore particularly apt: Americans support free access to research Poll results show…

Question of the Week, #4

The mothership asks: Since they’re funded by taxpayer dollars (through the NIH, NSF, and so on), should scientists have to justify their research agendas to the public, rather than just grant-making bodies? I reply: No. Every two years the NSF publishes its Sciencen & Engineering Indicators (2004 results are here), and every two years results…

Question of the Week

The mothership asks If you could shake the public and make them understand one scientific idea, what would it be? I answer …

Question for the week

The mothership asks “Will the “human” race be around in 100 years?” I answer, yes. I’m not really too taken with the question, hence my brevity.

Question of the week

As Janet and RPM have noted, the mothership has initiated an “Ask A ScienceBlogger” feature – a weekly question that us SBers will (briefly) tackle. This week the question is “if you could cause one invention from the last hundred years never to have been made at all, which would it be, and why?” Like…