Griffin's Gadgets

Forget fake news – the bigger problem in science is PR hype!

Peter Griffin Aug 18, 2017

Thousands of scientific journal papers are being published every week and their authors and institutions are often under intense pressure to generate interest in the research beyond the world of peer review. Research leader Professor Sally Dunwoodie from the Victor Chang Institute with her team. Credit: Victor Chang Institute That can be a healthy thing – it is increasingly … Read More

The political parties and where they stand on science

Peter Griffin Aug 11, 2017

With the Metiria Turei controversy behind us and ‘Jacindamania’ fading, it may be time for policy positions from our political parties to get more of an airing. Yesterday saw the New Zealand Association of Scientists and the New Zealand Public Service Association team up to give the major political parties and TOP candidate Geoff Simmonds the opportunity to … Read More

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

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

All sorts of fascinating creepiness at Bug Lab

Peter Griffin Apr 10, 2017

It was after closing time and the museum was quiet and empty, except for a small group of us who had been allowed into the Bug Lab exhibition after hours for a self-guided tour. In the hushed gloom of the exhibition I wandered among the exhibits and stopped in front of a screen explaining the reproductive habits of the … Read More