Science & Health

Success without substance

New Zealander Nigel Richards has won the French Scrabble championship twice. What’s more remarkable than double wins is that Nigel doesn’t …

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In defence of nudging

Nudging – the idea that simple changes to how a choice is presented can lead people to make better decisions …

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Behavioural science and its complications

Nudge theory offered a wonderful alternative future in which governments could nudge people to do the right thing and thereby …

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Science experiments at school can be fun, inspiring and safe

To a young mind, science can be magical. Perhaps you remember a visually striking or seemingly inexplicable scientific demonstration from …

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From ‘Blind Watchmaker’ to seeing watchmakers

For most of the first 15 years of the 21st century, there was a fierce debate between rationalist supporters of …

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How the world’s fossil fuel addiction compromises our health

Climate change threatens to undermine the health of people around the world, with more intense and frequent extreme weather events, …

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New ‘ethics guidance’ puts science publishing under the microscope

The British journal Nature was founded in 1869 and is one of the world’s most influential and prestigious outlets for …

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Misinformation: The common thread between pandemics

Since health officials confirmed the first COVID-19 cases, misinformation has spread just as quickly as the virus. Social media may …

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Authentic mindfulness in the era of ‘wellness’

Meditation and mindfulness practices in Western nations are booming. One report estimates that 55 million Americans engaged in meditation in …

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Can telehealth be used for effective palliative care?

If ever there is a time when you really do need to see a doctor in person, as opposed to …

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The question of conscientious objection in the voluntary assisted dying debate

Voluntary assisted dying (VAD) has been legal in countries such as Switzerland and the Netherlands for more than a decade.  …

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Mapping climate policy

As the need to cut greenhouse gas emissions becomes increasingly urgent, governments of all levels, as well as private businesses …

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