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Top 10 new species announced for 2015

Posted in Reflections On Science on May 22nd, 2015.

A cart wheeling spider, a wasp with a killer maternal instinct and a feathered dinosaur are just some of the weird and wonderful organisms included in the top 10 new species of 2015, announced by the International Institute for Species Exploration this week. The Top 10 list was started by the Institute in 2008 to increase public awareness […]

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Nigel Latta blows away stereotypes in the Weekend Herald

Jamie Morton interviewed Nigel Latta, the presenter of the eponymous ‘Nigel Latta Blows Stuff Up’ TV Show,  for the Weekend Herald. An excerpt (read in full here): Why Nigel blows stuff up We think of him as a celebrity shrink, the parenting guru, the self-styled TV guinea pig who once voluntarily spent a grim night […]

May 19th, 2015 Read full Story

Disasters: Intervention is the key – Kelvin Berryman

What do we really mean when we talk about  reducing or managing the risk of disaster? Dr Kelvin Berryman, Director of the Natural Hazards Research Platform, has written a new blog post reflecting on the outcomes of a high profile UN conference on disaster risk reduction. An excerpt (read in full here): A mandate for […]

March 20th, 2015 Read full Story

The toxicology of 1080 – Ian Shaw

Writing in the Press, Prof Ian Shaw clearly lays out the toxicology of 1080, the pest control poison that is making headlines after an unknown person threatened to use it to contaminate infant formula in New Zealand. An excerpt (read in full here): How toxic is 1080? Professor Ian Shaw explores why and how 1080 […]

March 13th, 2015 Read full Story

Climate science clear – NZ researchers

In the pages of the Dominion Post, New Zealand climate scientists David Wratt, James Renwick and Andy Reisinger  respond to a previous opinion article questioning the science of anthropogenic climate change and the need for action. An excerpt (read in full here): Human role in climate change is clear Warming of the climate system is […]

March 10th, 2015 Read full Story

Sugar & dental health – TVNZ Sunday

Nelson Dentist Rob Beaglehole’s campaign against sugar-sweetened beverages is the focus of a segment on TVNZ’s Sunday current affairs show. Watch the full clip here. From the Sunday website: Bittersweet – One man’s mission to get rid of our sweet tooth. Eat too much sugar, your teeth will rot. We’ve all had that message drummed […]

March 9th, 2015 Read full Story

The business of wildlife conservation – Wayne Linklater

Writing in the Dominion Post, Victoria University Wellington Associate Professor of Conservation Science Wayne Linklater looks at the economics of our native wildlife, saying “Wildlife conservation should not be a charity but a business.” An excerpt (read in full here): The benefits of rent-a-kakapo New Zealand’s wildlife – whales, dolphins, red deer, tahr, albatross, kiwi, […]

March 3rd, 2015 Read full Story

Science and the media on Radio NZ’s ‘The Panel’

Yesterday Jim Mora’s Radio New Zealand show Afternoons featured robust discussion on the topic of science and the media, focussing on a blog post from Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams. The first five minutes of ‘The Panel’ segment, which you can listen to below, featured Julie Moffett, Andrew Clay and Linda Clark (a former journalist) picking […]

February 5th, 2015 Read full Story


It was a dramatic year for science, one that witnessed a severe outbreak of Ebola in West Africa and an historic mission to land a space probe on a comet. On the home front, science-related discoveries and developments grabbed headlines with animal testing for ‘legal highs’, 1080 use to tackle increased pest numbers and court […]

December 11th, 2014 Read full Story

Public health researchers under attack – editorial

Public health researchers are calling for greater integrity in policy making and an end to the attack strategies which have spilled out of the political sphere and into  academia. In an editorial for the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health,  Prof Boyd Swinburn and Michael Moore decry the rise of attack politics the […]

December 5th, 2014 Read full Story

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