Tagged: general science

All abuzz about a new way to get a buzz on: the Palcohol debacle - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Apr 27, 2014

Will powdered alcohol if it becomes available be used sensibly or become just another societal problem? Image source: Wikimedia Commons uploaded by Jodie Veitch In the last week media and social media alike have been buzzing about the potential release of powdered alcohol named Palcohol by a US Arizona-based company Lipsmark. I … Read More

Defecating dogs do it with direction - Ice Doctor

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

Drafting proposals in the open – sketching out project ideas - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke May 04, 2011

[also posted in http://www.science3point0.com/evomri/2011/05/03/drafting-proposals-in-the-open-sketching-out-project-ideas/] This post is licenced under a CC0 Recapitulation “Professionally our methods of transmitting and reviewing the results of research are generations old and by now are totally inadequate for their purpose.” Vannevar Bush, 1945 As announced last week, we – Fabiana Kubke and Daniel Mietchen – are currently participating in the Getting your [...] … Read More

Science lessons from 8 year old children - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Dec 22, 2010

[Cross posted from Talking Teaching] Ed Yong in Not Exactly Rocket science alerted me to an article published in Biological Letters Biology Letters from the Royal Society. I will not discuss the content of the article, Ed Yong has (as usual) done a wonderful job. I would like instead to share the ‘concept’ of the article. [...] … Read More

Thoughts on Hunter’s statement on Science, Climate Change and Integrity - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Apr 09, 2010

Professor Keith A Hunter has published a statment on ‘Science, Climate Change and Integrity‘ in the Royal Society of New Zealand website. His position with respect to the controversies surrounding climate change issues are made clear, as is his call for a re-examination of attitudes on both sides of the argument. The controversies surrounding the [...] … Read More

Lawrence Krauss — Science, Non-Science and Nonsense — From Government to the Classroom - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Mar 23, 2010

Lawrence Krauss has been making his rounds through New Zealand, giving two talks in Dunedin (wonderfully covered by David Winter on the atavism), and last night one in Auckland, which I managed to attend. Krauss provided the audience with an entertaining and thought-provoking lecture on science communication and the role of science in society. I [...] … Read More

Brain day, bigger, longer, uncut - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Mar 20, 2010

If you have been paying attention, you might have been hearing a rise in stories related to brains in the media (I will be blogging about some of them soon). This is because this has been Brain Awareness Week. My first (ever) post on a blog (now defunct and reborn here) was indeed one describing [...] … Read More

Ed Rubel: The 21st century, a new era for hearing habilitation - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Feb 10, 2010

It wasn’t easy to get Professor Ed Rubel down to New Zealand due to his busy schedule, but finally, and thanks to support from the University of Auckland School of Medical Sciences, we did. Yesterday, Prof Rubel delivered a public talk at the Med School: “The 21st Century: A New Era for Hearing Habilitation”. Ed Rubel has [...] … Read More