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September
2009

Magnetic monopoles?

Oh, this is too, too good.Only 2 days after a New Scientist article discussing some 13 phenomena that science is still unable to understand – including the fact that magnets don’t seem to come in a fashionable, slinkier ‘monopole’ – it’s been announced…

Cows and…seaweed?

The discussion of how to deal with ruminant emissions is now as pervasive as the emissions themselves, it seems.Here in NZ, we have the PGgRC, which has been set up to deal specifically with the issue. After all, something like a half of NZ’s emission…

The geoengineering debate

Geoengineering. Yes. Likely to spark heated (haha) debate, because if people are uncomfortable with the idea of tweaking living organisms (GM), then people are definitely going to be uncomfortable with slinging giant mirrors into space, and injecting…

Jellyfish, continued

The BBC’s posted this beautiful set of photographs of deep-sea jellyfish (honestly, I’m beginning to think I have a thing about these creatures).(I couldn’t use one of the beeb’s pictures, so have put in another cool jellyfish photo.)I think I like the…

Pretty produce

So, our urge to mess with our food continues unabated, it seems, and as usual, aesthetics are a fundamental part of this (as with many of our endeavours, I think).So yes, a few new instances of pleasantly pretty produce. In first place (because I live…

PhD Comics gets it right, again

Couldn’t resist. PhD comics have been around for quite some time (and I would encourage you to read them whenever you get a chance), but this one (also shown below) was just far too perfect to pass up.Clicking thereon will show it in a slightly more …

Google Transit

I was most exceedingly happy to hear about this yesterday. I am, after all, something of a Google fan.My happiness, however, turned to ecstatic delight when I realised that Google Transit is far, far better than the Metlink website. A thorn in my sid…

The value of knowledge economies

Rod Oram, of the Sunday Star Times, recently wrote this piece.In it, he basically lays out why a knowledge-based (or at least heavily contributed to-) economy is something New Zealand should be striving for.And I have to say I agree: this idea that one…