Archive: Griffin's Gadgets 2008

Shelling out to lure top global research talent

Peter Griffin Jul 20, 2016

When I visited universities and research institutes in Israel last year I was struck by two things – their entrepreneurial outlook and their eagerness to bring international entrepreneurial research collaborations to fruition. A focus in these areas – enabled by state, private and foreign investment, has paid off for Israel in the form of a research sector that creates a pipeline … Read More

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180 seconds of science

Peter Griffin Jul 11, 2016

New Zealand’s early career researchers are being challenged to showcase their science in videos up to 3 minutes long, as part of the Trans-Tasman competition, 180 Seconds of Science. I’m on the judging panel for the New Zealand entries and am really looking forward to seeing what the researchers come up with. 180 seconds is a generous amount of … Read More

Scifest – heading south for a dose of science

Peter Griffin Jun 22, 2016

We are less than a month out from the New Zealand International Science Festival, the biennial showcase of events, lectures, art and people that sees Dunedin become science-central for a full week. The festival runs July 8- 16. This year’s line-up looks particularly good. I’ll be heading down myself and am particularly looking forward to hosting a panel discussion on … Read More

Dunedin Study gets funding security

Peter Griffin Jun 15, 2016

The Health Research Council funding round results are out, revealing the projects receiving a share of $60 million.  One health research-related question was answered alongside today’s announcement. The Dunedin longitudinal study, currently the subject of a fascinating TV series, received around $6 million in HRC grants. As the Otago Daily Times reports: Richie Poulton, director of the university’s Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health … Read More

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Researchers go after blogger and lobbyist for defamation

Peter Griffin Jun 14, 2016

We all know the blogosphere can be a brutal place. While we’ve become desensitized to some of the mud slinging and smearing that goes on in blog posts and their comment sections, some people forget that the online realm is still subject to the law. Prof Boyd Swinburn Whaleoil blogger Cameron Slater and lobbyist and PR consultant Carrick Graham had … Read More

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Thirty Million: Sobering look at the impact of sea level rise

Peter Griffin Jun 14, 2016

A team of New Zealand filmmakers has released a documentary focussing on the estimated 30 million people in Bangladesh likely to be displaced by the end of the century as a result of sea level rise.  The documentary was funded by the United Nations and features a short, powerful interview with our own Helen Clark, administrator of the UN Development Programme and a front … Read More

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Goldacre live: Bad Science meets Bad Pharma

Peter Griffin Jun 03, 2016

Many Sciblogs readers will know the work of Dr Ben Goldacre, the doctor, academic, Guardian columnist and author of the best seller Bad Science. Goldacre touches down briefly in Auckland in September for one event at the Mercury Theatre, which if his previous public appearances are anything to go by, will be a funny, enlightening and ironic affair. Read More

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The closest thing to a Kiwi Nobel for now

Peter Griffin May 27, 2016

New Zealand mathematician Roy Kerr was last night presented with the prestigious Crafoord Prize, basically the equivalent of a Nobel Prize, at a ceremony in Sweden. Kerr, who is a sprightly 82, shared the prize with Stanford University theoretical astrophysicist Professor Roger Blandford. The prize for astronomy and mathematics (it rotates through certain disciplines year to year) comes with … Read More

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