James Scott

James Scott

Associate Professor in Geology, University of Otago
My research interests span:
Meteorites, solar nebula and planetary geology
Earth’s mantle composition, history, melting
Metamorphism, mineralisation and fluid flow
Subduction zones and element redistribution
Environmental geochemistry
Zealandia’s tectonics

Space Science Series

As the Perseverance rover lands on Mars, there's a lot we already know about Mars from meteorites found on Earth

Feb 20, 2021 12:10 pm UTC| Science

NASAs Perseverance rover successfully touched down on Mars this morning, and has already begun beaming back images. But people might be surprised to learn there have been another 48 missions to the red planet so far. Of...



Sony brought to court for PlayStation Store exclusivity practice

Sony is the latest major company that may be facing a lawsuit. The Japanese company may be sued as its PlayStation Store reportedly stopped allowing third-party stores such as Amazon and Best Buy to sell its digital game...

Wendy's introduces new burger called Bourbon Bacon Cheeseburger

Wendys is offering something new, and it is not a chicken sandwich. Taking a short break from the chicken war, the fast-food chain introduced its newest cheeseburger called the Bourbon Bacon Cheeseburger. Market Watch...

Roche Diagnostics Korea gets a nod for its COVID-19 test

Roche Diagnostics Korea revealed on Thursday, May 6, that it was granted approval for its Cobas test, a testing device used to detect severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus in laboratories. Roche Diagnostics...

Dollar General opening more stores as economy slowly recovers

Dollar General is opening new stores, and it was said that these new outlets will make up half of the new stores that are being opened in the U.S. this year. Apparently, this shows that the variety store chain is seeing...


Donald Trump social media ban: Facebook oversight board to announce decision on ex-POTUS' suspension

Former President Donald Trump has been away from social media for several months following the January 6 insurrection. Facebook is already turning to its oversight board to make a decision regarding the former presidents...

Joe Biden COVID-19 vaccine: House Democrats want POTUS to waive vaccine patents

With over 200 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines already administered, many are now urging US President Joe Biden to provide help to other countries. House Democrats are now urging Biden to waive the vaccine patents...

Hillary Clinton warns of consequences the US will face following withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan

US President Joe Bidens decision to finally withdraw US troops from Afghanistan was met with mixed reactions across the board. While many praised the decision, others, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,...

Nancy Pelosi blasts House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy for promoting COVID-19 relief plan provision despite opposition

The successful passage of Joe Bidens COVID-19 relief plan was done on party lines without any support from Republican lawmakers. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called out House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy for promoting...


First human-monkey embryos created – a small step towards a huge ethical problem

Scientists have created the worlds first monkey embryos containing human cells in an attempt to investigate how the two types of cell develop alongside each other. The embryos, which were derived from a macaque and then...

Shifting toward 'open peer review'

Twenty years ago, it was difficult to find information about local restaurants, except from the restaurants themselves. Now, thanks to the Internet, independent evaluations are easy to find. Its past time we make that the...

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter flight on Mars opens up new frontiers in space exploration

History has been made on Mars: NASAs Ingenuity helicopter just achieved the first powered and controlled flight on another planet. Ingenuity is a small, lightweight, drone-like helicopter that was carried on the...

How we found hints of new particles or forces of nature – and why it could change physics

Seven years ago, a huge magnet was transported over 3,200 miles (5,150km) across land and sea, in the hope of studying a subatomic particle called a muon. Muons are closely related to electrons, which orbit every atom...

How scientists are restoring boreal peatlands to help keep carbon in the ground

Peatlands are one of the most valuable terrestrial ecosystems in our fight against climate change. These deep layers of partially decayed plants and other organic material are tens of thousands of years old. Globally,...


Google Account users to be automatically enrolled in two-factor authentication ‘soon'

Google celebrated World Password Day by reminding its users how vulnerable these sets of characters can be. On that note, the tech giant announced its plan to have Google Account users be automatically enrolled to...

E3 2021 adds Square Enix, Bandai Namco, Gearbox, and Sega in participating companies

More well-known video game developers and publishers are confirmed to join this years Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The announcement comes nearly a month after the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) confirmed...

Nintendo has now sold more than 84 million Switch consoles

Nintendo Switch continues to reach new records in terms of unit sales amid a year of pandemic and the launch of new-gen consoles from Microsoft and Sony. The Japanese video games giant has updates the portable consoles...

Krafton relaunches ‘PUBG Mobile’ as ‘Battlegrounds Mobile India’ in the region

The much-awaited announcement of PUBG Mobiles relaunch for Indian gamers finally happened with the franchises South Korean developer, Krafton, leading the efforts. The company also maintained that the players privacy and...
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