Pointing At Science

Acknowledging the Value and Integrity of Mātauranga Māori in science

Steve Pointing Jul 24, 2015

It has been really rewarding to work with John Perrott and Pare Keiha to articulate our vision on the Value and Integrity of Mātauranga Māori in science. John has written a particularly articulate statement that I reproduce (with his permission) below:Indigenous knowledge is enshrined in New Zealand’s culture and legislation through the Treaty of Waitangi. The importance Māori place on … Read More

A new Earth?

Steve Pointing Jul 24, 2015

NASA announced exciting news today that the Kepler space telescope has identified the most 'earth like' planet to date (http://www.nasa.gov/keplerbriefing0723). So what does this actually mean? and is it really that exciting?This is a breakthrough for ... Read More

Search for alien life gets a boost

Steve Pointing Jul 23, 2015

It’s all about life in the broadest possible sense on bFM’s Dear Science show this week (http://www.95bfm.co.nz/assets/sm/222741/3/DearScience.mp3). In the show I discuss how announcement of the $100m ‘Breakthrough Initiative’ project by the Royal Society in London this week will boost the search for life on other worlds (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breakthrough_Initiatives).  This project is funded by Yuri Milner and other … Read More

More on Pluto, drones and why Carl Woese deserved a Nobel prize

Steve Pointing Jul 17, 2015

On bFM’s Dear Science show , the lead story was of course the success of NASAs New Horizons probe and the amazing images of Pluto and its moons that beamed their way to us across approximately 4.5bn km of space. Even the first ‘basic’ findings, confirming Pluto’s size and surface topography, are astonishing. Follow New Horizons Closer to … Read More

Amazing Animals special on bFM this week

Steve Pointing Jul 10, 2015

Spiders that can sail and even make anchors, the secret to why seahorses have square tails, and why there should be alien sharks and lions on other planets.  Check out the 'Amazing Animals' special on bFM's Dear Science show this week: http:/... Read More

Biological clocks, atomic clocks and biogenic iron

Steve Pointing Jul 02, 2015

On my ‘Dear science’ radio show on 95 bFM this week I discuss the latest cool science breakthroughs including: New work that reveals the molecular basis for recording the Earth’s rotation in biological molecules, why we gained an extra second on June 30ththis year, and why half the iron on Earth may be biogenically modified.  Listen to the podcast … Read More

Calling all science communicators!

Steve Pointing Jun 26, 2015

Check out my new project, Sci21, aimed at showcasing Kiwi and southern hemisphere scientist’s views on topics that will transform our world in the twenty first century (http://sci21.co.nz/).  We have already filmed the first three webcasts that tackled topics as diverse as astrobiology, nanotechnology and e-health.  These will go live on the Sci21 website in July.  The next filming … Read More

Do solar flares cause arthritis?

Steve Pointing Jun 18, 2015

A health focus on bFM’s Dear Science show this week:  Have you ever wanted to know why someone would create a global map of fecal viruses? Could there be a link between solar flares and the incidence of autoimmune diseases? What’s the reason that some itches just have to be scratched?  If you want to know the answers, you can … Read More

A salute to the most important ‘soldier’ of WW2

Steve Pointing Jun 10, 2015

It is sixty-one years ago this month since the great mathematician and father of modern computing Alan Turing took his own life.  He would have been celebrating his 103rd birthday this month had he survived – and being a homosexual before the time when single sex parents could have children, he may possibly have lived long enough to blow out … Read More

All things Antarctic

Steve Pointing Jun 05, 2015

On my 'Dear Science' radio broadcast on 95.0 bFM this week, I discuss how recent melting of a west Antarctic ice sheet is so great it is affecting local gravity,  why some scientists are proposing to send ice to Antarctica, and why Antarctic dinos... Read More