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The science of a predator-free NZ – In the News

Posted in In the News on July 27th, 2016.

The Government’s announcement to aim for a ‘predator-free New Zealand’ by 2050 has been widely covered by media – both here at home and internationally – this week. While the initial announcement made a splash in both local and international media, now the question is: how might such an ambitious plan be pulled off? Self-resetting traps, genetic […]

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Gene linked to obesity – In the News

Research published this week has found one of the strongest genetic links to obesity, with carriers having a 35 per cent increased risk of developing obesity.  The US-based researchers found the genetic variant in Samoan populations, where they have been studying the high rate of obesity. About 45 per cent of the Samoan groups examined […]

July 27th, 2016 Read full Story

Govt’s predator-free pledge – In the News

The Government announced today an ambitious target to make New Zealand predator free by 2050. Prime Minister John Key made the announcement in Wellington’s Zealandia wildlife sanctuary, echoing the call that physicist Sir Paul Callaghan made shortly before his death in 2012. Key said the Government would invest $28 million over four years to establish […]

July 25th, 2016 Read full Story

Sinking Dunedin’s flood risk – In the News

Reclaimed land in South Dunedin might be sinking faster than other areas, GNS Science researchers have found, coinciding with a push by the regional council to decide how to handle natural hazard risk in the region. Satellite data from ground stations around Dunedin show land might be sinking about 1mm a year – according to […]

July 19th, 2016 Read full Story

Roadmap for NZ science – In the News

On Friday, the Government released a discussion paper to identify the areas of scientific knowledge needed to support decision-making for conservation and environment policy and management. The Department of Conservation and Ministry for the Environment jointly released the discussion paper Conservation and Environment Science Roadmap. It identifies big issues and possible research directions for New […]

July 18th, 2016 Read full Story

Dunedin’s International Science Festival – In the News

Dunedin has once again played host to the International Science Festival, which comes to town every two years bringing scientists and science fans together. The festival finishes on July 16, but this week has sparked a range of media coverage of the events. Sessions included concussions in sport, 3D technology, women in science and a […]

July 15th, 2016 Read full Story

Australia AIDS free? – In the News

Australian officials made headlines this week when they announced that AIDS was no longer an epidemic in their country, but New Zealand researchers warned against complacency. The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) announced that with the extraordinary progress made against AIDS, it is now possible to “virtually eliminate” HIV infections in Australia. Head of the […]

July 12th, 2016 Read full Story

Extinct sea lion discovered, raises by-catch concern – In the News

The discovery of an extinct sea lion from the Chatham Islands has researchers concerned that modern levels of by-catch could drive the remaining local species extinct. University of Otago scientists identified the extinct Chatham Island sea lion and found it was genetically distinct from the modern population that lives in the Auckland and Campbell Islands […]

July 12th, 2016 Read full Story

Thumb-suckers and nail-biters defended against allergies – In the News

Children who suck their thumb or chew their nails are less likely to develop allergies later in life, researchers from the Dunedin Study have found. The Dunedin Study – featured in documentary series Why am I? – has been following a cohort of 1037 participants since they were born in 1972-73. Their latest results, published in Pediatrics, have […]

July 12th, 2016 Read full Story

Simple baby sleeping device could save lives – In the News

A simple device thought to improve the safety of babies sharing their parents’ bed has not been supported by the Government, despite numerous calls from coroners. Pepi-pods or wahakura are small bassinets that allow babies to co-sleep with their parents with less risk of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI), commonly known as cot death. University […]

July 11th, 2016 Read full Story


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