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Dear Science

The Tuesday 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. 

Thanks to MOTAT, the museum inspiring the innovators of tomorrow.

Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: March 8, 2022

Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: March 8, 2022 Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: March 8, 2022, 12.92 MB
Tue 8 Mar 2022

Today on Dear Science, Christina caught up with AUT Professor Marcus Jones. They discussed Russia’s exclusion from the global scientific community, new variants of Covid-19, and when the pandemic might finally be over.

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: March 1, 2022

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: March 1, 2022 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: March 1, 2022, 24.97 MB
Tue 1 Mar 2022

Dear Science now has a new home on the Tuesday Wire! This week, host Christina Huang speaks to Allan Blackman from AUT about the distinction between "chemical weapons" and other weaponry, the accidental discovery of radioactivity 126 years ago, and new research showing dogs can go into mourning when their canine companions die.

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: February 16, 2022

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: February 16, 2022 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: February 16, 2022, 35.01 MB
Wed 16 Feb 2022

This week on Dear Science, AUT Professor Allan Blackman chats to Christina about asteroid samples being taken that could unlock the secrets of the universe, the first photos from a brand new telescope that could unlock the secrets of the universe, and how only some people with certain personality traits like country music (not really a secret!).

Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: February, 2022

Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: February, 2022 Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: February, 2022, 35.91 MB
Wed 9 Feb 2022

This week on Dear Science, AUT Professor Marcus Jones is back, joining us live in the studio! On this week's show, Marcus and Christina spoke about the effect of Omicron on children, a concerning level of methane in the atmosphere, and how satellites in orbit are disrupting astronomers. 

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: February 2, 2022

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: February 2, 2022 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: February 2, 2022, 34.91 MB
Wed 2 Feb 2022

This week, AUT Professor Allan Blackman and Christina spoke about robots performing surgery, fossils that have been found to be over two hundred thousand years old, and a bubble that didn't pop for over a year. Would you trust a robot to perform surgery on you?

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: January 26, 2022

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: January 26, 2022 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: January 26, 2022, 37.63 MB
Wed 26 Jan 2022

Another week of Dear Science featuring AUT Professor Blackman! This week, Allan and Christina dove into some rather perspective-bending numbers and statistics. They discussed the scale of the Tonga eruption, how your great-granddad's smoking habits could be the cause of your excess body fat, and how a 150-year-old maths problem related to chess has finally been solved.

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: January 19, 2022

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman January 19, 2022 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman January 19, 2022, 35.27 MB
Wed 19 Jan 2022

The first Dear Science of 2022! This week, Christina was joined in studio by AUT Professor Allan Blackman. They discussed the link between cataracts and dementia, the nutritional value of huhu grubs (not for the faint-hearted!), and a hint that life could have previously existed on Mars.

Best of Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman and Marcus Jones: December 15, 2021

Best of Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman and Marcus Jones: December 15, 2021 Best of Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman and Marcus Jones: December 15, 2021, 19.58 MB
Wed 15 Dec 2021

On the final Wednesday Wire for 2021, we rounded up some of the coolest stories from Dear Science this year! 

James spoke to AUT Professor Allan Blackman about how sustainable electric vehicles really are, and a new plastic that contains enzymes that can break it down.

Frances spoke to AUT professor Marcus Jones about how homosexuality may have evolved. She also spoke to Allan about how cows can be potty-trained, just like toddlers!

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: December 8, 2021

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: December 8, 2021 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: December 8, 2021, 29.74 MB
Wed 8 Dec 2021

On this week's Dear Science, Allan joined Christina live in the studio! This week, they spoke about the Running of the Bulls being used to study crowd behaviour, and how spaceflight impacts mice and humans.

Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: December 1, 2021

Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: December 1, 2021 Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: December 1, 2021, 8.6 MB
Wed 1 Dec 2021

On this week's Dear Science, Christina caught up with AUT Professor Marcus Jones. They spoke about the new variant of Covid-19 spreading around, the surge of new researchers using the Hubble telescope, and the unfortunate side effect of anti-flood barriers in Venice.