Category Archives: nature

Three Lessons from Eight years of Blogging.

The script for a speech I delivered last weekend. KO ORA TÄTO KO WHARITE TE MAUNGA KO MANAWATU TE AWA NÖ TE PAPA-I-AHAU ATU KO JUDD TÖKU WHÄNAU KO MAURICE JUDD TÖKU INGOA GREETINGS ALL WHARITE IS THE MOUNTAIN MANAWATU … Continue reading

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‘It’s a superpower’: how walking makes us healthier, happier and brainier | Life and style | The Guardian

I have walked forever: when I was a child my spring task was to walk down and check on the calving cows. Dad wanted to know how many, the gender of the calves and any problems. After High School in … Continue reading

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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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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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Antarctica: The First Dance

When I was a youngster I was fascinated by Antarctica, that was a remote magical place on the far edges of everywhere. My uncle Paul who lectured Geology at Victoria studied in the Wright Dry Valley in Antarctica. He came … Continue reading

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Researchers Identify Gene Variants Linked to Synesthesia | The Scientist Magazine®

I am fascinated with synesthesia, just imagining the experience of listening to music and seeing colours like nebulae or aurora through my eyes. That is how I imagine sound to colour synesthesia would be. This gift is called, chromesthesia and … Continue reading

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A lifetime of regular exercise slows down aging, study finds — ScienceDaily

I think this is useful to know. And now we will take Bart, our dog, for a walk. A group of older people who have exercised all of their lives, were compared to a group of similarly aged adults and … Continue reading

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Wild scientists: academics in their natural habitat – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

I’m jealous, wish I was still a scientist.  Tamara Dean follows researchers at work. It’s great. Scientists are certainly my heroes. Tamara Dean captures Australian researchers on the ground and in the field (not to mention water, caves and bush) … Continue reading

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sagan*sense – Going on a run or a walk in the forest is great…

I think we need to remember this. As much as the outdoors and exercise is wonderful, it is not medicine and depression is all too often a serious disease that needs serious treatment.  Be sure look after yourself, and if … Continue reading

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Why forests and rivers are the most potent health tonic around | Aeon Essays

It is Sunday morning and I’m stressing with the thought of work to do and all that… But before I go to work, I’m walking with Helena (my wife) and the dog, and posting here. Do the important things first! … Continue reading

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