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The true impact of ‘Pathways to Impact’

On January 13, 2015

The ESA’s Rosetta mission has achieved several firsts in the field of space exploration, but the one that has recently got people talking is the landing of the Philae probe on Comet 67A/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 12 November. This is the first controlled touchdown on a comet nucleus, and it has captured public attention – even if […]

Selling science by the pound

On June 13, 2013

The President of the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada, John McDougall, caused quite a blogstorm, and set Twitter alight, at the end of last month when he said: “Scientific discovery is not valuable unless it has commercial value.” The tweets below give a good indication of the consensus view among the Twitterati. I don’t […]