Does British investment in astronauts match the nation’s ambition?

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The British invest­ment in ESA’s astro­naut pro­gramme. Photo (cc) Stuart Pilbrow.

Becoming an astro­naut is the pin­nacle of achieve­ment for any­one involved in space sci­ence and technology.

So, after the selec­tion of Major Time Peake as the UK’s new ESA astro­naut, how ser­i­ous are the gov­ern­ment of reach­ing the pin­nacle of acheive­ment? “No addi­tional funds would be made avail­able to help pay for the costs of Major Peake’s train­ing, Science Minister Lord Drayson said.” While the UK’s Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills is happy to asso­ci­ate them­selves with Tim Peake’s suc­cess and say they’re invest­ing in our future, the British invest­ment in astro­naut­ics will cur­rently remain €0.
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The doughnut leaves a bitter taste

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Cancer Blogging con­tin­ues. There’s an intro­duc­tion, if you haven’t read it.

Having the tumour removed was a Good Thing, but it might not be enough. The can­cer may have spread. The most likely loc­a­tion is round the back of the kid­neys where it’s hard to get at, if I under­stand cor­rectly. It’s not always easy to find inform­a­tion because there’s a huge industry in selling altern­at­ive medi­cines to treat can­cer. To find the inform­a­tion it helps if you know exactly the right keywords to search on, and if I knew that then I wouldn’t need to search.
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