A very different form of mining…

I came across this last week, and thought it was certainly an interesting way of addressing New Zealand’s mining issues. The conversation around whether, and if so to what extent, New Zealand should mine its national parks for mineral resources is a heated (haha) one.  And, I might add, not one into which I’m going […]

Art and science - a good pairing?

Would the metaphorical offspring of art and science be better than their parents, mediocre, or oxygen thieves? This is the basis the discussion currently being held on the New Scientists website (yay, you guys are awesome).  They’ve written not only an editorial on the subject, but assembled the viewpoints (with more still to come, I […]

Smart agents for smart grids: an application of game theory

No, it’s not a reference to spies who can park well.  Or something. It’s about electrical smart grids.  And how we might get the best out of them.  But I think some explanation is in order first - hell, I know I had to do some research before being able to explain it… Firstly, what […]

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 […]