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At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
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Does Britain Want World's Best Footballers, But Not Its Best Scientists?
7 October 2010 10:59 am
It may be Nobel season in the rest of the world, but among Britain's scientists, it's protest week. On Saturday, a group called Science is Vital hopes to lead thousands of scientists in a London rally against cuts in research funding that are expected to be announced at the end of the month as part of a push to balance the United Kingdom's budget. And today, The Times carries a letter (subs. required) from British Nobel laureates, including incoming Royal Society President Paul Nurse, protesting immigration curbs on scientists and engineers that may be put in place next spring.
The Times reports:
Eight of Britain's Nobel laureates, including the two Russian migrants who won the physics prize on Tuesday, have written to the Times, to protest against visa curbs that would keep leading international researchers out of the country. The coalition's plan to limit migrant numbers from outside the European Union "would damage our ability to recruit the brightest young talent as well as distinguished scientists into our universities and industries", they say. The laureates call on ministers to adapt the cap to recognise the needs of science and industry, as they have already done for sport. "The Government has seen fit to introduce an exception to the rules for Premier League footballers," they say. "It is a sad reflection of our priorities as a nation if we cannot afford the same recognition for elite scientists and engineers."