Friday, May 26, 2006

Podcast lectures for university students

Things are moving fast. University teachers have to find a new role for themselves soon. Otherwise… (See also the UC Berkeley initiative, which is a campus-wide initiative).

A lecturer at a West Yorkshire university has abolished traditional lectures in favour of podcasts. ...continues here!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The University of Strathclyde in wage docking threat

This is a method of protest by University teachers that has been used in Greece many times. If I remember correctly, the first time it happened was in 1987. I don’t agree with it because it affects the students. However, one has to admit that it is effective. ...continues here!

Monday, May 08, 2006

Michael V Hayden new CIA director

Any connection with the Greek eavesdropping?

..As head of the NSA - the American electronic eavesdropping organisation - the 61-year-old oversaw the programme, which allows for the monitoring of international calls and e-mails of terrorist suspects inside the US without a warrant. It appears that Gen Hayden's role in overseeing the eavesdropping could become the focus of what could be bruising Senate confirmation hearings.

General Hayden is widely seen as an expert in technological intelligence gathering. The NSA, which he directed from 1999 to 2005, is reliant on satellites to intercept communications and computers to help break enemy codes. ...continues here!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Ways to win an election

It happened in the local election in England today (May 4, 2006). It was not decided by a few votes but by a pencil!

The Tories have lost a seat on the length of a pencil! After three recounts in Wheathampstead in St Albans, the Lib Dems and the Tories both had 1132. The result was decided by whoever picked the longest pencil - and the Lib Dems picked a longer one, taking it from the Tories.But they won Crawley won on the strength of picking an envelope. And that's democracy for you!

Monday, May 01, 2006

Creationism, Science and Certainty

The following, is a paragraph from a very interesting contribution on the subject by Professor Lisa Jardine, a contributor to BBC Radio Four's Point of View.

"We cannot afford ourselves the luxury of waiting for evidence which clinches the theory. We are going to have to learn how to participate in debates which are not about certainties. We have to decide right now whether we should sacrifice our right to cut-price air travel in order to cut carbon emissions. A public understanding of science has never been more important".