Archive for September 28th, 2010

No Fun in Funding

A Science News Story About Funding! (And It’s Pretty Good, Too)

Short version: there is a lot more good science waiting to be done than there is money to fund it each year.

This is a Blog Post Linking to Someone Else's Blog Post

This is a news website article about a scientific paper

This is the part where I quote a teaser from the post.

This paragraph elaborates on the claim, adding weasel-words like “the scientists say” to shift responsibility for establishing the likely truth or accuracy of the research findings on to absolutely anybody else but me, the journalist.

In this paragraph I will state in which journal the research will be published. I won’t provide a link because either a) the concept of adding links to web pages is alien to the editors, b) I can’t be bothered, or c) the journal inexplicably set the embargo on the press release to expire before the paper was actually published.

This is the part where I tell you that I agree with the linked post, or where I would state my objections if I had any strong ones (or nits, if I was feeling nitpicky).

The Lobster or the Cracked Crab?

Backreaction: Discovery or Invention?

In the process of science, we accumulate knowledge. That’s observations, that’s applications, that’s theories. But this knowledge, does it exist before we have made it our own and it is just up to us to discover it? Or is this knowledge genuinely new, and does only come into existence once we are thinking about and working with it?