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This post is now a bit out of date: there is a summary of my more recent efforts (papers, videos and pop stuff) can be found on Prof Sivilotti’s OneMol pages. What follows is a simplified version of part of a paper that appeared as a preprint on arXi ...

Last year, I was sent my answer paper for one of my final exams, taken in 1959. This has triggered a bout of shamelessly autobiographical nostalgia. The answer sheets that I wrote had been kept by one of my teachers at Leeds, Dr George Mogey. After  ...

Jump to follow-up This discussion seemed to be of sufficient general interest that we submitted is as a feature to eLife, because this journal is one of the best steps into the future of scientific publishing. Sadly the features editor thought that "  ...

Jump to follow-up [This an update of a 2006 post on my old blog] The New York Times (17 January 2006) published a beautiful spoof that illustrates only too clearly some of the bad practices that have developed in real science (as well as in quackery). It s ...

Jump to follow-up One of my scientific heroes is Bernard Katz. The closing words of his inaugural lecture, as professor of biophysics at UCL, hang on the wall of my office as a salutory reminder to refrain from talking about ‘how the brain works̵ ...

Jump to follow-up The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has been the statutory body responsible for the regulation of pharmacy since 2010. It’s status is similar to that of the GMC and. heaven help us, the GCC. Before that the regulator was the  ...

Jump to follow-up The consistent failure of ‘regulators’ to do their job has been a constant theme on this blog. There is a synopsis of dozens of them at Regulation of alternative medicine: why it doesn’t work, and never can. And it isn’ ...

Jump to follow-up Despite the First Amendment in the US and a new Defamation Act in the UK, fear of legal threats continue to suppress the expression of honest scientific opinion. I was asked by Nature Medicine (which is published in the USA) to write a  ...

This article has appeared, in nearly identical form, on the UK Conversation . You can leave comments there or here. The modern major-general A constitutional monarch is purely ceremonial and plays no part in politics.  Well actually in the UK it ...

Jump to latest diary entries This is a story of everyday researchers and teachers, struggling to do their job in a world pervaded by management bollocks. This page is a continuation of the diary that started in June 2007, with the demise of UCL’s Pha ...

Jump to follow-up A constant theme of this blog is that the NHS should not pay for useless treatments. By and large, NICE does a good job of preventing that. But NICE has not been allowed by the Department of Health to look at quackery. I have the impress ...