True Tales of NZ Science

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Every New Zealand scientist has a story to tell. That's why we've spoken with 150+ Kiwi scientists and told their stories on the Science Learning Hub and Biotechnology Learning Hub. We're collecting #TrueTalesOfNZSci here. Contributions most welcome – tweet w hashtag #TrueTalesOfNZSci - www.sciencelearn.org.nz & www.biotechlearn.org.nz

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Scientists taste fish oil enriched ice cream at Massey University pilot plant. Fish Oil, Scientists, Pilot, Lab, University, Ice Cream, Science, Future, No Churn Ice Cream

Scientists taste enriched ice cream

Scientists taste the enriched ice cream at Massey University pilot plant.

A unique new stab and flame-resistant material has been made using wool and a special synthetic fibre. It looks and feels like regular wool jacket fabric and is lightweight and comfortable to wear. Innovation, Tech, Science, Wool, Jacket, Fabric, How To Wear, Fashion, Tejido

New stab and flame-resistant fabric

A unique new stab and flame-resistant material has been made using wool and a special synthetic fibre. It looks and feels like regular wool jacket fabric and is lightweight and comfortable to wear.

This collection looks at What is flight? People have different ideas about what flies. In this context, we explore winged flight through birds, planes, gliders, hang-gliders and kites. Kites, Gliders, Planes, Science, Explore, People, Learning, Middle, Fancy

Godwit in flight

Godwits are equipped for long-distance flight. They can fly further than any other known bird.

NEWS STORY - Bee-friendly insecticides - 17 Apr, 2014 - University of Otago geneticist Peter Dearden is using the bee genome to develop a bee-friendly insecticide. Bee Friendly, Bees, Lab, University, Science, Labs, Labradors, Community College, Colleges

Professor Peter Dearden

Position: Professor and Associate Dean (Research), University of Otago. Field: Genetics and biochemistry.

New Zealand soil creatures - STUDENT ACTIVITY. In this activity, students use Hub resources to learn about two unusual native New Zealand soil creatures. This cross-curricular activity combines science with reading, viewing, writing and presenting. Types Of Fungi, Literacy And Numeracy, Cross Curricular, Forest Floor, Weird Science, Drawing Skills, Biotechnology, Electronics Projects, Native Plants

Vegetable caterpillar

Imagine a creature that turns moths into mummies by trapping them in an underground grave before emerging out of their neck to begin the cycle again. Not only does this creature exist, it’s part of New Zealand’s native biota and although referred to as the vegetable caterpillar, we are actually talking about a type of fungus – Ophiocordyceps robertsii.

Octochaetus multiporus is a deep-burrowing earthworm native to New Zealand. It grows up to 30 cm in length and emits bioluminescent fluid when disturbed. Earthworms, Weird Science, Orange Yellow, Different Colors, The Darkest, Glow, Colours, Age, Bright

Octochaetus multiporus

Octochaetus multiporus is a deep-burrowing earthworm native to New Zealand. It grows up to 30 cm in length and emits bioluminescent fluid when disturbed.

The microscopist who visualises chocolate Scanning Electron Microscope, Science, Chocolate, Chocolates, Scanning Electron Micrograph, Brown

Preparing chocolate for the microscope

The microscopist who visualises chocolate

Jesse Conklin carries inflatable cranes – decoys for catching godwits. Scientists hoped the godwits would dive-bomb the cranes (known nest predators in Alaska). Predator, Scientists, New Zealand, Alaska, Nest, Science, King, Adventure, Animals

Jesse Conklin at work

Jesse Conklin carries inflatable cranes – decoys for catching godwits. Scientists hoped the godwits would dive-bomb the cranes (known nest predators in Alaska) so they could catch them in a mist net. It didn’t work.

Dr Leon Perrie: Botany curator, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Report Writing, New Zealand, Museum Curator, Science, Field Trips, Botany, Scientists, Photography, Photograph

Dr Leon Perrie

Position: Botany Curator, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Field: Botany.

These books have full-sized, white silhouettes of ferns on a blue background and are known as the ‘blue books’. They are made using an early form of photography called the cyanotype process. Cyanotype Process, Kiwiana, Blue Books, Ferns, Blue Backgrounds, Print Patterns, Tapestry, Silhouette, Prints

HB Dobbie’s blue fern albums

These books have full-sized, white silhouettes of ferns on a blue background and are known as the ‘blue books’. They are made using an early form of photography called the cyanotype process.

The native fern that takes two forms Hen Chicken, Ferns, New Zealand, Science, Garden, Garten, Lawn And Garden, Gardens, Gardening

A tale of two ferns

The hen and chickens fern (mouku or manamana) is a common New Zealand native fern. It had been observed that the cultivated hen and chickens fern grown and sold in garden centres around New Zealand looked different from the hen and chickens fern growing in the wild. Dr Leon Perrie and his colleagues set out to investigate why.

Position: Formerly Principal Scientist, GNS Science. Currently Professor, School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington. Earth Science, Scientists, Dinosaurs, Geography, Professor, Teacher, Geology

Professor James Crampton

Position: Formerly Principal Scientist, GNS Science. Currently Professor, School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington. Field: Paleontology.

The rock that defines the King Country landscape King And Country, Country Landscaping, The Rock, New Zealand, Science, Landscape, Scenery, Corner Landscaping, Rock

Limestone landscapes

Limestone is one of the most common sedimentary rocks found in New Zealand. Eye-catching features such as caves, sinkholes and spectacular skyline landscapes are often associated with limestone formations. These landforms have developed through the interaction of rocks, water and climate.

Dr Christine Jasoni: Senior lecturer, University of Otago Neuroscience, Professor, Anatomy, Brain, University, Scientists, Experiment, Lab, People

Understanding brain development

We all have a genetic blueprint for development, but we know there are other factors that influence our development.