Science cuts may harm UK's international reputation

21 December, 2007

I have one last piece about the UK physics budget cuts published over at New Scientist.  It is only short, so I’ve reproduced it in its entirety here:

“Does the UK quit when the going gets tough? That's how it looks to scientists across the world.

Last week the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) horrified scientists when it announced cuts in contributions to a range of major collaborations after an £80 million squeeze in its physics budget. Among the casualties is the International Linear Collider - a $6.7 billion particle smasher intended to probe dark matter and search for extra dimensions. The UK was to be a major partner along with the US, Japan and Germany and has already invested £30 million. It will now withdraw its support.

"We know this is damaging to our international reputation," says Keith Mason, chief executive of STFC. The U-turn could stymie its ambitions to host major international physics facilities.”

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US budget cuts a 'body blow' to particle accelerator

19 December, 2007

I have a follow-up story to the UK physics budget cuts over at New Scientist.

“There is nothing but bad news for particle physicists at the moment. The US has now slashed funding for the International Linear Collider (ILC), just over a week after the UK pulled out of the project because of an £80 million shortfall in its budget.”


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UK researchers reel from budget cuts

17 December, 2007

I also had a opinion piece published by New Scientist in their blog about the UK astronomy and physics budget cuts.

“There cannot have been too much astronomy and physics research performed in the UK's universities in the past week. Instead of unpicking the workings of distant galaxies and ghostly particles, astronomers and physicists have been trying to make sense of the bombshell that £80 million must be removed from their research budget without delay.”


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Science Fiction Symposium at Gresham College

15 December, 2007

Gresham College in London has announced a afternoon symposium to discuss science fiction as a literary genre.  It takes place on 8th May 2008 and features the keynote speaker Neal Stephenson.  See you there!


Further details can be found here.

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Planetary scientists close in on Saturn’s elusive rotation

12 December, 2007

Somewhere deep below Saturn’s cloud tops, the planet rotates at a constant speed. Determining this interior period of rotation has proven extremely complicated. Now, with new Cassini results, a team of European scientists have taken an important step forward.


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Mars Express watches a dust storm engulf Mars

11 December, 2007

This summer, Mars suffered a titanic dust storm that engulfed the entire planet. The dust storm contributed to a temporary warming effect around Mars, which raised the temperature of the atmosphere by around 20-30°C.


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