Code for life

Peter Lawrence's Kafka tale of research grant funding

Grant Jacobs Sep 30, 2009

Recently a very readable perspective article Real Lives and White Lies in the Funding of Scientific Research was published in the scientific journal, PLoS Biology (PLoS = Public Library of Science), by senior scientist Peter Lawrence FRS. (I mean senior in the sense of achievements, notwithstanding that his first publication was in 1965.) Peter's concern … Read More

Major earthquake in Samoa, 8.3

Grant Jacobs Sep 30, 2009

Quick post: There has been an 8.3 earthquake near Samoa. See: Best wishes to anyone in Samoa, or with family or friends there. Read More

Scientists can’t write?

Grant Jacobs Sep 30, 2009

Currently I'm reading sections of Investigating science communication in the information age: implications for public engagement and popular media. In chapter 4.1, Making science newsworthy: exploring the conventions of science journalism, Stuart Allan cites journalist W. T. Stead who wrote in 1906 (see page  152): In editing a newspaper, never employ an expert to write a popular article on his own subject, better … Read More

Introducing Code for Life

Grant Jacobs Sep 24, 2009

Welcome to Code for Life. I hope you get something out of my modest efforts to educate and entertain. The material below can also be found in the ’About’ page. I’m popping it in here by way of introduction. What’s with the name of the blog? Code4Life was a name I considered for my consultancy,  … Read More