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How New Zealand media reports chronic pain

Guest Author Jan 17, 2020

Hemakumar Devan Around three million New Zealanders access news media (both paper and online) every week. Yes, you heard that right! So, the potential for news media to shape public health beliefs is common sense. As chronic pain affects one in five New Zealanders, we wanted to find out how New Zealand’s news media have reported chronic pain by … Read More

Tales of wombat ‘heroes’ have gone viral. Unfortunately, they’re not true

Guest Author Jan 16, 2020

Dale Nimmo, Charles Sturt University If you’ve been following the bushfire crisis on social media and elsewhere, you may have seen reports of benevolent wombats herding other animals to shelter into their fire-proof burrows. These stories went quickly viral – probably reflecting the appetite for good news after the horrors of the bushfire crisis. However, the accounts are not … Read More

Mystery China pneumonia outbreak likely caused by new human coronavirus

Guest Author Jan 14, 2020

Connor Bamford, Queen’s University Belfast Since December 2019, there has been a cluster of 59 cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, eastern China. The pneumonia is associated with a previously unidentified coronavirus related to the deadly SARS virus. Seven of those cases are thought to be serious, and one person – with serious pre-existing health problems – has died. The … Read More

Animal response to a bushfire is astounding. These are the tricks they use to survive

Guest Author Jan 09, 2020

Dale Nimmo, Charles Sturt University Have you ever wondered how our native wildlife manage to stay alive when an inferno is ripping through their homes, and afterwards when there is little to eat and nowhere to hide? The answer is adaptation and old-fashioned ingenuity. Australia’s bushfire season is far from over, and the cost to wildlife has been epic. A … Read More

The climate crisis is also a biodiversity crisis

Guest Author Jan 08, 2020

Dr Andrea Byrom Like many of us, the summer break has seen me transfixed with horror at the scale and magnitude of the bushfire crisis in Australia. As an ecologist, I can’t help but be appalled at the loss of some of Australia’s most beautiful ecosystems and landscapes. And as someone who experienced all 20,000 (and counting) Christchurch earthquakes, … Read More

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15 years of editing Wikipedia

Guest Author Dec 20, 2019

Stuart Yeates Today is my 15th-anniversary editing Wikipedia under my own name. I was recruited to join Wikipedia from the Everything2 community, one of several predecessors to Wikipedia, where I’d been editing since 2000. Everything2 was fun to write, editors voted on each other’s articles and humour was an important factor in getting good ratings, but it clearly wasn’t … Read More

What to put in a Wikipedia biography – and what gets left out

Guest Author Dec 19, 2019

Stuart Yeates continues a blog series following the process of creating biographies in Wikipedia. See part one here. What does (and doesn’t) get included There is some information I deliberately leave out of biographies of the living: dates of birth are out (but not year of birth, since this is how librarians distinguish between people of the same name … Read More

How I came to be writing Wikipedia biographies for female New Zealand professors

Guest Author Dec 18, 2019

Stuart Yeates In August 2017, the Royal Society Te Apārangi provided physical space and some funds for a group of people to get together and edit Wikipedia on topics related to Women in Science, to try and combat the overwhelming maleness on Wikipedia. Participants at the Women in Science Wikipedia workshop, Wellington, New Zealand, 6 August 2017 #WikiSciWomen. Read More

Why NZ’s cannabis bill needs to stop industry from influencing policy

Guest Author Dec 18, 2019

Sally Casswell, Massey University Earlier this month, the New Zealand government released draft legislation for how cannabis could be bought, grown and sold. It is a first glimpse at what New Zealanders will be voting on in next year’s cannabis referendum. Justice Minister Andrew Little said the primary objective of the draft bill was to reduce overall use … Read More