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The other book I read over Christmas was "Dry Store Room No. 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum" by Richard Fortey. This is an interesting tour of some of the past and present personalities behind the Natural History Museum, London. I found...

Ben Goldacre is one of my favourite writers, I turn to his column in the Guardian each Saturday before anything else. I read his excellent book "Bad Science" over Christmas, and I really recommend it. He looks primarily at the reporting of science in the...

The British Royal Mail is issuing a set of Darwin stamps on Feb 12th (Darwin's 200th birthday). I actually think there are 10 stamps this time, but could only find picture of these 6. Nice, although I can't remember the last time I wrote an...

2009 is Darwin year. Can we predict the crackpot evolution stories that we are certainly going to see? Stories invented by the press, artificial controversies, misinformation from anti-evolutionists. I thought it might be fun to make some predictions for 2009.Creationists will exploit PR better than...

Just got back from a trip visiting family in Spain. Relying on my iPod touch for net access but I was unable to blog in any sensible way at all. Couldn't create posts on Blogger for some reason I'm not quite sure of. I have...

Just before Christmas I went to the 42nd Population Genetics Group conference ("PopGroup") in Cardiff. This is my favourite scientific meeting and is a real institution in the UK. Its not really population genetics as understood today, although it includes popgen, rather evolutionary genetics in...

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