Jul 24, 2015
It has been really rewarding to work with John Perrott and Pare Keiha to articulate our vision on the Value and Integrity of Mātauranga Māori in science. John has written a particularly articulate statement that I reproduce (with his permission) below:
Jul 24, 2015
NASA announced exciting news today that the Kepler space telescope has identified the most 'earth like' planet to date (http://www.nasa.gov/keplerbriefing0723). So what does this actually mean? and is it really that exciting?This is a breakthrough for ...
Jul 23, 2015
Jul 17, 2015
On bFM’s Dear Science show , the lead story was of course the success of NASAs New Horizons probe and the amazing images of Pluto and its moons that beamed their way to us across approximately 4.5bn km of space. Even the first ‘basic’ findings, confirming Pluto’s size and surface topography, are astonishing. Follow New Horizons Closer to home, a discussion on how novel spectral imaging cameras mounted on airborne drones is transforming conservation research in NZ is also featured Finally, since Carl Woese was born on this day in 1928, I review his pivotal contribution to the understanding of evolutionary biology and microbiology. His discovery of the third domain of life (Archaea) and their place in the phylogeny of all life surely ranks as one of the most important contributions to life science, and how this … Read More
Jul 10, 2015
Spiders that can sail and even make anchors, the secret to why seahorses have square tails, and why there should be alien sharks and lions on other planets. Check out the 'Amazing Animals' special on bFM's Dear Science show this week: http:/...
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Jun 05, 2015
On my 'Dear Science' radio broadcast on 95.0 bFM this week, I discuss how recent melting of a west Antarctic ice sheet is so great it is affecting local gravity, why some scientists are proposing to send ice to Antarctica, and why Antarctic dinos...