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False balance in science reporting – The Conversation

Posted in Reflections On Science on July 21st, 2014.

The following article is republished from The Conversation under Creative Commons license. Read the original here. The problem of false balance when reporting on science By Peter Ellerton How do you know the people billed as science experts that you see, hear and read about in the media are really all that credible? Or have […]

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Dominion Post: Government efforts on water “shallow”

In its Wednesday editorial, the Dominion Post tackles the issue of freshwater quality in New Zealand, and last week’s release of the Government’s compulsory minimum standards for freshwater ways. “The Government still isn’t serious about cleaning them up,” the editorial concludes.   An excerpt: (read in full here) Unfortunately, the bottom lines are too timid. […]

July 11th, 2014 Read full Story

Patience a virtue in research – Idealog

Writing for Idealog, Profs John Boys and Grant Covic from the University of Auckland discuss their commercialised energy transfer research which earned them the 2013 Prime Minister’s Science Prize. An excerpt (read in full here): In scientific research, patience is a virtue Professors John Boys and Grant Covic pioneered work in inductive power transfer tech. They […]

July 3rd, 2014 Read full Story

EPA looks to the future on Nine to Noon

The Environmental Protection Authority turns three this week. The Chair of the Authority, Kerry Prendergast, spoke with Nine to Noon’s Kathryn Ryan on about what is coming up for the Authority where they go in the next five years. You can listen to the interview below, or on the Radio New Zealand website.

June 23rd, 2014 Read full Story

Finding faults no easy task – GeoNet Blog

Writing on the GeoNet blog, Public Information Specialist Caroline Little explains why geologists don’t know the location of every fault in New Zealand. An excerpt (read in full here) How come you guys didn’t know about that fault before the big earthquake occurred? It’s a question we get a lot here at GeoNet given that […]

June 18th, 2014 Read full Story

Moving Beyond R&D – New Zealand Herald

Research & development funding is not a magic bullet, say Associate Professor Suvi Nenonen and Professor Kaj Storbacka, from  the University of Auckland Business School’s Graduate School of Management, writing in the New Zealand Herald. An excerpt (read in full here): Research and development funding is not the economic elixir it used to be and […]

May 28th, 2014 Read full Story

Synthetic cannabinoid consequences – Prof Ian Shaw

Professor Ian Shaw, a toxicologist at the University of Canterbury, gives a crash course in synthetic cannabis chemistry and addiction in an opinion article in the Press. An excerpt (read in full here): Drugs must be tested on animals OPINION: Toxicologist IAN SHAW explores the “legal high” debate and looks at how the products activate […]

May 12th, 2014 Read full Story

Siouxsie Wiles on the averting microbial apocalypse

Writing in the New Zealand Herald, University of Auckland Microbiologist Dr Siouxsie Wiles examines the issue of antibiotic resistance in the wake of a World Health Organisation global report. An excerpt (read in full here): Siouxsie Wiles: Lack of research can seriously damage our health Life as we know it could end in as little as […]

May 8th, 2014 Read full Story

High antidepressant dose linked to self-harm – experts respond

A study published today in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, found that the risk for deliberate self harm doubles when depressed young people start an antidepressant treatment regime with higher-than-usual doses. The study saw Harvard University researchers look at health records of 162,625 privately insured people between the ages of 10 and 64, who were treated […]

April 29th, 2014 Read full Story

Bearded beauty in the eye of the beholder

A University of New South Wales study by Rob Brooks, Zinnia Janif and ex-pat Kiwi Barnaby Dixson has burrowed into the beauty of beard. Writing on the website The Conversation, researcher Rob Brooks offers some context on their facial hair findings. Fear not the hipster beard: it too shall pass By Rob Brooks If you […]

April 16th, 2014 Read full Story


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