Archive for September, 2008

The Lady and the Lab: politics and populism in Indonesia (28/09/08)

Indonesia’s Minister of Health Siti Fadilah Supari told Reuters this week that a major US navy lab in the country, NAMRU II, had stopped all its work, which she thinks is of “little benefit” to the country. It’s the latest punch in a dust-up that has been running for months. It’s not actually about what […]

Not-so-open Access: Congress tries to stifle science (24/09/08)

It’s been a good year for citizens interested in science. Several of the biggest funders of scientific research, including the US taxpayer funded National Institutes of Health, have said that the results of any research they pay for must be made available to the public. The big academic publishers — the dinosaurs of the internet […]

Good news is no news (22/09/08)

I try to avoid public transport in large cities. Anything with two wheels that I control seems more reliable than anything with several wheels controlled by the city council. Nowhere is this more true than London. But if there’s one downside to cycling, it is that I can’t feed my secret addiction to freebie newspapers. […]

Common sense HIV testing in the UK – almost (20/09/08)

The British HIV Association has issued new guildlines for HIV testing . (pdf) They are very nearly extremely sensible. But… One in five of the people newly diagnosed with HIV in the UK last year were diagnosed with AIDS at the same time. That means they’d probably been walking around with HIV infection for eight […]

Of rescues and rape (19/09/08)

Still on the theme of rescue, hear it from Cambodian sex workers themselves: If one were looking for an unexpected ray of light in this dreary tale it would be in the testimony from the sex worker who was raped by six policeman. Nothing light about that, obviously. But the fact that she was able […]

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