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Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 – what really happened? Ken Perrott Oct 23

Three months after the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine the world is no wiser about what, and who, caused this crash. Well, we have the preliminary report but this only confirmed the bleeding obvious (“the aircraft was penetrated by a large number of high-energy objects from outside the aircraft”) and did nothing to either support, or undermine, the various theories circulating about this tragedy (see MH17 – Preliminary report leaves most conspiracy theories intact).
This new documentary probably won’t decide viewers one way or the other either. But it at least presents more evidence, more objectively, than our media usually presents and does not …

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Thirsty trees and water yields: Vegetation, water and a changing climate Waiology Oct 23

By Cate Macinnis-Ng Future climate projections predict that some parts of New Zealand will become drier with droughts being more severe and frequent. This is particularly true for the north …

The low down on liquefaction Lynley Hargreaves Oct 22

Since the Canterbury earthquakes most of us are familiar with the effects of liquefaction – sand volcanoes sunken buildings and vast vast quantities of mud. But scientists still don’t fully …

To Dunedin! On an ivory quest! Brendan Moyle Oct 22

Well not exactly.   But on Friday I will be at Otago University and giving a seminar on ivory black markets.  One topic I’m going to highlight is whether the …

Robot racing Marcus Wilson Oct 22

The Engineering Design Show is currently in full swing here with the competitions for the various design projects. The white-line followers kicked off proceedings. They were pretty impressive with …

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