Cool cartoon of the double slit expt
I wish Google Video was around when i was at school...
A NZ chemist's thoughts on energy science, politics and technology markets.
A synchrotron is a machine about the size of a football field that accelerates electrons to almost the speed of light and is used for research in fields ranging from cancer radiation to engineering.should be taken out and shot. Let's do a Feynman word switch and see if the sentence still makes sense...
A wobbldegokken is a machine about the size of a football field that accelerates electrons to almost the speed of light and is used for research in fields ranging from cancer radiation to engineering.Hmmm, sounds suspiciously like this paragraph is the journalism equivalent of 'use this word in a sentence'. If i had to choose between the two, i'd choose the wobbldegokken, purely cause it sounds cool as it rolls of your tongue. In fact, you could replace the word synchrotron with pencil (and football field with... pen, and 'records thoughts') and the sentence would still be coherant adn true, if not just as equally vacuous.
CCSD Chief Executive Frank van Schagen says: “In the polarized public debate Australia’s energy challenge is often depicted as fossil-versus-renewables. In reality, the answer lies in an intelligent combination of the best technologies and resources to produce cost-effective energy with next to zero greenhouse and pollution emissions.uummm, that pretty much sums up fossil fuels vs sustainable - and while you're at it, just how does coal fit into zero greenhouse emmissions (the article mentions it might help with sequestration but really, no-one knows if that's gonna work)
None of these is true.Wow, i wish i could do that in my field, us scientists are always so anally retentive when it comes to supporting evidence.
New Zealand, which produces about 29% of its electricity from gas- or coal-fired power stations, has a record of introducing the idea of green taxes but then not implementing them. In 2003 the government planned to impose a methane tax on farmers because flatulence of cows and sheep was responsible for more than half of New Zealand's total greenhouse gas emissions. But that was abandoned after criticism from farmers, who labelled it a "fart tax"If you google for 'carbon tax nz', the first hit is the Climate Change Office saying that we are having one, the second is The Guardian article saying we're getting one, the third is a speech in mid-2005 announcing we're getting one and then waaaaay dooown there at number 4: 'Carbon tax will not go ahead' straight out of the beehive.govt.nz It makes you cringe all the way down to the bone.
As listed in the FAQ.
The revenue from the carbon tax will fund part of the cost of a range of tax measures.
The tax measures include:
- Short-lived assets will be depreciated faster. The threshold under which the cost of low value assets can be immediately deducted will rise from $200 to $500, reducing compliance costs.
- Investments through financial intermediaries, such as managed funds, will be taxed relative to direct investments.
- A tax barrier to investment in research and development will be removed.
- Various changes will reduce costs associated with Fringe Benefit Tax.
- There will be a temporary tax exemption for various types of foreign income of new migrants and New Zealanders returning after more than 10 years.
- There will be a subsidy to assist small firms using a PAYE intermediary.
- Provisional tax payment dates will be aligned to GST periods and estimation of income based on turnover.
- Personal tax rate thresholds will increase by 6.121% every three years from 2008
Pohokura, which is largely gas, is estimated to contain 42 million barrels of oil.sounds like an awful lot but the US uses about 18 million barrels a day (i'm unsure of NZ but a back of the envelope calc is on the order of 0.1 million bpd - anyone know?) and so we can say:
This across-the-board media enthusiasm is a rare occurrence. In the 10 years since the Government was first elected, it has been unusual for all the broadsheet papers to sustain simultaneous interest in a single, complex issue for more than a week.Isn't that sad? Less than a week for your average issue in the Aussie press. Watergate took several months and even i could handle a week of tough Today Tonight questioning while waiting for the next pay-per-interview 'i got lost in wallabrumbibrush' story.
Reprinting the cartoons to make a point about free speech is an act of senseless brinkmanship. It is also a disservice to democracy. It sends a conflicting message to the Muslim community: that in a democracy, it is permissible to offend Islam.Umm, yeah, that's exactly what it says. You're also free to insult evolutionists or scientists, free-marketeers or protectionists, rednecks or bleeding heart liberals. Your choice... the only constraints are slander type offences and the way to air your displeasure is to sue their ass.
The Times and the scientificactivist.blogspot.com website reported that Deutsch, who worked on President George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign, lied about his college degree.Now, i like blogs as much as the next guy (and i quite like the one mentioned since i was in Oxford during an animal rights march that he was discussing at the time), but the juxtaposition of The Times and [insert random blog here] implies to non-webbies that this blog thing must be like a newspaper.
The Bioethics Council carried out an examination of the cultural, ethical
and spiritual aspects of animal-to-human transplantation. In their report,
they described what they heard from New Zealanders about the subject and
also presented their own conclusions based on what they heard and made a
series of recommendations to Government. See
3) Consistent with the framework chosen, decision-making bodies be guidedSo you're assuming a priori that there are cultural and spiritual dimensions to xenotransplantations? What are the spiritual dimensions of shampoo synthesis or IC chip manufacturing?
by national standards and have access to expertise. Both must be adequate
to deal with the special challenges of xenotransplantation - including its
cultural, ethical and spiritual dimensions.
6) (a) The Minister for the Environment enables, including through theWhy? Nobody asked me how the internet was going to impact my life when they were squirelling away in the CS dept at Auckland Uni. The words are different but it sounds like a nod to the religious aspects of Maori culture. If they wish to interpret it within their own paradigm, knock yourself out - it's not my job to do it for you.
provision of funding, an intra-cultural dialogue process (wananga) for
Maori to examine their knowledge base from which to engage with
xenotransplantation and other forms of biotechnology. This would address
tikanga and spiritual, ethical and cultural issues within te ao Maori,
including whakapapa, karakia etc
It is not our role to say whether or not xenotransplantation is safe or effective. This will be determined by the Government on the basis of advice from the Ministry of Health, reflecting the best available scientific evidence about the safety and effectiveness of xenotransplantation.
Safety is itself an ethical issue that requires people to question some of their most deeply held values. Is it wrong to do things that may carry a certain element of risk? To what extent does the presence of risk justify a curtailment of individual freedoms? As human beings, do we have a fundamental duty to respond to the suffering of others?
Moreover, there are other considerations beyond safety and its ethical aspects. As one participant in our online discussion forum said: ‘Even if science can demonstrate a good safety record, plus highly effective therapeutic outcomes, that in itself does not necessarily make xenotransplantation socially acceptable.’ (my emphasis)
One of the Bioethics Council’s key tasks is to engage with Māori and with Māori cultural, ethical and spiritual views, consistent with the Government’s commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi.Hhhmmm, so based on a quick skim reading, it looks like this body of 'experts' exists to show appreciation for the Treaty of Waitangi wrt Xenotransplantation and discuss the wider aspects of what constitutes risk wrt the individual vs society (dialogue as a concept is so important it gets its own appendix).
Shudder.... 'moral authority' is a term that should never by uttered let alone written down as a reason for your existence.
How will the Council influence Government policy and decision-making?
By establishing confidence and trust in the way the Council operates and being seen to have moral authority based on the support of the New Zealand public for the role that it performs.
Biotechnology decisions too important to leave to experts - Sir Paul Reeves
Royal Society Alert - Issue 408
Latest Alert can be read by Royal Society New Zealand members on the web:
5. BIOSECURITY STRATEGY
Excerpts from Biosecurity, Issue 64
New Zealand as a nation depends on the quality of its science. We are
probably the only developed nation in the world with an economy that is so
heavily dependent on the production of primary industry-based products. We
earn over 50% of our entire foreign exchange income from what we grow and
sell to overseas markets. Yet New Zealand is struggling to get young people
into scientific fields at a time when there is a wide range of stimulating
and valuable work to be done and the nation's exporting future needs to be
developed and protected.
The rest of the world looks on in cockeyed wonder. The America of Franklin and Edison, of Fulton and Ford, of the Manhattan project and the Apollo program, the America of which Einstein wanted to be a part, seems to be enveloping itself in a curious fog behind which it's tying itself in knots over evolution, for pity's sake, and over the relative humanity of blastocysts versus the victims of Parkinson's disease.