REF and Volkswagen’s cheating device

When a measure becomes a target then it ceases to be a measure. From BBC News, 25 September 2015:  According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), some cars being sold in America had devices in diesel engines that could detect when they were being tested, changing the performance accordingly to improve results. “We’ve totally screwed… Continue reading REF and Volkswagen’s cheating device

Plastid Preview 2015

A fascinating two days, ably hosted by Christine Raines and colleagues in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Essex. The venue was the new, light, spacious Essex Business School, a building replete with winter garden and turf-roofed, space-age lecture hall with dire acoustics. A colleague from an ancient university remarked that the small, internal… Continue reading Plastid Preview 2015

Why do we need two sexes?

“There is no greater mystery in the whole world, as it seems to me, than the existence of the sexes, – more especially since the discovery of Parthenogenesis. The origination of the sexes seems beyond all speculation.” Charles Darwin: Letter to J. S. Henslow, 16 July 1860 It was an honour and a pleasure to… Continue reading Why do we need two sexes?

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