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Second Nature Patents talk: Rescheduled

For anyone who wasn’t aware: unfortunately this week’s Second Nature event, “The Importance of Patents to Scientists” was cancelled at the last minute when Second Life underwent a slight meltdown and none of us, including the speaker, Sue Scott, were able to reliably connect to Second Life. I would like to apologise to everyone who came and waited with us so patiently, and most of all Sue herself.  Read more

Halo 3, Will Wright and science in video games

Halo 3, Will Wright and science in video games

This week I have mostly been playing Halo 3 (not at work, though Google have consoles in their offices so maybe we could too; haven’t suggested this to Timo yet). Anyway, it’s pretty good and has ex-Nature staffers in it. The main problem with video games has always been (IMHO) the deep rooted shame you feel coming out of four hour frag sessions. Four hours gone forever…. hours that could have been spent curing cancer, bonding with your children (yes, really, children – the average gamer is 33 years old) or you know, just doing something, like, constructive. Nowadays, though,  … Read more

Second Nature Event: Prospecting for “Ethical Pharmaceuticals”

Firstly, apologies for taking so long to report on last week’s event: Professor Philip Mellor gave a very interesting talk all about Bluetongue disease, how the spread has changed in recent years and how it corresponds to the changes in climate.  Read more

Second Nature Event: Bluetongue disease special

Second Nature Event: Bluetongue disease special

This week, the Second Nature events series brings a topical special event on Bluetongue disease. Hot on the heels of another Foot-and-Mouth disease outbreak, a Bluetongue Disease outbreak was declared in the UK last week. This summer, there have been 3,000 reported cases of Bluetongue in Northern Europe alone. What is Bluetongue? How does it spread, why is it here now and where will it go next? And is it all because of climate change? Join us for a special session with Professor Philip Mellor from the Institute of Animal Health at Pirbright for a discussion of all the details  … Read more

New Polymerases for Old DNA: the Write-Up

New Polymerases for Old DNA: the Write-Up

Yesterday saw the first in our series of talks being held on Second Nature. The speaker was Dr Phil Holliger from the Medical Research Council Molecular Biology Lab in Cambridge, and he gave a talk all about Ancient DNA and his work on creating new polymerases to recover it more accurately.  Read more

Events on Second Nature (2)

Correction to my previous post: Phil will now be coming into Second Nature to talk about his work restoring ancient DNA on Thursday 13th September, a day later than I previously said. Thanks to Andy for pointing out that Wednesday isn’t generally a good day for talks because of Second Life maintenance.  Read more