Under blodröda friser i Röda Korsets gamla sjukhus i Stockholm, nu renoverat för KTH:s behov, går den lilla men fokuserade gruppen in i hissen och trycker sig upp till elvan för att dricka lite svart kaffe och höra berättelsen om konsumtion och produktion. I den bästa av världar möter vetenskapen verkligheten och jag inser att jag hamnat mitt i ett vetenskapligt kafésamtal; Science Café.
The death of Margaret Thatcher (British prime minister from 1979 – 1990) last week has taken over the UK media. Margaret Thatcher was unusual in many respects, including being both a politician and a scientist. Mrs Thatcher possessed a chemistry degree from Oxford and worked in the chemical industry before becoming an MP.
At 8:30pm on March 23rd it will be Earth Hour, when people across the world will be turning out the lights. Earth Hour is a symbolic gesture to highlight the environmental challenges facing the world with actions springing from the international campaign.
Statistics does perhaps have an image problem. Ask people what they think of statistics, and you are likely to get some negative responses. The public does not (very broadly speaking) understand statistics and probability. Neither do many politicians. The media can manipulate statistics and misrepresent data. As a science, statistics is seen as complicated, dull, geeky and even irrelevant.