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TOP TEN SCIENCE STORIES OF 2014

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

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 […]

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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

Prof Ian Shaw on dangerous dust

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 […]

November 11th, 2014 Read full Story

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


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