New Zealand

A week of science about to kick off

Next week is going to be science-central in Auckland – literally thousands of scientists will be in town for a number of major conferences, many of which are accompanied by public events. World New Zealand Science Week groups together everything from the SCAR Antarctic research conference to the ICSU General Assembly. I’m even hosting my […]

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Budget 2014: Live coverage on Sciblogs

News on and reaction to Budget 2014 will be featured here this afternoon, as our Sciblogs and Science Media Centre experts and contributors offer their take on the state of the Government’s finances and its funding priorities. Follow the Storify our feed to get the latest updates in one place… Live updates on Storify below… […]

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A psychic faces a room of skeptics

You have to give Sue Nicholson credit. The self-proclaimed “international psychic medium” may be greeted with legions of fans interested in getting “answers from the other side” when she kicks off her national tour at $58 a ticket this weekend. But when she entered a lecture theatre at Victoria University last weekend to close day […]

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Innovation – how is our strategy looking?

The Government has released Building Innovation, the second progress report of six in its Business Growth Agenda. The document gives a pretty good overview of what the Government has done and intends to do in its efforts to boost innovation in the economy. It also shows our major weaknesses when it comes to the R&D […]

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New Zealand academics' salaries still lagging

Universities New Zealand has just released its latest university staff remuneration international comparison and the reading won’t be pleasant for Sciblogs readers who work in university departments. The table below tells the story pretty clearly: Universities New Zealand notes: The latest review of university salaries and benefits published by the ACU establishes New Zealand universities […]

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Science: are we doing it all wrong?

I have to confess to never having heard of the McGuinness Institute before reading their in-depth report into Government-funded science last night. Science Embraced: Government-funded science under the Microscope didn’t come with the fanfare that recent reports like Powering Innovation did, but it will get people thinking about the science system and how well geared-up […]

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NZPA closure will hurt science coverage

It had become apparent to journalists some time ago that things were starting to look shaky for the country’s news wire service NZPA, with its major backer Fairfax itching to go it alone, generate its own content and save some money in the process. But last night’s news that Fairfax’s move to pull the plug […]

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