Monthly Archives: March 2012

The 7 Deadly Sins get an innovative makeover


As a bit of a sucker for an allegory, attaching thoughts about innovation to the seven deadly sins is a clever ploy and play. That said though I’d be hard-pressed to name them (pride, sloth, gluttony, lust, envy, wrath, greed). … Continue reading

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Coarse wool’s new course weaving a different path


New Zealand’s forgotten fibre’s doing its best to get itself off the mat. Coarse wool’s course over the past five decades has been almost unremittingly down – both in price and perception. There’s been numerous, mostly ill-fated, attempts to reverse … Continue reading

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Optimising autoimmune treatment patent invalid: a ‘Law of Nature’ is not a law passed by Congress


By guest blogger Doug Calhoun On 20 March the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a decision unanimously allowing an appeal by the Mayo Clinic and declaring invalid two patents that a lower court had found Mayo to … Continue reading

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Farming’s unfashionable, but there’s a simple fix to make it sexy


There are huge gains to be made in pastoral farming productivity if the average performers started doing what the top 25% do according to MAF in its Briefing to Incoming Ministers. That would increase exports by $3 billion a year, … Continue reading

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Healthy challenge in 100 words


Hat’s off to Grow Wellington for keeping it simple and sweet, and setting the initial bar low in its ‘Innovating for Health Challenge’. Anyone with an idea, good, bad or indifferent, only has to submit up to 100 words for … Continue reading

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Science & tech docos find a natural home


documentary-log.com asked nicely, and it’s a free service with no registration – so here’s a plug for a website with over 700 docos to download and view. The Canadian-based venture’s heavy on the science and technology end of docos, which … Continue reading

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The Patents Bill: Please leave it alone until the super ministry is sorted


Guest blog by Doug Calhoun The new Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, which will combine Economic Development, Science and Innovation, Labour, and Building and Housing, attracted the usual headlines about job losses and efficiency dividends: (see here). But beyond … Continue reading

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Mass customisation really does mean it is all about you


It’s difficult to predict where the confluence of trends like 3-D printing, mass customisation and the social web will end up. But, just as the publishing and music industries got democratised (or destroyed, depending on your point of view) by … Continue reading

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Give us something simple Steven, and also create an S&I council


As one who cut his business teeth in commercial radio, super-minister Steven Joyce will know better than most about the importance of appealing to peoples’ hearts and minds. Now, Mr Joyce may be formulating a super science and innovation plan … Continue reading

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Kiwi conference to get to the core of computing opportunity


Lurking below the IT headline generating buzz of Apps and social media and smart phones is a core change racing in parallel with its sometimes perceived more glamorous cousins. The very way computers and computing itself, works, has changed. The … Continue reading

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