9th December 2013

Exploring the Future of Energy

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“Ich probiere”: Revisiting Abraham Flexner’s dream of the useful pursuit of useless knowledge.

The most succinct encapsulation of the value of curiosity to practical pursuits came from Michael Faraday; when asked by William Gladstone, Chancellor of the Exchequer, about the utility of electricity, Faraday is purported to have replied, “One day, sir, you may tax it”. Whether apocryphal or not, the remark accurately captures the far-reaching, often universal […]

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The Final Countdown

We’ve made it to Gothenburg! And I’m about to crawl into bed after a long day, BUT, I wanted to give the readers of the #NWD13 blog a flavour of what was going on at the venue in preparation for the big day tomorrow. I should say that our arrival was not entirely without drama. […]

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Going online to get out of the air

The programme for this year’s Nobel Week Dialogue is certainly looking packed! In addition to the morning plenary sessions and the parallel discussion strands taking place in the afternoon, the lunch break includes opportunities for even more conversations.  Zooming out a little from the main focus on the future of energy is a panel on […]

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Special science communication formats

It sounds tempting. Two Nobel Laureates slip into the roles of Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg and represent them in Michael Frayn’s successful play “Copenhagen”. This was the idea of Nancy Kawalek, Professor in the Arts, Sciences and Technology at the University of Chicago and an actor by profession. And she realized it. Nancy got […]

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Dumhetens överlevnad

Henric skrev för några dagar sedan att “framtiden har ju oändligt många möjligheter”, vilket innebär att varenda liten åtgärd för att förbättra klimatet och miljön gör nytta. Jag håller helt med Henric i den analysen och uppmanar alla att tänka på vad ni kan göra hemma och där ni jobbar eller studerar för att påverka […]

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En ljusare framtid

Alldeles för ofta får jag en bild av framtiden som att den endast har två tänkbara förlopp – antingen klarar vi ett specifikt mål (vilket som helst) som vi har satt upp eller så klarar vi det inte. Som att det vore svart eller vitt, antingen eller. Men så är det ju egentligen inte. Framtiden […]

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Framtiden är förnybar – Andreas Hanning

Lär känna våra svenska NWD13-bloggare med några korta Q&A. Namn? Andreas Hanning Vilken är din forskningsbakgrund? Jag har läst Teknisk fysik, med en specialisering inom industriell ekologi på Chalmers i Göteborg. Nu arbetar jag som projektledare på Chalmers med hållbarhetsfrågor inom den maritima näringen. Med programmet för NWD13 i tankarna – vilka sessioner är mest […]

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From NWD12: Helga Nowotny on the promise of science

Nowotny asks what does a social scientist do in the land of genomic promise? The promise (or contract) that binds science and scientists together is the expectation that the public have from scientists, and the scientists aspiration to produce something useful. The pursuit was one of laws, the laws of natural philosophy, but with the […]

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The benefits of being there

Over the course of this week, a lot of the science I’ve written about was announced at the meeting of the American Geophysical Union, which has been going on in San Francisco. Several of the talks and press conference have been live streamed; the organizers accepted questions submitted from the remote audience, and most of […]

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DNA and society, decoding and dialogue

I have been an active research scientist in bacterial genetics for over a decade, and a science blogger for about four years, with much of my research and writing focusing on various aspects of the lifestyles (and DNA) of bacteria. Yet in all the many hours I’ve devoted to staring at Gs, As, Ts and […]

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