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The Science of Coffee Naps (And Why You Should Take Them)

Kimberley Collins Sep 04, 2016

Do you find yourself struggling to stay awake in the middle of the afternoon? Research shows having a coffee nap, where you drink cup of coffee and taking a 20 minute nap, is the most effective way to restore your energy.  Many of us know this feeling… (Photo by Wikimedia Commons) The “coffee nap” strategy is a great way to maximise the effect … Read More

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An Inventory of Citizen Science

Kimberley Collins Aug 22, 2016

The New Zealand Landcare Trust has launched ‘An Inventory of Citizen Science in New Zealand‘ to understand what’s happening in the citizen science space. An Inventory of Citizen Science, which was published earlier this month. The inventory, written by Dr. Monica Peters, includes a range of projects studying everything from children monitoring long-tailed bats, to patrolling beaches for dead seabirds and monitoring … Read More

Why coral reefs wouldn’t be the same without big fish (and their pee)

Kimberley Collins Aug 18, 2016

Scientists have known for decades that fish urine is important for coral reefs. Now, a new study has found urine excreted by large fish is critical to the survival and growth of these fragile ecosystems.  Like most living things, coral reefs need nutrients to grow. In coral reefs, fish provide these, holding the nutrients in their tissue and excreting them through their urine … Read More

Studs or Duds? Bird Sperm and Conservation

Kimberley Collins Aug 17, 2016

Dr Helen Taylor is one of thirteen scientists from New Zealand who have entered Thinkable’s 180 seconds of science and is using the opportunity to talk about bird sperm. The competition, supported by the Royal Society of New Zealand, gives early career researchers a unique opportunity to share their passion for innovative research in a 3 minute video. Helen’s video investigates what bird … Read More


Three science experiments to try these school holidays

Kimberley Collins Apr 25, 2016

These three science experiments are a great way to keep the kids entertained during the last week of school holidays. They’re the first three videos from Pop Up Science‘s series of fun, hands-on science experiments that use simple ingredients from around home. Learn about chemical reactions while watching food colouring swirl through milk, yeast react with hydrogen peroxide to create … Read More

8 Mosquito Facts to Distract You From the Itching

Kimberley Collins Dec 28, 2015

It’s summer, which means we’re all scratching at our legs and ankles in an attempt to relieve the constant itch of mosquito bites. But how much do you actually know about these flying vampires? These 8 facts might help distract you from the chronic itching… Only female mosquitoes suck your blood. Footage captured by the Pasteur Institute in Paris … Read More

The Best of Science’s Strangest Prizes

Kimberley Collins Sep 20, 2015

The Ig Nobel awards are notorious for celebrating the strangest and most entertaining scientific breakthroughs.  The prizes aim to “honour achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think” and are a parody of the prestigious Nobel Prizes. Past winners have celebrated everything from the slipperiness of banana skins to the discovery that some people would be physically … Read More

The Social Media Challenge

Kimberley Collins Aug 21, 2015

The hardest part of encouraging scientists to use social media is finding good data. Pew Internet is my go-to source for trustworthy information on how people are using social media. Their most recent report on mobile messaging and social media asked 1907 American adults how they use the internet, social media, and for the first time – mobile messaging … Read More

Students Who Are Changing the World

Kimberley Collins Aug 18, 2015

Tonight, I went along to the pitch night for The Drawing Board Challenge. Over the past 10 weeks, this programme has run a series of workshops for students at Marsden College in Wellington. It aims to give them the skills and confidence they need to start changing the world. The idea came from two incredible women working in technology & science – Madeline … Read More

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