Tagged: Japan

'Take scientific risks' – Nobel Laureates - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Mar 18, 2015

Holly van der Salm Prize-winning scientists at an international meeting all gave similar advice, says New Zealand attendee Holly van der Salm – don’t just be a specialist, don’t be afraid to take risks, and go where the exciting science is. A University of Otago PhD candidate, Ms van der Salm now has new books on her bedside table … Read More

Frozen Friday Fab Four #2 - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Apr 08, 2014

Four of the Antarctic or anything else headlines/social media bits that have grabbed my attention this week. A double fracture in my daughter’s wrist followed by two mystery allergic reactions and a stomach bug for all means it’s a little past Friday, but we’ll just have to roll with it and temporarily suspend belief. Don’t do that with the science … Read More

Monday Micro – extremophiles & 50 shades of … immunity! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 11, 2013

In last week’s Monday Micro I mentioned horizontal gene transfer (HGT), the process by which bacteria acquire new genes from other microbes in their environment. HGT is one of the primary ways that genes for antibiotic resistance are able to spread between different bacteria. It is also how plenty of bacteria pick up genes for things … Read More

Japan tsunami anniversary - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Mar 11, 2012

Below I offer a small selection of videos in recognition of the anniversary of the tsunami that hit Japan a year ago. While I could add a recollection the as the news came in, the footage speaks for itself. I have tried to select newer footage that readers are less likely to have seen. The first … Read More

‘Flu’ flight triggers mild panic - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Feb 13, 2012

This morning Auckland airport was apparently on alert after an Air New Zealand flight landed from Japan with a quarter of its passengers reportedly suffering from flu-like symptoms. According to this report, officials were alerted by the Captain just before they landed. This story is quite interesting on a number of fronts. Japan is currently experiencing a nationwide … Read More

The wind in the trees - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jun 14, 2011

In search of something cheering in the face of the depressing news of continuing increases in the levels of greenhouse gas emissions I found my way to the website of Renewable Energy World Magazine and the welcome reminder that alongside the increasingly dangerous exploitation of fossil fuels the renewable energy industry is making significant progress. [...] … Read More

Merkel’s rush to renewables - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker May 12, 2011

I’ve become wary of politicians’ commitments to clean energy, having been disappointed by the rapidity with which the rhetoric of leaders like Obama or Rudd loses substance when the political going gets tough. But it was hard not to pay attention to a striking article in Yale Environment 360 this week in which Der Spiegel [...] … Read More