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.

Society
Aug 3, 2021

All thoroughbred horses in the southern hemisphere had a birthday on Sunday

It's not some fluke of biology. It's about racing.

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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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Science
Jun 10, 2021
Science
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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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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