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Monday Micro – west African Ebola outbreak now the deadliest in history Siouxsie Wiles Jul 21

The Ebola outbreak that likely started in December 2013 with the death of a 2 year old child in Guéckédou, Guinea, has become the deadliest in history. The most recent report, almost a week old now, from the World Health Organisation puts the number of cases at 964 with 603 deaths. The outbreak has spread [...]

And now for some science… the marvels of skin Siouxsie Wiles Jun 06

Apologies for the lack of actual science posts recently. Let’s see if we can remedy that! Last month I had the great privilege of interviewing skin cancer surgeon Dr Sharad Paul* for a session at the Auckland Writers Festival. We talked about his recent book Skin – A Biography, published in 2013 by Fourth Estate. [...]

So you want to be a PI?! Siouxsie Wiles Jun 05

David van Dijk, Ohad Manor and Lucas Carey have just published a paper in Current Biology (sadly it’s behind a paywall) in which they used papers listed in PubMed by over 25,000 scientists to determine whether becoming a principal investigator (PI) is predictable. They have showed that it is (at least for the cohort who [...]

Why Science is Sexist Siouxsie Wiles Jun 05

Dr Nicola Gaston is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington and a Principal Investigator of the MacDiarmid Institute. Recently she gave a talk at the University of Auckland entitled ‘Why Science is Sexist’. The storify of the tweets from her talk are available here. The [...]

How much should NZ spend on science and what kind of science? YOUR input needed! Siouxsie Wiles Jun 03

Last week saw Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce release the National Statement on Scientific Investment, a lengthy document outlining how funding should be spent on science in NZ over the next decade. You can download the draft statement from here. The government have asked for feedback and we have until the 22nd August to [...]

Science funding down under – a tale of opposites Siouxsie Wiles May 16

This week has seen budget announcements from both Australia and New Zealand and it is a story of opposites when it comes to science funding. The fabulous Keith Ng (@keith_ng) has produced a great dynamic infographic if you want to see where New Zealand is going to be spending it’s money and how this has [...]

Government announces new Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) Siouxsie Wiles May 08

The NZ government today announced the country’s next Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs), who between them will receive just under $35 million per year for 6 years starting in January 2015. They are: The Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery, hosted by University of Auckland MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, hosted by Victoria [...]

Life as we know it could end in ten years if we don’t start taking drastic action Siouxsie Wiles May 01

Life as we know it could end in ten years if we don’t start taking drastic action. This is the message to come out of a new report by the World Health Organisation (WHO), their first look at antibiotic resistance around the world. The report finds that antibiotic resistant superbugs are present in every region [...]

Male researchers scare the sh*t out of laboratory mice! Siouxsie Wiles Apr 30

According to this press release, researchers at McGill University in Montreal have discovered that the presence of a male researcher (or even his worn t-shirt) stresses laboratory mice and rats, the equivalent to making them swim for 3 minutes or restraining them in a tube for 15 minutes. The research has just been published in [...]

Monday Micro II – update on Ebola and MERS Siouxsie Wiles Apr 28

A quickie to point to a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine which summarises the ongoing outbreak of Ebola in Guinea (1). Sequencing of the virus from several patients points to a new strain of Ebola Zaire, related but distinct from the strains which have caused previous outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of [...]

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