LogoBee Graphic Design blog: My posts for September

30 09 2010

Only one of my articles made it to the LogoBee blog this month, but it’s a fun one! In case you missed it, here’s an article about Google’s “doodle” on September 7th, and why it caused a stir in the logo design world. How did they do that?

Google’s Doodle Mystery

Science is Vital

29 09 2010

Ok, so the state of the UK’s finances is in a bit of a kerfuffle at the moment and Government cutbacks are clearly a necessity – love it or hate it – in order to get us back in the black, but when it was announced that Cameron & Clegg would be tightening their belts in terms of funding for Science, Technology and Engineering, like so many of these public spending cutbacks, it got people’s knickers in a twist. And on this issue, my knickers are also quite twisted. (Urgh, that’s quite a gross image. I do apologise.)

In sympathy with the Science Is Vital movement, I have today signed this petition in support of a campaign to halt the destructive levels of funding cuts to Science education, research and innovation in the UK. Unless you’re directly involved with Science yourself, you probably don’t realise what a huge impact it has on our lives, and you might not care. But you should. New treatments, drugs, surgical procedures and therapies are being developed in laboratories all around the country, many to the point of clinical trials to test their effectiveness and safety. Research into new technologies and alternative energies, which will save our bacon when we’ve greedily used up all the oil, needs funding. The roads, bridges, tunnels, runways and tracks that we travel on every day need expert engineering skills and constant maintenance to ensure that the country doesn’t grind to a bumpy, potholey halt. And at grassroots level, we need skilled, motivating teachers and lecturers to inspire and lead a new generation of scientists into these very professions that keep the country not only running, but leading the race.

As the Science is Vital website declares, “the UK has a proud history of scientific excellence, and produces over 10% of global scientific output with only 1% of the global population”. It was in the UK that steam engines were invented. Charles Darwin, the great evolutionist, was a young lad from Shropshire. British scientists developed the DNA fingerprinting technique used at crime scenes all over the world, and it was here that a large part of the human genome was sequenced, with all its potential of finding cures for cancers and genetic diseases and understanding more about this DNA stuff that makes up our very humanness. Normally, I’m not one who goes in for traditionalism, but I believe that the strong history of scientific leadership in the UK is one that should not be tossed aside. Above all, if cuts are made now, the research projects that are already underway and will have to be scrapped will be a great waste of resources and will severely limit scientific progress, especially progress into areas that will ultimately save the country both money and lives.

The private sector can and does invest heavily in science, technology and engineering, but the majority of research and development is done in public institutions – colleges and universities – where there is high academic skill and knowledge, but already below-average monetary resources compared to the US and other countries in Europe. To slash this funding even further would reduce the UK to a region of scientific standstill. This cannot happen.

If you are in London on the 9th October and fancy waving a placard in support of Science is Vital, please visit the Science is Vital website for more information, and march your feet outside the HM Treasury in support of this worthy campaign. If, like me, you can’t be there (why does London always have all the fun?!) then please sign the petition, write to your local MP and spread the word!


27 09 2010

Hello everyone, I’m back from a wonderful week away in Corfu and after my relaxing break I’m raring to go with new and exciting projects in store. In my continuing collaboration with  Kaus Media Group, I’ve got a couple of big websites to write copy for in the next few weeks, as well as more editorial work for Just In Time publishing, Artesian Spas and The Art of More. I’m also going to be busy as acting co-editor of BioMed Central’s staff magazine, The Word. Talking of BioMed Central, it was my turn again to moderate the BMC Blog in the week before I went on holiday, so here are a few of the interesting posts that have been added to the blog in the last couple of weeks.

I am away from my mail.

17 09 2010

Dear friends, family, colleagues, fans, passers-by and random weirdos. Just thought I’d let you know that I’m going to be away from my site and my email for a few days. In fact, I shall be in Corfu, right about…

Don’t worry, Lisa Martin Freelance will be back in business on the 27th September and I’m already plotting a new series of posts for all you Freelancer users out there. Until then, please don’t rob my house while I’m gone. Thanks.

Are white homosexual men still taking too many HIV risks?

9 09 2010

This controversial press release that I wrote for the open access journal BMC Infectious Diseases looks at a study carried out in Belgium in which researchers used genetic profiling to link “clusters” of people infected with the same strain of HIV. Their results showed that the largest clusters of HIV infection, i.e. those people who had all been infected by the same strain of the virus, indicating relationships between the people within the cluster, were made up of young, white, homosexual men. In other words, it seems that of all the people with HIV, it is this group who are most likely to infect others.

This findng points worryingly at the idea that despite education and the wide availability of barrier contraception, gay men – in Belgium at least – are still taking too many risks when it comes to their sexual behaviour.

Read the press release at EurekAlert: Are white homosexual men still taking too many HIV risks?

Read the original article at BMC Infectious Diseases: Epidemiological study of phylogenetic transmission clusters in a local HIV-1 epidemic reveals distinct differences between subtype B and non-B infections

And some of the media sources that picked up the story:


7 09 2010

For all those based in the Warwickshire/West Midlands area, I’ve now added myself to the Alcester.co.uk directory here. You can find me under the Advertising & Marketing, Business Services and Internet Services sections. I found my netball team through this nice little local site for local people, so who knows what may come of it! 🙂

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