Science and Society

Bursting the Conservation Bubble with Birds - Up and Atom

Kimberley Collins Oct 16, 2018

As another Bird of the Year draws to a close, Kimberley Collins reflects on why this kind of fun and uplifting advocacy is an important way to get New Zealanders to take an interest in conservation. Every year, thousands of New Zealanders flock to the polls to vote for their favourite bird. Well-known and enthusiastic “campaign managers” hit the streets (and … Read More

Pinker and Pinker - Mind Matters

Michael Corballis Oct 16, 2018

Steven Pinker is an optimist. In his two recent books, he paints an increasingly rosy picture of human civilization. In The Better Angels of Our Nature (2011), he shows how human violence has declined over the centuries. In Enlightenment Now (2018), he tells us that, besides becoming less violent, we live longer, and are wealthier, heathier, happier, safer, and more … Read More

Agenda 21 and crank magnetism - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Oct 08, 2018

What with WAVES, and anti-1080 groups, and Rethink Fluoride (which, like FFNZ, opposes water fluoridation), there’s quite a lot of ‘alternative’ activity online these days. It’s actually quite interesting to look at the similarities that you can see in attitudes & opinions expressed on those sites. I mean, Agenda 21, anyone? Back when Making Sense of Fluoride was … Read More

Palu and Donggala: working towards resiliency - Guest Work

Guest Author Oct 03, 2018

Michele Daly, GNS Science We can only imagine how horrific it currently is for the people of Central Sulawesi, following the magnitude 7.5 earthquake that struck Donggala and Palu on late Friday afternoon 28th Sept 2018. The damaging tsunami which struck Palu Bay at incredible speeds a reported 30mins after the quake happened, caused widespread destruction. This was on top of … Read More

GMOs, a nod to Nigel the gannet, and illustrated abstracts – our favourite journalism from September - News

Rachel Thomas Oct 01, 2018

There’s a lot of media out there, and we know it can be hard to keep track of the things you want to read, watch and listen to. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite science-related stories from last month to help you out. If you’ve seen something great that’s not here, let us know in the comments. Read More

As expected - The Dismal Science

Donal Curtin Sep 27, 2018

The NZME/Fairfax Court of Appeal judgement is out and contained few surprises. The Court had been widely anticipated to rebuff the appeal against the Commerce Commission’s refusal to authorise the proposed merger of NZME (the Herald, radio stations, and a herd of other North Island media businesses) and Fairfax (DomPost, Press, S-ST, herd of other media things nationwide). So … Read More