Mirjam Guesgen

Mirjam Guesgen is a science journalist with an interest in stories that examine an issue from many angles: science, law, culture, psychology or philosophy. Her work has been published in The Globe and Mail, Motherboard, The Cut, Canadian Geographic, Aeon, Seeker, Maisonneuve, The Record, The New Zealand Herald, The New Zealand Listener and VetScript magazine. She also writes for the YouTube channels SciShow and Hot Mess as well as her own dedicated science channel ScienceWrapNZ.

Science
Oct 11, 2021

The unsteady, underpaid reality of life as a New Zealand scientist

Scientists have been among the heroes of the pandemic, but away from the headlines their careers are more precarious than ever.

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Science
Oct 4, 2021
pregnant woman with smoke clouds

The science behind pregnancy and weed remains hazy

Doctors advise against it. The Ministry of Health says to stop it. But it is very likely that some people are smoking cannabis while pregnant.

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Science
Sep 27, 2021

Who *can't* get the Covid-19 vaccine?

There aren't many reasons. But they're important. We sort the rumour from the fact.

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Science
Sep 24, 2021

What is rapid testing and when is it coming to New Zealand?

DIY Covid-19 tests are all the rage overseas but how do they work and are they any good?

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Science
Sep 13, 2021
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Sep 9, 2021

New tactics against predators and pests promise to be more effective and humane

New Zealand is ready to think outside the trap-box when it comes to getting rid of pests.

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Science
Sep 6, 2021

The truth about ivermectin

Begin by asking yourself: Am I a cow? Am I a horse?

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Society
Aug 26, 2021

‘Geoengineering’ was once all the rage. What happened?

Space mirrors, light-reflecting clouds or carbon-sapping machines could all help fight climate change. But few scientists are still talking about them, at least publicly.

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Science
Aug 16, 2021

Maybe we should be shouting at clouds

In the face of the climate crisis, are clouds the bad guys?

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Science
Aug 11, 2021

There’s a glimmer of hope within the bleak climate report

The outpouring of effort into improving climate science means something.

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Society
Aug 3, 2021
Science
Jul 30, 2021

The cutting-edge tech helping NZ athletes shave seconds from their times

Incredible ability, tireless hard work and great coaching are no longer enough to ensure success on the global sporting stage. You need the right tech, too.

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Science
Jul 21, 2021

The Toa conundrum: DOC faces tough call on what’s next for the celebrity orca

'Internationally recognised practice for separated cetaceans this young is either lifelong human care or euthanasia.'

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Politics
Jul 21, 2021

Fight against rodeo moves to court as animal welfare groups sue government

Based on their track record, they may just succeed in getting rodeo banned.

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Science
Jul 19, 2021

Could this new Covid test be a passport to the world?

It's all about immunity – and being vaccinated is just one element.

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Science
Jul 12, 2021

Why do some people get more sick from Covid? New research reveals the role genetics plays

A massive global genetic analysis has added to our understanding of who’s more likely to catch Covid - and who's more likely to fall seriously ill.

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Jun 10, 2021
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Jun 9, 2021

In sports, major consequences from years of ‘minor’ knocks to the head

There's a growing body of overseas evidence that repeated small blows to the head can lead to chronic brain injuries. Is that true in New Zealand too?

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Science
Jun 1, 2021

Rule changes on embryo use could lead to improvements to IVF success rate

The stage is set for New Zealand to allow more research into infertility and better IVF treatments.

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Science
May 28, 2021

Can we save the planet by paying animals, plants and bacteria – and getting them to spend?

An 'interspecies currency' is being touted as a way to give nature some financial power.

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Science
May 5, 2021

Your mobile phone could soon warn you of earthquakes. How does it work?

Google is launching its Android Earthquake Alerts System in NZ, but what information does it draw on, and how useful will it be in an quake-prone country?

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Science
Apr 29, 2021

Glaciers are shrinking everywhere – but they’re melting fastest in New Zealand

A new study reveals the startling rate at which the South Island's spectacular glaciers are melting away.

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Science
Apr 20, 2021

Covid-19 vaccines and blood clots: everything you need to know

Cases of this adverse reaction are extremely rare, but some countries are proceeding with caution.

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Science
Apr 19, 2021

The New Zealand scientists trying to make brain-controlled robots a thing

Brain-controlled robotics are becoming increasingly advanced and increasingly common. But what are the benefits – and risks – of such technology?

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Politics
Apr 15, 2021

Live animal exports have always been a problem

New Zealand is set to become the first country in the world to introduce a comprehensive ban on live animal exports. Here's why.

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Science
Apr 9, 2021

Are rocket launches rubbishing our backyard?

The fuel, the noise, the bits that drop off – it all adds up.

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