Guest Work

When did the Anthropocene start?

Guest Work Sep 10, 2015

Guest post from Helen Bostock, president of the Australasian Quaternary Association. Edited by Rebecca Priestley (VUW). In 2016, members of the International Commission of Stratigraphy (ICS) will decide whether the Holocene epoch has given way to the Anthropocene and, if so, where the boundary between the two epochs should lie. In this blog we present the New Zealand … Read More

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Can you be allergic to your Wi-Fi?

Guest Work Sep 09, 2015

Sarah Loughran, University of Wollongong Electromagnetic fields are all around us. They are a part of our natural environment, produced by the Earth and the sun. But they are also becoming increasingly prominent with advancements in technology, such that we are surrounded daily by many different sources of electromagnetic energy. Mobile phones, Wi-Fi, personal computers, smart … Read More

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Southern stars: the decade ahead for Australian astronomy

Peter Griffin Aug 25, 2015

Stuart Wyithe, University of Melbourne Astronomy is entering an exciting new era of exploration. Extremely large optical telescopes, including the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), which is due to be built in Chile in 2021, will allow studies of stars and galaxies at the dawn of the universe, and will peer at planets similar to ours around distant … Read More

Health check: the science of hangry

Guest Work Jul 20, 2015

Amanda Salis, University of Sydney Have you ever snapped angrily at someone when you were hungry? Or has someone snapped angrily at you when they were hungry? If so, you’ve experienced “hangry” (an amalgam of hungry and angry) – the phenomenon whereby some people get grumpy and short-tempered when they’re overdue for a feed. But where does hanger … Read More

Inside SOFIA – Eric Becklin on the flying telescope project

Guest Work Jun 25, 2015

by Haritina Mogosanu In 2013, I  had the great opportunity to interview the Chief Science Advisor of SOFIA, Eric Becklin whilst the flying telescope was here in New Zealand for its first southern deployment. The circumstances of the interview itself could make it into a tale too, but suffice it to say that nothing stopped the story being told.  As it … Read More

Mt St Helens eruption – 35 years on

Guest Work May 20, 2015

Dr. Caroline Orchiston writes about May 18th 2015 – the 35th Commemoration of the St Helens eruption, 1980. It is 35 years since the eruption of Mt St Helens in Washington State, USA. By chance, David Johnston and I are here conducting some tsunami hazard field work. Once the work is done, we head inland into the Cascade … Read More

The rise and rise of the 2015 El Niño

Guest Work May 18, 2015

Agus Santoso, UNSW Australia; Andréa S. Taschetto, UNSW Australia; Matthew England, UNSW Australia, and Shayne McGregor, UNSW Australia The Bureau of Meteorology has officially declared that we are in an El Niño, shifting its tracker from ALERT (a greater than 70% chance of El Niño forming) to an … Read More

A new era for engaging communities with science

Guest Work May 18, 2015

The way we engage the public with science is poised to change. By Dr Victoria Metcalf, National Coordinator for the Participatory Science Platform in the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor. I do a lot of speaking each year about science to the community, up to 20 public talks annually. These are primarily to school classes and … Read More


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