Scary stuff for scary times
Good commentary on the Article 50 judgement today.
I couldn’t resist a quick comment on today’s ruling by the High Court that the Prime Minister cannot trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty (and thus begin the process of taking the United Kingdom out of the European Union) without the approval of Parliament. The case was brought by Gina Miller and Deir Tozetti Dos Santos (the claimants) and has important constitutional implications because it limits the use of the Royal Prerogative.
I’m not by any means a legal expert but reading the full judgment it strikes me that this unanimous decision represents a comprehensive defeat for the Government’s lawyers. The crucial paragraphs of the judgment are 92-94 if you wish to refer to them in the full judgment. Interestingly, the ruling does not really rest on the claimants’ case at all but instead is based on a complete rejection of the main point of the Government’s submission. It…
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I know too many of the people involved in this to be less than flabbergasted. It is also a good example of theme Streisand Effect.
Getting ready to come in and help with today’s Undergraduate Open Day today at Cardiff University, I checked Twitter this morning and found a number of tweets about a shocking news story that I feel obliged to comment on. The astronomy community in the United Kingdom is fairly small and relatively close-knit, which makes this case especially troubling, but it does have far wider ramifications in the University sector and beyond.
I don’t usually link to stories in the Daily Mail, but you can find the item here. The report relates to a libel action taken by Professor Mike Bode of Liverpool John Moores University against Professor Carole Mundell, a former employee of that institution who is now Head of the Astrophysics group at the University of Bath. Carole Mundell is a highly regarded observational cosmologist who works primarily on gamma-ray bursters and their implications for cosmology. The case revolves around…
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6.7 Today´s new entry: Cosmic Sculpture: A new way to visualise the Cosmic Microwave Background Clements, D. L., Sato, S., Portela Fonseca, A. Abstract: 3D printing presents an attractive alternati…
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Nice coverage of the HST observations of Europa by Peter Coles. I’m not a disinterested party here since we are observing Europa (and Enceladus) using a different approach to look for chemistry in these plumes. More news soon I hope!
I was too busy yesterday to write a post about the latest hot news from the NASA Hubble Space Telescope, so here’s a quick catch-up.
It seems that Europa, the smallest of the four Galilean moons of Jupiter, may from time to time be releasing “plumes” of water vapour. It has long been speculated that there might be large quantities of liquid water under Europa’s extremely smooth icy crust. Here’s a picture of possible plumes (to the bottom left of the image) in which a high-resolution picture of the surface of Europa has been superimposed.
There’s also short video explaining the possible discovery here.
It’s not obvious at first sight that features like that shown above are caused by water erupting through Europa’s surface. On the face of it they could, for example, be caused by the impact of…
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I’ve clearly not been paying attention as Jacey Bedford wrote this review of Science for Fiction 2016 over a month ago and I only spotted it today thanks to an email from here.
If you weren’t there this gives a pretty good feel of the event, the kinds of things we cover, and why writers go to it. Planning for the 2017 session has yet to start, but I’m going to try to be more organised this time – promise!
A cool headed analysis of the huge difficulties the UK faces in the #brexit negotiations.
Hi Excited Leaver,
Note: originally this was written during a discussion with a leaver (Rod, I hope you are out there and doing well) but was then turned into a more generic post.
So, you’ve won the referendum and you’re excited about that great new deal we’re going to do with the Europeans. Let’s just recap the deal you’re after:
Access to the single market – basically it’s trade more or less exactly like we have now with the EU. BUT you want to drop some of the extras:
- No EU contribution
- No Freedom of Movement
- No pooled sovereignty
Seems simple enough, just a free trade deal? And of course you’ve been told we’re in a strong position, there’s that huge Trade Deficit as we buy far more than we sell so you’re confident we can drag the EU to the table and get the deal the UK deserves. “The Germans will…
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