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Science: What’s It Up To?

Science: What’s It Up To?

by / October 15, 2012 / No Comments

They hope the new devil worm will inspire others to search for complex life in the most extreme places—both on Earth and elsewhere.

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Science: What’s It Up To?

Science: What’s It Up To?

by / October 1, 2012 / No Comments

When a male finds a female, he bites into her skin, and releases an enzyme that digests the skin of his mouth and her body, fusing the pair down to the blood-vessel level.

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Science: What’s It Up To?

Science: What’s It Up To?

by / September 24, 2012 / No Comments

Those alty boners studying at Te Aro might have a fair idea about the ins-and-outs of 3D printing, I’m sure not everyone is familiar. Basically, you design your ashtray or whatever it is you want to print out on some modelling software like CAD, then send it to the printer.

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Science: What’s It Up To?

Science: What’s It Up To?

by / September 17, 2012 / No Comments

The Apophis asteroid is predicted to come dangerously close in 2029, and again in 2036 if it was just teasing the first time, which isn’t great news for those of us investing in Kiwi Saver or collecting limited edition My Little Pony toys, in the hope that one day they will be worth millions.

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Science—What’s It Up To?

Science—What’s It Up To?

by / August 20, 2012 / No Comments

Doing science by fucking shit up.

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Science: What’s It Up To?

Science: What’s It Up To?

by / August 13, 2012 / No Comments

Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives.

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Science: What’s It Up To?

Science: What’s It Up To?

by / August 6, 2012 / No Comments

Any radioactive iodine goes straight through your body. The scientists reckon that, if there’s radioactive fall out around, potassium iodide could reduce the number of victims of thyroid cancer from fifty per cent to five per cent. I like those odds.

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Science: What’s It Up To?

Science: What’s It Up To?

by / July 30, 2012 / No Comments

the Anthropocene Those of you who have taken ESCI 112 are more than familiar with the Geological Time Scale (GTS), forced to remember stages, epochs and ages against your will. You may have noticed the string that covers the wall in MCLT 103 which represents the ~4.5 billion years since the earth formed. It has [...]

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Science: What’s It Up To?

Science: What’s It Up To?

by / July 23, 2012 / No Comments

A Bug’s Life Insects. To most people they are but a minor annoyance, to others they are the most shitbrickingly terrifying things on Earth. But maybe you didn’t realise that they are essential to our survival, as the main pollinators of our crops that feed the billions on this planet. I compiled a list of [...]

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Science: What’s It Up To?

Science: What’s It Up To?

by / July 16, 2012 / No Comments

Domo Arigato Mister Roboto Singularity is the hypothetical future emergence of greater-than-human super intelligence through technological means (AI). Since the capabilities of such intelligence would be difficult for an unaided human mind to comprehend, the occurrence of a technological singularity is seen as an intellectual event horizon, beyond which events cannot be predicted or understood. [...]

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