Code for life

Live twitter stream of SCANZ 2009 conference

Grant Jacobs Nov 09, 2009

Fellow scibling Fabiana Kubke is putting out a live twitter stream, reporting the annual Science Communicators Association of New Zealand (SCANZ) conference. I’m not there (budgets, time and all that nasty stuff), but reading her twitter stream is a great substitute! Beginning to wish I was there… Look for her posts headed ‘SCANZ 2009’. You … Read More

Nutt saga rattles on

Grant Jacobs Nov 07, 2009

It always was going to, as a good British drama should. One of the latest twists is a letter outlining Principles for the Treatment of Independent Scientific Advice (available as a PDF file) has been sent to 10 Dowling St, signed by a number of (very) senior former scientific advisors and leading academics including the … Read More

Fees or deposits for undergraduate university degree courses?

Grant Jacobs Nov 06, 2009

When the government moved to "full-cost" course fees for undergraduate university courses, I felt it was an heavy-handed solution and wondered if a deposit scheme might have been a wiser starting point. (For any readers wandering in from overseas, I'm speaking of New Zealand (NZ) universities, but my general thoughts may still be worth considering?) … Read More

World air traffic flow

Grant Jacobs Nov 06, 2009

Air traffic flow around the world for 24 hours: (Video of 24-hour traffic flow on earth.) I don’t know about you, but looking at the USA and Europe at peak times is kind-of scary. This video reminds me of being in the larger international airports watching them fire off ‘plane after … Read More

In Memoriam-Sir Don Beaven

Grant Jacobs Nov 05, 2009

I rarely buy my hometown paper, The Christchurch Press, but on seeing the front page of today’s edition I realised that yesterday’s fire in Little Akaloa, near Christchurch, was at the bach of Sir Don Beaven. He has since been confirmed that he died in the fire. Sir Don was a local hero, his bust stands in … Read More