Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Nobel physicist Albert Fert makes the point I made in an earlier post. France does good research but is slow to capitalize on promising new discoveries by translating them into working technologies. He contrasts the responsiveness of American industry to scientific research by relating an anecdote: within a month of his first lectures on giant magnetoresistance, he had been visited by a delegation from IBM.
Simone Veil says that she opposes DNA testing of applicants for family reunification because there are "a thousand other ways of identifying people." She adds that it's "a question of image" and that the method is "too heavy." I confess that the logic of these statements is not very clear to me.