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Science and indigenous knowledge - Mind Matters

Michael Corballis May 06, 2020

There is a call in many parts of the world for indigenous knowledge and values to be incorporated alongside more universal understandings. In New Zealand, this has come under the umbrella of Mātauranga Māori, a body of knowledge encompassing the traditional Māori way of viewing the world. This raises two important questions: How should Mātauranga Māori be integrated with “western” … Read More

Where is New Zealand’s highest point? - Out of Space

Duncan Steel May 01, 2020

Did you know that the top of Mount Cook is by no means New Zealand’s furthest point from the centre of the Earth? And that Samoa’s tallest mountain is seven kilometres further from our planet’s core than anywhere in NZ? The highest point anywhere, in terms of separation from Earth’s centre? — It’s not Mount Everest.  It’s the sort of … Read More

Genomic breakthrough in invasive species management - Genomics Aotearoa

Genomics Aotearoa Apr 15, 2020

Nick Kachel The ship rat, or black rat, is one of the most infamous invasive species in the world. They’re intelligent, adaptable, and they multiply like… well… ship rats. A native to the Indian sub-continent, this pest has now spread to every corner of the globe and is an outstanding carrier for multiple zoonotic diseases – those which can be … Read More

Enlightenment when? - Mind Matters

Michael Corballis Mar 22, 2020

I recently encountered the following prescription from a Faculty of Education at a leading New Zealand University. At first I wondered if it was another product of the postmodern generator (http://www.elsewhere.org/journal/pomo/), designed to create gibberish in the postmodern form, but I’m told it is real: The “schooled” society: Towards the close of the 1980s, both anti-racist and anti-sexist initiatives in … Read More

Eight new COVID-19 cases today. It’s no surprise when you look at some numbers - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Mar 18, 2020

So, as I sit at home with a very, very slight headache (i.e. not at work when I would otherwise be so), the now familiar figure of Ashley Bloomfield reports eight new confirmed cases of COVID-19  including two in Waikato. A surprise, given that we had just twelve yesterday? No. A worry? Maybe, but no more so than it … Read More

A beginning of semester corona-rant - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Mar 04, 2020

I’ve had enough of COVID-19 now. No, I haven’t had it (well, not that I’m aware of), what I mean is I’ve had enough of reading misleading headlines, hearing xenophobic attitudes and dealing with outright selfish behaviour. Let me elaborate: Point 1 We know that every outbreak will be accompanied by a kind of tsunami of information, but also within … Read More

First recorded ‘marsquakes’ reveal the red planet’s rumbling guts - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 25, 2020

Katarina Miljkovic We’ve all heard of earthquakes, but what about marsquakes? NASA’s InSight mission has, for the first time, recorded seismic activity coming from Mars’ interior. The observations, recorded in 2019 and published today, will help understand the red planet’s internal structure, composition and dynamics. It opens a new chapter in planetary geophysics and exploration. The NASA InSight … Read More