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Gravitational wave discovery – In the News

Posted in In the News on February 12th, 2016.

The discovery of tiny ripples in the fabric of space and time is causing big waves in national and global media. This morning scientists from the LIGO announced that they had detected gravitational waves, confirming predictions based on Einstein’s theory of relativity proposed 100 years ago. Read more about the discovery and expert reaction from […]

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Fear of gods’ wrath propelled growth of societies – In the news

Belief in the wrath of judgemental gods spurred the expansion of human societies, suggests a new study co-authored by New Zealanders. The researchers interviewed hundreds of people from eight diverse communities around the world — including Vanuatu and Fiji — who practised a wide range of religions. Studying people playing economic games, they found that […]

February 11th, 2016 Read full Story

Little penguins recent Aussie invaders – In the News

The little penguin species (popularly known as little blue penguins) found in southern New Zealand is a surprisingly recent invader from Australia, according to a new study led by University of Otago researchers. The research, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, analysed ancient DNA from the remains of over one hundred […]

February 5th, 2016 Read full Story

Human embryo gene editing gets UK go-ahead – Expert reaction

A regulatory body in the UK  has approved the first research application to use new ‘gene editing’ techniques on human embryos. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is the UK’s independent regulator overseeing the use of gametes and embryos in fertility treatment and research. The Authority has today approved a proposal for new research, led by […]

February 2nd, 2016 Read full Story

Whakatane fluoride decision fuels Govt re-think

The Whakatane District Council’s Policy Committee has voted narrowly in favour removing fluoride from the District’s public water supplies. Following last week’s decision, representatives of local and central government have weighed in on the issue of who should have the final say over community water fluoridation. The Royal Society of New Zealand and the Office […]

February 1st, 2016 Read full Story

#RoyalCam gets up close with nesting albatross

A family of Northern royal albatross nesting on the Otago Peninsula have become internet stars thanks to a 24-7 live web cam set up by the Department of Conservation. The Department launched the #royalcam at Taiaroa Head — the world’s only mainland Albatross colony — today. The camera is trained on the nest of a […]

January 26th, 2016 Read full Story

2015 Hottest year on record – NASA, NOAA

Earth’s 2015 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Globally-averaged temperatures in 2015 shattered the previous mark set in 2014 by 0.13 Celsius. The warming effects of the current El Niño climate pattern contributed to the […]

January 21st, 2016 Read full Story

Academics ‘appalled’ at alcohol report – In the News

Two academics have slammed an industry-funded report claiming alcohol has little impact on night-time violence in Australia and New Zealand. Researchers Nicki Jackson from the University of Auckland and Professor Kypros Kypri from the University of Otago and the University of Newcastle in Australia, published their critique of a report funded by the alcohol industry this week in […]

January 14th, 2016 Read full Story

Testing for drugs down the drain – In the News

Prime Minister John Key this month revealed $5.1m extra in funding allocated to anti-drug initiatives, including $220,000 to allow for wastewater analysis to test for illicit drug use. The testing will monitor the trace levels of drugs and drug by-products in sewage and wastewater, providing population-level data on what drugs people in an area are […]

December 22nd, 2015 Read full Story

Minimum alcohol price impact on drinkers – In the News

A new study has stirred up discussion on imposing a minimum price per standard drink to curb heavy and dangerous drinking. The authors of a survey of dependent drinkers at an Auckland clinic conclude that “it seems likely that a minimum pricing regime would result in an overall reduction in alcohol consumption” in this group. […]

December 18th, 2015 Read full Story


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