Tagged: Finland

Declan Waugh continues his distortion of Finnish fluoride research - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jul 31, 2014

In my last post (Another fluoridation whopper from Declan Waugh) I described how Declan Waugh (a self-professed “scientist and fluoride researcher”) badly misrepresented data from a Finnish study which had concluded the prevalence of ailments attributed to fluoridation were “likely connected with psychological rather than physical effects of being exposed to fluoridated water.” However, he has … … Continue reading … Read More

Key speech highlights high-tech manufacturing - A Measure of Science

Shaun Hendy Feb 12, 2010

In his speech to Parliament earlier this week, John Key signalled that supporting high-tech manufacturing would be a priority for his Government.  As my colleague Richard Blaikie, Director of the MacDiarmid Institute, pointed out in his newsletter last week to MacDiarmid Institute researchers, New Zealand is becoming increasingly reliant on high-tech industry for our export receipts: New Zealand’s high-tech … Read More

What is a karonkka? - A Measure of Science

Shaun Hendy Nov 05, 2009

I’m on my way to Helsinki at the moment to examine a Finnish PhD thesis. The University of Helsinki PhD exam is quite different from its New Zealand counterpart. To start with the thesis itself is a merciful 40 pages, although it is accompanied by 6 refereed journal articles. Overall the body of work is roughly comparable to a good … Read More

Networks of inventors - A Measure of Science

Shaun Hendy Sep 28, 2009

Over the last six months I’ve been studying an OECD patent database with a research assistant, Catriona Sissons. The goal of our project is to study the economic geography of innovation in a quantitative manner. One of the things we have investigated is whether collaborative networks form between inventors through co-patenting. To find co-patents between inventors we use European Patent … Read More