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Health check: the science of hangry Guest Work Jul 20

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 [...]

Inside SOFIA – Eric Becklin on the flying telescope project Guest Work Jun 25

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 [...]

Mt St Helens eruption – 35 years on Guest Work May 20

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 [...]

The rise and rise of the 2015 El Niño Guest Work May 18

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 actual event. Speculation began in early 2014 [...]

A new era for engaging communities with science Guest Work May 18

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 community groups like Probus and U3A. I typically [...]

Sea level is rising fast – and it seems to be speeding up Guest Work May 12

Christopher Watson, University of Tasmania; John Church, CSIRO, and Matt King, University of Tasmania Many observations have shown that sea level rose steadily over the 20th century – and at a faster rate than over the previous centuries. It is also clear from both satellite and coastal observations that seas have risen faster over the [...]

What defines a science communicator? #SciCommNZ Guest Work May 08

#SciCommNZ are a diverse community of science communicators who meet on Twitter to discuss how science is being communicated in NZ & beyond. Join the discussion on the second Wednesday of every month! www.scicomm.nz #SciCommNZ chats launched into the Twittersphere on March 11th 2015 with the intriguing and challenging topic of “What defines a science communicator?” [...]

Jumping spiders: Good things come in small packages Guest Work Apr 23

By Dr Anne Wignall, Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Massey University. Spiders often get a bad reputation – with eight legs, fangs and a habit of coming into our homes without invitation, they can seem like they belong in another world. But spiders are fascinating and can be more like us than we think. [...]

Explainer: the wild storms that lash Australia’s east coast Guest Work Apr 22

Acacia Pepler, UNSW Australia and Lisa Alexander, UNSW Australia Over the past 24 hours, the Sydney, Central Coast, and Hunter regions of New South Wales have experienced very heavy rain, gale-force winds with gusts over 100 km per hour, and waves of more than 10 m in height. For Sydney it was the wettest single [...]

The idol reverence Guest Work Apr 21

by Ryan Ridden-Harper It’s a weird thing sometimes to be a physics student, and I bet even more so to be a physicist. For the most part of life you move through the world normally, no one notices anything strange or off about you. But sometimes something that never ceases to fail to amuse me happens. Take [...]

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