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How to take the fight to bad science? By singing good science’s praises — Jess Berentson-Shaw

Posted in Reflections On Science on December 8th, 2016.

In the face of everything from anecdote posing as evidence to bias peddlers to outright quackery, the best riposte is to champion good science. But how? Dr Jessica Berentson-Shaw offers seven tips on The Spinoff An excerpt (read in full) Science and evidence gets a pretty bad rap these days. Some of this bad rap […]

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Lawmakers must keep up with the pace of changing technology – Michelle Dickinson

With technology advancing at breakneck speed, we risk foundering on ethical and legal decisions, writes Dr Michelle Dickinson – aka ‘Nanogirl’ – in the NZ Herald. An excerpt (read in full): As individuals I don’t think we have yet come to grips with what is ethical or high risk around new technology, let alone formed […]

December 5th, 2016 Read full Story

Everyone agrees NZ needs a better tsunami warning system. But what? – Jane Cunneen

Following the magnitude 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake, much has been said about the confusion around tsunami warnings and what a solution might look like, writes Curtin University’s Dr Jane Cunneen. An excerpt (read in full): The prime minister says that a cellphone-based tsunami alert system will be announced shortly. At a reported cost of $20 million, […]

December 2nd, 2016 Read full Story

Silent killer’s revival needs urgent action – Peter Saxton

Last year New Zealand recorded the highest number of annual HIV diagnoses ever – we need to evolve and modernise our responses, writes inaugural New Zealand AIDS Foundation Fellow Dr Peter Saxton, from the University of Auckland. An excerpt (read in full): This World Aids Day, more individuals are living with HIV in New Zealand […]

December 1st, 2016 Read full Story

Meat the future – Ralph Sims

By mid-century, it’s estimated the world’s population will exceed 9 billion and they’ll need to be fed, writes Massey University’s Professor Ralph Sims. An excerpt (read in full): Unfortunately, methane emissions from the digestion processes of cattle, sheep and deer and nitrous oxide emissions from animal urine and fertilisers are proving challenging to reduce. We […]

November 24th, 2016 Read full Story

Why I joined the call to fund a 24/7 operations centre for GeoNet – Shaun Hendy

Following the Kaikoura earthquake, calls have been made for a 24/7 hazard monitoring system. Professor Shaun Hendy, author of Silencing Science, wrote about why he supported the call. An excerpt (read in full): Do you remember those golden-weathered days when city-levelling earthquakes were things New Zealanders learnt about at school in history books? Six years after […]

November 24th, 2016 Read full Story

Paul Callaghan’s vision, five years on – Reflections on Science

To launch its new science section, The Spinoff asked Kiwi scientists reflect on Sir Paul Callaghan’s vision of making New Zealand “the place talent wants to live”. An excerpt (read in full): Sir Peter Gluckman: Paul would be pleased – and impatient Paul was a good friend with whom I had many conversations about the […]

November 16th, 2016 Read full Story

Crazy science – but is it crazy enough? – Craig Stevens

Crazy science is just what the doctor ordered, writes NZ Association of Scientists president Dr Craig Stevens about the Marsden Fund. An excerpt (read in full): The Marsden Fund is precious taxpayers’ money awarded to some of the nation’s cleverest minds, for ideas that have the potential to be simply brilliant. Sometimes the ideas help […]

November 16th, 2016 Read full Story

Responding to the Monster – Reflections on Science

GeoNet’s director Dr Ken Gledhill wrote a heartfelt post about Monday morning’s magnitude 7.5 earthquake and the resulting tsunami warning. [Note: since this was written, the November 14 earthquake has been upgraded to magnitude 7.8.] An excerpt (read in full): M7.5 Earthquake: a monster in the making As a geophysicist, there are a few important […]

November 16th, 2016 Read full Story

On the frontline in the Anthropocene – Bruce Glavovic

Disaster risk is escalating and coastal communities are on the frontline of the Anthropocene, writes Professor Bruce Glavovic – EQC Chair in Resilience and Natural Hazards Planning at Massey University. An excerpt (read in full): Human activities have made such a significant impact on the Earth since the 1800s -and post-World War 2 in particular […]

November 10th, 2016 Read full Story


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