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Prof Ian Shaw on dangerous dust

Posted in Reflections On Science on November 11th, 2014.

Writing in the Press, University of Canterbury toxicology Professor Ian Shaw outlines the risk associated with dust thrown up by the ongoing rebuild in Christchurch. An excerpt (read in full here): As we reshape our city and demolish a large number of buildings in the process we are creating a gritty, dusty environment that is […]

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Nicola Gaston on science and democracy

In a guest post for the Public Address blog network, Dr Nicola Gaston, President of the New Zealand Association of Scientists, outlines her thoughts on public trust in scientists and a potential new code of practice for public engagement. An excerpt (read in full here): Science has a bad habit of asking – demanding, even […]

October 10th, 2014 Read full Story

Jim Salinger on why NZ is drying out

New Zealand is drying out, and here’s why By Jim Salinger, University of Auckland  (this article is republished from The Conversation under Creative commons license). Over 2012 and 2013, parts of New Zealand experienced their worst drought in nearly 70 years. Drought is the costliest climate extreme in New Zealand; the 2012-2013 event depressed the […]

October 7th, 2014 Read full Story

Jim Salinger on why NZ is drying out

[this link has been updated, to read Dr Nicola Gaston’s blog on science and democracy, click here] New Zealand is drying out, and here’s why By Jim Salinger, University of Auckland (this article is republished from The Conversation under Creative commons license). Over 2012 and 2013, parts of New Zealand experienced their worst drought in […]

September 26th, 2014 Read full Story

New Zealand’s ‘blue economy’ – Dame Anne Salmond

Dame Anne Salmond, patron of the Te Awaroa 1000 Rivers Project, writes about the country’s ‘blue economy’ in the New Zealand Herald. An excerpt (read in full here): Dame Anne Salmond: Keep our wealth flowing Thorough analysis of our waterways essential if we’re to preserve our blue economy. Look at those extraordinary images of the […]

September 23rd, 2014 Read full Story

Scientists examine colossal squid at Te Papa

Scientists from Te Papa and AUT University have dissected a colossal squid, streamed live online earlier today, to find out more about this rare creature.  This colossal squid and the specimen already on display at Te Papa are the only two of their kind ever caught intact. Scientists have hardly ever come across large colossal squid specimens […]

September 16th, 2014 Read full Story

A rough guide to science advice – The Guardian

Below is an excerpt from a Guardian article published ahead of the Science Advice to Governments summit which gets underway today in Auckland as part of World Science Week (read in full here) A rough guide to science advice As scientists and policymakers gather in Auckland for a global summit on scientific advice, what lessons […]

August 28th, 2014 Read full Story

Sir Peter Gluckman on science and policy

The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Sir Peter Gluckman, is this week hosting and chairing the Science Advice to Governments conference in Auckland as part of World Science Week. The meeting brings together Science Advisors and Science Advisory Committees from around the world to discuss their role in creating science-informed policy. Ahead of the meeting, […]

August 25th, 2014 Read full Story

Twelve questions for Prof Richard Easther – NZ Herald

As part of the New Zealand Herald’s ‘Twelve Questions’ series Sarah Stuart quizzes cosmologist Prof Richard Easther. An excerpt (read in full here): Professor Richard Easther is one of the world’s leading cosmologists, known for his work on what happened straight after the Big Bang. He spent 15 years at Ivy League universities in the […]

August 5th, 2014 Read full Story

Strategic plan to foster curious minds

A new report from the government lays out a plan to encourage and enable a more science-literate and aware society. A Nation of Curious Minds: He Whenua Hirihi I te Mahara – is the blueprint for the Science in Society Project which came out of the National Science Challenges. The project called on the government […]

July 29th, 2014 Read full Story


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