Thursday, December 29, 2005
Sunday, December 25, 2005
A federal judge has resigned from the court that oversees government surveillance in intelligence cases in protest of President Bush's secret authorization of a domestic spying program, according to two sources.
Two associates familiar with his decision said yesterday that Robertson privately expressed deep concern that the warrantless surveillance program authorized by the president in 2001 was legally questionable and may have tainted the FISA court's work.
Joint statement by the presidents of the top nine US Universities on gender equity in higher education
The following statement by the leaders of the top 9 research institutions in the
Many of the ten representative items, including a signed letter from Father Junipero Serra, were donated, but a few were purchased in the six-figure range through donor contributions, Leonard said. ...continues here!
Saturday, December 24, 2005
The volume of information gathered from telephone and Internet communications by the National Security Agency without court-approved warrants was much larger than the White House has acknowledged, The New York Times reported on Saturday. ...continues here!
Conservative religious leaders are so pleased with their campaign against the "war on Christmas" that they're going to rev it up next year. ...continues here!
The controversy surrounding Professor’s Hwang Woo-Suk research that led to his resignation, raises an issue on which I have very strong views: The issue of the availability of the data on which various scientific claims are based. ...continues here!
Friday, December 23, 2005
In Short: Computer giant Microsoft risks having daily fines imposed on it if it fails to fully implement a European Commission decision on code sharing. ...continues here!
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
The following piece of news (from today’s San Francisco Chronicle), gives some hope to the scientific community (and not only).
"Intelligent design" cannot be mentioned in biology classes in a
Sunday, December 18, 2005
An article in the Economist (
between the U of California and religious schools. The implications are far reaching.
Saturday, December 17, 2005
Friday, December 16, 2005
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Interesting times for
Twelve presidential elections are due to take place in
Twelve presidential elections are due to take place in
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Sunday, November 20, 2005
This is a piece of news that made me very happy and proud.
Having known G. Papandreou as a politician and as a person for almost 30 years, I consider this as an international recognition of his political agenda. George is not a conventional Greek politician and certain Greek political “experts” doubt his ability as a leader. I hope that his election in January as the President of the Socialist International will make a lot of them reconsider their views. ...continues here!
Monday, November 14, 2005
Sunday, November 13, 2005
This is an interesting opinion.
Mociology refers to how mobile and wireless technology has changed the way we do things: downloading music on to a mobile phone, for example, or getting the football scores texted through on a Saturday afternoon. To Trippi, however, its potential lies in how it can be used for political purposes - just as he saw and exploited the possibilities of blogs for political campaigning while running Howard Dean's unsuccessful bid for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination. ...continues here!
Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare NHS Trust confirmed the tests were accurate but were unable to confirm Mr Stimpson's cure because he had declined to undergo further tests. A statement from the trust said: "This is a rare and complex case. When we became aware of Mr Stimpson's HIV negative test results we offered him further tests to help us investigate and find an explanation for the different results.
Scientists have genetically modified bacteria living in the human body to produce chemicals that block HIV infection. Although the research is still at an early stage, they hope it could eventually lead to a practical and cost effective new way to combat the virus. As of December 2004, there are 39.4 million people living with HIV/AIDS. The research, by the US National Cancer Institute, is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Most HIV transmission occurs on the surfaces of the gut and reproductive areas which are normally coated with a layer of bacteria. The researchers modified one of these bacteria - a form of E.coli - so that it began to secrete proteins that block HIV from infecting its target cells.
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Tim O'Reilly: Proprietary software grew up, starting really in the 1980s, as an alternative and that became the dominant model with the rise of companies like Microsoft and Oracle and the like.
But then a set of people said, we like it the way it was where we just gave our stuff away. So you had a bit of revolt against the commercialisation of software which started with Richard Stallman and the Free Software Foundation which was founded in 1984. ...continues here!
Monday, November 07, 2005
A very interesting event that I attended last Saturday.
Christopher Taylor in Conversation with Bob Osserman
MSRI invites you to attend a free public event at on
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Parks was arrested and charged for violating segregation laws
BBC, on its web page, has initiated an interesting project. It is seeking the opinion of its readers to nominate most important political protest. I thought that this initiative should be supported, that is why I am adding a post for it. Below, some info from the site. All the details in http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/politics_show/4381186.stm
Monday, October 31, 2005
Boys fell further behind girls in reading, writing and mathematics at primary school this year, according to the latest test results.
Just 51% of 11-year-old boys in
The latest figures demonstrate that the growing gender gap is a much wider problem. ...continues here!