Guest Work

Go native: why we need ‘wildlife allotments’ to bring species back to the ‘burbs

Guest Work Jan 11, 2017

By Lizzy Lowe, University of Auckland and Margaret Stanley, University of Auckland As urban populations around the globe skyrocket and the demand for housing grows, space is increasingly at a premium in cities. Unfortunately, despite some notable efforts to include green space in cities, native wildlife is not often a priority for urban planners, despite research … Read More

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Weird Science: We believe anything was ‘art’ if we are told it is art

Guest Work Jan 01, 2017

French artist-provocateur Marcel Duchamp may have been on to something when he displayed a commercially-manufactured urinal signed by ‘R. Mutt’ as ‘art’ in his famous 1917 work ‘Fountain’, if a Dutch study published in September is anything to go by. The scientists say that just believing something is ‘art’ can completely change the way we perceive and respond … Read More

Weird Science: We got ship-wrecked after sinking the world’s oldest beer

Guest Work Dec 30, 2016

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of…beer? It might not be the first thing you’d expect to find in a 220-year-old shipwreck, but that’s what divers pulled from the wreck of the Sydney Cove, one of the first merchant ships to journey to the newly formed colony of Sydney in 1797. For nearly two centuries, bottles of the ancient ale lay buried … Read More

Weird Science: Robot bubs got teen girls pregnant

Guest Work Dec 29, 2016

School-based programs that aim to reduce teen pregnancies by giving girls a ‘robot baby’ to look after, simulating the experience of having a real infant, actually have the opposite effect, Australian scientists announced in August. They found teen girls who cared for a technological tot were more, rather than less, likely to get pregnant. Similar programs are used in … Read More

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Weird Science: Beware the meerkat – cuddly critters the world’s most murderous mammals

Guest Work Dec 24, 2016

Meerkats – delightful, lovable fluffballs, right? Wrong – they’re actually stone-cold killers, the mammalian world’s most prolific murderers in fact, according to a study that came out in September. The scientists looked at murder rates in 1,000 mammal species, compared the meerkat (sorry) with the others, and found that one-in-five of these cuddly critters is killed in cold … Read More

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