World Soil Day 2016[http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/world-soil-day/wsd2016/en/#c482268] this year will be marked next week, on the 5th of December. This year the theme is ‘Soil and pulses, a symbiosis for life’.
The precise manipulation of genetic structures - gene editing - has been talked about as a far-off possibility for years now, and has generally been confined to futurism and science fiction. But The Royal Society of New Zealand is urging people to start thinking about designer genetics in the present tense: recent advances mean we’re on the brink of a revolution.
You now have one week and counting to enter the 2016 Prime Minister's Science Teacher Prize awards - nominations close at 5pm, Friday 16 September.
Rutherford’s Den – the science learning facility within Christchurch’s Arts Centre – is set to re-emerge on 27 August after sustaining severe damage in the Canterbury earthquakes, and it’s now more interactive than ever before.
Twitterites got together online on 2 August for a virtual chat hosted by Sir Peter Gluckman - Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister - on what can be seen as a topical issue, given the seeming rise of populist politicians around the world: 'What should be the role of science in public policy making?'
Geologist Brian Ricketts makes the point that the creative act of imagination is as important to scientists as it is to artists, and ponders the relationship between the two aspects of human endeavour.
Dr. Simon Pierce, from New Plymouth, is a marine conservation biologist, whose research focuses mainly on the largest fish in the world, the whale shark, but he also studies other threatened species, particularly sharks, rays, and sea turtles. He’s also involved in the protection of and management of important marine habitats.
The fight for the mighty research dollar is creating some significant barriers to scientists commenting on controversial issues. ELIZABETH McLEOD discovers why some of our leading minds are calling for a Commission for Science.
It was straight into the action on the final day of SciCon 2016, with a bright and early keynote speech entitled 'In defence of flat earthers', a provocative presentation to blow off any cobwebs that may have been picked up by members of the delegation during an intense Tuesday night’s pub quiz.
Day two of SciCon 2016 ended with a pub quiz night that this journalist quietly declined to partake in: there’s nothing like a roomful of science teachers and academics to shatter one’s general knowledge self-image.