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Science and Story

Science storytelling – it’s what the Centre for Science Communication in Dunedin knows well. It was the focus of this year’s Public Communication of Science and Technology conference held at the University of Otago. The Gala opening at the Regent theatre welcomed the public to take delight in listening to NASA’s guest speaker, Dr. Jennifer... Continue Reading →

Antarctica Augmented

I’ve been back in the world of writing and illustrating children’s books. This time I was to learn about Antarctica’s frozen secrets. A time machine would have helped – but at least we have a fossil record to imagine lost worlds and extinct creatures. In Antarctica, many fossils are buried under ice, with the exception... Continue Reading →

A Fossilised Art

It was a new experience - a new art science experience in fact. Driven by a previous exhibition for Climate.Kit at the Otago Museum, our exhibit 'Stones and Bones' was to find a new life force at the Vogel Street Party in Dunedin. Initially, our exhibit was to present climate change from a geological perspective... Continue Reading →

A Love of Books

As part of another university assignment, I had the challenge of writing and illustrating a children’s book. It took time, and it wasn’t as easy as you may think. But I did have a lot of fun with it. The story was based on climate and habitat changes, told through the characters Kiri the Kiwi... Continue Reading →

Man on Mars

Man on Mars “We are going on a journey”. It was enticing words by Dr. Dava Newman, NASA’s Deputy Administrator at this year’s science festival in Dunedin, New Zealand. NASA’s goal and aspirations for space exploration and travel are undeniably impressive. I couldn’t miss the opportunity to hear Dr. Dava Newman speak of current and... Continue Reading →

Colour the Ocean

Oceans are full of colourful biodiversity. After all, we are the blue planet in our solar system, that we ironically call Earth. Oceans cover more than 70% of our planet, and at least as many species that live on land. Most of us see this magnificent beauty through the medium of documentaries, books and the... Continue Reading →

Rock Art

Japanese Gardens Let’s embrace some tranquility – rock therapy can work wonders. Japanese Gardens are ultimately a landscape designer’s paradise. The gardens may not always be large, but they make a statement with topiary and gravel raked in distinctive patterns. Simplicity is beautiful. I wonder how a rock garden can be applied as a science... Continue Reading →

Weather and Weathering

  Rivers of ice have always fascinated me. Ice ages have been greatly influenced by Earth’s climate over the past three billion years, if not longer. Various theories suggest that processes such as tectonic uplift and rock weathering, sunspot activity and orbital variations have all impacted on climatic conditions and glaciations. Despite the threats of global... Continue Reading →

Extremes Environments

Unusual rock landscapes are distinctive. Bizarre rock formations are twisted and contorted depicting an ancient story of thousands of years of erosion by wind and water. Memories from seeing some of the vast and unique formations in Bolivia inspired thoughts of how weathering and geological processes have sculptured such beauty. It was rock art. Rock Tree (Arbol de... Continue Reading →

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