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About sustainabilityandbeauty

My passion is telling the stories of possibility, seeking a sustainable and beautiful future. My training is in science, chemistry, environmental science and teaching.

RPS 2019 science photographer of the year – shortlist | Science | The Guardian

This week I saw this news article. I love these contests. Photography is one place where art and science come together. Enjoy. The 70 images that make up the Royal Photographic Society’s science photographer of the year competition will be … Continue reading

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‘Do I risk it?’ Your photos of the world’s best and worst cycling infrastructure | Cities | The Guardian

Cycling infrastructure worldwide – the wonderful to  a horrible. Palmy has it’s share of good and evil. Every roundabout is a death trap and with the rise of tinted windscreens cyclists can’t catch the eyes of drivers to reassure themselves.  … Continue reading

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A Matter of fact: Talking truth in a post-truth world. Jess Berentson-Shaw.

I’m reading, absorbing; reflecting on – Jess Berentson-Shaw’s, A Matter of Fact. The book is tiny…. part of the series put out by New Zealand publisher BWB. The series are fascinating monographs by expert’s on their subject. They are like … Continue reading

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Nigel and Bruce: the night-soil collectors

How can I to communicate the choices we have to climate-change-action-skeptics. This blog is practice working towards a story telling approach I would like to use more widely. The year was 1859. The place a poor back street in London. … Continue reading

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Mapping the human body through paper art – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

This is glorious. Have a wonderful week. “Science made this possible” Berlin-based paper artist Katrin Rodegast crafts limbs, bones and organs out of Zurich city maps Source: Mapping the human body through paper art – in pictures | Art and … Continue reading

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Sciblogs | The tragedy of climate change

On Science Blogs New Zealand there has been some debate on the Tragedy of the Commons, in the context of Climate Change. Stephen has been particularly cynical about acting to move forward. Here is my comment in reply to his … Continue reading

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Yes, women like porn too – we’re all just trained to believe they don’t | Arwa Mahdawi | World news | The Guardian

I doubt I will see this study outlined in the New Zealand media. I don’t know why. New Zealanders are as interested in sex as the UK and rest of the world. Do agree that women’s sexuality has been suppressed; … Continue reading

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He Ara Kotahi: Palmerston North’s new cycle and pedestrian bridge lights up.

He Ara Kotahi has been open for a month now and it is a wonderful asset for Palmerston North. The bridge is a beautiful thing, and useful, bringing the far side of the river into the cities walking and cycling … Continue reading

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Collection of space sounds released to mark 50 years since the moon landings – video | Science | The Guardian

This just plays to my love of science. (Should I get a tattoo on my forearm that says, “Science made this possible”). To mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landings later this month, an interactive collection of the sounds … Continue reading

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Second Oral History Workshop.

We met yesterday for the second workshop on collecting oral histories. I thought the interview I did would be useful here. The book is Art Matters: Because your imagination can change the world by Neil Gaiman. The correct quotation is, … Continue reading

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