Tagged: Science Media Centre

Your breaking science news service - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Dec 15, 2015

Head on over to Scimex (the Science Media Exchange) where you will find articles about newly published research papers and scientific discoveries from New Zealand, Australia and further afield. Scimex is a free service run by the New Zealand and Australian Science Media Centres that puts embargoed research in the hands of journalists, helps researchers who are looking to work … Read More

Drinking in Pregnancy: The NZ stats - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jul 08, 2015

The Science Media Centre points to some new statistics on drinking during pregnancy. Given the alarming figures they highlighted, I was surprised to see that the actual data looked pretty good.Here goes.First, the highlights from Science Media Centre:The analysis indicated a high prevalence of drinking, including binge drinking, among mums to be. The prevalence of drinking alcohol ranged from … Read More

Press Council Complaint: Homeopathy in the Wairarapa Times-Age - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Apr 14, 2015

In February this year, an article was published in the Wairarapa Times-Age (both in print and online) headlined Use of natural remedies is on the rise. The article discussed some specific cases of so-called “natural remedies” being used to treat serious diseases, such as intravenous vitamin C for leukaemia and homeopathy to treat various forms […] … Read More

Leyland and Carter: the rebuttal that isn’t and the hypocrisy that is - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Mar 25, 2015

Sciblogs editor Peter Griffin recently gave climate denial activists Bryan Leyland and Bob Carter a “right of reply” to my post pointing out the errors and inconsistencies in a Dominion Post op-ed penned by the pair. Griffin took this action because of vociferous complaints from Leyland, who took offence at my discussion of his expertise […] … Read More

When Marketing Trumps Science - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Mar 06, 2015

Recently I’ve run across a couple of New Zealand companies that sell therapeutic products – one a weight loss pill, the other a jet lag drink – that seem to put marketing first and let science take the back seat. This is by no means new behaviour, but I want to use them as examples […] … Read More

Why scientists need to step up & engage! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Feb 08, 2015

A few days ago, the UK parliament voted in favour of making Britain the first country in the world to permit IVF babies to be created using biological material from three different people. The vote passed by 382 to 128 – a majority of 254 – and is to amend the UK’s 2008 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act … Read More

Lip service: it’s all climate action ever gets from Key & Co - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Apr 16, 2014

As expected, the New Zealand government’s response to the IPCC’s Working Group 3 report on mitigating climate change pays lip service to the science, while maintaining that NZ is doing all that can be expected. Climate change minister Tim Groser’s press release said that the IPCC report’s call for intentional cooperation meant that NZ is […] … Read More

If it scares, it leads - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Nov 14, 2013

I can't really blame the journalists. They're effectively in the infotainment business. And if punters are more likely to buy newspapers with scary stories about genetically modified crops than newspapers taking the consensus of scientists that the GMOs that have made it through the regulatory approval processes have had a far more thorough going-over than ones that have used other … Read More