December 2011
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Archive: Griffin's Gadgets December 2011

ORCID explained – The new, unique identifier for researchers

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


Dealing with post normal science and post truth politics

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

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

Aussie fluoride review: it is safe and effective

Peter Griffin Sep 14, 2016

As debate rumbles away in some New Zealand communities about whether public water supplies should be fluoridated, a new report from the Australian Government looks at the situation across the Tasman and gives fluoridation a big tick. The National Health and Medical Research Council’s  draft consultation paper,  Effects of water fluoridation on dental and other health outcomes was published today … Read More

Is chlorine the next chemical battleground?

Peter Griffin Aug 18, 2016

Hundreds of people in Havelock North are gradually returning to full health after coming down with gastroenteritis when their water supply was infected with campylobacter. The bore water many of the townsfolk were drinking wasn’t treated with chlorine, which kills bugs and viruses and would have taken care of the campylobacter – avoiding this major public health crisis. But, as with fluoridation of community … Read More

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Hawke’s Bay gastro disaster – what the experts say

Peter Griffin Aug 15, 2016

Campylobacter – it can cause a nasty bacterial infection usually associated with chicken and food poisoning. But for up to 2,000 Hawke’s Bay residents currently ill with the side effects of the infection (think nausea, vomiting and diarrhea) didn’t get it from under-cooked chicken, but from Havelock North’s town drinking water supply. Prof Michael Baker On Thursday, a sample of bore water … Read More

The Dirty Dozen – our biggest users of dubious carbon credits

Peter Griffin Aug 15, 2016

The Morgan Foundation has just published its second report on the use by New Zealand companies of carbon credits of dubious origin.  In Morgan’s newest installment, researchers look at the 12 companies that were the biggest users of carbon credits purchased from Russian and Ukraine between 2013 and 2015. The Dirty Dozen The Morgan Foundation now wants the … Read More

Sciblogs implements Instant Articles

Peter Griffin Aug 02, 2016

If you are reading this article on your phone and tapped on it after seeing it in your Facebook newsfeed, then congratulations – you are reading an “Instant Article”. The article should have loaded instantly rather than taking a few seconds to send you to the Sciblogs website. It should look quite nice, with a clean interface and crisp … Read More

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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