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Discovery on the great southern continent, Julia Millen

Dispatches from Continent Seven: An Anthology of Antarctic Science Rebecca Priestley (ed) Awa Press, $55.00, ISBN 9781927249055 New Zealand’s connection with Antarctica began with early explorers. Abel Janszoon Tasman and Captain James Cook sailed south seeking Terra Australis Incognita and

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Lipstick, ice cream and bombs, Trevor Richards

Mad on Radium: New Zealand in the Atomic Age Rebecca Priestley Auckland University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781869407278 In April 1960, thousands of Aucklanders and Wellingtonians flocked to their ports to welcome the USS Halibut. For the New Zealand Herald, the

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What’s squeezed into the skull, Rebecca Priestley

Pieces of Mind: 21 Short Walks around the Human Brain Michael C Corballis Auckland University Press. $30.00, ISBN 9781869404925   Last year, my sister Rachel returned from 10 years in Italy, laden with fine Tuscan wines – a light bubbly

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Not all grisly murders, Rebecca Priestley

Expert Witness: Behind the Scenes with a Real-life Forensic Scientist Anna Sandiford HarperCollins, $32.99, ISBN 9781869508753   “The CSI effect” refers to the influence of forensic science-themed TV shows on public perception, particularly when it comes to the courtroom. CSI:

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Humble beginnings, Rebecca Priestley

Enterprise and Energy: The Todd Family of New Zealand Ross Galbreath The Todd Corporation Limited, price unavailable, ISBN 9781869341121   As a teenager in the 1980s, I had the occasional embarrassment of being driven to school in an ancient green

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The importance of being Ernest Karen Hartshorn

The Awa Book of New Zealand Science  Rebecca Priestley (ed) Awa Press, $48.00, ISBN 9780958262996 I grew up in a household with a chemistry professor for a mother, a kitchen full of mysterious jars labelled “Experiment: Do Not Eat”, and

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