Agriculture

ORCID explained – The new, unique identifier for researchers - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Oct 17, 2016

Last week saw the launch of the ORCID Consortium which sees 34 New Zealand research institutions back use of a unique identifier for researchers that promises to make keeping track of individuals’ work and evaluation of the research system more effective. ORCID’s New Zealand debut has been funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the … Read More

Seaweed could hold the key to cutting methane emissions from cow burps - Guest Work

Guest Work Oct 17, 2016

By Michael Battaglia, CSIRO When Canadian farmer Joe Dorgan noticed about 11 years ago that cattle in a paddock by the sea were more productive than his other cows, he didn’t just rediscover an Ancient Greek and Icelandic practice. While the Ancient Greeks didn’t have to contend with global warming, it turns out that this practice could … Read More

Dangerous cheeses - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Oct 16, 2016

The NZ government continues its crusade against an elderly woman whose four cows produce the milk for her small-scale raw milk cheeses. My piece in this week’s Insights newsletter: Thomas Hobbes told us the State is necessary to protect us. The war of all against all that would ensue without a State to protect us from each other would … Read More

It’s not just the ‘yuck factor’ that puts people off eating insects - Guest Work

Guest Work Oct 10, 2016

By Jonas House, University of Sheffield There’s a lot of hype around edible insects. Insects are being championed as a healthy and sustainable alternative to conventional protein sources in Europe and the US, and “ento-prising” new products are appearing almost every week. Cricket-based cocktail bitters, anyone? Of course, these new bug-based foods aren’t for everyone. In … Read More

Dealing with post normal science and post truth politics - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Oct 07, 2016

As the defacto capital of the European Union, Brussels is a bureaucrat’s Mecca. But last week it also drew some of the most senior science advisors from around the world as our own Sir Peter Gluckman held the second International Network from Government Science Advice meeting there – in the well-appointed assembly room of the European Commission’s Charlemagne Building, no less. Read More

Science Learning Hub – relaunched, refunded - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Oct 05, 2016

Last night saw the relaunch at Te Papa of the Science Learning Hub, an educational resource that has amassed nearly 5,000 videos and articles about everything from nanotechnology to climate change – and showcased the work of hundreds of New Zealand scientists in the process. Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce unveiled the new-look Science Learning Hub website and said the … Read More

Note to the Havelock North Inquiry – Think Big - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Sep 26, 2016

Prof Alistair Woodward, A/Prof Simon Hales An Independent Inquiry is now investigating the cause of the water-borne outbreak caused by Campylobacter in Havelock North. In this blog we consider the background to this issue and argue the Inquiry must not miss the opportunity to think up-stream, on the scale of water catchments, agricultural economies and climate systems. “Alarming new … Read More

The silent “y” in futures - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Sep 23, 2016

Many discussions about the future are about “what?” and “how?” What will … [insert favourite industry or issue here] … look like? How will we … [insert favourite activity] … in the future? The outcomes are usually lists or descriptions. These are fundamentally second order futures questions. They are a consequence of a need for answers in the face of … Read More