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New Windows on the Universe – Prof David Wiltshire

Posted in Reflections On Science on February 12th, 2016.

As researchers with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) announce they have spotted gravitational waves – ripples in space itself set off by violent astrophysical events – University of Canterbury Professor of Physics Dr David Wiltshire discusses what it means. The announcement that gravitational waves have been directly captured for the first time ever, from […]

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STEM skills vital to NZ’s future – Steven Joyce

Writing in the Dominion Post, Minister of Economic Development Steven Joyce lays out the case for a skilled workforce – especially in the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) sector. An excerpt (read in full here): Getting people with more skills vital to our future Beyond the current fog of misinformation around about trade deals […]

February 1st, 2016 Read full Story

Top Ten Science Stories of 2015

It has been a big year for science, both at home and abroad. We have seen water on Mars and a heart on Pluto, signed a global climate deal and grappled with new gene editing technologies. Closer to home, we have seen fruit fly invaders shut down part of Auckland, found something fishy going on […]

December 15th, 2015 Read full Story

Why do governments support research? – Sir Peter Gluckman

Sir Peter Gluckman, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, discuses the history and future of government research funding in latest blog post. An excerpt (read in full here): Why do governments support research? The evolving role of the State Recently, the New Zealand Government published the National Statement of Science Investment (NSSI). This statement heralds […]

October 22nd, 2015 Read full Story

Science needs funding certainty to excel

The Press science reporter Dr Sarah-Jane O’Connor looks at the state of science funding in New Zealand and whether it is serving the needs of the country. An excerpt: read in full here. “At the end of the year, Palmerston North’s Centre of Research Excellence the Allan Wilson Centre will close, after missing out on […]

October 5th, 2015 Read full Story

AgResearch restructure – In the News

AgResearch has been the focus of intense media reporting this week in anticipation of an announcement that the Crown Research Institute will be cutting research staff. The government-owned research organisation yesterday confirmed plans to lay off 83  staff due to decreasing investment in some research areas, but will be hiring 27 for new roles – […]

September 25th, 2015 Read full Story

Prestigious fellowships funding NZ research

Virtual babies, breast cancer genomics and criminal psychology are just a few subjects to be studied by researchers awarded prestigious fellowships this week. The recipients of two separate sets of fellowships were announced yesterday, totalling millions of dollars of research funding for established and up-and-coming researchers. Twelve of New Zealand’s most talented early to mid-career […]

September 18th, 2015 Read full Story

Dr Christina Riesselman awarded Women in Science fellowship

Dr Christina Riesselman, a geologist at the University of Otago — and Science Media SAVVY participant — has been awarded the New Zealand L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship. Dr Riesselman was officially awarded the fellowship at a ceremony in Sydney last night. The Australia & New Zealand Fellowship programme comprises four $25,000 awards, three […]

September 9th, 2015 Read full Story

The Taonga Genome Project on Radio NZ

The director of genetics at Otago University, Peter Dearden, spoke on Radio New Zealand’s Sunday Morning show about his proposal for a taonga genome project to get New Zealand scientists discovering more about the county’s native species, including animals, plants and insects. You can read more about the proposed project in Assoc Prof Dearden’s post […]

August 18th, 2015 Read full Story

Dr Michelle Dickinson’s new column in the Weekend Herald

As the columnist for the Weekend Herald‘s new Science & Tech page, Dr Michelle Dickinson test runs a new device that claims to use EEG monitoring to help build mental focus. An excerpt (read in full here): Science & Tech: Michelle Dickinson I’ve been walking around wearing an odd, forehead-covering, Rambo-like headband called Muse this […]

August 12th, 2015 Read full Story

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