Update from the fifty-first state

posted by Kaihsu Tai on May 5th, 2006

Today we had glorious weather here in these isles. Her Majesty graced Oxford with a visit. But for the more politically-inclined, yesterday’s local-election results were announced, with the Greens taking a new seat in the Oxford City Council, up from 7 to 8 out of 48 seats, holding the balance of power in a hung council. Good results elsewhere as well.

Nick Anthis of The Scientific Activist (who broke the George Deutsch dropout story earlier this year) invited Michael Stebbins, Director of Biology Policy at the Federation of American Scientists, author of the new book Sex, Drugs and DNA: Science’s Taboos Confronted to speak in Oxford today on the topic “Biosecurity policy and the scientific community: new challenges in an age of terrorism”. He gave us a lot of Beltway insider stuff (especially after his talk when I bought him a drink at the University Club), and said that whatever craziness goes on in the USA will eventually come across the Atlantic unless we do something about it.

Further on the topic of the “fifty-first state”, Sir Gareth of Wolfson College just published a report on UKUSA research collaboration. To balance the Anglosphericity, here is a link to the “Investing in European Research” website.

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  1. On May 9, 2006 at 19:55 Adam (Southern California) said:

    I remember a couple of years ago I did a Google search on the term “51st State” paired with various other locations. Here are the current results from a few select places:

    Canada: 112,000
    Puerto Rico: 32,100
    District of Columbia: 9,310
    DC: 83,700
    Britain: 74,100
    United Kingdom: 64,100
    Quebec: 17,700
    Mexico: 107,000
    Cuba: 38,700
    Iraq: 144,000
    Afghanistan: 51,900
    Alberta: 12,200
    Samoa: 1,340
    Guam: Only 532, for a territory where statehood is actually a remote possibility!

    Here’s a wikipedia article on the subject:

  2. On May 14, 2006 at 10:11 Dr Kaihsu Tai (Oxford, England) said:

    Seems like a perfect experiment to try using CompLearn: http://clo.complearn.org/

  3. On June 9, 2006 at 04:18 Dr Kaihsu Tai (Oxford, England) said:

    CompLearn experiment: http://clo.complearn.org/clo/showexpnum/1149775159/t.html

    Also see: http://clo.complearn.org/clo/showexpnum/1149775454/t.html