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April
2010

All passengers: please remember your space insurance

Excellent stuff, this, and a fitting way of both apologising for my recent absence, and attempting to be sufficiently interesting to lure my readers (who have no doubt wandered) back to the fold. The topic of today’s post?  Why space tourism and insurance, of course! Perhaps it’s just me, but space insurance wasn’t something to which I’d ever given any thought.  Upon finding out that other people have, and serious thought at that, I thought […]

Introducing a new blog: The Science of Architecture

Interested in architecture?  Like sciencey things?  Well, we have the blog for you! Ken Collins, one of the directors of lab-works, will be penning a blog, The Science of Architecture, all about architecture from, you guessed it, a science perspective.  Topics he’ll be covering range from which wood treatments are best, to how to design a really good lab (and I have no doubt there are going to be some great horror stories there), and […]

Introducing a new blog: The Bright Ideas Challenge

Remember last year’s What’s Your Problem New Zealand competition, won by Resene? Well, Grow Wellington, the regional economic development agency which has been tasked with making greater Wellington internationally competitive, has come up with rather a fun idea. Entitled the Bright Ideas Challenge, the idea is to get Wellingtonians – any and all of them – with an idea which they think could become a successful business, to submit said idea to the Challenge.  The […]

2001: A sciblogs odyssey

Just a brief note to our bloggers and readers: we’ve just hit 2001 posts!  (This will make it 2002, of course) I was hoping to announce it at the round number, as it were, but Peter’s latest (sneaky) infographics post blew that out of the water. Anyway – congratulations to our bloggers: we’re really proud of the work you guys are putting in and to our readers – we thank you for your time and […]

Why science denial is so very dangerous

I heart TED – something to which I’m sure I’ve confessed in past. This morning, I got a fantastic email with some of the latest talks to be posted on TED. While they’re all (of course) brilliant, I’ll make special mention of a talk, entitled ‘The danger of science denial‘, by New Yorker writer Michael Specter.  Not himself someone with a science background, he talks about how researching stories led him to be at first […]

A soupcon of shameless self-sales

Wondering whether to feel ashamed or not, I suddenly thought ‘but wait – isn’t this part of the whole point?’. So onwards… Anyway, for anyone who’s in the Tauranga (26th April) or Hamilton (27th April) areas later this month, I’m going to be talking at Cafe Scientifique about science and the media.  Something that, we’re hoping, I can give some insight into, giving it comprises my day job an’ all. Cafe Scientifique’s pretty cool, actually.    […]

For all fans of manga: the power of science

I got sent the glorious picture below a brief parcel of time ago, and it made me happy. And, since it’s a Friday and I’m feeling magnanimous, I thought I’d spread the love to all my science geeks.  In particular, of course, those who enjoy manga/anime. I’m more than happy to credit it if anyone can tell me whence it originates… HT: Amber :)

GRA inaugural meeting shows strong will to succeed

This week marks the inaugural meeting of the Global Research Alliance (GRA). For those of you not familiar with it, it’s probably one of the best things to come out of last year’s largely-failed Copenhagen talks.  The idea had first budded in late 2008, but was officially launched Dec last year.  And, proudly, it’s an initiative suggested and spearheaded by New Zealand.  Comprised of some 28 countries (including all the largest emitters) and some observing […]

Now starring in movies: human genes

I do so love it when people make accessibly, entertaining, highly educational science stuff. In the latest of such moves, researchers from EMBL and the Mitocheck Consortium (both in Europe) have built up a library of movies showing what happens to a human cell when a particular gene is switched off.  One at a time. This is a vast undertaking.  There are some 22,000 genes in the human genome, and the researchers silenced or inactivated […]