Here – some web sites that may be of interest:
For your consideration: Judging by the noise about this from various sources (blogs, Twitter, people telling me about it) I’m sure most of you are already aware of this article in the Guardian reporting on the The Welcome Trust’s decision to embrace greater open access publishing and to launch it’s own on line journal to challenge the likes of Nature & Science. There’s a follow up editorial here and another piece published todayarguing that open access is key to maintaining public confidence in science but also mentions “the extent to which the Research Excellence Framework (REF) feeds the academic journal racket.” If you feel very strongly Elsevier you can sign the boycott here.
For your eyes: Welcome to the Anthropocene a web site dedicated to exploring the idea that we now live in the Anthropocene. From what I’ve seen possibly not aimed at experts but more of an introduction to the subject or as a teaching resource perhaps. The site is very good looking and easy to navigate and some very interesting images.
For your ears: On Radio 4 Melvyn Bragg’s In Our Time series brings us “Early Geology” you can read about the programme from here and download the podcast from here. Also from the BBC and available on the iPlayer is the episode of Beautiful Minds featuring Professor Jenny Clack and (spoiler alert!) the department saves the day and gets a plug. Hurrah for science!
Please remember that all vacation items are due back by 5.00 p.m. on Tuesday 24th April.
The Courage of a Few Men in Lycra
At the time of writing Part IIIs Tom Bishop & Laurence Pryer (and some other equally plucky chaps) are endeavouring to cycle from London to Paris in 24 hours and raise money for charity in the process. Follow their progress on Twitter @LtP241 or via their blog http://284miles.wordpress.com/. They were 260 miles into the 284 mile journey at their last update at 17:33 .