Fellow SciBlogger Shaun Hendy is in the news with his interesting analysis of OECD patents. Our no 8 wire mentality might not be so spectacular after all.
Internationally, NZ is behind the curve for two reasons: low funding and a small population. Our R&D funding as a portion of GDP is well below the OECD average, though at this stage I am unclear what exactly the numbers are. Shaun? Also, more people, particularly if clustered in cities, tend to submit more patents – they are collectively more inventive.
Now in a perfect example of the benefits of science blogging, Shaun has complemented the MSM coverage with a blog post of his own comparing NZ to Australia. Complete with colourful data!
I am continually impressed by the analyses that he provides, and am confident they will be able to help inform science practice policies for the better. Go pay him a visit.