Science and Society

Climate change policy myopia: the ETS agreement - Degrees of Change

Andy Reisinger Sep 29, 2009

This is a re-post of an article that appeared in the Dominion Post on 18 September, co-authored with Ralph Chapman, Judy Lawrence and Jonathan Boston.  — The deal between National and the Maori party over the emission trading scheme raises serious questions about strategic policy making in New Zealand. The agreement has positive features — a … Read More

Networks of inventors - A Measure of Science

Shaun Hendy Sep 28, 2009

Over the last six months I’ve been studying an OECD patent database with a research assistant, Catriona Sissons. The goal of our project is to study the economic geography of innovation in a quantitative manner. One of the things we have investigated is whether collaborative networks form between inventors through co-patenting. To find co-patents between inventors we use European Patent … Read More

Skeptics hammer 1080 documentary - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Sep 28, 2009

The Skeptics Society conference held in Wellington over the weekend was a fascinating affair that left me pleasantly surprised. I had feared a series of slightly smug, self-serving lectures lambasting religion and anything else not explained conclusively by scientific fact. What I experienced was a room full of incredibly intelligent and open-minded people discussing some of the big … Read More

Water cycle, meet media cycle - Crikey Creek

Daniel Collins Sep 28, 2009

Hydrologists and journalists have a lot in common*. They both deal with highly polarising material. They are both drawn to watershed events. And their best stories are never dry. If you have any doubts, just look at the media cycle outlined here: transpiration, condensation, precipitation, infiltration. This coupled cycle could even be seen in real time, as played out in … Read More

Harriet’s Toolbox - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Sep 26, 2009

Harriet Hall of the Science Based Medicine Blog gave a talk at the Skeptic’s Toolbox workshop at the University of Oregon in August. The power point slides for this talk are now up on the Skeptics Toolbox website for all of us to benefit from. Head over there and check it out, the talk was [...] … Read More

A measure of science - A Measure of Science

Shaun Hendy Sep 26, 2009

As a theoretical physicist and applied mathematician, I’m interested in using numbers to describe all sorts of phenomena. And as a researcher in the MacDiarmid Institute, I’m also interested in innovation. So for me, it’s natural to try to study innovation quantitatively. One of the goals of this blog will be to look at science innovation using tools developed … Read More

The biased leading the blind - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Sep 25, 2009

Two of New Zealand’s most prominent climate cranks, “inexpert witness” Chris de Freitas and Bob “great communicator” Carter are no strangers to the art of misrepresenting facts in support of their peculiar political visions, but recent articles by the pair set new standards for economy with the truth. Here’s De Freitas, writing in Energy NZ: …no [...] … Read More