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Cafe Scientifique

Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Cafe Scientifique is currently held at Wholly Bagels, 34 Knights Road, Lower Hutt, on the last Thursday of each month starting at 6pm.

Something Fishy with Andrew Stewart - 30/06/2016

There be dragons – the great unknown that surrounds us. New Zealand is ruled by the sea, yet its ocean inhabitants are largely unknown; especially in waters deeper than 1,200 m. It is a highly dynamic environment, bisected by tectonic plates, with thousands of seamounts, trenches and ridges.

Triple Treat – a trio of tertiary trained travellers -26/05/2016

Join three graduates studying at Victoria University to hear about their cutting edge fieldwork and research methods in Antarctica, South America, Papua New Guinea and the world’s poorest countries.

The Psychology of Shopping - 28/04/2016

The Psychology of Shopping: How Do Marketers Persuade Us?

Conservation and Ecology: integrating humans into the science story - 31/03/2016

Ecological sciences have been slow to understand and investigate people, their communities and societies when undertaking research. They tend to focus on the wildlife. As such many programs have failed to have the required impact.

Is Acupuncture Therapeutic Or Is It Just A Good Placebo? 25/02/2016

Despite is popularity, opinions on acupuncture are divided. Many scientists look sceptically at acupuncture, yet it is used to treat chronic pain and depression with often good success. Does it work or is it mind over matter? Could it have a very good placebo effect for the conditions it is used for?

Matariki and Te Maramataka - How Māori Used the Celestial Objects to Track Time

Like many ancient civilisations, Māori used the heavenly bodies to track the passage of time. The regular motions of the Sun, moon and stars were used as clocks for agriculture, seasonal fishing, rituals, festivities and other activities.  Travel was also based on celestial navigation and “star paths”. 

Understanding why crime happens

Crime, in its various forms, is the source of a significant amount of pain, suffering, and distress in our society. In order to reduce crime, it is essential to a have a clear understanding of why it occurs.

Why Is Sugar Still A Hot Topic?

This year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) released new recommendations for daily dietary sugar intake. WHO recommends that sugars intakes should be less than 10% of our total energy intake, and additional benefits could be gained by reducing our sugar intake to less than 5%.

Global decline of bees

Honey bees face a multitude of threats including pathogens and pesticides. There are a multitude of pesticides applied to crops that can have lethal or subtle sublethal effects. Similarly, there are a plethora of bee pathogens, with over 20 viruses alone. How much of a role are these factors playing in New Zealand and are our bees under threat?

Decarbonising UK electricity generation, and the role of carbon capture and storage (CCS)

Decarbonising UK electricity generation, and the role of carbon capture and storage (CCS) - Can the UK generate electricity as cleanly as NZ?