The front row of the third annual Budapest Demographic Summit launch. The conference is focused on raising the fertility rates in central and eastern Europe. HT Valerie Hopkins
Mandela on Mugabe: ‘the trouble with Mugabe is that he was the star – and then the sun came up.’ Top obit from the excellent David Smith – what are best ones from Zimbabweans?
‘At least 250 scientists have more than 50% of their citations from themselves/co-authors, while median self-citation rate is 12.7%.’ Hats off to Sundarapandian Vaidyanathan from Chennai, academia’s leading narcissist, with a 94% self citation rate.
While we’re on science. When chemistry graduates are faced with tear gas in Hong Kong they used chemistry to turn it into solid form, by shaking it in vinegar and rendering it useless. That’s education for you! HT @berniespofforth
Do British tabloids shape public opinion, or just reflect it? Here’s the Sun’s front pages for its English and Scottish editions on the same day last week. No prizes for guessing which is which
But don’t worry, everything may be OK