The 2015 Astrobiology Science Conference | June 15-19, 2015 | Chicago, Illinois. Abstracts Michael J. Russell: How the firstligand-accelerated automatic cycle gave an evolutionary trajectoryto emergent life Elbert Branscomb, Tomaso Biancalani, Nigel Goldenfeld and Michael J. Russell: Disequilibria and Escapements; the engines that bring matter to life Speaking #AbSciCon in 80 minutes. On the evolutionary origin of oxygenic… Continue reading The 2015 Astrobiology Science Conference
The Devil in the Detail | fanismissirlis A post by Fanis Missirlis on matters arising from our letter: Allen JF, Missirlis F (2012) Queen Mary: nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition. Lancet 379 (9828): 1785. Who guards the guardians? And what happens if meta-guardians themselves have something to hide? Research Assessment and REF What is ‘research output’? Can it be measured? If so,… Continue reading The Devil in the Detail | fanismissirlis
17 April. My pleasure to help provide the solar energy demonstration. Dr Iskander M. Ibrahim demonstrates the power of sunlight with the famous solar-powered train set. The demonstration was devised as part of my inaugural lecture, thinking outside the green box. On this sunny April day in Chatham the train could be driven by sunlight rather than artificial… Continue reading Fascination of Plants University of Greenwich 2015
It was an honour and a pleasure to participate last week in the Society for General Microbiology Annual Conference in Birmingham. Two sessions were of special interest, and did not overlap. These were The building blocks of microbial evolution and Mitochondria and related organelles in microbial eukaryotes. The conference also had fascinating plenary and prize… Continue reading The Building Blocks of Microbial Evolution
BBC Radio 4 – In our Time, Dark Matter, 12 March 2015 A worthy companion to The Photon.
Sober reflection may be required after my paean of praise for physicists in the post In Our Time, The Photon. Too many worlds is a thought-provoking Aeon article by Philip Ball. Nobody knows what happens inside quantum experiments. So why are some so keen to believe in parallel universes? Apparently there is a strongly held… Continue reading The Many Worlds Interpretation
What an informative and inspiring edition of BBC Radio 4 – In Our Time, The Photon on 12 February. Steve Jones sometimes refers to biologists as having “physics envy”. I suffer from this. Steve suggests it is because biologists know that physicists are cleverer than they are. Hard to know. However, as a group, physicists… Continue reading In Our Time, The Photon
BBC Radio 3 – The Essay, The Book that Changed Me, Sir Paul Nurse on Conjectures and Refutations Broadcast Friday 23 Jan 2015 22:45 My own revelation of the insight of Karl Popper came from second-year tutorials with Colin McClare, a lecturer in Biophysics at King’s College London. I had the temerity to argue with… Continue reading Sir Paul Nurse on Conjectures and Refutations
Three sisters. What could possibly be in this? The tree this year, and a sleeping cat.