Thursday, 6 March 2008

Scitech to end funding for the e-Merlin project

Article today in the Times about the proposed budget cuts to the UK's world-leading radio-astronomy project - e-Merlin.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article3492504.ece
(More info about e-Merlin at http://www.jb.man.ac.uk/ the Royal Astronomical Society and Scitech)

I hope some form of public/educational funding is found for the 2.5 million needed to keep this project running as this budget slashing seems to be aimed at the heart of the type of scientific inventiveness central to our national psyche.

Monday, 3 March 2008

Spring

Each year
A renewal
Each flower
A confirmation
Of life now

Email virus warning...

Apparently there's a email system-killer virus on the loose, do not open emails entitled along the lines of 'life is great' unless you absolutely can vouchsafe who they are from!

Sunday, 2 March 2008

Not eco towns but easy and cost-effective eco homes

Rather than new flagship eco towns being built, I'd like to see existing housing stock (and houses being built now)revitalised with affordable green schemes within reach of everyone. Green roofs for garages available at DIY stores for under a hundred quid - easy and effective way to help combat water run-off. Power suppliers offering community power generation schemes. Water authorities offering water collection and storage schemes...