Science Digest

Science Digest

In each episode, Dr Michelle Dickinson – aka Nanogirl – will explore the scientific facts behind a story that’s been in the news in New Zealand or around the world, speaking with experts and those who need answers to clarify the facts and debunk the myths. We’ll sort through the academic jargon and go behind the headlines to break down complicated scientific data and terminology, and help the general public better understanding issues that could be misinterpreted or form the basis of debate.

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August 22, 2022 32 min

Over the last decade, we’ve seen a number of policies put in place in New Zealand that have made smoking a very expensive habit, while more and more evidence-based data has confirmed the health risks of the practice.

However, as smoking has declined, e-cigarettes or vaping has drastically risen in popularity marketed as a supposedly healthier alternative to tobacco-based products. 

Initially e-cigarettes were seen as a way to help ...

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After a long-fought battle from LGBT+ campaigners, this week New Zealand criminalised practices such as conversion therapy that aim to try and alter or suppress someone's sexuality or gender identity.

But was there ever any scientific basis for these practices in the first place? What exactly is the science behind sexuality, and is it something that can ever be changed? For this episode of Science Digest, Dr Michelle Dickin...

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After months of lockdown and two years of closed borders, New Zealand is preparing to open up and live with Covid-19 - but, just as the Government announced plans for the future, a new variant called Omicron has emerged, and appears to be the most infectious yet. What does this variant mean for the future of the pandemic and New Zealand's fight against Covid? In this episode of Science Digest, Dr Michelle Dickinson talks to Cam...

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The COP26 Climate Change summit is happening in Glasgow to discuss ways to combat climate change - but it doesn't have to be left to politicians to make a change. In this episode of Science Digest, Dr Michelle Dickinson is joined by the University of Auckland's Dr Daniel Hikuroa, Ethique founder Brianne West, cricket farmer John Hart, and MOTU's Dr Lynn Riggs to discuss the many, simple ways that New Zealanders can make...

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In this episode of Science Digest, Dr Michelle Dickinson is joined by Auckland University vaccinologist Dr Helen Petousis-Harris and Auckland Councillor Efeso Collins to debunk some of the myths people have about the Covid-19 vaccine, and what officials and science can do to communicate the safety of the vaccine clearer.

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