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Applications are invited for a PhD studentship looking at source-journalist relationships in the reporting of climate change.

***Deadline for applications is 6th February***

Applicants should have a good masters degree in science communication, media studies, sociology of science or other relevant field.

The studentship will start in October 2011 and will cover Home Fees and maintenance at standard research council rates.

Further details can be found at: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/humanities/sciencecommunicationgroup
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One-and-a-half cheers for the vote on health reforms in the USA.

... and a segue from concerns about reproductive rights to ...

... a strange collision of worlds, where I'm talking to UK Civil Servants about what belief systems UK Equality laws are 'intended to protect' and discovering: certainly not Jedi-ism (because UK residents will generally consider it a trivial fiction), nor Marxism (because political beliefs are not covered) nor Darwinism (because scientific beliefs are not covered)

Protected beliefs, prohibited conduct )

ETA You can currently respond to an EHRC consultation on their draft guidance relating to the Equality Bill 2010: http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/legislative-framework/equality-bill/
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"There are lots of people who are underpaid, but this is one of those instances where people are paid low wages to provide the expertise to people who are often simply not as knowledgable."

"Initiatives in the pipeline to increase the number of pupils taking separate Sciences will have a considerable knock on effect on the workload of Technicians. Technicians are already recognised by professional bodies as the "expert" in the Science Department on practical Science issues, often training teachers in practical techniques and advising on safety, yet we earn less than £10 per hour. This state of affairs needs to remedied quickly if Science Education is to be at the forefront of government policy."

http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/Technicians/

Deadline is 6th March

Please copy to anyone you might know who's interested in the future of science / science education in the UK.
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The UK is currently facing a major science funding crisis, far worse than many of our 'economic competitors'. Fundamental physics is being particularly badly hit.

I have just written to my MP to protest in detail.

These blogs, written by UK professional scientists, give a lot more background:

http://pacrowther.staff.shef.ac.uk/stfc.html
http://telescoper.wordpress.com
http://andyxl.wordpress.com

If you are unimpressed, and you have a UK MP, you might consider writing to them: http://www.writetothem.com/
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NSF reports that hurricanes have significantly worsened over the past 30 years.
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Follow this link and then click on the Google icon to see where humans have been on the Moon. Edit Do zoom right in, too :-)
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I'm looking for links to scientists (in the broadest sense) talking about science. I'm particularly interested in explanations of their own area of expertise, and their own experience of research.

Examples: (mostly from Gary Agranat.)

Thanks! Edit I'm also collecting interesting 'news clippings':

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