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Quantum computing and New Zealand Guest Work Sep 15

SciBlogs is running guest posts from some of the Eureka! Sir Paul Callaghan Awards 2014 finalists. In this guest post, Jack Wynne, from St. Patrick’s College Wellington explores the potential of quantum computing . In my presentation at the Sir Paul Callahan Eureka symposium I will discuss how advanced research into quantum mechanics could revolutionise New [...]

Antioxidants and the strange case of free radicals Guest Work Sep 12

SciBlogs is running guest posts from some of the Eureka! Sir Paul Callaghan Awards 2014 finalists. In this guest post,Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu student Joel Falconer weighs up antioxidants and free radicals. The use of antioxidants to combat free radicals is a controversial subject, particularly regarding the use of supplements to supply them, [...]

We should probably talk about nuclear power Guest Work Sep 09

SciBlogs is running guest posts from some of the Eureka! Sir Paul Callaghan Awards 2014 finalists. In this guest post, University of Auckland student Rachael Wiltshire kicks off a conversation about the future of New Zealand energy. Three years ago, my History class was studying the Vietnam War when a question arose: why would anyone want [...]

Making cancer history Guest Work Sep 08

SciBlogs is running guest posts from some of the Eureka! Sir Paul Callaghan Awards 2014 finalists. First up, University of Waikato engineering student Shalini Guleria shares her vision for the future of cancer therapy. The Statistics Each year approximately 7.6 million people die from cancer worldwide, this disease has one of the highest mortality rates [...]

Lead pollution beat Amundsen and Scott to the South Pole by 20 years Guest Work Jul 31

By Joe McConnell, Desert Research Institute We know elements of the story. It was 1911, as Robert Scott and Roald Amundsen raced to the South Pole. Temperatures were below -50˚C. Scott was British; Amundsen a Norwegian. Sled dogs were dying, and the explorers suffered from frostbite. The stakes were high, with financing of future explorations [...]

Moa bones reveal DNA half-life but Jurassic Park remains fiction Guest Work Jul 02

By Michael Bunce, Curtin University and Morten Erik Allentoft, University of Copenhagen [Originally published in October 2012 and republished here following Labour MP Trevor Mallard's desire to see the Moa resurrected] Moa birds disappeared from New Zealand following the arrival of human settlers in the 13th century, but their fossils now provide us with a [...]

GM techniques: from the field to the laboratory (and back again) Guest Work Jun 23

By Peter Langridge, Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics Welcome to GM in Australia [Ed: See Grant Jacob's three part series on GM in New Zealand here], a series looking at the facts, ethics, regulations and research into genetically modified crops. In this first instalment, Peter Langridge describes two GM techniques: selective breeding and genetic [...]

Audio Q&A: Neuroeconomics – the curse of choice Guest Work Jun 19

By Helen Westerman, The Conversation and Emil Jeyaratnam, The Conversation We are faced with a myriad of choice in our lives – but an emerging body of work suggests the more choice we’re faced with, the more likely we’ll make a poor decision. The conundrum is called the “curse of choice” and the field of [...]

In defence of (some) science scepticism – a lawyer’s view Guest Work Jun 03

by Dr Nicole Moreham Since becoming a Rutherford Discovery Fellow in 2011, I have often found myself in the company of scientists. Not surprisingly, I regard them as a highly impressive bunch – intelligent, thoughtful and deeply committed to what they do. There is one area though where I quite often find myself disagreeing with what people in [...]

The Value of Science Guest Work May 29

By Toby Hendy, Ryan Ridden-Harper and Josh Mangos from the University of Canterbury What comes to mind when you think about science? Are you a scientist? If not, could you be? We can all be awestruck when we consider how the things in our life actually work and the technology behind them. What kind of [...]

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