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The Taonga Genome Project on Radio NZ

Posted in Reflections On Science on August 18th, 2015.

The director of genetics at Otago University, Peter Dearden, spoke on Radio New Zealand’s Sunday Morning show about his proposal for a taonga genome project to get New Zealand scientists discovering more about the county’s native species, including animals, plants and insects. You can read more about the proposed project in Assoc Prof Dearden’s post […]

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Dr Michelle Dickinson’s new column in the Weekend Herald

As the columnist for the Weekend Herald‘s new Science & Tech page, Dr Michelle Dickinson test runs a new device that claims to use EEG monitoring to help build mental focus. An excerpt (read in full here): Science & Tech: Michelle Dickinson I’ve been walking around wearing an odd, forehead-covering, Rambo-like headband called Muse this […]

August 12th, 2015 Read full Story

Siouxsie Wiles on the future of science

In her regular science slot, Dr Siouxsie Wiles talks on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon about the special ‘Future of Science’ issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand (and bee vaccines and the mortality of young fathers). You can listen to the segment below and read more about the special […]

August 6th, 2015 Read full Story

NZ must do more on climate change – Ralph Chapman

New Zealand is lagging behind in terms of climate change action, writes Associate Professor Ralph Chapman in an opinion article in today’s Dominion Post. An excerpt (read in full here): Pilots know that there is a brief window of time between losing oxygen and passing out, a period in which some life-saving action is possible. […]

August 5th, 2015 Read full Story

PM’s Chief science advisor on sugar, obesity and taxes

The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Prof Sir Peter Gluckman, spoke this morning on the Paul Henry Show discussing the issue of taxes on unhealthy food. You can watch the interview by clicking on the image below.

July 30th, 2015 Read full Story

Science, celebrity and social media collide in vaccination debate

Stuff.co.nz’s Katie Kenny reports on an online furore over vaccination kicked off by actor Jim Carrey, but further fuelled by Kiwi star Jemaine Clement. An excerpt (read in full here) Comedian Jemaine Clement criticised for tweeting ‘nonsense’ in anti-vaccination rant One of New Zealand’s top comedians has been criticised by a health expert for his anti-vaccination […]

July 2nd, 2015 Read full Story

Ecstasy not so safe – Leo Schep

Dr Leo Schep, a toxicologist at the National Poisons Centre, University of Otago, argues against claims that MDMA is relatively safe and could be regulated in New Zealand, in an opinion piece on the New Zealand Herald website. An excerpt (read in full here): Leo Schep: Ecstasy not the safe party drug advocates claim In […]

June 23rd, 2015 Read full Story

Dr Anne Galloway on live animal shipments

The government hasn’t been upfront about the international transport of livestock, according to Dr Anne Galloway, a senior lecturer in design anthropology at Victoria University Wellington. She offers her thoughts on the shipment of live animals in the opinion pages of the Dominion Post. An excerpt (read in full here): Time to come clean on […]

June 19th, 2015 Read full Story

Call off the Hunt – Fiona Fox on Tim Hunt

Fiona Fox, Director of the UK Science Media Centre, writes on her blog about the recent scandal around Nobel laureate Prof Tim Hunt’s sexist public comments at a conference. Below is an excerpt, with the full blog available here. Call off the hunt Am I the only one who feels sorry for Tim Hunt? Judging […]

June 15th, 2015 Read full Story

Trade deals and healthcare – Prof John McMillan

On the university of Otago Bioethics Centre blog, centre Director Prof John McMillan writes about the leaked details of the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations that relate to PHARMAC and the health system in New Zealand. An excerpt (read in full here): ‘Fairness for Healthcare Technologies’: some detail on the risks to PHARMAC at last? Calls […]

June 12th, 2015 Read full Story


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