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NZ leads in Earth and Environmental Sciences – Expert reaction

Laura Goodall posted in on March 27th, 2015.

New Zealand is a leader in earth and environmental sciences in the Asia Pacific region, according to an analysis of high level research publications. The Nature Index analyses countries’ and institutions’ contributions to research published in 68 top tier journals. The Index‘s overview of the last year’s data singles out New Zealand as “a leader in […]

‘Break the tyranny of the luxury journals’ – Nobel laureate

John Kerr posted in on December 11th, 2013.

In UK newspaper the Guardian, Nobel Prize winner Randy Schekman calls for an end to the scientific community’s dependence on high-profile journals a measure of the quality of research. In an opinion piece titled ‘How journals like Nature, Cell and Science are damaging science‘, Schekman outlines how the major journals artificially restrict the number of […]

GM maize and cancer study retracted – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on November 29th, 2013.

A controversial study on the effects of GM maize on rats has now been retracted by the publishing journal. The study suggested that genetically modified round-up resistant corn could cause cancer in rats. The article by Gilles-Eric Séralini and colleagues was published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology. The global network of Science Media Centres […]

Vincent Heeringa talks SMC on Radio NZ

John Kerr posted in on August 15th, 2011.

This weekend, Radio New Zealand’s Kim Hill caught up with Vincent Heeringa – Director of Tangible Media Ltd, co-founder of Idealog, director of AUT Media, and a member of the advisory board of the Science Media Centre. Kim spoke with Vincent on a section of her show called Playing Favourites, in which she quizzes public […]

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