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In Episode 42 of the podcast we talk Google Earth with the internet giant’s Chief Technology Advocate, dive into the issue of Marine Protected Areas in New Zealand and learn how soil bacteria are contributing to antibiotic resistance. Michael T. Jones was closely involved in creating Google Earth, the seemingly ubiquitous virtual globe, map and geo…
 
In Episode 41 this week we pick apart the costs of boozing, find that Anatolia is the ‘Tower of Babel’ for Indo-European languages and get the latest buzz on how genetics research can help bees in New Zealand. First up, we examine the costs of alcohol with help of the Sciblogs’ newest Sciblogger , economist Dr Eric Crampton (The Dismal Science), wh…
 
Episode 40 sees us revisiting volcanology and some fun with explosives as a New York professor uses explosives to recreate the eruptive effect of maars – low profile volcanoes, the remnants of which can be seen across Auckland’s volcanic field. Professor Greg Valentine We check in with Vicki Hyde, the founder and stalwart of the NZ Skeptics Society…
 
We missed a week of the Sciblogs podcast to do some extra interviews for the Sciblogs podcast special on the Curiosity Mars Rover landing – the biggest science news event since, well the discover of the Higgs Boson. NASA scientists celebrate Curiosity’s successful landing You’ll enjoy the insights New Zealand scientists provide in the podcast on th…
 
Claims about viruses and phoney cures are put to the test on the Sciblogs podcast this week We talk to Sue Huang from ESR who cuts through the recent media hype to clarify if NZ is or isn’t experiencing an influenza epidemic. SciBlogger Michael Edmonds checks in, telling us the latest about his battle against pseudoscience and his interactions with…
 
On the Sciblogs podcast this week, we head to the High Court where climate sceptics have this week been seeking a judicial review of NIWA’s climate records. We catch up with Sciblogger Gareth Renowden about the case and we talk to former NIWA climate scientist Jim Renwick about the current state of climate science and what it is telling us about th…
 
I’ve been at Nethui catching up on the state of all things internet-related and came away rather disconcerted about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement currently being negotiated in secret on our behalf and which could have major implications for how intellectual property is treated under the law. Will those TPPA chickens come home to roost? Cl…
 
EPISODE 35: This week’s podcast looks at how the news out of CERN about the discovery of a Higgs-like boson was received by the world. How did the media do in describing what the Higgs Boson actually is and did what’s the future for the Large Hadron Collider. We hear from an experimental physicist about the potential for quantum communication based…
 
On the Sciblogs podcast this week we look at the progress made on Digital Earth initiatives like Google Earth – what’s in store for the next generation of Earth visualisation and simulation platforms? We talk to Sciblogger Ken Perrott about new data from the 2011 Australian census that shows more Aussies are ditching religion and we check in with a…
 
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