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 […]

Incredible image of earthquakes since 1898

Following last night’s 50 second shaker here in New Zealand (magnitude 7, but luckily nice and deep), I figured this image was appropriate.     New Zealand’s in there, but mostly covered by the nicely thick green line going straight through it. You can see Northland and a teensy bit of the bottom of the […]

Why I’ve gone so quiet: the Mongol Rally 2012

Hello, dear readers :) I just wanted to explain why I’ve been so quiet as of recent, and why I’ll likely be pretty quiet for the next couple of months. In short: I’m doing the Mongol Rally (with mad Canuckistani Dane Foster). We’re leaving Wellington on July 10th, and beginning our epic trip from the […]

A toolkit for organisations and social media

…Well, a little bit. Certainly, this post is for those of you who know organisations which are looking at social media and considering whether to get involved or not. Now, before a number of you cough and splutter, dear readers, it’s worth noting that many organisations are, really, honestly, I absolutely promise, still pondering this […]

DeSForM - The most inspiring thing I’ve seen in years

I am a very lucky girl.  Last week, I managed to drag myself from my Lair of Sickness to attend the now-annual 2012 DeSForM (Design Semantics of Form and Meaning) conference. And what a treat it was, if nothing else remining me of how much I’d like to retrain in this space some day(a dream […]

nerd nite 10: Of the Strange, the Alien and the Device

Well, I know have a full linup and details for nerd nite Wellington #10, which is happening this Monday, 23rd April, from 6pm at Hotel Bristol. Details are already available on the nerd nite Wellington website, Facebook page etc, but I figured I’d share them here, too :) I’ve changed the format a little and […]