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Friday, November 19, 2010

Experts:European scientist - lazy?!, 2010

Expert: ‘Lazy researchers to blame for declining EU science optimism’ - Responding to the publication of a survey on EU attitudes to science and technology, experts blamed "lazy" researchers for failing to promote their projects, leading to a declining sense of optimism about the positive influence of science in Europe. - IDIOTS! Seriously, what the hell means this?! Researchers are not supposed to work to promote their research but to research it! And since the money are so limited, how are we supposed to promote our research? This takes money after all. It takes time. And when you work on EU project, you're supposed to account for almost every second. It's not about laziness, it's about stupid system that encourages "accountability" in the sense of producing paper-waste for other people to read, to judge and to account. And in the end, not everyone can promote. Not everyone is a showman or showgirl. In most cases, people barely find the time to do the research and to finish all of their projects, because of course, to guarantee a decent salary, you have to be on more than one project. It's hard. And what's even harder is to promote your science to non-specialist. I tried that and I failed. And I consider myself to be funny and social person!
Today (only 4, but a lot of comment on the scrap-articles):
  1. EU governments seen opposing GM crop proposals
  2. Thales Alenia wins Iridium deal for 81 satellites: company
  3. New project aims for fusion ignition
  4. Kroes to beef up scrutiny of EU digital industry
 Quote of the day: most countries actually posed bans on GMOs, so they are against current European regulations. And yet they don't want the new one, which legalize what they do anyway. It's absurd, but yet - true! Better collective irresponsibility, than subjective responsibility.

EU governments seen opposing GM crop proposals

30 July 2010

European Union governments have signalled their strong opposition to proposals allowing member states to decide whether to grow or ban genetically modified (GM) crops, a Belgian EU Presidency source said on Thursday (29 July).
Several EU governments have already criticised the proposals, and last week German Chancellor Angela Merkel attacked the plans as a first step towards dismantling the bloc's single market.
A first meeting of EU government officials to discuss the proposals in Brussels on Tuesday confirmed the widespread opposition to the plans.
Some officials agreed with Merkel's view that the proposals would undermine the bloc's internal market, and others said they would leave the EU and its member states open to challenges in the World Trade Organisation (WTO), a second EU source in the meeting said. source
My comment:Why do you think they oppose it? Not because a country may decide they want to or not want to grow GMOs! They fear sanctions of WTO if they decide against it!!! They fear the integrity of the open market! I just want to throw up. Sometimes I'm amazed by people's stupidity. Because most countries actually posed bans on GMOs, so they are against current European regulations. And yet they don't want the new one, which legalize what they do anyway. It's absurd, but yet - true! Better collective irresponsibility, than subjective responsibility. 
Not related to the article but I will soon blog about new evidences of GMO crops in some of the other blogs, so watch out.

Thales Alenia wins Iridium deal for 81 satellites: company

June 2, 2010
Thales Alenia Space has won a contract worth 2.1 billion dollars (1.7 billion euros) for a giant programme to build 81 communications satellites for US group Iridium, Iridium said on Wednesday.
The European group beat US company in bidding for the work.
The chief executive at Iridium Matt Desch said that the project marked a turning point in the history of the US company.
The privatised French export-credit guarantee company Coface is to underwrite 95 percent of dollar-credit facilities totalling 1.8 billion dollars.
Thales Alenia Space is 67-percent owned by French group Thales and 33 percent by Italian company Finmeccanica.
The contract is for 72 satellites to be launched into low orbit from 2015, and nine replacement satellites to be held ready on earth. They will carry upgraded third-generation class mobile communications services.
(c) 2010 AFP source
My comment: Cool! Seriously cool and that's a great victory for the EU. It's not so much that I dislike Lockheed Martin, I just don't like how in some sectors, there's no way for EU companies on the US markets. And that's hardly fair. So this is definitely a victory.

New project aims for fusion ignition

May 10, 2010 by David L. Chandler
Russia and Italy have entered into an agreement to build a new fusion reactor outside Moscow that could become the first such reactor to achieve ignition, the point where a fusion reaction becomes self-sustaining instead of requiring a constant input of energy. The design for the reactor, called Ignitor, originated with MIT physics professor Bruno Coppi, who will be the project's principal investigator.
The concept for the new reactor builds on decades of experience with MIT’s Alcator fusion research program, also initiated by Coppi, which in its present version (called Alcator C-Mod) has the highest magnetic field and highest plasma pressure (two of the most important measures of performance in magnetic fusion) of any , and is the largest university-based fusion reactor in the world.
It will be much smaller and less expensive than the major international fusion project called (with a chamber 6.2 meters across), currently under construction in France. Though originally designed to achieve ignition, the ITER reactor has been scaled back and is now not expected to reach that milestone.The Ignitor reactor, Coppi says, will be “a very compact, inexpensive type of machine,” and unlike the larger ITER could be ready to begin operations within a few years. Its design is based on a particularly effective combination of factors that produce especially good confinement of the plasma and a high degree of purity (impurities in the hot gases can be a major source of inefficiency).
Coppi plans to work with the Italian ministry of research and Evgeny Velikhov, president of the Kurchatov Institute in Moscow, to finalize the distribution of tasks for the machine, the core of which is to be built in Italy and then installed in Troitsk, near Moscow, on the site of that institute’s present Triniti reactor. Velikhov, as it happens, is also the chair of the ITER council.
source My comment: Wow! I wish them luck. Seriously, this is a great endeavor, especially since ITER was basically murdered. It's amazing how well the LHC project functioned to produce the biggest accelerator on Earth, especially if we compare it with ITER where bunch of very suspicious factors led to its scientific annihilation. And this is not how science is done. So, it's cool to see alternative projects, backed by governments and going further than the mainstream project ever will. God Speed!

Kroes to beef up scrutiny of EU digital industry

24 June 2010
The European Commission will ensure that devices with always-on connectivity, like Apple's iPhone, don't lock consumers in to proprietary technology, Neelie Kroes, EU commissioner for the 'Digital Agenda', told EurActiv in an exclusive interview. A yearly scorecard will measure the industry's progress.
The commissioner said one of her main priorities will be ensuring that new market trends in digital consumer goods do not lock buyers into supporting monopolies.
The lack of interoperability information was at the heart of one of her most high-profile battles with ICT giant Microsoft, which cost the company a $1.3 billion fine in 2008."This is not just about Microsoft or any big company like Apple, IBM or Intel. The main challenge is that consumers need choice when it comes to software or hardware products," the commissioner insisted.
Kroes said she plans to ask big market players' to start licensing information that for the moment they are not making available at all. Those same players have cast doubt on whether the commissioner will go so far.Commenting on previous efforts to introduce a European Interoperability Framework (EIF), CompTIA, a global ICT industry group with companies such as Microsoft among its members, said it was ''concerned about the proposal's promotion of ICT standards and development models that reject valid intellectual property".
"Any company which holds a significant market position and acts against interoperability should know that the Commission is ready to act to defend the interests of European consumers," the commissioner insisted.
 sourceMy comment: Good, good. It was high time for all of us to stop being kept hostages to the so called "intellectual rights". So, big companies have the right to mass buy patents and to sue anyone that intends to use them, but consumers should behave and use only their proprietary softwares? No, sir, I don't think so. Precisely this behavior is what turns off people from the big guys and make them use pirate software. It's not so much about the money, not always, at least. It's about the freedom to do whatever you like. For example, my new gadget has options I don't like, well, I will patch its firmware to whatever floats my boat. Because I gave already money for it and I require from it to serve my purpose. That's why, I think companies should come with brand new ideas of monetizing their business. Because the old models are simply old and not working in digital age. 

EU urged to fund research in Africa - 28 October 2010 - European development funds should be tapped to build research labs and bio-banks in Africa, according to a leading African research expert. Scientists are also urging policymakers to invest in Europe's own scientific infrastructure in order to maintain global competitiveness. - Oh, yeah? Why?! I like Africa, but for me, that sounds almost like European development funds should be provided to China. It sounds ridiculous. Ok, I agree that if Europe wants to end the impoverishment of Africa we must seek to educate people, but how do you build labs if children don't even go to school. Or we do not discuss that Africa. Well, I don't see why Europe should support already rich country. Or why we should support the outsourcing facilities of big companies. I simply am not convinced that by building labs for biotech corporations, we'll help local population to get a better life.

Commission gives €1.4bn to ITER nuclear fusion project - With EU governments unwilling to fill the funding gaps in the multi-billion international nuclear fusion research project ITER, the European Commission is proposing to put an extra 1.4 billion euro on the table to honour the bloc's international commitment.

R&D chief sounds innovation emergency bell - 04 November 2010 - R&D investments in Europe were less affected by the crisis than in the US but EU firms are lagging behind their rivals in key sectors for innovation, the European Commission warned on Tuesday (26 October). - What a surprise. So you don't invest in real research, but in lies like "social innovation" and so on and then you complain that we lag behind USA and probably China. Well, this is what in physics we call action-consequence. Because let's face it, to do real research you need money. You either get them from private companies and corporation, or you get them in the form of local and EU subsidies/grants. And in time of "crisis", we saw a huge cut in the subsidies part. So how do you want researchers to work if you don't pay them? I don't know, would EU bureaucrats works without salary? I doubt it. 
And again from this article: "On the same day of the scoreboard's publication, the European Space Agency signed a contract with industry worth €194 million, seen as a major step in making the project a reality." Yeaaah!

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