Tagged: communications

Talking satellites and space in Washington - Out of Space

Duncan Steel May 16, 2019

The annual beanfeast for the US satellite industry — featuring major participation from European nations and companies in particular — is the SATELLITE congress held at the Washington Convention Center, a few blocks from the White House. It was an amazing event to attend, compared to the sort of low-key conferences we have in New Zealand.  Now I’m back in … Read More

The invention of the geostationary communications satellite - Out of Space

Duncan Steel Jan 18, 2019

The idea of satellites beaming radio communications around the globe was discussed by science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke in 1945, though he imagined huge geostationary space stations permanently staffed by astronauts who would be needed to change the electronic valves in the onboard radio transmitters. We’ve not been able to watch live cricket matches from around the globe on … Read More

Satellite Orbits: Geostationary - Out of Space

Duncan Steel Jan 16, 2019

What sorts of orbits around Earth do we use for different types of satellite, and why are those paths chosen? In this, Part 1 in a series of blog posts, geostationary orbits are described. Satellites come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, ranging from half the size of a bus down to something not much … Read More

Predator Free by 2050 – a reputational risk to conservation - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater Mar 16, 2018

I am suspicious when government conservation policy is promoted as a religious war against animals, like Predator-Free 2050 has been (see last month’s post). Instead, why isn’t the rational case for our support being made? I suspect that the religious and war-like language is indicative of flaws in the policy or its implementation (see my last post) In this post, … Read More

Mad cows, Oprah Winfrey and communicating the science in a high-profile court case - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 26, 2018

Larry Lemmons, Texas Tech University and Asheley R. Landrum, Texas Tech University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Twenty years ago, images of staggering cattle and descriptions of brains resembling Swiss cheese became associated with one of the most popular television programs of the day when Texas … Read More

Telling Your Science Story - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 26, 2018

Guest post by Ceridwyn Roberts My dad is a scientist – a nuclear chemist – the sort of guy you’d expect to find at the beginning of a superhero story. Short, glasses-wearing, geeky. He had a radiation monitoring badge that he sometimes forgot to take off when he left the lab and I’d examine it, hoping to see his powers … Read More