Science and Society

Did artists lead the way in mathematics? - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 18, 2018

Henry Adams, Case Western Reserve University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Mathematics and art are generally viewed as very different disciplines – one devoted to abstract thought, the other to feeling. But sometimes the parallels between the two are uncanny. From Islamic tiling to the chaotic patterns of Jackson … Read More

Data should smash the biological myth of promiscuous males and sexually coy females - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 17, 2018

Zuleyma Tang-Martinez, University of Missouri-St. Louis. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. That males are naturally promiscuous while females are coy and choosy is a widely held belief. Even many scientists – including some biologists, psychologists and anthropologists – tout this notion when interviewed by the media … Read More

The Journalist and the Murderer - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Jan 17, 2018

‘Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible.’ This is the opening line of Janet Malcolm’s sharp, analytical book The Journalist and the Murderer. Published in 1983, the book still challenges journalists these days. Malcolm is a cunning, insightful journalist. Read More

Death and Cyberspace - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Jan 17, 2018

I first realised my brother was missing when I logged into Facebook one evening to see his bashful face grinning at me from a ‘MISSING’ notice. Rather absurdly, I wondered why they hadn’t picked a better photo of John instead of this blurry, orange-toned selfie. I continued scrolling through Facebook while frantically calling my family. Funny, innocuous videos of … Read More

Recreational drugs and the technology of pill testing - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 17, 2018

by Dr Jez Weston Drug policy is slowly starting to move from ineffective moralising to the adoption of effective and evidence-based approaches. KnowYourStuffNZ provides drug-related harm reduction at events and music festivals, which in practice means a constant stream of people coming to our tent to get their drugs checked. The need is clear. This summer, for instance, … Read More

Wicked! - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Jan 16, 2018

Wandering home one evening from a particularly long day at university, I was almost run over by a pair of tousle-headed, half-washed, hoodie-wearing skateboarders, racing pell-mell down Castle St. Indignantly extracting myself from a rather thorny hedge, I caught a snippet of their conversation: “Your new board is wicked, man!” Was the skateboard in question an evil or nefarious sentient … Read More

Scientist at work: I’ve dived in hundreds of underwater caves hunting for new forms of life - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 16, 2018

Tom Iliffe, Texas A&M University. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Maybe when you picture a university professor doing research it involves test tubes and beakers, or perhaps poring over musty manuscripts in a dimly lit library, or maybe going out into the field to examine new crop-growing techniques or animal-breeding … Read More