Science in Service of Society

In which a team of Australian researchers determines the half-life of the teaspoon. It would be easy to jump to conclusions here about the obvious policy responses this suggests, but I think it’s important to remember that science can do no more than inform the political/policy process. What society does with this information is as much a question of values as it is of science.

(Hat tip Nora.)


  1. It’s well known that all the cool research gets done in Australia (I wrote about another example yesterday). It’s not that we have too much time on our hands or anything; it’s a matter of seizing the moment.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to continue my research into whether my sofa or hammock is a better place to design software.

  2. Yes, but there is no concencus on this so called spoon half-life.

    No need whatsoever to change our silverware habits. These chicken littles er…what’s the current name…alarmists just want us to use forks. Everyone just eat as usual. Nothing to see here.



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