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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.

The Many Benefits of Utilising Combined Wind and Solar Generation in Micro Grids - 29/10/2015

Using the real installation on Matiu-Somes Island in Wellington Harbour, the benefits of utilising a combined solar and wind generation system have been demonstrated.  

South Sea Pearls: the History and Science - 24/09/2015

South Sea pearls and pearl shell were collected and traded by the Aboriginal peoples before European settlement, but by the 1860's the centre of pearling in Australia had become Cossack, in Nickol Bay. Aboriginal naked divers were replaced by Japanese hard-hat divers in the 1870's.   Operations soon moved to the better port and Broome soon developed a distinctly Asian character.  Pearling was primarily about obtaining mother-of-pearl for combs, buttons and such, and pearls were a by-product.

Slow slip or slow earthquakes - 27/08/2015

- should we be worried about the ones we can't feel?
With the growing use of GPS technology, scientists can now detect short-term changes in rates of movement between tectonic plates using GPS over periods of days to years. We know from these studies in New Zealand that the plate boundary does not always simply lock up and slip during earthquakes, or creep steadily but can also move in so-called slow-slip events (SSEs), or ‘slow earthquakes’.

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?

Biotechnology and Society – Traditional to Modern and on into the Future

This county’s economy has always been about adding the technology to the bio. Then we blackened our reputation by becoming the inventors of continuously brewed beer.

WECR Special:

From Kiwi to Raman, celebrating Wellington’s Emerging Researchers