Science

As the Perseverance rover lands on Mars, there’s a lot we already know about the red planet from meteorites found on Earth - News

Guest Author Feb 19, 2021

James Scott, University of Otago NASA’s Perseverance rover successfully touched down on Mars this morning, and has already begun beaming back images. Hello, world. My first look at my forever home. #CountdownToMars pic.twitter.com/dkM9jE9I6X — NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) February 18, 2021 But people might be surprised to learn … Read More

The Fukushima quake may be an echo of the 2011 disaster — and a warning for the future - News

Guest Author Feb 16, 2021

Mark Quigley, University of Melbourne A 7.1 magnitude earthquake was recorded off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture in northeastern Japan on Saturday night, injuring around 100 people, closing roads and trains, and leaving almost a million people without electricity overnight. It came almost 10 years after the nearby Tohoku quake of March 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake … Read More

New Year of Ocean Mapping, Two Voyages Aboard the R/V Falkor - Field Work

Guest Author Feb 10, 2021

Alysha Johnson Tēnā koutou! My name is Alysha Johnson, and I am a PhD student at the University of Wollongong studying the geomorphic evolution of volcanic islands, seamounts and guyots. I was lucky enough to join the crew and scientists aboard the R/V Falkor with Schmidt Ocean Institute on their ‘Pinging in the New Year’ expedition running from 28th December … Read More

When Scientists Become Allergic To Their Research - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 09, 2021

Hannah Thomasy Bryan Fry’s heart was pounding as he stepped back from the snake enclosure and examined the bite marks on his hand. He had just been bitten by a death adder, one of Australia’s most venomous snakes. Its neurotoxin-laced bite could cause vomiting, paralysis and — as the name suggests — death. Fry, at the time … Read More

The demise of Project Energize in the Waikato - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 04, 2021

Emeritus Professor Elaine Rush, Auckland University of Technology New Zealand is a world leader in many things, but health promotion and disease prevention, particularly for children, is not one of them. One exception is the long-running Project Energize programme in the Waikato.  Every year for the last sixteen years, Project Energize worked with up to 240 schools attended by 40,000 … Read More

JEEM - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jan 19, 2021

Getting to Browser Tab Zero so I can reboot the computer is awfully hard when the one open tab is a Table of Contents for the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and every issue has more stuff I want to read. A few highlights: Gugler et al demonstrating the effectiveness of British carbon pricing over German regulatory interventions … Read More

A cracked window - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Jan 08, 2021

On Christmas Eve, child number 1 spotted a crack in a window. It’s a double-glazed window, and inspection showed that the small, horizontal crack was in the outermost pane. It was perpendicular to the frame, about three-quarters of the way up one side. The origins are a mystery. It MIGHT have something to do with repeated encounters with footballs, tennis … Read More

Six space missions to look forward to in 2021 - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 05, 2021

Ian Whittaker, Nottingham Trent University and Gareth Dorrian, University of Birmingham Space exploration achieved several notable firsts in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic, including commercial human spaceflight and returning samples of an asteroid to Earth. The coming year is shaping up to be just as interesting. Here are some of the missions to keep an eye out for. Read More

Oxford COVID vaccine authorised in the UK – global health expert on why this is a key moment - COVID-19

Guest Author Jan 05, 2021

Michael Head, University of Southampton The UK has become the first country to authorise the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for public use, with roll-out to start in the first week of 2021. This vaccine is the second to be authorised in the UK – following the Pfizer vaccine. The British government has ordered 100 million doses of the … Read More