Tagged: research

Scientists need to engage more with the public to secure funding - Guest Work

Guest Author May 03, 2016

By Chris Turney, UNSW Australia and Christopher Fogwill, UNSW Australia We live in an age when society is crying out for scientific solutions to global problems. Just a few of the many considerable challenges we face include the urgent need to transition to a carbon-free economy, the need for new drugs to combat disease and improved … Read More

Reshaping the mould for Māori obesity research - Mātau Taiao

Laura Goodall Apr 29, 2016

What has the Māori word for ‘chieftainship’ got to do with a team of scientists looking at obesity in Northland? Answer: the researchers broke the scientific mould by putting the Māori communities — not scientists — in the leading role. Researcher Ricky Bell tells us how they did it. Rangatiratanga is a powerful word.  It’s loosely translated to mean chieftainship, authority, leadership.  But … Read More

Should degrees be taught mainly by research active staff? - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Mar 28, 2016

Should degrees be taught mainly by research active staff?* is one of the many questions being asked in the “New models of tertiary education” issues paper released for comment in February of this year. Looking at the various regulations currently embedded in New Zealand there appears to an assumption that degrees benefit from being taught by research active … Read More

What is Mātauranga Māori? - Mātau Taiao

Laura Goodall Feb 26, 2016

What is Mātauranga Māori? What does it mean to have and use it? Why is it important in science? In a nutshell, Mātauranga Māori can’t be translated or defined in a simple, two-dimensional way: it is multifaceted. There are many aspects to it. From my understanding, Mātauranga Māori not only refers to the knowledge that Māori have, but encompasses the Māori … Read More

Women in science – yesterday, today and tomorrow - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Feb 14, 2016

February 11th marked the first ever International Day of Women and Girls in Science, as declared by the UN. These are my reflections on women in science drafted the day after this inaugural event. Yesterday Yesterday I spent time in the morning reading about some of the latest sexual harassment cases for women in science. It’s disturbing just … Read More

polyps + glowing proteins + hosts = disco snails! - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Feb 07, 2016

By now many of you have probably seen images of green-glowing zebrafish, or pigs whose snout & trotters glow in the dark. In both cases the animals are genetically modified and are expressing a fluorescent protein originally sourced from a jellyfish. (The body form of a jellyfish is a medusa, while that of sea anemones & their freshwater relative, … Read More

Your breaking science news service - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Dec 15, 2015

Head on over to Scimex (the Science Media Exchange) where you will find articles about newly published research papers and scientific discoveries from New Zealand, Australia and further afield. Scimex is a free service run by the New Zealand and Australian Science Media Centres that puts embargoed research in the hands of journalists, helps researchers who are looking to work … Read More

The big science stories of 2015 - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Dec 15, 2015

Each year at the Science Media Centre we publish our picks for what were the big science stories of the year. What do we mean by “big”? Well, not necessarily the biggest discoveries or the most significant peer-reviewed papers. We are more interested in the science-related stories that captured the public’s attention and received a large deal of media … Read More

Two species of little blue penguins - News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Dec 15, 2015

We call them little blue penguins, Australians call them fairy penguins – it turns out they are different species. A new study, published in PLOS One, compared trans-Tasman populations of little penguins and found they were different enough to be considered separate species. Researchers from the University of Otago collaborated with those from the University of Tasmania to compare … Read More

Mountains spawned diverse fish - News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Dec 15, 2015

The diverse range of native fish in the South Island are thanks to the uplift of the Southern Alps, new research suggests. Research published today in Nature Geoscience, and led by the University of Otago, has drawn a link between rapid mountain-building in the South Island and the diversification of native fish.  Changes in geography have long been … Read More