Food vs Fuel

  The world turned towards the US on the topic of food vs energy, a debate that is going strong as a primary cereal for food, feed and fuel production is growing thin. The FT reports [registering may be required to view in full]: UN urges US to cut ethanol production Some highlights: Corn, soyabean […]

Climate change gone hiding

In an attempt to buoy the climate change agenda, Chris Rapley and co-author write in the FT: The risks of climate disaster demand straight talking Chris Rapley is professor of climate science at University College London.

Future of open access

The academe is battling with a similar issue as the rest of the society: information overflow. At the same time as increasing volumes of academic work are published in numerous forms and platforms, still primary focus of research funders and excellence rankings are on so-called top journals. These are the ones that reap the benefits: […]

Marriage and longevity

Interesting work was recently published (earlier as electronic version) on the effects of marital history on, especially, men’s (50< age < 75) mortality: Marital history 1971-91 and mortality 1991-2004 in England, Wales and Finland In a nutshell, married men with no divorce history live longer. Authors include top  notch Finnish scientists as well as renowned […]

Careers of doctorate holders

“Holders of doctorate degrees or other research qualifications are crucial to the creation, commercialization and dissemination of knowledge and to innovation. Until now, however, there has been little information about their careers and labour market mobility.” Careers of dctorate holders – Statistics Explained Some interesting picks: “The share of inactive doctorate holders varies between the […]