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Dear Science

The Wednesday Wire's weekly dive into the wide world of science. Featuring a rotating cast of smart people including AUT Chemistry professor Allan Blackman and Senior Lecturer Marcus Jones. 

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Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: September 15, 2021

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: September 15, 2021 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: September 15, 2021, 25.68 MB
Wed 15 Sep 2021

On this week's Dear Science, Frances Wright was joined by AUT Professor Allan Blackman. They began by talking about the serious but hilarious Ig Nobel Prizes and then moved onto research on toilet training cows from the University of Auckland. They finished up by talking about the food scientists who have found the key to perfectly smooth chocolate. 

 

Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: September 8, 2021

Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: September 8, 2021 Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: September 8, 2021, 20.4 MB
Wed 8 Sep 2021

This week on Dear Science, Frances Wright talked to AUT Professor Marcus Jones about US President Biden's COVID origins report, how arctic warming links to cold winters and about the Mars rover ‘Perseverance’ collecting its first rock sample to bring back to earth.

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: September 1, 2021

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: September 1, 2021 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: September 1, 2021, 25.78 MB
Wed 1 Sep 2021

On Dear Science this week Frances Wright talked with AUT Professor Allan Blackman, celebrating the life of Ernest Rutherford the week after what would have been his 150th birthday, discussing why Pluto is no longer considered a planet and the unlikely discovery of the world’s northernmost island.

Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: August 25, 2021

Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: August 25, 2021 Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: August 25, 2021, 16.14 MB
Wed 25 Aug 2021

This week on Dear Science, Frances was joined by AUT professor Marcus Jones where they talked about the effectiveness of COVID vaccines against Delta, massive volcanoes cooling the earth, and the genetic pattern which offers clues to the evolution of homosexuality.

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: August 18, 2021

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: August 18, 2021 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: August 18, 2021, 16.08 MB
Wed 18 Aug 2021

This week on Dear Science, Frances speaks with AUT professor Allan Blackman about a new analysis of a scurvy study that is leading to updates on vitamin C needs, critics who say a childhood asthma study unethically withheld care from its participants, and a new laser-powered nuclear fusion effort which neared ignition.

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: August 4, 2021

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: August 4, 2021 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: August 4, 2021, 21.18 MB
Wed 4 Aug 2021

This week on Dear Science, Frances talks to Allan Blackman about a study that found dogs can tell when people are lying to them, a large meta-analysis that suggests a vegetarian diet is linked to depression, and the world's first 'green' synthesis of plastics from CO2. 

Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: July 28, 2021

Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: July 28, 2021 Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: July 28, 2021, 25.54 MB
Wed 28 Jul 2021

This week on Dear Science, Frances Wright talks to AUT professor Marcus Jones about a new public database of AI predicted protein structures, NASA's investigation into re-naming the James Webb telescope after LGBTQ+ claims, and how COVID vaccines have a higher approval in less-affluent countries. 

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: July 21, 2021

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: July 21, 2021 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: July 21, 2021, 22.98 MB
Wed 21 Jul 2021

This week on Dear Science, Frances Wright talked with AUT professor Allan Blackman about how Neuroprosthesis is restoring words to a man with paralysis, an evolutionary study that shows how the human body is shaped by the climate, and new footage of Oregon's infamous exploding whale incident of 1970.

Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: July 14, 2021

Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: July 14, 2021 Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: July 14, 2021, 25.15 MB
Wed 14 Jul 2021

This week on Dear Science, Marcus takes Jemima and Zazi through a wide range of scientific topics.

Marcus talks about the impact of a giant tsunami from a dino-killing asteroid, revealed in fossilized ‘megaripples’.

Jemima and Zazi learn about a landmark research integrity survey, finding questionable practices are surprisingly common.

Finally, Marcus explains that the quarter-dose of Moderna COVID vaccine still rouses a big immune response.

 

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: July 7, 2021

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: July 7, 2021 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: July 7, 2021, 22.03 MB
Wed 7 Jul 2021

This week Allan joins James for his last wire and bring a curious and interesting selection of stories.

Allan walks us through a new type of water treatement which could revolutinize how people get clean water.

Allan warns us with the facts around stress turning our hair grey.

Fijally Allan talks abouyt the English channel and the things which have flown above it, primarily a solar powered plan and bicycle powered flight machine.