Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search


A new book for boffins

A new book for boffins

Two Manawatu scientists have brought the wonders of science home in a new book for boffins.

Changing Standards will be published on 5 December, and investigates a range of fascinating and topical subjects, sharing scientific and technical explanations for new developments, issues and inventions.

UCOL’s Associate Professor of Applied Health Science, Dr David Shillington, and Massey University Emeritus Professor of Microbiology, Dr Tim Brown, have compiled the collection of ‘byte-sized problems’ explored in 45 short articles, that cover sport, people, the environment, industry, economics, health and politics.

David and Tim have shared a weekly science column in local newspaper, the Manawatu Standard over three years, and David says the book is a result of many reader’s requests for a collective publication.

The duo specialise in breaking difficult concepts down to more easily sampled levels, using anecdotes and contemporary examples.

David says he feels a sense of duty to communicate these scientific stories to the community and jokes this may be born of teaching. “Science explores the many wonders and puzzles of our world. Some simple items in everyday use have some very interesting stories, and some of these we are only just beginning to learn about.”

He is excited about the publication, and thinks it will make a good read. “Changing Standards is a collection of some of our favourite topics that we’ve looked at over the past three years. We have thoroughly enjoyed writing for the Manawatu readers, so I hope readers can pick up on some of that.”


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


TradeMe: Wages Remain Hot While Job Listings Cool Off
Salaries are skyrocketing in the regions as Kiwi employers battle to attract staff and combat the rising cost of living, according to the analysis of over 77,000 vacancies listed on Trade Me Jobs for the quarter ending 30 June (Q2)... More>>

Tegel: Chicken Prices On The Rise But It’s Still The Favourite Protein For Kiwi Families

A combination of domestic and international factors is forcing New Zealand’s largest poultry supplier Tegel to raise its prices from July. The roughly 10% price rise is a result of ongoing cost pressures on the industry, including increases in labour... More>>

Hospitality NZ: Hospitality Wages Jump 9% To Pass Living Wage
Wages and salaries across the hospitality sector continue to increase despite businesses having to battle through some of the toughest trading periods in living memory... More>>

Motor Industry Association: New Vehicle Registrations Soften

The Motor Industry Association’s Mark Stockdale says that 12,049 registrations of new vehicles for the month of June shows the market is weakening in the face of raising costs of living... More>>

MYOB: New Data Shows Increase In SMEs Experiencing Stress And Anxiety

The lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a surge in the number of local SME owners and operators experiencing stress and anxiety, according to new research from business management platform, MYOB... More>>

Carbonz: Cashing In On Carbon: The New Marketplace Helping Native Forest To Thrive

The country’s first voluntary carbon credit marketplace, Carbonz, is here to restore native biodiversity and help Aotearoa reach its carbon zero goals by selling the first carbon credits exclusively from native forest... More>>