Monthly Archives: April 2011

Who would’ve thought – a greenstone/wool cloth!


Wow, here’s a wild idea – a wool/jade fabric. And maybe there’s been other people who have thought of mixing merino wool with greenstone/pounamu – but Marlborough farmer Richard Bell’s been the first to try it. Along with European clothmaker … Continue reading

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High-value manufacturing R&D review sure to cause some ripples


The review and report about how R&D can better support NZ’s high-value manufacturing and services sector should be made public pretty soon. It should be interesting reading – especially given that its authors had less than a month to carry … Continue reading

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Cool science makes itself fashionable


Up till now dyeing a pattern on wool fabric has been a relative no-goer because bleeding of the dyes into each other ruined whatever picture you were trying to create. So, keep an eye out for some new dyed wool … Continue reading

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Thanks New Zealand, MusicHype heads to America to tap the mother lode


In an internet and social media oriented world, the traditional music label ‘push’ model is in what can only be described as a death spiral. Like it or not, at its core, recorded music is now essentially free. But for … Continue reading

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We won’t call it picking winners, we’ll call it focused effort – the next agenda for our science and innovation?


There’s a very interesting ‘occasional paper’ that’s just gone up on the MED website. By its name ‘Enhancing Productivity: Towards an Updated Action Agenda’ you wouldn’t pick it to be a slightly subversive document (see it here). But, along with … Continue reading

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Letter to Hekia


Dear Hekia, I’m sure you and your government colleagues will be pretty annoyed about the early and unexpected release of the revised (but not) ‘New Zealand Energy Strategy‘. But, as the acting Minister of Energy and Resources, it actually presents … Continue reading

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Naturalness and smell key ingredients for beauty products: earth 174°


The notion of ‘natural’ is becoming more and more important in the makeup/beauty world, and though earth 174° boasts is has no synthetically made chemicals, one other attribute is extremely important in appealing to potential customers. “The key is the … Continue reading

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Probiotics’ potential makes it one of medicine’s next big growth areas; Gregor Reid


Quite how probiotics works in humans, and how we can take advantage of increased knowledge of the role of such good bacteria is one of the big growth areas for medicine according to Gregor Reid. The professor of microbiology and … Continue reading

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