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Bizarre deep-sea creature washes ashore in Dunedin

Posted in In the News on April 17th, 2015.

The Otago Daily Times reports that a rare serpent-like specimen, known as an oarfish, has been found on the beach in Aramoana, Dunedin. Department of Conservation service manager David Agnew said in his 20 years with DoC, he had never seen anything like the 3 metre specimen. Director of the Otago University marine studies programme […]

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NZ startup creates 3D-printed, battery-powered rocket engine

Rocket Lab, the Auckland-based aerospace company, unveiled its latest innovation at the US Space Symposium this week: a 3D-printed, battery-powered rocket engine. Rocket Lab founder and chief executive Peter Beck says that the Rutherford engine – named after New Zealand physicist Ernest Rutherford – is the world’s first battery-powered rocket engine and the first new rocket propulsion system created in 50 years, according […]

April 16th, 2015 Read full Story

Otago University scientist helps shed light on greatest mass extinction

Extreme volcanic activity and ocean acidification were responsible for the worst mass extinction in history, according to an international research team including a University of Otago scientist. In a paper published last Friday in the leading journal Science, the team described how 252 million years ago extreme volcanic activity caused the oceans to absorb huge amounts […]

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Plans for human ‘body transplant’ met with scepticism

An Italian surgeon’s plan to perform the first ‘full body transplant’ on a human has been met with scepticism. Published in the journal Surgical Neurology International, Dr Sergio Canavero recently outlined his plan to graft a living person’s head onto a deceased donor body. A 29 year-old Russian man, suffering from a disease which slowly wastes […]

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Asbestos not a major health risk for NZ homeowners

Asbestos exposure during the post-earthquake Canterbury rebuild is unlikely to cause significant health problems for house occupants, according to a new report published this week by the Royal Society of New Zealand and Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor. The report, titled Asbestos Exposure in New Zealand: Review of the Scientific Evidence of […]

April 15th, 2015 Read full Story

Christchurch wildlife smothered in silt

Christchurch’s freshwater wildlife is being smothered in silt, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Canterbury and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). The study, published today in the New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, highlights the decline of wildlife in the city’s waterways following the Christchurch […]

April 9th, 2015 Read full Story

Glowing bacteria ‘illegally’ produced in New Zealand – The Dominion Post

Glowing green bacteria has been produced illegally in New Zealand using mail-order kits from America, Tom Hunt reports in The Dominion Post. The kits, ordered by educational institutes, contain harmless E. coli bacteria and plasmids with a gene for glowing under UV light. While these separately don’t pose a legal problem, educators that combine them to produce glowing bacteria are […]

April 8th, 2015 Read full Story

Redesigned nets let small fish escape – Māori TV and 3 News

Two different research-based approaches to boost New Zealand’s fishing sustainability have recently been covered in the media, both of which involve using nets designed with wider holes so that young fish can escape. Ngāti Kahungunu, in partnership with Hawke’s Bay Seafoods, are now planning on using a more sustainably-designed net on all their trawlers, reports Aroha Treacher at Māori TV. […]

April 8th, 2015 Read full Story

NZ falling behind in human rights issues

A new report authored by researchers at AUT and the University of Waikato has revealed that New Zealand’s appearances are deceiving when it comes to human rights. The report, titled Fault lines: Human Rights in New Zealand, looks at the country’s commitment to six different international human rights treaties and includes interviews with politicians and both domestic and international experts. […]

April 2nd, 2015 Read full Story

E-cigarette research stimulates debate

New research on the nicotine and chemical content of electronic cigarette ‘smoke’ has heated up debate on regulations. Electronic cigarettes sold in New Zealand are stronger than they used to be, but contain far less harmful toxicants than regular cigarettes, according to a new analysis of leading brands published in the New Zealand Medical Journal. […]

March 27th, 2015 Read full Story


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