* Posts by Lucy Sherriff

15 posts • joined 1 Jun 2007

Britain's waterways turning 'healthy' brown

Lucy Sherriff (Written by Reg staff)

Coffee

Sadly, the coffee shop near my train station is hooked up to the same supply.

Lucy

Most doctors plan to dodge health database

Lucy Sherriff (Written by Reg staff)

Impossible is nothing, Egor

Yes, of course a nurse at an individual surgery could be bribed. Or a student doing work experience etc.

But they would only have access to the locally held records, and the blackmailer/other would have to know which surgery to start at.

If someone with access to the spine was blackmailed/bribed or otherwise persuaded to share their access, *all* records would be compromised, audited or not.

Lucy

Scottish poll probe: e-counting gets 'hold off until safe' verdict

Lucy Sherriff (Written by Reg staff)

Scotland/England

Hi,

Counts were suspended in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Eastwood and Perth and Tayside North, among others. None of which, as far as I can tell, is in England.

Unless you are proposing that we redefine the borders somewhat..?

Luce

Teeny tiny ozone hole for 2007

Lucy Sherriff (Written by Reg staff)

Quite right

You are, of course, entirely correct. However, we reserve the right to be as non-standard as we like if we don't feel up to breaking out the calculator. So there.

Luce

ESO galaxy hunters come up trumps

Lucy Sherriff (Written by Reg staff)

Opal Fruits

Yes, I quite agree. Harmonising galactic brands can only go so far before all right-minded individuals *must* take a stand.

Luce

Dolphins abandon Bay of Biscay

Lucy Sherriff (Written by Reg staff)

IT angle

Stuart, and anyone else concerned by the lack of IT angle, might want to note that we also cover science. This should help you recover your inner peace.

Namaste

Is Chernobyl behind academic slump in Sweden?

Lucy Sherriff (Written by Reg staff)

@Simon K

That's a fair shout. I'll rephrase para 1.

Cheers,

Lucy

Boffins issue speeding ticket for FTL photons

Lucy Sherriff (Written by Reg staff)

@ M. Burns

Hi there Montgomery,

"This so-called paradox was beaten to death years ago by Herbert Winful. If the Germans would bother to keep up with the field, they'd know that neither their observation is new, nor their explanation."

Yep, that'll be the paper I linked to in the story.

@ John Donovan: No, you can't, because of the June 1953 ruling in the subcommittee meeting on Causality and the Bakerloo Line. It was Sir. John Moffat who made the final decision that faster than light travel in Mornington Crescent would ultimately collapse the whole tube network, as all the staff would take the day off to visit their great grandchildren. Sorry.

Lucy

Europe's floods and fires snapped from space

Lucy Sherriff (Written by Reg staff)

Linkage

Hi Tim,

The reason we generally don't link to pictures we have run is that we have already run the pictures. Others don't come from elsewhere on the web, so there is nowhere to link to.

As you say, it is not usually hard to find them if you want more detail.

Cheers,

Lucy

Hyperion harbours building blocks of life, says NASA

Lucy Sherriff (Written by Reg staff)

Stone the floating crows

Density and hardness are not the same thing. Consider that pumice stone is less dense than water, and still not even slightly splashy.

Cheers,

Lucy

Oxford University Libraries say chuck out your crap

Lucy Sherriff (Written by Reg staff)

WEEEEEEEE

For clarity: the Directive indeed came into force on January 1st, but enforcement will only begin on July 1st. Six months for everyone to get up to speed.

Cheers,

Lucy

Royal Society unearths top secret nuclear research

Lucy Sherriff (Written by Reg staff)

Custardian

Well, aluminium was mentioned, but if custard was being tested, it is still too secret to be revealed to the likes of us.

Lucy Sherriff (Written by Reg staff)

Nuclear basics

It was cutting edge at the time, but basic text book stuff now. I skimmed some of the papers, but not all. Four of the papers were in French (which I am afraid I don't speak). I didn't have time to read the others in detail.

But from what I did see, they were testing how effective various different materials were as moderators, for instance. They were really doing the leg work of figuring out how to build something that could sustain a reaction for long enough to be useful as a power source without going BANG in a really unhelpful, and frankly messy, way.

I'm hoping the Royal Soc will put them online at some point.

Lucy Sherriff

Space powers join forces to hit Moon and Mars

Lucy Sherriff (Written by Reg staff)

Poppins

You missed off "expialidocious" from the end, there...

Lucy

Finding missing galaxies: Spitzer triumphs again

Lucy Sherriff (Written by Reg staff)

Light years of typos

To stop this turning into an all-out boffin bun fight: yes, I have edited the copy to include the missing millions. 20 light years would be a pitifully small galactic cluster, after all. Pitifuly small galaxy, come to that.

Thanks for flagging the typo.

Lucy Sherriff

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