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
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
Cattle Imports Arrive in Indonesia from Australia

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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Science
Apr 2, 2021

How a new discovery about virus ‘goalies’ could lead to even better Covid vaccines

New research might have identified weak spots in the Covid-19 virus molecule that could make for even more potent vaccines and treatments in the future.

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Science
Mar 29, 2021

As India confronts a ‘double mutation’, what is the state of Covid variants, and what do they mean for vaccines?

India has reported a new, double mutation coronavirus variant. Mirjam Guesgen explains what that means.

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Science
Mar 18, 2021

NZ scientists set to lose out on major embryo research breakthrough

A new embryo model could change the way scientists overseas research fertility and prenatal development – but the methods they use won't fly here.

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Science
Mar 15, 2021

Ant art: The exhibition of paintings created entirely by artificial intelligence

No human made the art hanging on the walls of this Wellington art gallery – it's the creation of the 'mind' of an algorithm.

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Science
Mar 9, 2021

How did an air crew member test positive after having a Covid vaccine jab?

We learned yesterday that a flight attendant tested positive after having had their first dose of vaccine.

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Science
Feb 19, 2021

Flippin’ heck! The Earth’s magnetic poles can swap places 

Nearly 42,000 years ago, the Earth got flipped turned upside down. It caused total chaos. And it might happen again soon.

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Science
Feb 16, 2021

Know with the flow: Fact-checking Libra’s pad trivia

How much can you trust the information you’re pulling off a pad wrapper?

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Science
Feb 9, 2021

The house that climate built

Achieving our emission reduction obligations means changing the nature of our homes. Here's how we can do that.

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Science
Feb 1, 2021

What if tourists aren’t in fact a blight to native birds, but a blessing? 

Nature does pretty well without us, right? Not always...

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Science
Jan 25, 2021

Trees are our great weapons against climate change. But what if they stop soaking?

A new study suggests that trees' ability to soak up carbon could expire. Eek.

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Tech
Jan 20, 2021

It’s time to rethink the internet

The internet ain’t what it used to be, thanks to privacy issues, data leaks, censorship and hate speech. But a group of New Zealanders are working on a way to give power back to the people. 

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Society
Aug 30, 2020

‘Can my dog get high?’ and other questions about cannabis pet products

People aren’t the only ones who can partake in pot. Mirjam Guesgen delves into the world of weed for pets. 

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Science
Apr 17, 2020

Millions of dollars announced for NZ studies into Covid-19 and its effects

A slew of new research projects into Covid-19 and its national and global impacts are set to get underway.

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Society
Apr 9, 2020

The secret to rapidly increasing Covid-19 tests? The pool

Why bulk testing of samples could be the way forward for coronavirus surveillance in New Zealand.

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Science
Apr 6, 2020

The next big thing in Covid-19 testing could be floating beneath you

Scientists want to search for evidence of the coronavirus in sewage.

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Science
Apr 2, 2020

Australia begins testing possible Covid-19 vaccines

Pre-clinical trials will assess how effective and safe the potential vaccines are using an animal model before human testing.

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Society
Oct 11, 2019

Pest control advice from a tiny Canadian town: Get stuffed

A small Canadian town has the weirdest answer to its pest problem – a museum of stuffed and costumed animal dioramas that has become a cult tourist attraction.

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Science
Sep 20, 2019

Does saving the planet mean the end of the sausage sizzle?

Just how much of an impact would a shift to vegetarian diets have on the battle to halt climate change, asks Mirjam Guesgen.

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Business
Sep 19, 2019

How our emissions trading scheme is changing, and what it means for business

Covering Climate Now: Charging businesses for their greenhouse gas emissions seems simple enough, but in New Zealand, at least, emissions keep on rising. Is the system flawed, or is it how we're implementing it?

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Science
Sep 18, 2019

Putting a cork in cow burps (and farts)

More than a third of all of NZ’s greenhouse emissions come from sheep and cattle. There's no easy solution, but a variety of anti-methane methods are being developed to curb this gaseous issue. 

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Business
Sep 17, 2019

Should you choose to offset your emissions, and where does the money go?

It's an appealing, guilt-assuaging idea. But what does it really amount to?

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Science
Sep 16, 2019

Our climate story: Life in Auckland and Southland in 2050

Covering Climate Now: A changing climate means changing landscapes and changing lives. This is what it looks like, according to experts.

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