Guest Work

Nutrition for the non Tour de France cyclist … et voilà

Guest Work Jul 16, 2013

By Simon Outram, Victoria University and Andre Nelson, Victoria University Modern Tour de France riders compete as part of a professional cycling team, with support staff who work to ensure that each individual’s nutritional needs are met. Under such circumstances – as we wrote about recently on The Conversation – getting the ideal food and fluid … Read More

Epidemiology and the media

Guest Work Jul 11, 2013

By Andrew Whitehouse, University of Western Australia Science and the media have long been uncomfortable bedfellows. Traditionally, much of the prickliness has come from the side of scientists, who (often unfairly) view ‘the media’ as having a tendency to swap scientific truth for headline sexiness. But in the 21st Century, the landscape has changed significantly. No longer is it … Read More

Learning from the Laureates: Mario Molina on climate change

Guest Work Jul 05, 2013

University of Canterbury PhD chemistry student Sandra Atkinson is one of 15 young scientists from around the world selected to attend a five day event following the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting in Germany. She is rubbing shoulders with Nobel Laureates all week and blogging about it here on Sciblogs… Today is our last set of lectures. It is the end of … Read More

Learning from the Laureates: Science Breakfast & Ada Yonath

Guest Work Jul 04, 2013

University of Canterbury PhD chemistry student Sandra Atkinson is one of 15 young scientists from around the world selected to attend a five day event following the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting in Germany. She is rubbing shoulders with Nobel Laureates all week and blogging about it here on Sciblogs… Science Breakfast The day commenced with a Science Breakfast … Read More

Learning from the Laureates: Harold Kroto's presentation tips

Guest Work Jul 03, 2013

University of Canterbury PhD chemistry student Sandra Atkinson is one of 15 young scientists from around the world selected to attend a five day event following the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting in Germany. She is rubbing shoulders with Nobel Laureates all week and blogging about it here on Sciblogs… by Sandra Atkinson Sandra Atkinson I thought I’d better … Read More

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A plague of people? The population question explored

Guest Work Jun 11, 2013

by Dr John Robinson During the decades of the 1960s and 1970s there was increasing evidence that humanity was harming the earth and moving into an uncertain future.   It was realised that many major problems – financial and economic collapse, climate change, oil price rises and resource shortages, terrorism and war, food and water scarcity, and overpopulation – are … Read More

Everyone loves a wood-burning heater but is the harm worth it?

Guest Work May 30, 2013

By Fay Johnston, University of Tasmania At this time of year there’s nothing better than being warm and cosy in front of a blazing wood fire. But take a moment to walk outside and check your chimney – it could be polluting an entire neigbourhood. I have to declare that I am ambivalent about this. I love nearly every … Read More

It’s true: 97% of research papers say climate change is happening

Guest Work May 17, 2013

By John Cook Today, the most comprehensive analysis of peer-reviewed climate research to date was published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. Our analysis found that among papers expressing a position on human-caused global warming, over 97% endorsed the consensus position that humans are causing global warming. Overwhelming agreement among scientists had already formed in the early 1990s. Read More

Get real, forensic scientists: the CSI effect is waning

Peter Griffin Apr 29, 2013

By Ahmad Samarji, Victoria University [Ed: Note – I’ll be moderating a panel discussion in Wellington tonight featuring a scientist, criminologist, journalist and policeman talking about the science of crime – details here] You’ve heard of the so-called CSI effect – the manner in which the exaggerated portrayal of forensic science on crime television shows such … Read More

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