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ICEHOUSE Ideas … Inspiring

Jennifer Nickel Jul 09, 2011

The ICEHOUSE Ideas conference was held at the University of Auckland Business School  today (8 July) to assist in the sharing of knowledge and ideas amongst those highly passionate about building business and raising New Zealand’s economic output through increased utilization of science and technology. Nearly 600 people were present with a further 20 or so … Read More


This GM is like Lasagna

Jennifer Nickel Jun 08, 2011

Today I came across an odd headline:  GM cows produce human breast milk. Thankfully not all the news headlines on this topic are as basic and presumptuous – some say ‘human’ (i.e. emphasis on quotation marks) and ‘akin to human’ to show that they understand this so-called new wonder-liquid is not actually human breast milk but something unique.   … Read More


Listen to Paul, Peter and what’s his name!

Jennifer Nickel May 22, 2011

I got an unexpected boost this morning when I came across the news story on Sir Paul Callaghan’s call for innovation to lift the economy.  I have also heard the same endorsement from New Zealands Chief Science Advisor Sir Peter Gluckman in most of his speeches.  We’ve given these men a good lot of recognition for their work and intelligence, … Read More


Research to Reality – a personal share

Jennifer Nickel May 11, 2011

Cancer research is what I do.  It’s all pre-clinical, in the laboratory.  I deal with cells, reagents, chemotherapy drugs, radiation, and so on… almost daily.  Yet oddly enough, until 6 weeks ago, I had never actually met anyone who had cancer and knew that it was terminal.  The reason for my recent break from blogging was due to the fact that … Read More


The Power of Research

Jennifer Nickel Mar 25, 2011

A free online browser game was recently launched.  It’s called The Power of Research.  It was designed to bring people closer to science and allow them to experience (virtually) what it’s like to be a biomedical scientist.  The interface looks very simple, but the features are anything but… check out the trailer here.   … Read More