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! #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 [...]

Right of reply – Responding to Hot Topic Guest Work Mar 23

By Bryan Leyland and Dr Bob Carter We are grateful to Sciblogs for the opportunity to comment on the blog-posting by Gareth Renowden which appeared on Sciblogs. Mr. Renowden was reacting to our newspaper article “Hypothetical global warming” in the Dominion Post. He later commented on the response by Drs. Wratt, Reisinger & Renwick (WRR) to our [...]

The longest decade – the quest for fusion Guest Work Mar 11

by Ryan Ridden-Harper Fusion, the ability to create near limitless power is always a decade away. Or so the joke goes. This summer I got the opportunity to join the quest for fusion, with a Summer Research Scholarship at the Australian National University. For my project I was supervised by Associate Professor Matthew Hole as I worked on [...]

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