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There is an interesting letter in Nature from Mark Walport (head of the Wellcome Trust) and a number of other charity funders in Nature. It is in response to an earlier article entitled Philanthropy: the price of charity from Peter Aebischer who is president of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland. My take on […]

There is a terrific series of articles on skin biology and dermatology published this month in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. Of course there is one by your’s truly written jointly with Rosalind Harding on the Population Genetics of Human Pigmentation, but there are great reviews on a whole range of topics: langerhans cells, clinical […]

Feb 18, 2012

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Behind a paywall I am afraid but a lovely short piece with a sting in the tail. Readers will be interested to learn of breakthrough research that identifies a trait shared by all 20 of the fastest finishers in the men’s 2011 Boston Marathon. To a man, they were in the wheelchair division…….. We are […]

Peter Thiel at  Techcrunch So Friday, as I sat with Thiel in his San Francisco home that he finally owns, I was curious what he thinks of the current Web frenzy. Not surprisingly, another Internet bubble seemed the farthest thing from his mind. But, he argued, America is under the spell of a bubble of […]

Once you have started a university degree, it is very hard to switch from one institution to another. This reduces universities’ incentive to teach well because their students can’t leave them. Even worse, it means that students who pick an unsuitable university have a stark choice: stick with it, or quit altogether. Gill Wyness

Feb 02, 2012

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Kenneth Rogoff. Worth reading in full. Along the way, scientists get paid for finding just the right mix of salt, sugar, and chemicals to make the latest instant food maximally addictive; advertisers get paid for peddling it; and, in the end, the health-care industry makes a fortune treating the disease that inevitably results.

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