Tagged: culture

Where does NZ rank in the Global Innovation Index 2013? - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Oct 09, 2013

How innovative would you say New Zealand is, comparatively? Well, we have an answer, according to the Global Innovation Index 2013 – produced (since 2007) by economists from Cornell University, INSEAD and WIPO (the World Intellectual Property Organization. This year, the report looks at 142 countries from Zimbabwe to Switzerland. Together, these countries represent almost 95% of the world’s population, … Read More

My Skeptics Conference 2013 talk and slides – ‘Nerds, nerds everywhere’ - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Sep 09, 2013

The weekend just passed saw the annual NZ Skeptics Conference 2013, held in my home town of Wellington. The theme was around science communication, and speakers featured such stars as Pamela Gay and Kylie Sturgess, as well as local speakers such as Martin Manning and fellow Scibloggers Siouxise Wiles and Elf Eldridge. For some unfathomable reason, I was asked to … Read More

Science stumble with young students - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake Sep 02, 2013

The science sector in New Zealand wants to get more people — particular young people – interested in science. It believes that science careers get short shrift when students are planning their education. It also wants to encourage more girls into STEM subjects. Don’t take my word for it. There’s a 2008 Science Maniesto from the Royal […] … Read More

Book review: The Year Without Pants - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Sep 02, 2013

If sometimes you wonder whether everything possible hasn’t already been written about startups, business, software startups, software businesses and so on (ad nauseum), you wouldn’t be alone. Certainly, the industry which examines this seems pretty healthily active. Books, lectures, blawgs,… Read more › … Read More

There’s more to whitebaiting than catching fish - Waiology

Waiology Sep 02, 2013

By Julia Bradshaw George Wood canned whitebait at Hokitika from 1893 until at least the 1920s. (Photo: Hokitika Museum, #4578)Unlike the rest of New Zealand, on the West Coast the season for catching whitebait starts on 1 September and the build-up has been noticeable during the last week. Distinctive huts have appeared along the sides of rivers, motor-homes … Read More

Jawdropping (also ft ICT sector reports, fiscal calculators and Mongolia) - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Jul 16, 2013

Well, that was my reaction to this video, at any rate. Picked up off Twitter, from fellow Sciblogger Mr David Winter (@TheAtavism) himself*, it’s stunning high-speed camera work explaining the mad physics behind the Prince Rupert’s Drop. Don’t know what… Read more › … Read More