Tagged: Auckland University

Future Medicine: Organising Human Brain Cells on a Silicon Chip - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Sep 13, 2017

Forget petri dishes: a team from the University of Auckland is using a Royal Society Te Apārangi Marsden Fund grant to organise human neural cells into grids. The group then stimulate the cells with electrodes, to better understand real communication in the brain and to mimic the effects of common neurological conditions such as epilepsy and stroke. Associate Professor Charles … Read More

Monday Micro – World TB Day - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 25, 2013

Yesterday, the 24th of March, was World TB Day which aims to build awareness for tuberculosis, a lung disease which kills about 2 million people around the world each year. That’s 3 people a minute. Why the 24th March? This was the day, in 1882, that Dr Robert Koch* announced he had discovered the bacterium that causes TB, … Read More

Glow sushi! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 18, 2012

When I first heard of this (and thanks to the lovely Alan Huett for the heads up), I immediately thought it was due to the common bioluminescent bacteria often found on fish and which can show themselves if said fish is left too long before eating. It turns out to be sushi made using genetically modified fluorescent zebrafish … Read More

Plastics CoE remolds itself into a Polymer Alliance - Stick

Peter Kerr Nov 01, 2011

Fittingly, the plastics industry seems to be on the verge of remolding itself and its centre of excellence. This time, for an activity that is known as an ‘enabling industry’, hopefully the model and structure is got right. As a … Continue reading → … Read More

de Freitas feeds his students sceptic propaganda - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jul 17, 2011

Auckland University associate professor Chris de Freitas has been caught feeding climate denier propaganda to first year geography students. A close examination of the student workbook for de Freitas’ lectures on climate for the University’s core first year geography course reveals that it includes material from sceptic blogs and US think tanks — even a [...] … Read More

Nicholas Stern to present Robb Lectures - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Aug 30, 2010

Here’s an opportunity for New Zealanders to hear an international expert talk about the economics of climate change, policies for adaption and mitigation and the issues involved in obtaining a global agreement on these. The Sir Douglas Robb Lectures 2010 … Continue reading → … Read More