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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.

Why Should We Care About the Southern Annular Mode? 30/11/2017

The storm-laden westerly winds blow across the Southern Oceans and brush New Zealand all year round. Their meanderings to the south and to the north have become known as the “Southern Annular Mode” or SAM.

Triple Treat of Victoria Biology – A Trio of Tertiary-Trained Talent - 26/10/2017

Let’s celebrate our young talent, and join three postgraduates studying at Victoria University to hear about their latest research affecting local and world biology.

Mapping ‘ocean weather’ with ocean robots - 28/09/2017

We live in a data-rich world where access to instant information is the rule, not the exception. This paradigm cannot yet be applied to the marine environment around NZ, despite it being the ‘backyard’ for 75% of the population.

New Zealand Buildings and Their Resilience to Earthquake? 31/08/2017

Earthquakes are a natural phenomenon that are part of the geological evolution of our landscape. They are rare, sudden, and very frightening. While earthquakes themselves result in the reformation of our landscape, they seldom cause injury or death, these being the consequences of failures to the built environment when subjected to the shaking and land deformation that earthquakes cause.

PLEASE NOTE new venue for AUGUST!!!!!

Manuka honey – keeping it authentic - 27/04/2017

Manuka honey is one of New Zealand’s most iconic export products. But is it possible to put a label on something that looks and tastes like manuka honey when it is not?

Advances in modern Alchemy 30/03/2017

The surface modification of everyday objects to give them better or new properties.

Where does our water come from? Keeping our tap water safe - 20/02/2017

Much of the tap water we drink is extracted from underground aquifers around New Zealand. It is important to know where our drinking water comes from so we can have confidence that it is uncontaminated and safe to drink. 

Time For A New Kilogram (Ampere, Kelvin, Mole)

The time is right for fundamental changes to be made to the kilogram, and other base measurement units. As a result measurements will have a sounder basis for the future and the world will no longer need to rely on the last remaining physical artefact, the metal cylinder locked in a Paris vault.

Congratulations! It's Fragile X!

Fragile X Syndrome is the leading known inherited cause of autism. It is an inherited genetic disorder that affects around one in 4000 people.

Frozen secrets revealed

What does it take to melt an Antarctic ice sheet? What are the consequences for New Zealand if Antarctica melts?