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Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research

Guest Author Oct 11, 2019

Hassan Vally, La Trobe University Who doesn’t want to know if drinking that second or third cup of coffee a day will improve your memory, or if sleeping too much increases your risk of a heart attack? We’re invested in staying healthy and many of us are interested in reading about new research findings to help us make sense of … Read More

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Discovery of prehistoric baby bottles shows infants were fed cow’s milk 5,000 years ago

Guest Author Sep 26, 2019

Julie Dunne, University of Bristol How did people look after their children in the Stone Age? It turns out that prehistoric parents may not have been so different to modern mums and dads. Clay vessels that have been found in Germany could have been used to supplement breast milk and wean children more than 5,000 years ago. They became … Read More

New Zealand needs to wake up to the possibilities of a circular bio economy

Guest Author Sep 13, 2019

Elspeth MacRae New Zealand is at a crossroads, a pivotal point in history where solutions must be found to stem the tide of eco-system collapse, fight climate change, provide for a growing population and find ways of consumption that respect the ecological boundaries of the planet. Now there is a real urgency to find innovative solutions, be bold, and … Read More

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How to get people to eat bugs and drink sewage

Guest Author Sep 03, 2019

Nathan S Consedine, University of Auckland In wealthy societies, we’ve become increasingly picky about what we eat. The “wrong” fruits and vegetables, the “wrong” animal parts, and the “wrong” animals inspire varying degrees of “yuck”. Our repugnance at fruit and vegetables that fail to meet unblemished ideals means up to half of all produce is thrown … Read More

Māori and Pasifika scholars remain severely under-represented in New Zealand universities

Guest Author Sep 02, 2019

Tara McAllister, University of Auckland and Sereana Naepi, Thompson Rivers University The number of Māori and Pasifika students attending New Zealand universities has been increasing steadily, with 75,625 Māori and 32,465 Pasifika enrolled in 2018. But for many of these students, they will not be taught by Māori or Pasifika throughout their degree. And depending … Read More

Star laws: what happens if you commit a crime in space?

Guest Author Aug 28, 2019

Danielle Ireland-Piper NASA is reportedly investigating what could be the first ever alleged crime in space. Astronaut Anne McClain has been accused of accessing her estranged spouse’s bank account via the internet while on board the International Space Station (she denies the accusation). This gives rise to the question: what criminal law, if any, applies in outer space? The … Read More

New Zealand’s environmental parable for a world crisis

Guest Author Aug 19, 2019

Brian Gill The fate of rats on a tiny New Zealand island is a story to retell as the world’s experiment with unlimited growth of human numbers threatens ruin. The world has too many people. As if more than 7,260 million souls are not enough, the population is in the dreaded phase of exponential growth, rocketing uncontrolled and uncontrollably to … Read More

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Almonds don’t lactate, but that’s no reason to start calling almond milk juice

Guest Author Aug 07, 2019

Dan Weijers, University of Waikato and Nick Munn, University of Waikato At a conference about disruptive innovations in food production last week, dairy industry spokespeople criticised the “milk” labelling of non-dairy products such as almond or rice milks. Federated Farmers, a rural advocacy group, prompted media headlines with a suggestion that we should call … Read More

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Calling all Storytellers!

Guest Author Jul 31, 2019

Ceridwyn Roberts I often wonder if all science starts with kids making potions. All you really need is some red cabbage indicator and then everything in the house is being tested, including the cat’s fur with the cat still attached. When my son was little ‘playing chemist’ would keep him happily occupied for at least half an hour at a … Read More