The Monday Morning Smörgåsbord

Michael Specter at the New Yorker on Ebola, the difference between fear and panic, and learning the lessons of the past “The World Health Organization recommended that officials in the countries most affected warn people with a fever to stay off international flights. Hong Kong went further, using infrared scanners and thermometers to take the […]

ESF Fiasco Update

I really do want to get off this topic, but until such time as we have the pleasure of reading an apology from Jean-Claude or anyone at ESF (I’m assuming that J-C did not go rogue on this, like some Eurocrat Jack Bauer) it is important not to let this slide. Ivan Oransky over at one […]

The ESF Fiasco is the tip of an Iceberg…

… and Science policy is a passenger on the Titanic. In steerage. Alert reader Jonathan Howard made the following comment on yesterday’s post about the ESF’s decision to threaten with legal action astrophysicist Amaya Moro-Martin for her opinion piece in this week’s Nature (bold section is my highlight): “It’s pretty clear what persuaded the ESF to […]

ESF Threatens Researcher

This is stupid even by European agency standards. Dr Amaya Moro-Martin, she of the open letter we referred to in a previous post, is apparently being threatened with a lawsuit by one of the Worms at the European Science Foundation: “Dear Amaya Moro-Martin, The European Science Foundation hereby requests that you retract the following allegation […]

Call to arms

“When the European Parliament asked its proposed new commissioner for research what the continent should do about the state of its science, Carlos Moedas pledged greater cooperation between member states. Moedas might not have noticed, but we are already uniting: to protest against vicious budget cuts that are wrecking our scientific base and threatening our […]

Quote of the day

“There will certainly be Ebola patients from Africa who come to us in the hopes of receiving treatment. And they might even infect a few people here who may then die. But an outbreak in Europe or North America would quickly be brought under control. I am more worried about the many people from India […]

The Monday Morning Smörgåsbord

Not too much to read here, but just sit back and scroll down this wonderful picture gallery the 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest at The Atlantic. Note: our resident primatologist assures me that the little guy in #21 cannot fly, and is actually not a real lemur. Speaking of National Geographic, Dennis Dimick at National […]

Also, I Don’t Own a Tux

“I can forgive Alfred Nobel for having invented dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize.” G.B. Shaw. It’s that time of the year again. The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is to be announced tomorrow (October 6th). I’m pretty sure I didn’t win. But I’m nonetheless trying to […]