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Dentists launch war on sugar – In the News

Posted in In the News on December 9th, 2016.

The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) has launched a new consensus statement on sugary drinks, calling for better information for the public about negative impacts of excess sugar. Launched today, the consensus statement highlights seven areas for action: An icon on drinks indicating the amount of sugar in teaspoons Independent monitoring of food marketing, with […]

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Whitebait fishery isn’t being monitored – In the News

As another whitebait season ends, scientists say we can’t tell whether the fishery is sustainable because there are no measurements of the population. Massey University freshwater ecologist Dr Mike Joy told Newshub that failing to look after the freshwater environment was “coming home to roost for us now we’re seeing freshwater fish disappear”. He said […]

December 8th, 2016 Read full Story

Effects of Kaikoura quake evident – In the News

Three weeks after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the South Island, isolating the coastal town of Kaikoura and shutting buildings in Wellington, the impact of the shake on the South Island’s geology is apparent. GeoNet scientists have been up in the air spotting landslides in the Kaikouras and Southern Alps – they estimate between 80,000 […]

December 6th, 2016 Read full Story

Summer arrives along with Antarctic research – In the News

With the summer season kicking off, it’s not all BBQs and beaches: many scientists are heading south for the Antarctic research season. As Kiwi scientists head to the ice, they’ve featured in New Zealand media – especially given astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s emergency evacuation from the South Pole to Christchurch, where he is recuperating from symptoms […]

December 5th, 2016 Read full Story

Kiwi scientists’ diabetes breakthrough – In the News

New Zealand researchers have uncovered a new mechanism that controls how insulin is released in the body, raising hopes for developing targeted treatments for type-2 diabetes. The research, published today in The Journal of Biological Chemistry, was led by University of Auckland’s Professor Peter Shepherd. Prof Shepherd told RadioLive that his team had found a […]

December 5th, 2016 Read full Story

Ban sunbeds to reduce skin cancer rates – In the News

A new study from University of Otago researchers suggests banning sunbed services in New Zealand would help reduce skin cancer rates and only have a minimal effect on businesses and jobs. Published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal, the study included a nationwide audit of businesses potentially providing sunbed services. The researchers, Bronwen McNoe and […]

December 2nd, 2016 Read full Story

Confusion over tsunami warnings – In the News

As the bustle of the first few days after this week’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake begins to settle, questions are turning toward the confused tsunami messages sent in the wee hours of Monday morning. After the earthquake struck at 12.02am and automated estimates initially estimated the magnitude as 6.8 (it was later upgraded to 7.5 and several […]

November 18th, 2016 Read full Story

Day 3: Kaikoura earthquake, what do we know? — In The News

Rather than the initial reports of a single 7.5-magnitude earthquake based near Hanmer Springs the now-named Kaikoura quake is believed to be a multiple rupture involving four faults, with the two-minute long event actually comprising of a reverse fault thrust near Culverden, and a series of strike slip thrusts near Kaikoura heading northward towards Wellington. […]

November 16th, 2016 Read full Story

7.5-magnitude earthquake rocks NZ — In The News

A 7.5-magnitude earthquake shook Hanmer Springs, north Canterbury, just after midnight this morning, and was felt across the country. [Note: since this was written, the November 14 earthquake has been upgraded to magnitude 7.8.] Aftershocks continue to rock the country – with a twenty over magnitude 4.5 – across the South and lower North Island, […]

November 14th, 2016 Read full Story

What might Trump mean for science? – In the News

As the world responds to a Trump presidency – experts are already turning their thoughts to what that could mean for science, especially health and climate change. During his campaign, Donald Trump said he would repeal President Obama’s Affordable Care Act and reinforced his stance as a climate sceptic. The Washington Post reported that the […]

November 10th, 2016 Read full Story


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