Special Live Conversations in Science: Star Trek vs Star Wars

The release of Rogue One is looming closer and closer, and this Science Geek can barely contain her excitement. However, if it were another Star Trek film, I'd be out there insisting that I watch it either with advance screenings or on the opening night. But which is the better franchise: Star Trek or Star Wars?

Step back folks because the lid on that can of worms is about to spring off for a special LIVE 2-hr episode of Conversations in Science. But I won't be the only one... Nearly half of the other hosts from the KLRN Radio have to decided that this is one topic that must be explored from all angles.

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Ghostwriting: I won’t do it…

Recently, I was approached by someone to become a ghostwriter for their adult thriller novel. Mixed emotions ran through my system. The initial inquiry was heartfelt with a story of a friend who had recently passed away, resulting in the writer struggling to get her mojo back. I did sympathize, but the fundamental tenants behind ghostwriting to me are just wrong.Read More

Earthquakes and Supermoons

Originally, I had planned an entirely different blog post for this week, something that had nothing to do with science, but sometimes life can change at the drop of a hat.

On November 14, 2016 at 12:02 am (New Zealand Time), an 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck 15 km north-east of Culverden. The coastal town of Kaikoura has been devastated, effectively cut off from any help, but they are not alone. The entire country felt this.

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Removing the twinkle of stars

This month on Conversations in Science, I spoke about something a little more closer to home. I had fun going back to my PhD roots and spoke about what I had spent nearly eight years of my life researching: how one can remove the twinkle from stars.


Twinkle Twinkle Little Star... Not!
(First Aired on KLRNRadio, Monday, November 7, 2016)

When I was studying for my PhD, it was a little inside joke between my supervisors and myself. Whenever anyone asked what it was we did for a living, we would answer, "We remove the twinkle from stars." The reactions were hilarious. Most people would see it for the joke it was, but there would always be the one person who would get incredibly offended.

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NaNoWriMo: It’s begun

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Here we are again: November. And here I go, setting myself another NaNoWriMo challenge.

For those that don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s really international, because it’s an event where writers from around the world commit to writing a novel in the span of one month. To win, you need to write a minimum of 50,000 words.Read More