Uni Owns Shares in Weird Mouth-Clamp Device

Posted 12:55am Monday 9th August 2021 by Denzel Chung

Otago University, along with two researchers responsible for the DentalSlim Diet Control Device, holds shares in the company holding the global patent for the DentalSlim mouth-clamp.  The device uses magnets to clamp a patient’s jaw shut. It is designed to help weight-loss efforts. It Read more...

Earthquake Monitoring System Deployed

Posted 1:10am Monday 9th August 2021 by Fox Meyer

The Otago Earthquake Science Group, and Property Services, have installed four new “shake-sensors” on campus. Canterbury Seismic Instruments will monitor the accelerograph stations and help emergency services respond to a seismic event. You can see one of these new stations in the Read more...

Covid And Other Diseases Under Study At University

Posted 1:11am Monday 9th August 2021 by Alex Leckie-Zaharic

Ever wondered what all the pipes are above the Microbiology Building? Turns out they’re top-of-the-line vent systems for the University’s not-so-secret penthouse lab devoted to in-depth study of seriously infectious diseases such as Covid-19.  The Physical Containment Laboratory Read more...

Free Scooters for Jabs

Posted 1:29am Saturday 31st July 2021 by Denzel Chung

E-scooter operator Neuron announced that they will offer 10,000 $10 vouchers to people wanting to scooter to their Covid-19 vaccination appointments. They’re encouraging everyone eligible to take them up on the offer, including over-60s.  Beginning from July 30, people who have the Read more...

Student Volunteers Prop Up Science Festival

Posted 2:29pm Sunday 18th July 2021 by Asia Martusia King

The vast majority of volunteers at the New Zealand International Science Festival were students. The festival, which took place from 8 to 18 of July, saw a total number of 92 volunteers. Volunteer Coordinator Hannah says that around 80% of these were studying at Otago University.  This is Read more...

The Alpha Uterus: Is Period Syncing Real?

Posted 10:58pm Sunday 23rd May 2021 by Asia Martusia King

The Alpha Uterus. A uterus so formidable, brimming with such sheer hormonal force that it annexes the uteri around it, pulling them into orbit and causing them to sync up. Does such a legendary power really exist? Period syncing is based on the idea that when a bunch of menstruating folk live Read more...

Third of Anatomy Class Fails Exam On Their Own Bodies

Posted 2:26pm Monday 26th April 2021 by Alex Leckie-Zaharic

Anatomy students are mad after a third of students in the ANAT331 class failed a practical examination. Nearly four times as many students failed than got above 80%. The average grade for the assessment was 56.4%, or a C. One student achieved an A+. Only ten others achieved either an A or an Read more...

Building Sparks Animal Experiment Debate

Posted 12:46pm Monday 26th April 2021 by Denzel Chung

The opening of the University’s new multi-million dollar animal testing centre, the Eccles Building, has sparked debate between animal activists and students involved in animal experiments. Students involved in animal experiments have pushed back against animal welfare activists, arguing Read more...

Mythbusting: Academics take a crack at misconceptions in their field

Posted 3:58pm Sunday 28th March 2021 by Fox Meyer

It’s really easy to pretend that you know what you’re talking about. We know this because at Critic we’ve been calling ourselves “journalists” for nearly 100 years. Not being a scientist doesn’t stop people from getting on TV and filling a scientist’s Read more...

Second-Year Discovers New Species of Dolphin

Posted 10:55pm Saturday 13th March 2021 by Fox Meyer

Students have discovered what is “almost certainly” a new species of dolphin while on an annual geology field trip. The mandatory second year field trip spends one afternoon at the Tokorahi lime quarry, where students are given some time to poke around for fossils in the limestone Read more...

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