Science and Society

Will Agresearch's Court of Appeal bid pay off? - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jan 26, 2010

[UPDATED: An ERMA spokesperson got in touch to clarify that ERMA isn’t party to the appeal – “In the High Court, GE Free challenged ERMA’s right to receive the applications from AgResearch. AgResearch appealed the High Court decision, and we were in court yesterday to assist in any way we could and to seek clarification of ERMA’s powers under the … Read More

Stunning visions of Mars - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Jan 26, 2010

Humanity is now the proud owner of some 13,000 photos of Mars taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Monitoring Seasonal Albedo Patterns on South Polar Residual Cap (ESP_014405_0945) Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona The photos were taken by the most powerful camera of any on NASA’s spacecraft – the aptly (if … Read More

What is the Harm of Alternative Medicine? - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Jan 26, 2010

Yesterday fellow Sciblogger Grant posted about homeopathic medications in pharmacies and questioned the legitimacy of reputable organisations selling such patent snake oil. The comments to this entry reveal one of the most frustrating aspects of speaking out against unscientific medicine and can be summarised thusly: “I’m far too sophisticated to be taken in by this [...] … Read More

CRI bibliometric performance: Part I - A Measure of Science

Shaun Hendy Jan 26, 2010

In a post last year, I looked at New Zealand’s bibliometric productivity in the university and government research sectors using data from the SCImago bibliometric site.  Over the next few weeks, I will report on some further bibliometric analyses using the Thompson Reuters Web of Science.  While providing substantially the same New Zealand-wide results as SCImago, the … Read More

The key to cutting through climate confusion - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jan 25, 2010

Dr Klaus Bosselman is right when he suggests in a New Zealand Herald article today that opinion polls carried out by the media are fickle things and that Government policies in relation to climate change should be based on sound science not public opinion. But there’s no denying the fact that the public is becoming increasingly sceptical about … Read More

Light Sunday reading, viewing and thoughts. - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 24, 2010

A potpourri of bits and bobs for some light Sunday entertainment. (I have several more "serious" posts lined up, but they are held up for a variety of reasons.) Some time ago I write about silly or humorous scientific research article titles or content: Craziest research paper titles, awards and authors. I'd completely forgotten about the … Read More