Thrive Blog: Everything is what it is because it got that way

By Terry Clayton on October 11, 2012

I read "Scalar Disconnect" with a distinct sense of déjà vu. Between 2000 and 2003, I worked almost exclusively for the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat, then in Phnom Penh. [read more]

Thrive Blog: Paper Tigers

By Terry Clayton on June 26, 2013

A response to Water Alternatives Special Issue on Shedding Light on Hidden Dynamics in the Water Sector. Don’t speak your mind until you’ve retired. That’s one message readers might take from Water Alternatives special issue... [read more]

 Thrive Blog: When it comes to data, beauty is in the eye of the beholder

By Terry Clayton on October 7, 2013

 One of several insights from the recently published Survey and Analysis of the Data Requirements for Stakeholders in African Agriculture is that people tend to feel their data is the best, the truest, the most suitable data for informing the decisions of others and that everyone else’s data is a bit suspect. [read more]


Thrive Blog: Wrestling with small pumps

By Terry Clayton on January 24, 2014

This post reviews Agricultural Water Management Journal Special Section: Investing in small, private irrigation to increase production and enhance livelihoods.  Articles are OPEN ACCESS [read more]

Digestible chemistry ​

Chemistry in Australia November 2014

Other Chemistry in Australia Reviews


  • Chemistry education: best practices, opportunities and trends, eds. J. Garcia Martinez, E. Serrano-Torregrosa (Wiley-VCH) 2015 Oct, 31

  • H2O: a biography of water, by P. Ball (Phoenix) 2011 Feb, 42

  • Mendeleyev’s dream. The quest for the elements, by P. Strathern (Penguin Books) 2009 Dec, 42

  • Molecules that changed the world, by K.C. Nicolaou, T. Montagnon (Wiley-VCH) 2011 May, 34

  • Networks without a cause: a critique of social media, by G. Lovink (Polity Press) 2012 Sep 33

  • Science communication: a practical guide for scientists, by L. Bowater, K. Yeoman (Wiley-Blackwell) 2013 Aug, 36–7

  • Science in the 20th century and beyond, by J. Agar (Polity Press) 2012 Oct, 34

  • Why isn’t cornstarch more interesting? 2010 Mar, 34