Vaccination – best avoided?

You know that there’s substatial concern about, and opposition to, vaccination.  But this is nothing new…..

I was emptying a bookcase the other day and I came across a bound volume of the 1935 editions of ‘Armchair Science’.  (If you’re not familiar with the publication, it was a popular journal edited by ‘Professor’ A M Low.)  One of the early articles in the volume is about vaccination, so it’s quite topical.   I’ve reproduced it below – spot the horrendous flaw in the statistical analysis.

(Because it’s a bound volume, scanning it is difficult.  So I’ve resorted to rough and ready photographs.  Apoloties that these are a bit tricky to read.)

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Air Accident Investigation, 1st July

Bernard Forward has kindly agreed to his slides being published on our blog.  You’ll find them if you click on the picture below.

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Electric vehicles – making a noise

The DfT wants electric cars to be noisier.  Click on the picture as usual to find out more

It’s interesting that this isn’t, apparently, the result of any EU regulation.

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Human impacts in the open ocean

You can read about the National Oceanography Centre’s annual research expedition to the Porcupine Abyssal Plain  by clicking on the photo below.

What the article doesn’t say is that one of the first actions of the NOC expedition was to recover a rather green looking buoy and sensor frame. The data from this buoy will help towards answering questions about how environmental and ecological stressors are influencing the open ocean.  You can find a time-lapse video of the recovery HERE.

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Meeting – 1st July. Air Accident Investigation

Our speaker on 1st July will be Bernard M E Forward OBE MRAeS.

Mr Forward will be covering the following topics:

Purpose of Investigation
Accident of Serious Incident
Types of Investigations
AAIB staff Ops Eng ADR CVR
Methods of Investigation

      • Initial.  Collection of data
      • Subsequent

Reporting.  Yellow Bulletin
Common causes of accidents

      • Technical failures
      • Crew actions
      • Training
      • Weather
      • Stupidity



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Rusty anchors and anchor chains

I can’t say that I’ve ever thought very much about the rusting of anchors and their chains.  But if you’d like to know more, a recent article might help.  (Click on the picture to read it.)

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Science museum exhibition

If you’re looking for something interesting and informative for older grandchildren during the summer holidays, then maybe this Science Museum exhibition – ‘ is for you.  It doesn’t start until 10th July, so there’s plenty of time to plan ahead.

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