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Astronomical Travels: Stellar science on show

Guest Work Dec 03, 2016

In this guest post series astronomer Dr Yaël Nazé details her experience traveling from Belgium to New Zealand for the International Astronomy Union Symposia – The Lives and Death-Throes of Massive Stars. Every conference has his favourite themes, which are the “hottest” things of the day. For IAUS329, there were several ones, plus some soft controversies (we won’t fight … Read More

Unfaithfully yours: what happens when virtual reality affairs get real?

Guest Work Dec 02, 2016

By David Evans Bailey, Auckland University of Technology July 2015 might well be known as the month online infidelity went public. This date coincided with one of the biggest and most revealing hacks in history when the Ashley Madison database was compromised and made available online. Ashley Madison, a dating website targeted at people already married or in … Read More

Is someone reanimated from cryogenic freezing legally dead or alive? And other problems

Guest Work Dec 02, 2016

By Heather Conway, Queen’s University Belfast The idea that your dying or recently deceased body could be frozen in the hope that some future technology could revive you is no longer science fiction. It is now something people will pay handsomely for – as the recent court ruling that allowed a 14-year-old British girl with terminal cancer to … Read More

Astronomical Travels: Organising a conference

Guest Work Nov 30, 2016

In this guest post series astronomer Dr Yaël Nazé details her experience traveling from Belgium to New Zealand for the International Astronomy Union Symposia – The Lives and Death-Throes of Massive Stars. A meeting wouldn’t exist without organisers. Of course there are the committees (the local and scientific ones) which help, but an overall guide is needed. For … Read More

Lies! Damned lies and statistics: why reporters must handle data with care

Guest Work Nov 29, 2016

By Stephen Cushion, Cardiff University and Justin Lewis, Cardiff University During the 2016 EU referendum campaign, both sides used statistics pretty freely to back their arguments. Understandably, UK broadcasters felt compelled to balance competing perspectives, giving audiences the opportunity to hear the relative merits of leaving or remaining in the EU. In doing so, however, the truth … Read More

Astronomical Travels: Getting to New Zealand

Guest Work Nov 28, 2016

In this guest post series astronomer Dr Yaël Nazé details her experience traveling from Belgium to New Zealand for the International Astronomy Union Symposia – The Lives and Death-Throes of Massive Stars. The first step for attending a congress is to travel – and that implies some “events”, more numerous as the travel gets longer. It began with the … Read More

Bright city lights are keeping ocean predators awake and hungry

Guest Work Nov 27, 2016

By Damon Bolton, UNSW Australia; Alistair Becker; Emma Johnston, UNSW Australia; Graeme Clark, UNSW Australia; Katherine Dafforn, UNSW Australia, and Mariana Mayer-Pinto, UNSW Australia Light pollution is changing the day-night cycle of some fish, dramatically affecting their feeding behaviour, according to our recently published study. In one of the … Read More

The costs of antimicrobial resistance

InfectedNZ Nov 25, 2016

What might the economic costs of antibiotic/antimicrobial-resistant infections be in New Zealand? The simple answer is – we don’t know. As far as I’m aware, there’s been no New Zealand studies publicly disseminated on this topic. Therefore, we have to look overseas for reported studies. While the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2013) stated the total economic cost … Read More

Is it OK for medical students to practise on themselves?

Guest Work Nov 25, 2016

By Eleanor Milligan, Griffith University and Liz Fitzmaurice, Griffith University Medical students are practising invasive clinical procedures on themselves and fellow students at home as well as at medical school, a recent New Zealand study has confirmed. These procedures commonly include inserting a cannula, taking blood, and giving injections. Less commonly, students are suturing, … Read More

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