Archive: Code for life September 2011

About those meat and cancer stories

Grant Jacobs Oct 28, 2015

Many media reports are reporting it incorrectly or confusingly. For example, in New Zealand’s TV3 News starts out1 World Health Organisation (WHO) experts have put processed meat in the same cancer-causing category as cigarettes … … it has ranked processed meat in the highest cancer risk category, alongside asbestos and even smoking. Sorry, but … Read More


Science by kids

Grant Jacobs Oct 22, 2015

There are scientific journals by kids. Research scientists publish their work in scientific journals, where they are reviewed by other scientists. There’s one where articles are written by scientists, and reviewed by kids! It’s called Frontiers for Young Minds.[1] Not a bad way to hone your skills on writing … Read More


Science communication gala event in Dunedin this weekend

Grant Jacobs Oct 15, 2015

Students from the the University of Otago’s Centre for Science Communication will be showcasing their work from 4pm at the Art Gallery, until 7pm. (In the ODT Gallery.) Nibbles and a cash bar will be available. This red-carpet gala event is free to attend — dress for the red carpet. Cross the road and head to … Read More


Epigenetics and the Holocaust

Grant Jacobs Aug 28, 2015

The Holocaust remains a touchstone for strong feelings, as does trauma of any kind. Add epigenetics and questioning if a parent’s life influences their children’s lives and you have a whole bundle of emotive connections. Parents worry about how their lives might affects their children, of course. This and other associations being attributed to epigenetics are making … Read More


Introducing Lateral

Grant Jacobs Aug 07, 2015

The first issue of Lateral Magazine is out. It features—what else—‘firsts’: “from childhood memories to the first world war, to breakthroughs in human genome editing to our first close look at Pluto, to the origins of science fiction cinema.” Categories include Art & Popular Culture, Life Science, Physical Science, Society & Education, and Philosophy … Read More

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