Guest Work

Taking the Hot Air out of the Climate Change Debate

Guest Author Jun 22, 2010

By Dr Michael Edmonds Climate change is an issue which needs to be debated scientifically, through careful and rational analysis of the facts. However, as the climate change debate intensifies a disturbing trend is emerging — more and more of the debate involves arguments reminiscent of a ’down and dirty’ political debate. Personal attacks, misrepresentation or … Read More


What is the (e) in your eResearch?

Guest Author Jun 16, 2010

By Julian Carver First eMail, then eCommerce, eBusiness & eProcurement, eGovernment, eDating, and now eResearch. Does simply putting an ‘e’ in front of an existing practice make it somehow sexier, and more now? I headed along to the Wellington eResearch Symposium last week to find out. OK, that’s not true. I did go to … Read More


Engaging Students — Ideas from the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol

Guest Author Jun 16, 2010

By Dr Michael Edmonds A couple of weeks ago, I attended a fascinating talk by Dr Paul Wyatt from the University of Bristol entitled ’Teaching Innovations — Using Technology to Enrich the Traditional’. The talk described many of the innovative techniques used to teach practical chemistry at the University of Bristol as part of the School … Read More


Science Fiction — Inspirational or Setting Unreal Expectations?

Guest Author May 11, 2010

By Dr Michael Edmonds My fascination with science is closely mirrored by an enjoyment of science fiction. This is possibly because I see a lot of truth in physicist Edward Teller’s idea that ’the science fiction of today is the technology of tomorrow.’ However, having recently watched Iron Man 2 where Tony Stark (aka … Read More


Gluckman: The New Zealand Science System — into a brave new world

Guest Author Apr 22, 2010

Text of a public lecture at NIWA, Auckland given by Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman Thank you for the opportunity to speak. NIWA seems a particularly appropriate venue to address what might at first glance appear to be two apparently unrelated topics — the CRI reforms and the broader issues of public confidence in … Read More