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science and health degrees earn graduates more

Peter Griffin Jan 03, 2010

The Sunday Star Times has compiled a table (see below) of university degrees and what graduates from these degrees can expect to earn after a year and three years in the workforce respectively. Not surprisingly, science, health and engineering graduates have much better earning potential than those working in tourism, architecture, agriculture, sports, creative arts and teaching. However, what … Read More

Summer of stats part 2 – Of lettuces, strawberries and things

Guest Work Dec 27, 2009

A running series from Statistics New Zealand helping us make sense of the Food Price Index and the Consumers Price Index… Priceshifting Statisticians are not particularly noted for their vegetarian inclinations, but they do exhibit an appetite for fruit and vegetables. They find lettuces especially fascinating. Source: Statistics New ZealandThe Food Price Index works on the basis of price per … Read More

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The biosphere can't stand it

Guest Work Oct 05, 2009

A paper by Dr George Preddey,  Physi­cist, futur­ist, ter­tiary teacher, dis­as­ter man­ager, edu­ca­tion pol­icy ana­lyst, inter­na­tional con­sul­tant (retired),  envi­ron­men­tal activist and marathoner Global Eco­nomic Cri­sis and Copen­hagen – missed chances for avert­ing a human catastrophe? ’If at first an idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.’ ’We shall require a sub­stan­tially new way … Read More

Environmental Issues Deserve Better Treatment by our Media

Guest Work Sep 30, 2009

By Vicki Hyde, chair of NZ Skeptics Inc and editor of Scitechdaily.com It was appalling to see the Herald on Sunday swallow the claims that you can detect poisons in Haruaki Gulf marine life via a discredited electro-acupuncture technique (Sept 27). Their story ran under the heading “Samples positive for poison”*, citing campaigner Sarah Silverstar. Marine birds, oysters and dog … Read More

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The cellular phone book

Vic Arcus Sep 30, 2009

The phone book for a city is a dull read. The surnames, initials and addresses for everyone who lives in a city. For the truly bored, you might find some prurient entertainment in some of the more descriptive surnames. It’s not even complete, given that a significant number of the inhabitants choose not to have their names published. However, with … Read More

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