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What is behind the recent oil price crash?

Having agreed to restrict production in recent years, it appears that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Russian Federation have been racing to outdo the other in crashing the price of oil.

Coronavirus: How do we respond to fear and anxiety amidst threat and uncertainty? πŸ”Š

In this podcast, psychiatrists Lillian Ng and Rob Shieff discuss fear, anxiety and our responses to them.Β 

How does one model a pandemic?

With basic mathematical models, researchers can begin to forecast the progression of diseases and understand the effect of interventions on disease spread.

Politics & Society

What is behind the recent oil price crash?

What is behind the recent oil price crash?

Having agreed to restrict production in recent years, it appears that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Russian Federation have been racing to outdo the other in crashing the price of oil.

Does far-right extremism still threaten New Zealand?

Does far-right extremism still threaten New Zealand?

“In the hours after the Christchurch mosque attacks on March 15 last year,Β I wroteΒ that I hoped New Zealand would finally stop believing it was immune to far-right extremist violence. A year on, I’m not sure enough has changed.”

Fossil fuel-free superannuation: What is the deal? πŸ”Š

Fossil fuel-free superannuation: What is the deal? πŸ”Š

Last week an announcement was made by the government surrounding changes to default KiwiSaver funds. In a bid to align with the zero-carbon bill, in 2021 when the terms of default KiwiSaver end, they will no longer be able to invest in fossil fuels or illegal weaponry.

Science & Technology

What technologies can help clean up rivers? πŸ”Š

What technologies can help clean up rivers? πŸ”Š

New Zealand has a dirty rivers problem. In 2017, two-thirds of the country’s rivers were deemed too polluted to swim in. Given this, research is being carried out to find ways in which the country can attempt to clean up its rivers.

How does one model a pandemic?

How does one model a pandemic?

With basic mathematical models, researchers can begin to forecast the progression of diseases and understand the effect of interventions on disease spread.

Business & Economics

What is behind the recent oil price crash?

What is behind the recent oil price crash?

Having agreed to restrict production in recent years, it appears that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Russian Federation have been racing to outdo the other in crashing the price of oil.

What technologies can help clean up rivers? πŸ”Š

What technologies can help clean up rivers? πŸ”Š

New Zealand has a dirty rivers problem. In 2017, two-thirds of the country’s rivers were deemed too polluted to swim in. Given this, research is being carried out to find ways in which the country can attempt to clean up its rivers.

Fossil fuel-free superannuation: What is the deal? πŸ”Š

Fossil fuel-free superannuation: What is the deal? πŸ”Š

Last week an announcement was made by the government surrounding changes to default KiwiSaver funds. In a bid to align with the zero-carbon bill, in 2021 when the terms of default KiwiSaver end, they will no longer be able to invest in fossil fuels or illegal weaponry.

Arts & Culture

What’s at stake in West Papua?

What’s at stake in West Papua?

Dr Mark Busse and Sophie Faber examine West Papua’s history to see what’s at stake politically and economically in the current unrest

Why do people steal art? πŸ”Š

Why do people steal art? πŸ”Š

The recent heist at the Green Vault within the Dresden Castle in Germany has been speculated to be one of the largest art heists in history.

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