Tagged: cat

Science Tank | Schrodinger’s cat & the double slit experiment - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 11, 2018

In 1935, an Austrian physicist named Erwin Schrödinger published his “Schrödinger’s Cat” thought experiment to explain superposition (a quantum mechanics principle stating that something exists in all possible states until it is directly observed or measured, at which point it exists only in one of its possible states). Erwin Schrödinger, staring intently at you. Wikimedia Commons. The thought … Read More

Monday Micro – mind manipulating microbes revisited - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 23, 2013

One of my favourite microbes is Toxoplasma gondii, the little protozoa famous for making mice less afraid of cats. T. gondii also causes toxoplasmosis which can be serious, especially for those with a compromised immune system. It’s the reason women are excused from cleaning cat litter trays during pregnancy as infection can result … Read More

When the cats away… … people do the killing - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater Jan 27, 2013

– why getting rid of domestic cats will not result in more rats killing more wildlife. One of the leading cautions after Dr. Gareth Morgan’s call for controls on cat numbers and ownership was the concern that if cat numbers were reduced other predators of native wildlife, especially rats, would increase in number because cats also … Read More

Do domestic cats really kill native wildlife? - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater Jan 23, 2013

The commentary of the last few days following Dr. Gareth Morgan’s media release has focussed too much on the messenger and how the message was delivered rather than understanding the problem and potential solutions. Some have described his views as extreme but whether or not they are extreme is less important than whether or not … Read More

Cat-astrophy in search of solutions - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater Jan 22, 2013

Gareth Morgan’s call for the gradual reduction in cat numbers and ownership, especially from parts of New Zealand near places where our nation’s biodiversity live is a welcome ‘public face’ to a long-running discussion amongst ecological scientists and conservationists. Commentators and media, unfortunately, have made a hash of Dr. Morgan’s suggestion – reinterpretation towards misrepresentation. Read More

Landing gear failure - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Aug 27, 2009

Last night our cat failed to live up to the reputation of his species for executing four-footed landings when he lept off a perch in hot pursuit of a piece of string, landed on his front paws with too much forward rotation, performed a graceful flick-flack and thuded head first into the CD rack. After a couple of seconds looking … Read More