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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.

Electric Vehicle Battery Life - Market, Service, and Research Priorities for Securing EV Uptake in NZ

Rapid loss of energy-holding capacity in 30 kWh Nissan Leafs threatens to undermine the confidence of prospective purchasers to switch to electric vehicles. This seminar reviews the latest evidence for battery degradation and how the Flip the Fleet research team managed the uncertainties when publicising the results. The advantages and constraints of citizen science are illustrated by this politically and financially fraught public announcement.

Petroleum Exploration and Formation

Petroleum exploration is not the most politically popular activity with some people these days, due to the burning of fossil fuels; a major factor in climate change and sea level rise. However, what is frequently overlooked is that while we must develop 'low carbon' economies, it cannot be done overnight.

Whales in a changing ocean

Whales have had to contend with a lot of human interference, from early coastal whaling to the extirpation of whale populations from industrial whaling. Whales continue to be impacted by human activities, and not just our activities in the sea.

Bioplastics – Confusion and Misinformation - 29/03/2018

The word biobased invokes a feeling of saving the planet by carbon dioxide reduction, a cleaner environment, and a shift from a reliance on petrochemicals.  These positives can be true, so why is it taking so long for the world to shift its petrochemical plastic love paradigm?

Zealandia – Our Hidden Continent - 01/03/2018

One year ago, a group of New Zealand and Australian scientists published a paper in an international journal, GSA Today, explaining the basis for recognising Zealandia as a distinct ‘continent’.

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?