Tagged: general science

The road to science funding (is full of speed bumps) - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Dec 01, 2009

At any given point in time there is a boundary between that which is known and that which is unknown and, precisely, the role of science is to grab pieces of that ignorance, study it, transform it into knowledge and, in doing so, broaden the human landscape.” Marcelino Cereijido [1] New Zealand science is facing a [...] … Read More

[Open] Science Sunday — 22-11-09 - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Nov 22, 2009

Roaming through the web, I found great stuff this week that shows the value of an ‘Open’ attitude in science. The Rutherford Medal, New Zealand’s top science prize, was awarded to Professor Peter Hunter from the Bioengineering Institute. Peter Hunter is also one of the minds behind the Physiome Project, “…a worldwide public domain effort to provide [...] … Read More

Open Science Sunday — 15.11.09 - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Nov 15, 2009

An article entitled University Public-Access Mandates are Good for Science by David Shulenburger was published in PLoS Biology this week. It is a great read, and a topic I feel passionate about. As the article states: “Not many taxpayers know what university faculty are doing. In fact, not many university administrators or even other faculty know [...] … Read More

How is human noise affecting the environment? - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Oct 29, 2009

There is no question that human activities create noise pollution, and that we humans find some of these noises rather stressful: There is nothing like a quiet afternoon in Snell’s Beach being interrupted by the blazing noise of motor boats in the water. But how this noise affect other animals is the issue brought up [...] … Read More

[Open] Science Sunday — 25.10.09 - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Oct 25, 2009

Random samples of my reading list brought to you through the magic of the internet, bloggers and Open Access. Sean Carroll, from Cosmic Variance looks into the Big Bang Theory and the new blog about the science behind this TV sitcom (The Big Blog Theory). The Society for Neuroscience just held its annual meeting in Chicago, and this [...] … Read More

Marsden 2009-III: Last but not least…. - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Oct 20, 2009

These are the last three neuroscience projects funded by the Marsden Fund of the Royal Society on their last round that I will talk about. For a full list of recipients you can visit their site. Maurice Curtis from the University of Auckland will examine the source of the stem cells that make up [...] … Read More

Marsden 2009-II: So much to learn from synapses - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Oct 14, 2009

These are three more interesting neuroscience projects funded by the Marsden Fund of the Royal Society on their last round. Johanna Montgomery from the University of Auckland will study what happens during development to determine what synaptic connections are maintained and which are eliminated After neurons are born in the embryo they need to make connections (synapses) [...] … Read More