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Hikurangi ‘Megathrust’ potential to be studied – In the News

Posted in In the News on September 26th, 2016.

GNS Science will lead a multi-million dollar study investigating the Hikurangi subduction zone and what danger it might pose to New Zealand. NZ Herald science reporter Jamie Morton highlighted the study, which has received $6.5 million in funding from the Government’s Endeavour Fund. The scientists will examine the Hikurangi subduction zone, where the Pacific tectonic plate […]

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120 rats with 25 traps – In the News

A New Zealand-made self-resetting rat and possum trap has garnered more praise after a student’s research project tested its efficiency against traditional traps. Bay of Plenty Polytechnic student Chantal Lilas tested out Wellington-based company Goodnature’s self-resetting trap over a 10-day period in Taneatua Forest, Bay of Plenty. She set up 25 of the self-resetting traps […]

September 23rd, 2016 Read full Story

Flu project reveals “large invisible iceberg” of disease

Preliminary findings from a multi-million dollar, five-year international flu study reveal the extent to which people are infected by influenza viruses. The new data, generated from the Southern Hemisphere Influenza and Vaccine Effectiveness Research and Surveillance (SHIVERS) study shows that about one in five people were infected with influenza, with even higher numbers for young […]

September 21st, 2016 Read full Story

Stronger regulations needed for loose tobacco – In the News

University of Otago public health researchers are calling on policy makers to develop stronger regulation of loose tobacco to curb the growing popularity of the cheaper option among New Zealand’s young adults. Their research, published in Tobacco Control, found young adults who used roll-your-own tobacco associated the product with being more natural and less harmful. ASPIRE2025 co-director […]

September 20th, 2016 Read full Story

Obese children at risk of serious illness – In the News

Researchers at the University of Auckland studying obese Kiwi kids have found early warning signs that the children are at risk of developing serious problems like type-2 diabetes, heart and liver disease. Over 200 Taranaki children and teenagers took part in a 12-month intervention programme involving home visits from a health professional. At the start […]

September 19th, 2016 Read full Story

Excess sugar harmful and hard to avoid – In the News

It is difficult to work out how much sugar is added to food and drinks, and therefore excess sugar is difficult to avoid despite being harmful to health, according to a report from the Royal Society. Released today, the factsheet summarises evidence on the role of sugar in health, especially in relation to diseases such […]

September 15th, 2016 Read full Story

What’s the future of recreational fishing? – In the News

A new report from the New Zealand Initiative – the first of three – suggests recreational fishers might face greater restrictions unless fisheries are better managed. Report author Dr Randall Bess said with a growing population, the relaxed fishing rights Kiwis currently enjoy might not be sustainable in the future. More information about the report […]

September 14th, 2016 Read full Story

Call to arms to avert climate change losses – In the News

A group of international scientists – including a New Zealander – is calling for a global effort to help predict how climate change will affect species. While sophisticated mathematical models can help scientists forecast outcomes under climate change, they’re only as good as the data that goes into the models, the researchers wrote in Science. […]

September 12th, 2016 Read full Story

Promising steps toward gonorrhoea vaccine – In the News

Researchers at the University of Auckland have found a vaccine used to protect Kiwis against Meningococcal B also provides some protection against gonorrhoea. Lead researcher Dr Helen Petousis-Harris presented the findings at a conference in England over the weekend. Though gonorrhoea is a major public health challenge, there has been little progress in developing a vaccine. […]

September 12th, 2016 Read full Story

Science shines at awards

Four scientists were honoured on Thursday at an awards ceremony that also recognised one of New Zealand’s historic science stars.  The New Zealand Association of Scientists held its awards ceremony in Wellington on Thursday night, recognising long-term fundamental science with significant value for New Zealand. The awards this year included the Beatrice Hill Tinsley Medal, […]

September 9th, 2016 Read full Story


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