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E-cigarette research stimulates debate

Posted in In the News on March 27th, 2015.

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. […]

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Aurora Australis lights up the skies

A magnificent light display – known as the Southern Lights or Aurora Australis – was visible even as far north as Australia on Tuesday night, with the best vantage being in the lower half of the South Island. The curtains and swirls of red, pink and green light are only seen in a few countries nearest […]

March 19th, 2015 Read full Story

Vaccines, superbugs spread in the media

Superbugs and vaccines are high on the agenda this week at the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) conference, an event which has received national media attention. Research to be presented at the meeting includes a link drawn between the overuse of topical antibiotics and the spread of  Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) skin infections. Advances […]

March 18th, 2015 Read full Story

Cyclone Pam hits New Zealand

Wild weather is expected across much of the country as Cyclone Pam tracks close to New Zealand. Severe weather warnings are in place across the country as the extra tropical cyclone approaches New Zealand. The cyclone comes fresh from Vanuatu where it has wreaked havoc, damaging homes and infrastructure. Early reports from Vanuatu suggest that […]

March 16th, 2015 Read full Story

National concern over 1080 threat

A criminal threat to contaminate infant formula powder with the pesticide 1080 has been made public by authorities, who remain adamant that New Zealand milk is safe. The threat was made public at a press conference yesterday where police and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) outlined an extortion attempt aiming to stop the use […]

March 11th, 2015 Read full Story

Better air quality monitoring needed – PCE

New Zealand air quality is good but could be better, says the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, calling on the government to change the way it measures air quality.  Commissioner Dr Jan Wright discussed the state of New Zealand’s air quality in her commentary on the Government’s 2014 Air Domain Report, released today. “The state of […]

March 5th, 2015 Read full Story

The science behind weather balloons – 3 News

3 News weather presenter Kanoa Lloyd asks Maurice Hodgson how he helps meteorologists measure weather conditions using hydrogen-filled balloons. An excerpt (read in full and watch the video here): Weather balloons are one of the most important tools used in forecasting. Every day, hundreds of them are released, simultaneously around the world. But behind many of […]

March 4th, 2015 Read full Story

Big marine conservation questions – NZ Herald

As part of a series on Seaweek 2015, New Zealand Herald science reporter Jamie Morten looks at the big questions in marine conservation. An excerpt (read in full here): Five key questions to saving sea creatures Nearly 10 per cent of our coastal marine area is now safeguarded by reserves. But are we really doing […]

March 3rd, 2015 Read full Story

What can NZ learn from Japanese earthquakes? – The Press

Paul Gorman, science editor at The Press, visited Japan on an Asia New Zealand Foundation and Foreign Press Center of Japan fellowship. In his follow-up opinion article, he compares earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand and looks at how the Japanese use science to minimise their impact. An excerpt (read in full here): The repeating two- notes up, one-note […]

February 27th, 2015 Read full Story

No link found between brain cancer and mobile use

Despite a dramatic increase in the use of mobile phones, there hasn’t been a matching rise in the incidence of brain cancer, reports a new study by scientists at the University of Auckland. The research, which looked at trends in primary brain cancer incidence in New Zealand between 1995 and 2010 from New Zealand’s national cancer […]

February 26th, 2015 Read full Story


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