Tagged: satire

Using Satire to Communicate Science - Guest Work

Guest Author Nov 12, 2018

Elizabeth Preston, Undark Research shows that while satire does carry some risks, it can be an effective tool for communication. Scientists are giving it a go. “We do not care about planet Earth,” four French scientists declared in February in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution. If humans are exhausting the planet’s resources, they wrote, it’s … Read More

Futurists, a field guide - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Dec 20, 2017

While you are out and about over summer keep and eye and ear out for futurists. They are not so common in the antipodes, but more are starting to appear on our shores. There are several species (and subspecies), so I’ve created a little guide to help you identify the most likely ones that you’ll come across in the wild. Read More

“Natural News” on trial in The Hague for crimes against science - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Dec 09, 2015

This is a spoof, of course – but a legitimate one. It’s a response to reports like this from The Ecologist – “Monsanto on trial for crimes against nature and humanity.” Some readers may have been fooled by this, but the so-called International Monsanto Tribune and the impending trial is nothing more than a publicity stunt by campaigners … Read More

Big data do do - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Nov 20, 2014

“Smart” toilets aren’t new. But there are smart toilets and smarter toilets. Several Japanese companies are selling models that will lift the lid, have anti-bacterial nanoparticles, give you a wash and do the flushing for you. But that’s more politeness than smartness. Another Japanese company, Toto, sells models that can do a simple urine analysis, as … Read More

Therapeutic ranting - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Aug 09, 2012

Book review: The Atheist Camel Rants Again!: more arguments and observations from the atheist front by Bart Centre. Price: US$10.71; NZ$20.60 Paperback: 326 pages Publisher: CreateSpace (May 25, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 1460933915 ISBN-13: 978-1460933916 Personal passion does wonders for … Continue reading → … Read More

Safety First - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jan 12, 2011

Coroner Demands Jet Ski changes A Wellington coroner has demanded mandatory helmets, lap belts and roll bars for all Jet Skis in New Zealand, blasting the authorities for a lack of action. In his reserved findings into the death of 21-year-old Elephant Farmer, Hamish MacTavish, coroner Ian Smith said at least 3 people had died [...] Related posts: … Read More

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