Tagged: research

Opinion: Give Postgraduates a Student Allowance Too - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Apr 26, 2018

I’m in the exceedingly fortunate position of not worrying about my postgraduate education costs; I have a scholarship that pays my fees and accomodation over the next few years. I won’t have to worry about feeding myself, scraping together my dollars to cover power bills, or shivering in my bedroom because I can’t afford an electric blanket. But … Read More

Science isn’t broken, but we can do better: here’s how - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 20, 2018

Alan Finkel, Office of the Chief Scientist This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Every time a scandal breaks in one of the thousands of places where research is conducted across the world, we see headlines to the effect that “science is broken”. But if it’s “broken” today, then when … Read More

The SMC Video Competition: History of David Glacier from the Cosmos to Atoms - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Apr 10, 2018

Recently, the results of the Science Media Centre Video Competition were revealed. It was an incredible competition, open to previous participants of the SMC’s science video workshops. There were eight entries, and the judges were incredibly impressed with the creativity and quality of the entries. I was fortunate enough to watch all eight entries and chat to a number of … Read More

My dyslexic perspective on academia – and how I found science communication - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 26, 2018

Grainne Cleary, Deakin University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. I am an academic with dyslexia and I would like to share my story with you. Dyslexia in academia is a conundrum – it is basically a learning difficulty, and coping with dyslexia is a very personal journey. It is … Read More

Strong sense of cultural identity drives boom in Māori business - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 27, 2018

Jason Paul Mika, Massey University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Māori entrepreneurs with a strong sense of cultural identity and guardianship over the land and the sea are driving a boom in Māori business. Māori businesses now account for an economic asset base of more than … Read More

It’s time for academics to stand up against bad science - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 12, 2018

Shocking revelations around a clinical trial of a new tuberculosis vaccine are just the tip of the iceberg. Maintaining public trust in science depends on open science. Ten years ago, Dr Ben Goldacre published Bad Science, a book described by The Economist as “a fine lesson in how to skewer the enemies of reason … Read More

Novelty in science – real necessity or distracting obsession? - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 10, 2018

Jalees Rehman, University of Illinois at Chicago This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. In a recent survey of over 1,500 scientists, more than 70 percent of them reported having been unable to reproduce other scientists’ findings at least once. Roughly half of the surveyed scientists ran into problems trying … Read More

Why finding new HIV targets takes so long: Some basics about basic research - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 09, 2018

Christy Gaines, University of Maryland, Baltimore County This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Although great strides have been made at combating human immunodeficiency virus, leading to better quality of life and a longer life expectancy for those living with the virus, significant problems remain. As of 2016, 36.7 … Read More

‘Junk’ science: Children and advertising study - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Oct 12, 2017

It is difficult to see what good purpose was served by this study. The Otago people (in conjunction with Auckland’s public health group) put cameras on kids that would take snapshots every six seconds. Then they poured through the footage to see how often the cameras, and presumably the kids, saw things that Otago people have long wanted to have … Read More