Science

Weta Workshop installs a Massive 3D printer

Weta Workshop has installed a Massivit 1800 3D printer. The deal is reported by Wide Format Online.   Photo: Richard Taylor with Massivit 1800 3D printer “We manufacture super-sized, hyper-realistic human figures, creatures, vehicles, and other huge props for film and television and have always been on the search for technology that can produce large parts …

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Four VUW professors become FRSNZ

Four VUW professors comprise a fifth of the new Fellows elected to the Academy of the Royal Society Te Apārangi. The new fellows have been elected for their distinction in research and advancement of science, technology or the humanities, and will be inducted early next year, 100 years after the first 20 Fellows were inducted …

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Sun-dumb Wellingtonians need smarts, hats, shade

Do you wear a protective hat or seek shade to protect yourself from the sun? If so, you are part of a small minority. A research study by the University of Otago, Wellington, observed 2,635 children and adults in outdoor recreation spaces in the Wellington region between September 2014 and April 2015, including beaches, playgrounds …

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Wellington mathematician awarded Rutherford Medal

The Rutherford Medal, the top award at this year’s Research Honours Aotearoa, was awarded last night to Professor Rod Downey FRSNZ for his revolutionary research into mathematical logic and computer science. Mathematician Rod Downey. Photo by Victoria University of Wellington Research Honours Aotearoa, hosted by Royal Society Te Apārangi, celebrated the achievements of New Zealand researchers, scholars …

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Wellington professor appointed chief science advisor for MBIE

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has announced the appointment of Professor Gary Evans to the role of its Chief Science Advisor. “We’re thrilled to welcome Professor Gary Evans, a highly respected chemist from Victoria University of Wellington’s Ferrier Research Institute to the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment,” announced Dr Prue Williams, …

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Au kaupapa e rima mo te Rāhoroi 15 a Rātapu 16 Mahuru

As Te Wiki o te Reo Māori comes to an end, there’s a lot going on involving nature and space and trombones. Saturday’s Young Feminist Hui at Te Papa is fully booked, though there are still a few tickets available for the All Blacks/Springbok test… Photo of Kereru by Janice McKenna Conservation Week starts on Saturday, …

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Au kaupapa e rima mo te Rāapa 12 Mahuru

What’s up with Wednesday events? Type design, NZ’s first theatre, true stories told live, some extraordinary sheilas, and supervolcanoes. Join type designer Kris Sowersby and current designer-in-residence Johnson Witehira for a free lunchtime Open Studio and informal discussion at Enjoy Public Art Gallery, 147 Cuba Street, from 11:00am to 2:00pm. As long-time collaborators, the pair will …

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WHS Roots and Shoots group runs ZWAW

A group of Wellington High School students have organised a week of environmental activism to promote waste management and recycling to their peers. Gwen briefs the group while Alexa cuts up raffle tickets Story and photos by Mark Cubey Last Monday lunchtime, I sat on a stool in one of the science rooms in one …

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Whole lotto cloning going on

It’s pure serendipity that two of our posts today feature photos with one actor appearing twice. In today’s High Five, it’s Anton Tennet from the film Mega Time Squad, whose time-travel antics lead to self-duplication. In The Lazarus Lottery by new Christchurch playwright James van Dyk, the actor is Ivana Palezevic (above), who plays Eve. …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 21 August

Poetry, memoir, art, a satirical alpinist and physics are on the menu today across the city. In an age of hurtling digital expansion, poet David Merrit has constructed his poetry books by hand from using recycled Readers’ Digests to create poem books that are unmistakably, uniquely his own. A cluster of 23 individual poems, assembled …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 8 August

Apart from the GWRC Sustainable Transport meeting at 9:30am (see yesterday’s news coverage), there is much free writing and talking on offer today. British public health specialist Lucy Saunders was awarded Transport Planner of the Year in 2015, and has developed the Healthy Streets Approach that puts people and their health at the centre of …

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