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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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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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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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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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Do Dogs Understand What You’re Telling Them? Scientists Are Scanning Their Brains to Find Out | Mental Floss

This is a wonderful report where the researchers have used fMRI seeking to measure the difference in dogs brain’s response to known and unknown commands. Do dogs understand words? That’s an interesting question. Of course, I think this dog understands … Continue reading

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Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018 shortlist – in pictures | Science | The Guardian

Simply beautiful! The Milky Way, the Andromeda galaxy and the Running Man nebula feature in the shortlist for the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year award. The winners will be announced on 23 October, and an exhibition of the … Continue reading

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Botanical life in close-up – in pictures | Environment | The Guardian

I love the cross-over between art and science. This book is a wonderful example. Colin Salter’s new book is a selection of extraordinary electron microscopic images of the plant world around us, including seeds, pollen, fruiting bodies, trees and leaves, … Continue reading

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Story telling: The dark side.

When I was a child there was a TV program that we watched each week called the Back and White Minstrel Show. Produced in the United Kingdom, the show featured white men in black-face acting out black stereotypes. The program … Continue reading

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