Guest Work

We need to talk about the bad science being funded

Guest Work Jul 20, 2016

Simon Gandevia, Neuroscience Research Australia Spectacular failures to replicate key scientific findings have been documented of late, particularly in biology, psychology and medicine. A report on the issue, published in Nature this May, found that about 90% of some 1,576 researchers surveyed now believe there is a reproducibility crisis in science. While this rightly … Read More

What lies beneath Antarctica’s ice?

Guest Work Jul 19, 2016

Christine Dow, University of Waterloo; Felicity Graham, University of Tasmania, and Sue Cook, University of Tasmania There are few frontiers in the world that can still be said to be unexplored. One of these terra incognita is the land beneath Antarctica’s ice sheets. Buried under kilometres of ice is a fascinating realm of canyons, … Read More

Nice attack: how vulnerable are we to ‘low-tech terror’?

Guest Work Jul 18, 2016

By Mark Briskey, Curtin University France has again been the scene of a lethal terrorist attack. At least one attacker drove through and then opened fire on crowds of French and foreign citizens enjoying Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, killing at least 80 people and injuring scores more. Though there is as yet little solid information on who … Read More

Brexit: how will it impact NZ science?

John Kerr Jul 15, 2016

In the wake of the Brexit vote, UK scientists have been extremely worried over uncertainties about European Union research funding – closer to home the question is ‘what does it mean for NZ science?’ Things are looking tough for the UK science sector. According The Guardian: “The backlash against UK researchers began immediately after the June referendum when the failure to … Read More

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How to keep more women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)

Guest Work Jul 13, 2016

By Merryn McKinnon, Australian National University There have been myriad promises made by the major political parties over the years focused on funding programs aimed at increasing the number of women pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Although some of the policies do target disciplines where women are underrepresented, there seems to be very little acknowledgement … Read More

Sci fi-inspired innovation treads line between dystopia and utopia

Guest Work Jul 11, 2016

By Paul Levy, University of Brighton The race is on to bring a jetpack to market. New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft has a jetpack which is due to go on sale this year and US-based JetPack Aviation is working on a more streamlined offering. So aviation junkies with the cash to spare will soon be able to get … Read More

Has New Zealand lost its way in tobacco control?

Guest Work Jul 08, 2016

By Simon Chapman, University of Sydney The New Zealand government has decided to reorient its priorities in tobacco control. It has announced it will be pulling 73% of its previous funding support for tobacco control advocacy. The only money allocated for tobacco control to do the vital work of building and sustaining community and multi-party support for … Read More

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News of Zika vaccine might be reassuring, but it’s too late for Rio, and do we really need it anyway?

Guest Work Jul 08, 2016

By Lenore Manderson, University of the Witwatersrand Recently, two events concerning the Zika epidemic coincided: two potential vaccines against the virus were declared a success when used in mice, and Australian golfer Jason Day withdrew from the Olympic Games, purportedly because of his concern about the possibility of getting infected. The number of media reports of … Read More

Shrinking hole in the ozone layer shows what collective action can achieve

Guest Work Jul 06, 2016

By Anja Schmidt, University of Leeds and Ryan Neely, University of Leeds The hole in the ozone layer was first discovered in 1985 by scientists from the British Antarctic Survey, who described how ozone levels above the Antarctic were steadily dropping compared to the previous decade. This was quickly recognised as a severe environmental problem … Read More

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