Category Archives: Science

Changing GM policy will be good for the environment and Carbon Zero | Stuff.co.nz

There are two science based issues I have changed my mind on. Genetic engineering is, I have concluded, a useful idea. New Zealand needs to reassess its attitude to the technology. OPINION: The science has moved on since NZ restricted … Continue reading

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Misbehaving: being clever and wicked is a form of creativity | Aeon Ideas

I like this. Would you steal a bunch of flowers from a graveside? The dark side of creativity means that you can be both clever and wicked What an fascinating subject. Creativity has a dark side. We already knew that. … Continue reading

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Chemistry Department University Of Canterbury

I graduated with my Ph.D. in March 1990, almost thirty years ago. I haven’t been back to Canterbury University since. Sadly my supervisor, Professor Micheal Hartshorn, passed away, about a year ago. Going back; bought mixed feelings. I had no … Continue reading

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Climate change: a climate scientist answers questions from teenagers

Here are clear answers to questions I have been asked this weekend. Just ignore many of the comments. What’s the best thing I can do to help the climate? How long is the planet going to last? These questions and … Continue reading

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Living the Change – A Documentary by Happen Films

On a day when our children are demanding change on the streets, we must begin to act. Here are some examples at the micro level. People who are making a difference. As a teacher and citizen I tell these stories … Continue reading

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Dog burial as common ritual in Neolithic populations of north-eastern Iberian Peninsula — ScienceDaily

I find this fascinating. Dogs buried with with humans. I can just imagine that the dogs were companions and protecting the dead human, as the human entered the afterlife. And dogs eating the same as humans, that makes sense; I … Continue reading

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Meet the neuroscientist shattering the myth of the gendered brain | Science | The Guardian

This is important to understand. Why asking whether your brain is male or female is the wrong question Source: Meet the neuroscientist shattering the myth of the gendered brain | Science | The Guardian

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Book Review: “The Creative Spark: How imagination made humans exceptional.” Agustin Fuentes. 2018

Book Review: “The Creative Spark: How imagination made humans exceptional.” Agustin Fuentes. 2018 We hear regularly that humans are successful because we compete. Agustin Fuentes disagrees. In his view, humans are successful because we are creative and cooperative. In The … Continue reading

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(85) Curiosity Is Your Super Power | Spencer Harrison & Jon Cohen | TEDxLosGatos – YouTube

This week I have been searching Harvard Business Magazine for ideas to provoke my students. Typically they are not curious. this may help them understand how important curiosity is.

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Science Writing: European Union votes to keep Glyphosate.

This is the second piece of writing for the science writing course. I used the Nature article and information from Science Media center as my sources. European Union votes to keep Glyphosate: Weed control tool at risk. The European Union … Continue reading

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