Sciblogs Podcast episode 39: Curiosity thrills

We missed a week of the Sciblogs podcast to do some extra interviews for the Sciblogs podcast special on the Curiosity Mars Rover landing – the biggest science news event since, well the discover of the Higgs Boson.

NASA scientists celebrate Curiosity’s successful landing

You’ll enjoy the insights New Zealand scientists provide in the podcast on the Curiosity mission. Professor Craig Cary, a microbial ecologist and extremophile expert from Waikato University checks in to explain how NASA has been using Antarctica’a Dry Valley’s as a test bed to prepare to search for life on Mars.

Dr Allan McInnes, an engineering lecturer at the University of Canterbury worked on the Opportunity and Spirit mars Rovers from 2000 – 2003 so knows a thing or two about what’s involved in these highly complex and expensive missions – we ask him what’s changed after a decade of rover innovation at NASA.

Turning to the big local story of the week, the eruption of Tongariro, we talk to University of Canterbury natural hazards expert, Dr Thomas Wilson, about this week’s eruption and some of the potential future sceanrios for activity at Tongariro.

And we round out the podcast with John Kerr from the Science Media Centre taking us through three interesting science papers from New Zealand authors that were published this week

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Show notes

NASA’s curiosity coverage.

Background on Dr Allan McInnes – University of Canterbury engineering senior lecturer and former Mars Rover engineer.

Professor Craig Cary’s Waikato University homepage and an interesting National Geographic piece featuring Professor Cary.

Science Media Centre expert round-up on the Tongariro eruption.

Dr Thomas Wilson’s University of Canterbury homepage


Journal Wrap

txt-speak hrdr 2 read
Research article in Acta Psychologica
Round up of New Zealand media coverage from the Science Media Centre

Pictures enhance ‘Truthiness’
A draft copy of the article, provided by University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
A press release from the journal, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
Truthiness‘ coined on the Colbert Report

Self Explaining Roads
Research abstract in Accident Prevention and Analysis
An earlier Wired article exploring the phenomena in the Netherlands

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