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Unravelling NZ’s ‘Innovation Puzzle’

Peter Griffin posted in on November 5th, 2010.

It’s been a source of much puzzlement and discussion that, despite New Zealand ranking high on many of the metrics which would suggest we should be highly productive, we nonetheless aren’t compared to many of our OECD counterparts. At a MoRST Chat Shop this morning, Forte Management’s Tony Smale discussed this ‘innovation puzzle’, arguing that […]

New report – public’s attitudes to science

Peter Griffin posted in on October 18th, 2010.

Today sees the launch of the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology’s third report on public attitudes to science. The research, which builds on studies previously conducted in 2002 and 2005 used surveys and focus groups to ascertain what areas of science New Zealanders place priority on. Attitudes towards the importance of science to the […]

Newsletter Digest: IgNobels, Kiwi attitudes to science, SciBlogs anniversary

Dacia Herbulock posted in on October 1st, 2010.

What do Kiwis think of science? Next week will see the launch of a study that looks at the public’s perception of science in New Zealand. The research Science and the General Public 2010, is the latest in a series of studies previously undertaken in 2002 and 2005 by the Ministry of Research, Science and […]

Newsletter Digest: Southern Ocean carbon sink and NZ’s synthetic bio sitrep

Peter Griffin posted in on May 28th, 2010.

Will the Southern Ocean carbon sink hold? Ice core records show there was a sharp rise in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere – a nearly 50% increase – at the end of the last ice age. Scientists have long puzzled over the origin of all the extra CO2 that appeared as the great ice sheets […]

Newsletter Digest:

Peter Griffin posted in on December 11th, 2009.

Interested in the entire newsletter?  Sign up for it here, and read archived editions here. (Links for both can be found on the SMC homepage) Shaky start for Copenhagen Week one of the COP15 climate change talks passed in a blur of press conference and closed door meetings while the airing of the Danish text […]

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Running Hot ’08 – focus on emerging scientists

Peter Griffin posted in on October 28th, 2008.

October 29 – 31, Wellington The Running Hot conference kicks off tomorrow (October 29) and will bring together emerging scientists from around the country as interdisciplinary research and ways to collaborate on scientific projects are discussed. International speakers jetting into Wellington for the conference include Professor Ian Foster, a grid computing expert and director of […]

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