This week in science, another eminent old white guy dug himself into a hole. Here’s my 2c on his non-apology and what the Royal Society and other such bodies should do about their biased and out of touch Fellows.
In 2012 a new virus emerged in the Middle East. Causing severe respiratory and flu-like, the disease was called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)* or “Saudi-SARS”. The virus responsible was found to be a novel coronavirus related to the SARS virus, and named MERS-CoV. Until recently, almost all cases have been confined to the Middle [...]
Pheromones aren’t just about sex. They can kill superbugs too!
The building blocks of bias May 21
How can Lego stop gender-stereotyping? With one simple move!
Last November I talked about my research at TEDxChristchurch. It was my first experience of a TEDx event and I was blown away by how amazing and inspirational the day was. It was very humbling to have been given the opportunity to enthuse about bioluminescence and bacteria. Here’s the video of my talk, also featuring [...]
Those “illegal” school science kits and our illogical Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act Apr 08
The Dominion Post recently ran an article about “Glowing GE bacteria” which were “produced illegally in New Zealand using mail-order kits from America”. Perhaps unsurprisingly given that the phrase ‘genetically engineered’ was mentioned, Green MP Stefan Browning and GE Free New Zealand spokesperson Jon Carapiet chimed in to share their dismay that people/kids were fiddling [...]
Meet Gareth Baston, chief petri dish wrangler for Biolumination II.
Last weekend the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab took part in this year’s Science Street Fair at MOTAT in Auckland. We had the GlowBooth up and running again (at least until the camera’s battery died!) and 262 people joined us to make some bioluminescent art. There were lots of smiley faces drawn this time! GlowBooth photos are [...]
In which we go in search of glowing limpets!
Meet Katherine Yang, one of the artists who took part in Biolumination II.