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Archive: Griffin's Gadgets November 2012

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

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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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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