Griffin's Gadgets

Wikipedia is where everybody starts – boosting the profile of New Zealand women in science

Peter Griffin Jul 28, 2017

How many women of New Zealand science, living or deceased, can you name? Before I started working at the Royal Society running the Science Media Centre, I’d have to admit that it was an embarrassingly small number on either count. Now, I’m privileged to have met hundreds of women in science and to have learned about numerous other women who … Read More

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Media mega-merger was never a sustainable option anyway

Peter Griffin May 03, 2017

The Commerce Commission’s rejection of a plan for our two biggest media companies to merge is one of the most significant determinations from the regulator in years. Many journalists in NZME and Fairfax New Zealand newsrooms around the country will be disappointed. The merger was pitched to them as the last hope for sustainability in a cash-strapped industry struggling … Read More

Theoretical physicist Brian Greene is heading our way

Peter Griffin Feb 02, 2017

Famed physicist Brain Greene visits Auckland next month in one of numerous events scheduled by leading personalities from the world of science. One of the world’s leading science communicators, Professor Greene will explore string theory, mathematical physics and cosmology in his popular A Time Traveller’s Tale lecture and audience Q&A. The Columbia University … Read More

An insight into one of the world’s biggest R&D spenders – Microsoft

Peter Griffin Dec 22, 2016

Microsoft, the tech company best know for the Windows computer operating system and Office productivity suite, spent over NZ$17.3 billion on research & development in the last year. To put that in perspective, Microsoft spends more than Google, Amazon and Apple on R&D, companies that are generally more often associated with cutting-edge innovation and futuristic technologies. To give you an … Read More