Sir James Dyson has written an article in the Guardian about the need in his business, and in the UK generally, of more engineers. Almost 3 million UK engineering jobs will be unfilled in the next six years, and Dyson needs 100 engineers in their R&D labs. For him the problem appears to be one […]
Paul Nurse has written an excellent article in the Observer discussing science funding and its broader importance in the UK economy. George Osbourne has apparently made science a “personal priority”, which, with deficit reduction the dominant theme of the current government, has meant protecting funding in cash terms. Paul goes on to say – “However, as […]
Are we seeing some change in the way societies view drugs?
Last December Uruguay legalised cannabis, and in the US, the states of Colorado and Washington legalised cannabis for personal use in 2012. The Netherlands has, for some time, allowed cannabis use in specialist coffeeshops. Of course, none of these examples have opted for free and unfettered access for all, but rather a regulated system where the authorities can exert control. The Uruguayan plan includes a user registry, a tax, and quality control, with the aim of reducing profits for organised crime, and reducing drug related violence.