Tagged: Royal Society

Melancholic - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Nov 22, 2010

I’m feeling a little melancholic today. Last night I saw an obituary on the Guardian website for Dr Judit Nagy, a former colleague from my time at Imperial College London. She was the director of the proteomics facility, an excellent scientist and genuinely nice person. In an environment like Imperial it was always nice to have role models … Read More

New Royal Society fellows named - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Oct 06, 2010

It’s a science talkfest in Wellington at the moment as the Royal Society of New Zealand holds its AGM, its branches and Council meet and new fellows are welcomed into the fold. This year is interesting because the make-up of fellows shows the broadening of the Royal Society to include the humanities – hence names like Bill Manhire appearing on … Read More

Rees: scientists are citizens too - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Sep 25, 2010

The BBC’s HARDtalk interviewer Stephen Sackur engaged this week with the eminently reasonable Martin Rees, President of the Royal Society. The interview covered a range of topics, and climate change was among them.  It could hardly not be, given the seriousness with which Rees regards it.  Sackur chose to introduce the subject by suggesting that [...] … Read More

Describing your research – soundbites from Auckland part 2 - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jul 08, 2010

More researchers from the workshops at the University of Auckland describing their research in one to two sentences. These were the largest workshops yet so I came away with a huge number of slips of paper – not all of them are listed as a result, but this should give you a flavour of the inventiveness of the Aucklanders! … Read More

Describing your research – soundbites from Auckland part 1 - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jul 06, 2010

The Emerging Researchers roadshow trucks on and more researchers who participated in my Communicating your Research workshop have come up with succinct ways of describing their science or research. Apologies to those in Palmerston North, I left your workshop exercises in Wellington while I was home briefly so will post them on my return. See below for the presentation slides … Read More

Ridiculing ridiculous science commentary - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jun 30, 2010

Sometimes it’s pointless to debate rationally with critics. When their approach and arguments are ridiculous it may be better to ridicule them rather than treat them seriosuly. It seems some British scientists have decided to do this with one of The Guardian’s columnists, Simon Jenkins. The last straw was a silly article of his Martin [...] … Read More

Royal Society publishing free to read, 1665 – today - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jun 23, 2010

Until July 30th 2010, all of the content published by the Royal Society is open access to all. Dig into it while you can! [caption id="attachment_2711" align="alignleft" width="222" caption="(Source: Royal Society website.)"][/caption] Some of you will know I am a fan of older and ‘ancient’ science. I’ve previously … Read More

Local science TV show coming to Freeview platform - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Apr 17, 2010

Apart from the excellent kids programme Lets Get Inventing, there hasn’t been a family-orientated science TV show commissioned in New Zealand for years. So it is great news that TVNZ has commissioned a show for the TVNZ7 channel available on Freeview and on Sky as well. I’ve spoken to several companies that have pitched ideas for a science show in … Read More

Hook, line and stinker - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Apr 14, 2010

Richard Treadgold has been attempting a sceptical deconstruction of Professor Keith Hunter’s new statement on Science, Climate Change and Integrity for the Royal Society of New Zealand. It’s not a pretty sight. Professor Hunter should be ashamed of this shoddy piece of research. The lowliest undergraduate would do better than he. [...] The senior scientists who’ve made misleading [...] … Read More

Seeing Further - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Mar 05, 2010

The name of Bill Bryson attracted me and I obtained through the library a copy of his new book Seeing Further: The Story of Science & the Royal Society, only to find that he is the editor, not the author. But he has done a splendid job as editor, collecting contributions from 21 authors, in [...] … Read More