Tagged: development

Free competition to find Transformative Technologies 2011 winner — give LanzaTech a hand - Stick

Peter Kerr Aug 24, 2011

Those of a patriotic come competitive come interested in boosting cool technology bent may like to help LanzaTech in Biofuel Digest’s competition to discover the Transformative Technologies 2011 winner. In an ever decreasing round-robin ‘playoff’ two individual companies go head … Continue reading → … Read More

As we build our world we build our minds - Guest Work

Guest Author Aug 09, 2011

A guest post by Matt Boyd (formerly Gers). Matt is studying for a PhD in the philosophy of developmental psychology at VUW, and is examining the extent to which there is a symmetrical relationship between genomes and cultures. Context builds us Imagine there is a nuclear apocalypse. All adult humans are killed and technology as we know it is … Read More

Nano tech fabricated into new use - Stick

Peter Kerr Aug 02, 2011

Nano technology’s been touted as the next big thing…..for quite a while now when you think about it. But so far there’s been precious little product that found its way into everyday use; not counting cosmetic products with nano particles … Continue reading → … Read More

High-value manufacturing R&D review sure to cause some ripples - Stick

Peter Kerr Apr 19, 2011

The review and report about how R&D can better support NZ’s high-value manufacturing and services sector should be made public pretty soon. It should be interesting reading – especially given that its authors had less than a month to carry … Continue reading → … Read More

Are newly evolved genes as important as ancient ones? - Genomics Aotearoa

Peter Dearden Mar 18, 2011

by Tamsin Jones. We share about 70% of our genes with fruit flies. Those 70% are old, ancient genes, that were present in the common ancestor of flies and humans. We share many, many genes with most animals, and these conserved genes are thought to be the ones controlling all those really important processes necessary for … Read More

John Key should play the one card he has up his sleeve ……Minister of Innovation and Science - Stick

Peter Kerr Mar 11, 2011

If you were John Key playing cards, you’d have to feel you’re holding onto a pretty crap hand at the moment. The economy’s not that great, the earthquake’s timing’s really bad, and we’re having to borrow a fair bit of … Continue reading → … Read More

So now you know… - Chicken or Egg

Hilary Miller Jul 15, 2010

This from Stuff.co.nz: British scientists believe they have cracked the answer to the age-old question of which came first, the chicken or the egg? Researchers have found that a protein called ovocleidin (OC-17) is crucial in the formulation of eggshells, and it is produced in the pregnant hen’s ovaries, the Daily Express reports. Therefore, the [...] … Read More

World Heritage Status: Added protection, or unintended destruction? - Science Life

Rebecca McLeod May 18, 2010

Sometimes I curse being an environmental scientist. Particularly when I’m traveling overseas. While my fellow travelers gaze in awe at the natural wonders around them, I can’t help but see signs of pollution and degradation. I have just returned from a stint in Vietnam where I visited a World Heritage Area. It really got me thinking… When UNESCO (the United … Read More