Month: January 2011
Sometimes nature is just so unpredictable and amazing that it takes your breath away.
Today’s tale comes from a recent episode of the ‘Radio Workshop’, a radio series about science, made in New York, and often replayed on our own Science Show.
The episode in question was about the ‘oops’ factor – mistakes humans have made in an honest pursuit of some advance or outcome. As I’ve said before, this is a key characteristic of the method of science – we don’t bury mistakes, we learn from them. Anyway, to the story. Initially this story is about the mess left behind by mining operations (that’s the ‘oops’ bit), but the story takes a fascinating twist, decades after the mine closed. Please try and stay with it – it’s worth the wait!
As I mentioned in an earlier post, climate change is one of those topics on which it’s hard for the layman to make a judgement. Whom do you believe? Do you trust the pollies to know all about it and therefore feel comfortable following their lead?
Further to my recent spray about the TGA accepting gifts, and Elmore Oil’s dubious research offerings, there has been a lot of chatter recently regarding conflicts of interest in research settings – and specifically, research sponsored by drug companies.