Archive for science research

Society’s Janus View of Researchers

Posted in research with tags on 26 August 2010 by Steve

“Janus is the guy that looked both ways simultaneously and had two different perspectives on what he saw. It seems that society has the same view of science and research. A recent Eurobarometer survey revealed that almost half the respondents thought that scientists ‘have the power to make them dangerous’. Probably 50% thought that they are ‘away with the fairies’ and involved in irrelevant self-indulgencies …” (more)

[Frank Gannon’s Blog, 26 August]


Britain’s Business Secretary wants to turn the nation’s back on basic science

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 17 January 2010 by Steve

“Today in the Observer, business columnist John Naughton describes in exquisite detail the blinkered pig-ignorance of Business Secretary Peter Mandelson’s plan to de-fund basic research in favor of ‘prioritising research that would contribute to Britain’s future prosperity’. That is, he’s only going divert funding to those small, incremental technologies that have well-understood, overhyped revenue models …” (more)

[Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing, 17 January]

Contemplation, Vannevar Bush, and the Products of Directed Research

Posted in research with tags on 30 December 2009 by Steve

“In reading Levy’s No Time To Think and his mention of Vannevar Bush’s involvement in the creation of the atomic bomb, I am reminded of Princeton’s involvement in the Manhattan Project and how this was brought about by the creation of independent targeted research efforts …” (more)

[The Ddeok is Always Greener on the Other Side, 30 December]

Government publishes ‘Delivering the Smart Economy’ report on Irish science research activity

Posted in research with tags , , on 23 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“On Thursday the Government published a report – Delivering the Smart Economy – which summarises the science research activity in the State. The report says the combined public and private spend on research is likely to reach €2.6 billion during 2009. Collaboration between State agency Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) researchers and industry increased significantly during 2008, working with 279 distinct companies; 173 multinational corporations and 106 SMEs. These include many blue chip multi-nationals, which employ over 56,000 people in Ireland …” (more)

[Michael Hennigan, Finfacts, 23 October]