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Climate and canoe offer colonisation clues

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

Two new studies from Australian and New Zealand authors have shed light on the travels of the first Polynesian settlers of New Zealand. Computer modelling of historical wind patterns, published in PNAS, suggest that the prevailing Pacific winds in during 1100-1300 AD would have been very favourable to Polynesian settlers travelling to Easter Island and […]

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Climate change centre stage at UN summit

The United Nations Climate Summit, concluding in New York this week, has put climate policy firmly back on the political agenda. High-profile leaders such as Barack Obama and David Cameron were among the some 100 Heads of State at the international summit, which aimed to raise political momentum towards a new climate agreement to be thrashed […]

September 26th, 2014 Read full Story

Paracetamol in pregnancy linked to ADHD – research

Using paracetamol, one of the mainstays of over-the-counter pain relief, during pregnancy has been linked to the development of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children, according to new research. The University of Auckland study, published today in the journal PLOS ONE, found that self-reported paracetamol use by pregnant women was linked to development of […]

September 26th, 2014 Read full Story

Superbugs and 3D printing – 3rd Degree

Antibiotic resistance and 3D printing — and the scientists who study them — garnered prime-time screen time on the latest episodes of TV3’s current affairs show 3rd Degree.  Last night’s segment on antibiotic resistance looked at the growing threat to our supply of antibiotic drugs, prescribing guidelines and the search for new antimicrobial agents in fungi and bacteriophages. Paula Penfold spoke to […]

September 25th, 2014 Read full Story

‘Scientific whaling’ decision – experts respond

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has voted in favour of a resolution restricting Japan’s scientific whaling program, but a representative of the country says they will proceed anyway. At a four day meeting in Slovenia, the commission voted in favour of a resolution put forward by New Zealand to impose limits on future scientific whaling […]

September 19th, 2014 Read full Story

Collaboration aims for rheumatic fever vaccine

Australian and New Zealand researchers are teaming up to tackle the challenge of developing a vaccine for rheumatic fever. The Coalition to Advance New Vaccines for Group A Streptococcus (CANVAS), announced this week, is a new initiative funded by the governments of New Zealand and Australia. The collaboration aims to develop a vaccine against Group […]

September 18th, 2014 Read full Story

Artificial sweeteners and glucose intolerance – experts respond

A new study published in Nature suggests that consuming commonly used artificial sweeteners may actually increase the body’s post-meal uptake of sugars and the risk of developing glucose intolerance. The Israeli researchers tested a range of non-caloric artificial sweeteners including saccharin, aspartame and sucralose, often used in diet soft drinks and sugar-free desserts, on mice and and collected data from […]

September 18th, 2014 Read full Story

MBIE funding for New Zealand science

The government has announced the recipients of the 2014 Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment funding round, injecting $139 million into innovative and exciting research projects over the next six years. Of a total 207 initial proposals, 48 research programmes were selected to be funded in the biological industries, high-value manufacturing and services, energy and […]

September 16th, 2014 Read full Story

Pot-smoking teens less likely to finish high school

Frequent teenage cannabis use is linked with less educational achievement and other problems later in life, according to New Zealand and Australian research. Individuals who are daily users of cannabis before age 17 are less likely to complete high school or obtain a degree compared with those who have never used the drug, new research published […]

September 11th, 2014 Read full Story

Increased DOC predator control in the news

The media attention is back on pests such as rats and stoats as the Department of Conservation (DOC) gears up for one the largest predator control operations ever attempted in New Zealand. Aerial 1080 drops will be getting underway in Kahurangi National Park later this month, as part of a national effort to combat soaring […]

September 10th, 2014 Read full Story


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