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Summer Series 2014
This is a special series of stories put out to the media in the 2013/2014 summer.
Summer Series Week 1: What the world around you can tell you about the weather
16 December 2013
Forecasting whether we're in for a hot, dry holiday or wet, humid conditions this summer can be a complex and tricky business - Mother Nature can tell us about the weather ahead, just by observing patterns and sequences.
Summer Series Week 2: Science holiday fun for kids
30 December 2013
Science experiments can be fun, messy, done in the dark or even while you're asleep. Here are some holiday ideas children – and their parents – can do over the summer break.
Summer Series Week 3: Beaches buffer our shores from Mother Nature’s might
17 December 2013
Read about how beaches are Nature's way of protecting sea front real estate and infrastructure against high winds and waves.
Summer Series Week 4: When aliens attack
19 December 2013
Your favourite lake may look picturesque, calm and inviting but beware what lurks beneath – aliens are on the attack.
Summer Series Week 5: Bacteria: do you know you’re soaking in them?
17 January 2014
Next time you head down to the beach for a swim scientist Els Maas would be delighted if you spare a thought for the invisible workhorses of the ocean.
Summer series Week 7: Scallops, a summer delicacy
24 January 2014
Freshly caught scallops sizzling on the barbeque are a Kiwi summer treat – but their annual abundance can be a changing feast.
Summer series extra: Beware the humidity blues
21 January 2014
In summer, extreme humidity – high and low – can send us round the bend. So what is it, why does it make us feel so bad, and how can we beat it?