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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Tackling a problem jointly

At their meeting in Queenstown last week, the Australian and New Zealand Prime Ministers announced a joint initiative to fund a trans-Tasman project that will evaluate some potential vaccine candidates for tackling the persistent problem of rheumatic fever and the … Continue reading

A modern ‘two cultures’?

Increasingly governments, and indeed university councils, expect academics to engage more comprehensively with the private sector in research. The logic behind this encouragement is overwhelming. In countries such as New Zealand, it is increasingly rare to find a significant group … Continue reading

From global to local: risks, science and technology

Our understanding of risks at global and regional levels has matured markedly since they first really came into public consciousness during the Cold War. We now recognize a broad range of risks that can have real impact on both the … Continue reading