Guest Work

The power of pollen

Guest Work Jan 27, 2015

By Katherine Holt Anna Sandiford has written before about how she uses pollen in her forensic science work after watching an episode of ‘Bones’. Pollen also offers a world of other exciting opportunities – from searching for oil or preventing ‘honey fraud’, to tracking goods or fighting the war on drugs. As a palynologist (pollen scientist) I started my career reconstructing … Read More


The science behind a good homebrew

Guest Work Jan 12, 2015

The 2nd part of a summer science series from NIWA Karl Safi is reluctant to say brewing beer is a science. NIWA’s home brewer Karl Safi He thinks it is more accurate – and important – to describe it is a combination of science and art. But he will admit his day job as a microbial ecologist definitely helps … Read More


The photographers behind NIWA's stunning shots

Guest Work Dec 22, 2014

NIWA photographers are well known for their stunning images of New Zealand’s environment. Four of the best discuss their favourite shots and what was going on at the time. Dave Allen, photographer. Camera: Nikon D800 The photo of scientists Tony Bromley and Sally Gray releasing a weather balloon was taken at the tiny West Coast settlement of Hannah’s Clearing, south … Read More


Visualising 268,000 tonnes of floating plastic in the world’s oceans

Guest Work Dec 12, 2014

by Laurent Lebreton, data scientist at dumpark A recent study on marine plastic pollution published in the journal PlosOne estimates that some 5.25 trillion plastic particles weighing more than 268.000 tonnes are floating on the world’s oceans. Over a six-year period, researchers from six different countries collected plastic density data from 24 expeditions into the five main oceanic basins … Read More

New Zealand changing the world

Guest Work Dec 08, 2014

By Karla Falloon, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment What’s your best story of New Zealand science and innovation impacting the world? We want to hear it and tell it to the world. I lead the international science team at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Our main aim is to support increased international science cooperation with key countries around the world. We … Read More


Fast-spreading killers: How Ebola compares with other diseases

Guest Work Nov 12, 2014

By Mick Roberts, Massey University The West African outbreak of Ebola has claimed more than 4,800 lives and this number is sure to rise. There is understandably a lot of fear about Ebola, but how does it actually compare with other fast-spreading infectious diseases? Bubonic plague Plagues have been reported since biblical times, but it is difficult … Read More

The Evolution of Superbugs

Guest Work Sep 23, 2014

SciBlogs is running guest posts from some of the Eureka! Sir Paul Callaghan Awards 2014 finalists. In this guest post, Siska Falconer from  Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu tackles the science behind superbugs. Scientist predict that antibiotics will be ineffective in less than 10 years.  Imagine ten years on with no antibiotics for infections, infectious diseases, sicknesses or … Read More