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Science in the Public’s Eye

Despite all it has contributed to civilisation, science is still viewed with skepticism by a significant amount of the public. In this thoughtful piece, Chris Elcombe explores the factors which shape and influence this often tumultuous relationship.

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Rosetta comet landing, was it worth it?

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission, and Philae landing on comet 67P, was a world sensation with a lot of people getting very excited. However, now a month on and the initial hype is over, I keep hearing, “was it really worth all that money?” and, “did we actually get anything useful from it?”

Fighting words within the EU

David Cameron punched a podium. Matteo Renzi made threats. Mark Rutte is holding out. And Jean-Claude Juncker has verbally scalded them all. So what’s got the EU so heated up over the past few weeks? Chris Elcombe, Alochonaa’s Science and EU Affairs Editor explains.

Scottish Independence – a critical review

The upcoming referendum on the independence of Scotland from the United Kingdom has brought out many pundits, each with their own “evidence” on why Scotland should or should not leave the Union. In this article, Alochonaa’s incoming European Affairs Editor Mr. Chris Elcombe filters through the standard nationalist rhetoric and evaluates the political and economic problems and benefits associated with Scottish independence, and draws a complicated picture of the potentially independent Scotland’s chances on delivering better outcomes for its residents.