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The hardening hypothesis for smoking – but does the evidence point to “softening” in NZ?

Mon, 2016-08-22 15:06
By Prof Richard Edwards The hardening hypothesis suggests that as smoking prevalence declines, the remaining smokers will be the more addicted ones who are less likely to quit. But does the NZ evidence support this? This blog considers these issues and explores the potential implications for achieving NZ’s Smokefree 2025 goal. The ‘hardening hypothesis’ emerged […] The post The hardening hypothesis for smoking – but does the evidence point to “softening” in NZ? appeared first on Sciblogs.

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Sloths aren’t lazy – their slowness is a survival skill

Mon, 2016-08-22 13:02
By Becky Cliffe, Swansea University Conventional wisdom has it that sloths are simple, lazy creatures that do very little other than sleep all day. Even the very name “sloth” in most languages translates as some version of “lazy”. It seems astonishing that such an animal survives in the wild at all. In 1749, French naturalist Georges […] The post Sloths aren’t lazy – their slowness is a survival skill appeared first on Sciblogs.

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An Inventory of Citizen Science

Mon, 2016-08-22 10:17
The New Zealand Landcare Trust has launched ‘An Inventory of Citizen Science in New Zealand‘ to understand what’s happening in the citizen science space. The inventory, written by Dr. Monica Peters, includes a range of projects studying everything from children monitoring long-tailed bats, to patrolling beaches for dead seabirds and monitoring local streams. “We wanted to create […] The post An Inventory of Citizen Science appeared first on Sciblogs.

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Sunday Seascape 21 August

Mon, 2016-08-22 10:07
Sunday is my time for seascape photography. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out where the weekend goes.  But by Sunday afternoon it was time to visit a beach and absorb some of that lovely, NZ fresh air.  The cool weather means we have practically no heat haze at the moment.  That produces a nice clarity […] The post Sunday Seascape 21 August appeared first on Sciblogs.

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