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September
2009

New ways of farming?

The discussion of how to increase our agricultural/horticultural output is hardly a new one. In fact, it’s been a mainstay of human development – ever-larger populations of people has brought with it the challenge of how to ramp up ways of feeding the…

NZ's increasing academic shortage

I was most interested to read this article in the ODT today.It talks about the University of Otago’s plans to futureproof (what a catchphrase) itself against what, apparently, is a steadily increasing shortage of tertiary academics in New Zealand as we…

Sciblogs

A quick note…The reason I’ve been absent the last little while is because of this marvellous thing, on which we’ve been working (real) hard the last few weeks. Yes, the SMC presents Sciblogs.* fanfare *Note: it launches officially on Wed, which means…

Links I've enjoyed this last week…

…but didn’t have the time to post. For a number of reasons, including:madness at work (in a good way) , which is only set to increase due to the upcoming launch (yay!!) of Sciblogs. We’ve gotten some good coverage for it over the last few weeks, st…

Shrodinger's tobacco mosaic virus

I’m sure everyone is familiar with Shrodinger’s Cat, the infamous quantum-mechanical thought experiment (apparently, it was first posited as a sort of laughing attempt to put in real terms some of quantum mechanics’ more…interesting…theories). We…

Nature's data-sharing issue

Nature has published their special data-sharing issue, which can be found here. An extremely timely issue, I might add, give how topical the subject is (see here and here).There’s a lot of interesting stuff in here, including articles about what seems…

Reflexology quickie

I don’t have access to the full article, sadly (aaarg), so this tiny tidbit from the Medical Journal of Australia will have to do.In essence, it says that the evidence for reflexology working is, well, not there. Yes, the foot rub is quite cool (apart…

Name-dropping makes you obnoxious

“But”, I hear you murmer, “we knew this already!”And yes, intuitively, I guess many of us do. Despite this, it still doesn’t stop many people doing it, on a regular basis. Some might even say that networking somewhat encourages it. Well, networking …

The travelling salesman problem and bacterial computers

This post was generated by the marvellous webcomic, below, from David Malki’s Wondermark (a fascinating project in and of itself).As usual, click on the image to make it legible. Weblink here.Witticisms aside, the first thing that came to mind was the…