1 NEWS The Alpine Fault runs from Fiordland to Marlborough at the top of the mainland and marks the boundary between the Pacific and Australian plates. You’ve probably logged onto the GeoNet website and seen some startling numbers. If not, go have a look. There’s a 6 per cent chance of a magnitude-7 earthquake in central New Zealand in the next year. There’s an 8 per cent chance of a magnitude-7 earthquake (or larger) in the East Cape in the next 12 months. You’ve also probably recently heard the next Alpine Fault earthquake will likely happen sooner than we thought. These are what's called earthquake forecasts. They outline the chance of an earthquake occurring over a certain time period. They’re not predictions. Predictions are different, and we’ll get back to them. Forecasts have a hidden impact on your life. Some inform the standards behind new buildings. They may even hit your pocket through changes in insurance premiums. So what are they exactly, and how do … [Read more...] about Working out where the next big earthquake will come from
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In 2010, psychologists and behavioral scientists had a revolutionary realization : All humans are not the same as the North American college students. Earlier, the assumption was that human beings share fundamental cognitions, behaviors, biologies, and emotions, so why study others? For example, one might assume that how our pupils dilate might not be too different across the world. However, this is apparently not true. A study comparing European and Moken children (from the islands of Asia's Andaman Sea) found that the former, when underwater, widen their pupils, while the latter constrict them to improve vision. Thus, apparently European children, because they do not usually need to see properly underwater, have blurry eyes when they are underwater. Moken children, who live a semi-nomadic life based on the sea, however, need to visually focus to perform underwater tasks, such as foraging food. So, apparently, cultural experiences even change your biology. Let’s consider … [Read more...] about Psychology’s WEIRD Problem
There came a point playing the latest Doom Eternal DLC where I realised I was laughing. No joke had been cracked, and nothing obviously amusing had happened on screen. I was just…laughing. It was a purely physiological reaction, my distinctly low-octane body's response to the adrenaline suddenly coursing through it like floodwater through some forgotten drain. I'm not sure how long I'd been sitting at my computer honking like a startled goose, but to me it was a clear indicator Doom Eternal is the best shooter I've ever encountered. I've played countless FPS's over the years, and laughed at them for many reasons. A witty one-liner, a slapstick death, an enemy getting its foot caught in the world geometry and flipping out like one of those tube-guys you see outside American car dealerships. But I've never had one make me laugh because the alternative was to suffer an aneurysm. What's especially bizarre about this is when I first played Doom Eternal, I was underwhelmed. I'm a big … [Read more...] about Doom Eternal has ruined all other shooters for me
There's a very sci-fi haunting at the heart of The Signifier: Director's Cut. Instead of pursuing spirits in dark houses to find out what happened to them; you're playing back AI-constructed brain scans and exploring the memories they contain for much the same reason. The two might not sound that much alike but both involve watching echoes of people long gone and trying to fill in the gaps. Who was this digital spirit? Why did they die? Spiritual artifacts It's the way that these memories are articulated that really make The Signifier feel special though. The AI reconstructions of the dead woman's memories are glitchy and warped in recognizable ways and feel like bad 3D scans full of low res textures and geometry, that undulate based on the detail of the recollection. The more vivid or important the moment, the higher the fidelity, while some unimportant room corner might be little more than a picture of a room corner if it wasn't a big focus of an event. The idea might be pure … [Read more...] about Have you tried…playing The Matrix meets The Haunting of Bly Manor in The Signifier: Director’s Cut?
IT’S something we’ve all experienced, be it at work or in relationships. But stress contributes to more deaths than any other condition and is linked to 60 per cent of diseases. With the year we’ve all had, it’s only getting worse. Almost 80 per cent of us say they’ve experienced stress at work in the last year, compared to 59 per cent in 2018. Meanwhile, almost two thirds of people have felt more stressed since the start of the first lockdown. And in the last 12 months, 74 per cent of adults admit to feeling so stressed that at some point they’ve felt unable to cope. So, as we start to see promising signs the pandemic is easing here, there are worrying signs we are on the brink of the next major health crisis — a stress epidemic. When our ancestors roamed Earth, living in caves and wearing loincloths, stress was a life-saving reaction. It triggers instant seismic changes in our brains and bodies. It sets off a change, from our parasympathetic nervous or … [Read more...] about Are YOU dangerously stressed? Take our test now – as stress epidemic threatens to be ‘next major health crisis’