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The world is going crazy for #ScientistsWhoSelfie

Kimberley Collins Aug 17, 2017

A new trend is taking social media by storm. #ScientistsWhoSelfie calls on scientists around the world to share photos of themselves doing scientific research. The project aims to challenge the perceptions of scientists by humanising researchers and making them more relatable to people on an emotional level. #ScientistsWhoSelfie (L-R), @friendly_bacteria, @danniwashington, and @aquamunk14. Read More

The Story Collider is Coming

Kimberley Collins Aug 01, 2017

The Science Communicators Association of New Zealand (SCANZ) wants to hear your story during a special live show with The Story Collider. Everyone loves a good story and our brains are hardwired to understand them. It’s something we all do naturally. From a young age, we start telling stories. They could based on reality based, like what happened to … Read More

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

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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