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Defecating dogs do it with direction

Victoria Metcalf Apr 15, 2014

All that fussing around before they defecate may bemuse dog owners but it seems it’s about aligning N-S. Source: Wikimedia Commons, uploaded by Zoidy. And why this research is unlikely to get funded in New Zealand Last week I got to briefly talk science on George FM Breakfast. The invitation … Read More

Frozen Friday Fab Four #3

Victoria Metcalf Apr 11, 2014

Four of the Antarctic or anything else headlines/social media bits that have grabbed my attention this week. The Royals are probably celebrating on Macquarie now that it is pest free.   1. The definite hoorah moment this week was hearing the news that Macquarie Island (the Australian subAntarctic island south of New Zealand) is now … Read More

Frozen Friday Fab Four #2

Victoria Metcalf Apr 08, 2014

Four of the Antarctic or anything else headlines/social media bits that have grabbed my attention this week. A double fracture in my daughter’s wrist followed by two mystery allergic reactions and a stomach bug for all means it’s a little past Friday, but we’ll just have to roll with it and temporarily suspend belief. Don’t do that with the science … Read More

Frozen Friday Fab Four #1

Victoria Metcalf Mar 28, 2014

Four of the Antarctic or anything else headlines/social media bits that have grabbed my attention this week.   1. A new study (full reference here) released has just shown that there’s a lot more ice being lost from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet than previously thought. We should … Read More

Antarctica at what cost? Fighting over the far south.

Victoria Metcalf Mar 20, 2014

  What’s the future for Antarctic expeditions? Antarctica still holds magical allure as perhaps the most mysterious continent we possess on earth. Even for those that have experienced time ‘on the ice’ it may feel more akin to being on another planet than our own. Part of the attraction is the extreme tag, well earned in this case, with … Read More

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