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GeoNet changed NZ earthquake science dramatically – Helen Anderson

Posted in Reflections On Science on August 29th, 2016.

Cantabrians have former seismologist Dr Helen Anderson’s vote for the world’s best citizen seismologists, she writes in Fairfax’s science page, Catalyst. An excerpt (read in full): Before [GeoNet], seismologists like me only knew an earthquake had occurred when the “drum” needles started shaking and the telephone for the seismological observatory became jammed with calls. For […]

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Time to flush out truth – Iain Rabbitts

Supplying un-chlorinated water is like driving without a seatbelt, writes water treatment engineer Iain Rabbitts in the NZ Herald, it’s not longer safe – if it ever was. An excerpt (read in full): It wasn’t safe to drive a car then without seatbelts but people had been doing it for over 35 years – why […]

August 25th, 2016 Read full Story

Next Olympic event: Improving faster than rivals – Mark Orams

As New Zealand’s Olympic athletes return with the most successful medal haul to date, AUT’s Professor Mark Orams writes in the NZ Herald about what it would take to improve for the next Games. An excerpt (read in full): Interestingly New Zealand’s most successful sporting code at the Rio Olympics, in medals won, was sailing. […]

August 24th, 2016 Read full Story

Universities succeed when they produce thoughtful leaders, not technocrats – Gareth Jones

The place of humanities in a university raises issues that extend far beyond a single department, argues Emeritus Professor Gareth Jones in the Otago Daily Times. An excerpt (read in full): We need lawyers who understand biomedical science or elements of commerce; we need doctors who have an appreciation of the medical humanities, let alone […]

August 17th, 2016 Read full Story

Sustainable harvest solution to kereru conflict – Professor Len Gillman

It might seem surprising coming from a conservationist, but sustainable harvest of kereru could satisfy everyone’s needs, writes AUT’s Professor Len Gillman in the New Zealand Herald. An excerpt (read in full): The main cause of kereru decline is predation and competition from mammalian pests, not hunting, and controlling these pests with natural poisons such […]

August 16th, 2016 Read full Story

Olympic exile fair response to state-led cheating – Prof Mark Orams

Keeping tabs on competitive advantage in sport is crucial to making sure competition is fair, writes AUT’s Professor Mark Orams in the New Zealand Herald. An excerpt (read in full): These issues evoke anger at the injustice involved, but is this response justified? In its essence, sport is a contrived human activity involving the invention of […]

August 4th, 2016 Read full Story

Giant leap to pest-free NZ is attainable – Dr James Russell

Reaching a predator-free goal by 2050 is attainable, but will require a huge cultural shift, writes conservation biologist Dr James Russell in the New Zealand Herald: An excerpt (read in full): New Zealand is the world leader in killing invasive predators. We’re so good at it, other countries around the world seek our help and […]

August 2nd, 2016 Read full Story

It’s a people problem, not a pest problem – Wayne Linklater

In the hubbub following the Government’s call for a predator-free New Zealand, one point has been missing, writes Dr Wayne Linklater in the Dominion Post: NZ isn’t people-free. An excerpt (read in full here): Wayne Linklater: It’s a people problem, not a pest problem Increasingly, as recent efforts to make Stewart Island predator-free or neighbourhoods […]

July 28th, 2016 Read full Story

Obesity link significant find – Tony Merriman and Dave Grattan

Writing in the Otago Daily Times, University of Otago Professors Tony Merriman and Dave Grattan discuss the significance of new researching finding the strongest genetic link with obesity to date. An excerpt (read in full here). Tony Merriman and Dave Grattan: Significant to have found gene with link to obesity If we want to solve the obesity […]

July 28th, 2016 Read full Story

Limits to brain scanning technology – Prof Donna Rose Addis

A proposal to test how reliable brain scans could be in detecting whether suspects knew anything about a crime goes beyond the limits of the technology, says Professor Donna Rose Addis. Writing in the New Zealand Herald, University of Auckland psychologist Prof Addis responded to an article published on June 29 describing the work of ‘The […]

July 13th, 2016 Read full Story


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