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NZ Company reveals low cost rockets

Posted in In the News on July 30th, 2014.

New Zealand based company Rocket Lab has unveiled its low cost rocket, Electron, which they claim will revolutionise the commercial space industry The company officially launched the Electron programme at their Auckland headquarters this week.  The carbon composite rocket has a price tag of $5 million US and Rocket Lab’s CEO Peter Beck says it […]

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Calls to monitor skin cancer – Press

The front page of today’s Press featured scientists calling on the Ministry of Health to better monitor skin cancers. An excerpt (read in full here): Thousands of lives could be at risk from a skin cancer epidemic, with experts pleading with the Ministry of Health to take action. Non-melanoma skin cancer is estimated to cost […]

July 28th, 2014 Read full Story

Restoring species no easy task

The goal of protecting threatened animal species in a pristine, untouched habitat is becoming “increasingly unobtainable” according to a new article in Science. The research review from New Zealand scientists highlights Earth’s disappearing animals as well as the complications that arise when humans try to conserve them. The article, authored by Prof Philip Seddon from […]

July 25th, 2014 Read full Story

The environmental footprint of meat – 3 News

3 News reporter Adrien Taylor looks in the environmental costs of meat in New Zealand following a widely reported US study in PNAS. An extract (read in full and watch the news clip here): A new study into the environmental impact of meat production has singled out beef as the worst offender. The study says […]

July 23rd, 2014 Read full Story

Report examines risk factors for poor child health

Poor housing, maternal depression and money worries are just some of the risk factors that can affect a young child’s health and, according to a new report, the majority of Kiwi kids will be exposed to some of these risk factors in their first few years of life. A new report based on data from […]

July 22nd, 2014 Read full Story

Royal Society review looks into the future of New Zealand

New Zealand’s population is changing and we need to be ready to face the challenges that come with it, according to a new review. Our Futures: Te Pae Tawhiti, released today by an expert panel of the Royal Society of New Zealand, pulls together the latest data from the 2013 census and expert input to […]

July 16th, 2014 Read full Story

Listener: The harm on the farm

The New Zealand Listener’s latest editorial looks at the issue of animal welfare in New Zealand, particularly in the pork industry. An excerpt: (read in full here) Continuing revelations of cruel treatment of pigs in some New Zealand piggeries are a matter of concern on so many fronts politicians should be falling over themselves to […]

July 11th, 2014 Read full Story

No yetis yet – UK research

Through DNA analysis of 36 different hair samples, Oxford researchers have found no proof of the existence of an anomalous primate like the yeti or bigfoot. Legends of the existence of a yeti, sasquatch or almasty have long been avoided by the wider modern scientific community, which has left advocates of these creatures feeling “rejected […]

July 4th, 2014 Read full Story

NZ stargazers key in discovery of unusual exoplanet

A newly discovered exoplanet exhibits curious behaviour, orbiting just one member of a pair of stars in a binary star system, researchers report, nearly ignoring the companion star. The international team of academic and amateur astronomers who compiled the data to identify the planet included many New Zealanders; researchers from the University of Auckland, Massey […]

July 4th, 2014 Read full Story

Scientists to drill deep into Alpine Fault

Scientist are planning to drill deep in the Alpine Fault to learn more about the fault and the earthquakes it produces with surprising regularity – at least in geological terms. The location is regarded by scientists as one of the best sites in the world to study the inner workings of a major plate boundary fault. […]

June 26th, 2014 Read full Story


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