A smarter grid: can real-time electricity tariffs reduce both CO2 and bills?

Supplying electricity at a fixed price can have damaging consequences: there must be enough power to meet peak demand, typically early evenings on winter weekdays. Always meeting demand is made harder by weather-dependent intermittent renewables, such as wind and solar. During summer weekends, demand might even be less than the available low carbon, low running cost, generation. […]

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Beyond evidence: should science expect to win the argument?

Campaigners and other participants in politics often advocate the importance of respect for evidence and expertise in policymaking. This is particularly true in the arena of science policy where past and existing policies, from flood mitigation to tackling bovine TB to drugs policy, have been roundly criticised for ignoring the best available evidence. So what […]

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Animal Research

Animal research, sometimes referred to as ‘animal testing’, ‘animal experimentation’ or (incorrectly) ‘vivisection’, is the use of animals in medical, veterinary, environmental and other scientific studies. Such research aims to improve our understanding of biological processes associated with health and disease, and to develop medical and veterinary treatments for humans and animals. Animal studies take […]

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Team Science wants YOU

At the last general election, support for the Liberal Democrats was buoyed by more than just Cleggmania: the party enjoyed particularly strong support from scientists and science commentators. Much of this was on the strength of Evan Harris’s foregrounding of evidence-based policy and support for reform of the outdated libel laws that saw author Simon […]

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