Meet eteRNA: “Played by humans, scored by Nature”

As regular readers of mine will know, I have something of a jones for citizen science projects. Something of a substantial one, in fact.   And so, it’s with enormous joy that I’d like to introduce y’all to another member of the flock: eteRNA. In this online ‘game’, you get to help advance science by […]

MoBIE announces 2012 investment round results

The newly formed ‘Ministry of Everything’ - more formally called the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment - has announced the results of the first tranche of investment round funding.   Apparently, $133m will be invested, over the next 6 years ($32.8m of that this year alone), with 47 research projects being supported. The split: […]

Turning octopus gestures into speech

I’m sure that anyone who’s ever watched an octopus wasn’t in the slightest bit confused today when news broke that octopuses* are, in fact, conscious. But: ever wondered what octopuses are _saying_ when they languidly wave their tentacles at us? Well, the video below has an answer for you :P [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMM4XYteqWI[/youtube] (A big thanks to […]

Factory farming of the vegetable kind

Well, I’m back!  We survived not only the Mongol Rally, but the ensuing two weeks in Ulaanbataar (more on that in another post, though). In the meantime, I bring you some Chinese science journalism, courtesy of the free newspaper* on the plane between Ulaanbataar and Beijing. Or possibly Beijing and Hong Kong… According to the […]