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150 years of Kiwi science - 10 big moments

Posted by Admin on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, In : Interesting! 

Our research community tonight gathers in Wellington for a gala dinner celebrating 150 years of our leading body for science and the humanities, the Royal Society Te Aparangi. Science reporter Jamie Morton looks at 10 highlights in its history.


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How your daughters future doors may already be closed by the time she is six

Posted by Admin on Friday, March 31, 2017, In : Interesting! 

Imagine you are reading a story to a child; the story goes something like this:


There is one person at work who is really, really smart. They can figure out how to do things quickly, they come up with answers much faster and better than anyone else.


Now imagine telling this story:


There is one person at work who is really, really nice. They like to help others with their problems, they are friendly to everyone.


At the end of the story, you show pictures of adult males and females to the c...


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Worried about shark attacks or terrorism? Here's how to think about the real risk of rare events

Posted by Admin on Thursday, March 30, 2017, In : Interesting! 

The world can feel like a scary place.


Today, Australia's National Terrorism Threat Level is "Probable". Shark attacks are on the rise; the number of people attacked by sharks in 2000-2009 has almost doubled since 1990-1999. Travellers are at a high risk of getting the Zika virus in places where the disease is present, such as Brazil and Mexico.


However, despite their tragic outcomes, these events are all extremely rare.


Since 1996, only eight people have been killed by terrorism attacks...


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New Zealand universities confirmed as world-class

Posted by Admin on Monday, September 5, 2016, In : Interesting! 


QS World University Rankings are in, and New Zealand's eight universities remain in the top 3% globally.


Despite competition internationally, six of New Zealand's eight universities improved their rankings while the other two largely held their places.


This year the University of Auckland defended its position as New Zealand's top ranked university, currently standing at 81 internationally.


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Introvert Hangovers Can Be Really Rough

Posted by Admin on Sunday, September 4, 2016, In : Interesting! 

"An “introvert” hangover is a pretty terrible thing to experience. It starts with an actual physical reaction to overstimulation. Your ears might ring, your eyes start to blur, and you feel like you’re going to hyperventilate. Maybe your palms sweat. And then your mind feels like it kind of shuts down, building barriers around itself as if you had been driving on a wide open road, and now you’re suddenly driving in a narrow tunnel. All you want is to be at home, alone, where it’s qu...


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Aphantasia: the condition for people who can't create mental images

Posted by Admin on Thursday, April 28, 2016, In : Interesting! 

The co-founder of internet browser Mozilla Firefox has revealed in a viral personal essay published on Facebook that he is unable to see mental images.

The essay, which has been shared more than 9000 times, details writer and programmer Blake Ross's experience with aphantasia, a condition that prevents a person from being able to visualise images in their "mind's eye", essentially rendering them "mentally blind".

Sufferers struggle to visualise items such as the face of a relative on demand. ...


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Mathematicians Discover Prime Conspiracy

Posted by Admin on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, In : Interesting! 

A previously unnoticed property of prime numbers seems to violate a longstanding assumption about how they behave.

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Two mathematicians have uncovered a simple, previously unnoticed property of prime numbers — those numbers that are divisible only by 1 and themselves. Prime numbers, it seems, have decided preferences about the final digits of the primes that immediately follow them.

Among the first billion prime numbers, for instance, a prime ending in 9 is almost 65 percent more li...


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Pi Day

Posted by Admin on Monday, March 14, 2016, In : Interesting! 

Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical constant π (pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 (3/14 in the month/day date format) since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant digits of π... Pi Day has been observed in many ways, including eating pie, throwing pies and discussing the significance of the number π, due to a pun based on the words "pi" and "pie" being homophones in English as well as pies tending to be round, and thus related to π.

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Impact Of Classic Literature On The Brain

Posted by Admin on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, In : Interesting! 


Reading books can help your brain – of that there is little doubt. But a new scientific study and a recently released book have taken that concept to an entirely new level, showing that what you read, how you read, and how you apply lessons learned from the experience could have a tremendous impact on your thought-processes and problem-solving skills.


The study, which was conducted by researchers at Liverpool University, monitored the brains of 30 subjects as they read the classic works ...


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Analytics according to Captain Kirk

Posted by Admin on Friday, August 10, 2012, In : Interesting! 

The following by Matt Bailey


In my seminars, I enjoy teaching analytics because the fun is in finding effective and memorable methods to help people understand the concepts. One of my favorites is an analysis of the Red-Shirt Phenomenon in Star Trek. Captain James T. Kirk.



What? You don’t know about the Red Shirt Phenomenon? Well, as any die-hard trekkie knows, if you are wearing a red shirt and beam to the planet with Captain Kirk – you’re gonna die. That’s the common thinking, b...


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Study: Dogs show empathy to crying people

Posted by Admin on Thursday, June 14, 2012, In : Interesting! 

Dogs respond to a person who is crying regardless of whether it is their owner or an unfamiliar person, researchers in Britain found.


Dr. Deborah Custance and Jennifer Mayer, both of the Department of Psychology at the University of London, developed a procedure to examine whether domestic dogs could identify and respond to emotional states in humans. Eighteen pet dogs -- a range of ages and breeds -- were exposed to four separate 20-second experimental conditions in which either the dog's o...


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