Tagged: University of Auckland

Rise in e-cigarettes linked to rise in smokers quitting - News

Jean Balchin Jul 27, 2017

The recent rise in e-cigarette use among US adult smokers is associated with a significant increase in smoking cessation, finds a study published today in The BMJ (The British Medical Journal).  Based on the largest representative sample of e-cigarette users to date, this study emphatically argues that e-cigarettes have helped to increase smoking cessation at the population level. Read More

NZ scientists join ambitious search of the cosmos - News

Erica Mather Jun 08, 2016

Scientists from the University of Auckland have signed up to join the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project, one of the most ambitious astronomy projects ever undertaken. The LSST is a purpose-built telescope equipped with the world’s largest digital camera at 3,200-megapixels, which is able to take snapshots of the night sky the size of 40 full moons. The … Read More

Support science with these last minute Xmas gifts! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Dec 11, 2015

If you are looking for gifts that are a little different, and like the idea of supporting scientific research, then we have just the thing for you! This year I’ve worked with a number of artists and illustrators to make amazing artworks out of naturally glowing bacteria. The artworks may only last a day or two but we took photos of … Read More

Is our flag a brand? - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Jun 29, 2015

If you’ve felt uneasy about the new flag debate, this might be why. A flag, says a University of Auckland geographer, is supposed to be something that defines us as a people in our place, not an exercise in market branding. After a prestigious Marsden Grant looking at the development of Brand New Zealand, Associate Professor Nick Lewis says that … Read More

thinkScience day at the Auckland Arts Festival - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 05, 2015

Saturday the 14th of March sees the debut of thinkScience*, a mini-festival of science being held as part of the Auckland Arts Festival family weekend and White Night. We may be starting small, but we have something for everyone! Interested in things that go whiz/bang or got any kids or grandkids that are? Then ‘Nanogirl’ Michelle Dickinson’s … Read More

Government announces new Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles May 08, 2014

The NZ government today announced the country’s next Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs), who between them will receive just under $35 million per year for 6 years starting in January 2015. They are: The Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery, hosted by University of Auckland MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, hosted … Read More

Open Access Week 2012 - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Oct 28, 2012

As Open Access Week draws to a close for 2012, I thought I would follow the fabulous Dr Fabiana Kubke’s lead and post the slides* I presented at the Stratus Open Access panel discussion on Thursday. [slideshare id=14917746&doc=wilesstratusoaoct2012-121028035611-phpapp01] Stratus is a network of emerging and early career researchers, primarily at the … Read More

Crows join humans in the ability to infer hidden causal agents - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Sep 20, 2012

New Caledonian crows – smarter every time we look at them. A fascinating new piece of research was published a couple of days ago in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (or PNAS for short). It shows that New Caledonian crows are capable of a cognitive feat previously only thought to be [...] … Read More

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