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‘Scientific whaling’ decision – experts respond

Posted in In the News on September 19th, 2014.

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 […]

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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

Any diet works, if it’s one you can stick to

A new study comparing the outcomes of popular diets, such as Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers and the Atkins Diet among others, has not found any real difference in weight loss between them. The research, published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, analysed the results of 48 clinical trials involving 7200 overweight and obese adults. […]

September 4th, 2014 Read full Story

Ancient kaka ‘cousin’ found in the Chatham Islands

New Zealand officially has a new species of parrot, but unfortunately it has already been extinct for several hundred years. A study, led by Landcare Research, analysed fossil parrot bones from the Chatham Islands and confirmed that they represent a distinct species that is unique to the island group but closely related to New Zealand’s kaka. Scientists […]

September 3rd, 2014 Read full Story

Sheepdogs round up the rules for crowd control

Scientists have found two simple rules behind how sheepdogs manage to round up and move sheep so efficiently, which they hope can be used in designing robots for crowd control or environmental cleanup. The study, published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface this week, involved strapping backpacks with GPS units to sheepdogs and sheep and […]

August 28th, 2014 Read full Story

World Science Week underway in Auckland

Auckland is abuzz with science as a number of high-level conferences kick off in the city. The events are taking place under the banner of World Science Week New Zealand, supported by the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. In addition to a number of conferences, there is […]

August 26th, 2014 Read full Story


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