Archive: Griffin's Gadgets 2012

Amid media uncertainty, some great science-related stories emerge

Peter Griffin May 04, 2016

I’m asked to give a lot of presentations to groups in the science sector about what is going on with the media. These days, that involves changing my presentation on a weekly basis. Last week’s update accounted for the review of feature programmes at RNZ, including the long-running Our Changing World science show, the launch of Herald Focus – the … Read More

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Online privacy – companies not government the biggest concern

Peter Griffin Apr 14, 2016

Despite the Edward Snowden revelations of mass online collection of meta data and some high profile data breaches at our own government departments, what Kiwis most fear is not snooping spies, but companies harvesting our Facebook likes and internet searches. The latest World Internet Project survey of nearly 1400 Kiwis included for the first time a set of questions about online privacy … Read More

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Climate focus

Peter Griffin Jan 13, 2016

Victoria University’s Pacific Climate Change Conference will be held February 15 – 17 in Wellington and proves timely with Pacific nations making up a vocal minority at last month’s COP21 climate negotiations in Paris. Line-ups for the conference is below… check out the website for more details. Sciblogs writer Dr Sarah-Jane O’Connor will be filing some of the highlights from … Read More

Climate in 2015: El Nino’s indelible mark

Peter Griffin Jan 12, 2016

NIWA has just released its climate summary for 2015 and it makes for some fascinating reading. No, it wasn’t a particularly hot year with an average temperature of 12.7°C  12.7 up 0.1°C on the long term average (1981-2010) and the 27th warmest annual temperature recorded since the “seven station series” records began in 1909. By way of comparison, 2015 was Australia’s fifth warmest year … Read More

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