earthquakes

GNS on quake communication – we can do better

The convictions of the Italian scientists of manslaughter has more relevance here in New Zealand than you might think. In the wake of the Christchurch earthquakes, the scientific community and GNS Science in particular came in for scrutiny over how effectively it communicated the risk of earthquake activity in the lead up to September 2010, […]

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Earthquake prediction: Is GPS our best bet?

The devastation following the 8.9M earthquake in Japan and, closer to home, last month’s lethal quake in Christchurch has many asking what science is actually doing to find a way of forewarning of major earthquakes. Given the loss of life in high magnitude earthquakes and the resulting tsunamis, it is indeed something that ought to […]

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Learning from America's Ken Ring moment

The furore over John Campbell’s interview with earthquake predictor Ken Ring this week really exposed a strong anti-science vein running through New Zealand that even we here at Sciblogs, seasoned from hand to hand combat with the anti-vax lobby, homeopaths and evolution deniers were surprised at. As one commenter on Sciblogs put it, Ken Ring’s […]

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Running rings around the Moon Man?

John Campbell’s interview last night with “Moon Man” and self-proclaimed earthquake predictor Ken Ring was, according to the unprecedented stream of Twitter messages following it, a “train wreck”, “harsh”, “disappointing” and “poor journalism”. Media veteran Dr Brian Edwards weighed in (site loading slowly today) soon  after the appearance to condemn Campbell’s effort: John, your mindless, […]

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