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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]