Technology

Simon Upton – New Zealand science like an ‘exotic botanical garden’ - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Nov 10, 2017

The Crown Research Institutes are 25 years old and they celebrated yesterday with a series of talks and a showcase of their science at Te Papa in Wellington yesterday. Labour’s Research, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Megan Woods, a former Plant & Food employee herself, gave a fairly measured speech that strayed little from the science and research-related commitments made … Read More

How to solve the ‘monster’ fatberg problem - Guest Work

Guest Work Nov 09, 2017

By Alison Browne, University of Manchester and Mike Foden, Keele University.  Fatbergs – enormous solid masses of oil, grease, wet wipes and other hygiene products that congeal together to cause major blockages – are wreaking havoc on the sewers of cities around the world. A 130 tonne specimen described as a “monster” recently caused backups … Read More

iPad Pro and the Digital Photographer - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Nov 07, 2017

The launch of the new iPad Pro this year piqued my interest.  My old ultrabook was at the end of its life. That produced a bit of a dilemma. My ideal device had to be very portable.  I’ve been traveling a lot of late for my fieldwork.  Sometimes that puts strict limits on what I can carry. And often I’d … Read More

October ’17 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Nov 02, 2017

Here are the rankings of New Zealand blogs with publicly available statistics for October 2017. Of course, Statcounter has decided to change their format and this has caused a headache this month. Every time this happens it screws up the existing methods for automatically downloading the statistics. I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site … Read More

Wearing protective headgear in rugby may increase the risk of serious injury – new research - Guest Work

Guest Work Oct 25, 2017

By Andrew Barnes, Sheffield Hallam University Rugby, with its rucks and its mauls, its scrums and its tackles, is considered one of the most physical sports played in schools. Head injuries and concussions pose a serious threat to the welfare of young players. And research has shown that at youth level, on average between one and two players … Read More

The future of labour - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Oct 24, 2017

Not the party, the activity. Labour day in New Zealand is when a few remember and (mostly) celebrate the improvements in working conditions over time, while many just enjoy a day off. However, there has been much angst recently that, thanks to increasing automation, many of us will soon not have the experience of paid employment. Reflecting what seems to … Read More

A change of government: 5 things it could mean for New Zealand science - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Oct 19, 2017

After days of reading reports from frustrated reporters camped out in front of the elevators in Bowen House, we finally have an answer on the shape of our next government – a Labour-New Zealand First coalition. The Greens, with a confidence and supply arrangement with Labour, will be in the mix in some capacity as well by the time … Read More

The tech sector… and ongoing economic underperformance - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Oct 19, 2017

The 13th annual TIN (“Technology Investment Network”) report was released a couple of days ago.  I’ve largely managed to ignore the previous twelve –  breathless hype and all –  but for some reason I got interested yesterday, and started digging around in the material that was accessible to the public (despite lots of taxpayer subsidies the full report is … Read More