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Red State Blue State, Rich State, Poor State?

Peter Griffin posted in on November 14th, 2008.

We’re all familiar with how those political maps ended up looking after election night both here and in the US. The US once again had a swathe of red through its middle as the Democrats cleaned up on the coasts and in the north-east. The map of New Zealand was a sea of blue – […]

Election 08: How were the science and tech issues treated?

Peter Griffin posted in on November 7th, 2008.

Well it’s all over bar the voting in what has already been a momentous week.The election campaign has been interesting for its preoccupation (finally) with weighty economic issues. But how did the science and technology – which underpin the knowledge economy we are supposed to be fostering, get treated in the election coverage? Well, the […]

The science of elections – what influences our vote?

Dacia Herbulock posted in on November 5th, 2008.

With US elections underway, and New Zealand elections imminent, the Science Media Centre rounds up the latest research into the science underpinning elections and voting patterns. In the past few weeks, we’ve seen new research crossing our desks covering everything from electronic voting machines to the influence of newspaper endorsements on voters’ picks. New Research […]

Election 08: The minor parties on the big science issues

Peter Griffin posted in on October 31st, 2008.

The Science Media Centre asked the leaders of the political parties ACT, the Green Party, the Maori Party , the Progressive Party and United Future to answer a series of questions on big science-related issues facing the country. Only the Greens and United Future were able to respond to the deadline given. The comments of […]

Election 08: 10 science questions for United Future

Peter Griffin posted in on October 30th, 2008.

1. Education: New Zealand is struggling to produce enough science and technology graduates to meet the demand for a skilled workforce. What will you do to improve the attractiveness of science and technology among young students in the education sector? * Increase the attractiveness of research as a career option and science PhD’s by reducing […]

Election 08: 10 science questions for the Green Party

Peter Griffin posted in on October 30th, 2008.

1. Education: New Zealand is struggling to produce enough science and technology graduates to meet the demand for a skilled workforce. What will you do to improve the attractiveness of science and technology among young students in the education sector? We have to show young people that science is valued by investing more in science […]

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