Tagged: VUW

Blink and its gone – spectacular time-lapse of ice retreat at Fox Glacier - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Feb 26, 2015

This spectacular time-lapse video1 captures the dramatic retreat of the Fox Glacier in Westland over the last year — 300 metres between January 2015 and January this year. As the ice retreats, the hillside becomes unstable and collapses down into the valley. To get a sense of the scale, you can see people watching from […] … Read More

Climate documentary Thin Ice raising money for US broadcast - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 10, 2014

Thin Ice, the superb documentary about climate science and scientists filmed and produced by New Zealand and British climate scientists, has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to finance a new edit of the film so that it can be shown on public TV in the US. From the Kickstarter page: Why do we need help? […] … Read More

Thin Ice: what polar science is telling us about climate - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jun 30, 2014

This guest post is by professor Peter Barrett, executive producer, and Suze Keith, marketing advisor for Thin Ice. Scientists can tell human stories about climate change, and a group of us have been working on just that for the last few years. We’ve produced a film — Thin Ice – the inside story of climate […] … Read More

The big warm: NZ heading for warmest-ever winter - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Aug 26, 2013

If you think it’s been a warm winter in New Zealand, you’re right. NZ is rapidly approaching the end of a record-breaking winter — the warmest for at least 150 years1. Calculations by Auckland climate scientist Jim Salinger show that NZ’s average temperature for June/July/August is running at 9.5ºC, a remarkable 1.2 deg C above […] … Read More

VUW 3 vindicated, Monckton complaint rejected - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden May 06, 2013

Potty peer Chris Monckton’s complaint against VUW academics Jonathan Boston, David Frame and Jim Renwick has been roundly rejected by the university. An investigation carried out by a senior member of the academic staff found that Monckton’s allegations of fraud and libel were “not substantiated”. VUW vice chancellor Pat Walsh was unequivocal in his support [...] … Read More

DeSForM — The most inspiring thing I’ve seen in years - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Apr 24, 2012

I am a very lucky girl.  Last week, I managed to drag myself from my Lair of Sickness to attend the now-annual 2012 DeSForM (Design Semantics of Form and Meaning) conference. And what a treat it was, if nothing else remining me of how much I’d like to retrain in this space some day(a dream [...] … Read More

The importance of NZYPT - Just So Science

Elf Eldridge Apr 08, 2012

Over the last  fortnight I have had the honour of acting as a judge in both the regional and the national leagues of the New Zealand Young Physicist’s tournament, NZYPT. For those unfamiliar to the competition, it brings together teams of 3 secondary school students from around the country to present and debate a list of physics problems set by … Read More