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  • Dolly's Man says the Milk's ok

    Wednesday's Telegraph carried two short pieces on the cloned beef / milk debate from Lord Peter Melchett, the Soil Association's Policy Director, and Professor Sir Ian Wilmut, the creator of Dolly the sheep.   Whilst both seem to agree that there...

  • Just like some seminars I go to ...

    Browsing the New York Times, as you do, led me to a paper “On the Origin of Gravity and the Laws of Newton" by Erik Verlinde, a string theorist and professor of physics at the University of Amsterdam, in which...

  • Send in the Clones

    According to the Telegraph, Britain's food safety watchdog has admitted it doesn't know how many cloned embryos have entered Britain after meat produced from cloned cows ended up in food. Tim Smith, chief executive of the Food Standards Agency, is...

  • Small Beer

    The fifth Sustainable Development Commission Watchdog report finds that "sustainability measures are saving Government £60-70 million every year."            That's about £1 each. Meanwhile, the accumulated public debt is already over £900 billion, and continuing to...

  • The quality of strawberry jam, if not strained ...

    It is not widely known, but the last government launched another new quango before it mis-managed its own re-election.  This was the Office for Strictures and Controll on Food and Fodder  – OFSCOFF.   As befits an era of austerity, Ofscoff's remit...

  • Not really sustainable after all

    Defra announced yesterday that it is to stop funding the Sustainable Development Commission [SDC] from next April.   The Secretary of State's written notice says: On sustainability ... we are determined to play the lead role across the whole of...

  • Jury Service in Barcelona

    In Barcelona last week sitting on a PhD jury – one of these public defences that are literally and metaphorically foreign to the UK.  The thesis was in Catalan with a presentation to an audience of about 35 in that...

  • MoD to set up Defence Awareness Programmes in Schools

    The coalition government announced today that, from 2011, the Ministry of Defence is to set up programmes in order to raise awareness of defence issues within the UK; this will include work in schools.   An MoD representative said "We...

  • Bye Bye BSF

    So, at last some sense in the disasterous Building Schools for the Future programme – it's being axed.   Michael Gove told MPs: "Throughout its life it has been characterised by massive overspends, tragic delays, botched construction projects and needless bureaucracy"....

  • The Organic Garden Educator's Dilemma

    You are an organic garden educator working with teachers and young people in schools and communities in order to help them to ... [i] develop a positive attitude towards getting involved in gardening including food growing; [ii] acquire gardening skills that...