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Entries from June 2003


June 25th, 2003 · No Comments

A comment of mine on MetaFilter expressing my views on genetically modified crops.

Tags: bio · food · mefi · science

Human Gene Therapy

June 23rd, 2003 · No Comments

Gene therapy ‘to be expanded’ – good news from the BBC; the UK government is going to significantly increase funding for gene therapy. If things continue like this, the US may get left behind, along with its irrational fear of many other new biological techniques.

Tags: bio · science

The TEDMED3 Experience: Day 1

June 20th, 2003 · 2 Comments

A review and summary of the presentations given on the first day of the TEDMED3 conference in Philadelphia.

Tags: adrian · bio · conference · science · tech · travel

Simpsons Edited

June 18th, 2003 · No Comments

An interesting thread on how broadcasters are dealing with the Simpsons episode ‘The Simpsons Versus New York’ which heavily features the World Trade Center.

Tags: politics · tv

Back again

June 17th, 2003 · 1 Comment

I returned to England on Monday, and almost immediately went to Emmanuel College May Ball, which was great fun. I’m currently a fair bit sleep deprived, but once I’ve recovered I’m going to start work on writing a report of my trip to the TEDMED3 conference. Some teasers:
- Be SHOCKED as Adrian is almost denied [...]

Tags: meta

Notes from the Front

June 9th, 2003 · No Comments

Wired recently wrote an article on how bloggers are violating gag rules at conferences. In the article, they mention the organiser of the TEDMED3 conference I’m going to tomorrow:
Richard Saul Wurman, organizer of the long-running TED conference (which is now TedMed), said reporting restrictions are meaningless, a smoke screen to make attendees think they will [...]

Tags: adrian · conference · web

Spirit and Opportunity

June 9th, 2003 · 2 Comments

NASA’s two new Mars rovers have been named ‘Spirit’ and ‘Opportunity’. I’m just as much for getting schoolkids to name spacecraft as anyone else, but couldn’t they have picked anything more inspiring? It sounds as if the PC brigade had sucked all the life out of this competition well before it begun. They’re not terrible, [...]

Tags: mars · politics · space

Red Mars

June 7th, 2003 · No Comments

Never mind the Beagle 2, the Sci-Fi channel is producing a miniseries based on Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Mars novel for late 2004. They’d better not screw it up…

Tags: mars · sf · space · tv


June 6th, 2003 · 1 Comment

I received my final results at 4pm today – I got a 2:1 in my course, Anatomy A: Research in Neuroscience. I’m fairly pleased with it. Sure, it’s not a first, but it’s enough to secure my DPhil at Oxford that starts in October.
Out of 21 people, four received firsts, one received a 2:2 and [...]

Tags: adrian · cambridge

What are you thinking?

June 5th, 2003 · 2 Comments

Following on from my fMRI scan a while ago, I’ve just received a image of a structural MRI scan of my brain; in other words, a picture of my brain! It’s quite neat (thanks Bhisma!)

Tags: adrian · neuro · science