This is a first - for me at least - I'm posting this from 35,000 feet above Afghanistan. I'm currently on a Lufthansa flight and thanks to the new Boeing Skynet service, am savouring the joys of full broadband access (even the Demos VPN works!).

Advert over. My real reason for posting is to say I'll be away from the office for the rest of May, carrying out some scoping research for our Atlas of Ideas project, which is exploring trends in science and innovation in China, India and South Korea.

I'm starting out in Delhi, then heading on to Bangalore, Beijing and Shanghai, talking as I go to a fascinating mix of scientists, policymakers and corporates about 'the new geography of science'. More soon...

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