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TedX takes on new science focus – The Press

Posted in In the News on October 28th, 2014.

About a third of the speakers at the TEDx conference in Christchurch next week will be scientists talking about their work. Will Harvie at The Press explores what science communication is, and why experts in science, technology, engineering and maths should do it. An excerpt (read in full here): “Life as we know it could end in 10 […]

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Hi-tech sector grows exports to $6.1 billion

The latest snapshot of New Zealand’s hi-tech sector shows the category remains the country’s third largest export earner behind dairy and tourism. The latest TIN100 report marks a decade of research reports that benchmark the progress of New Zealand’s top 100 hi-tech companies and smaller companies (the 100+ group). Over that decade, annual revenue from […]

October 24th, 2014 Read full Story

When did the last moa die?

It is hard to know exactly when the last of New Zealand’s iconic giant birds kicked the proverbial bucket, but new research has come up with the most accurate guess to date.  Moa likely became extinct sometime between 1440-1445 AD, according to a new study from University of Auckland and Landcare Research scientists. The narrow […]

October 24th, 2014 Read full Story

Bird feeding in New Zealand

A study of the bird-feeding habits of New Zealanders in six cities estimates that 5.1 million loaves of bread are fed to wild birds annually, raising concerns over unintended impacts on native wildlife and disease spread. The findings come from a University of Auckland study just published in the journal Biological Conservation. According to the study, the […]

October 23rd, 2014 Read full Story

Wellington and sea level rise – Dominion Post

After the recent publication of Wellington City Council’s Sea Level Rise Options Analysis report, The Dominion Post’s Olivia Wannan looks at how Wellington might prepare for a more watery future. An excerpt (read in full here): …Several levels of ocean-level rise were modelled in the report, and heights of 0.6m and 1.5m were used as examples to […]

October 17th, 2014 Read full Story

Dentists question tooth decay data – Morning Report

Radio New Zealand asked three dental experts for their take on the newly released report by Roy Morgan Research, which suggests that tooth decay has significantly declined between 2009 and 2014. Aired as a slot in RNZ’s Morning Report this week, journalist Nick Butcher interviewed New Zealand Dental Association chief executive David Crum, University of Otago paediatric dentistry professor Bernadette Drummond […]

October 16th, 2014 Read full Story

Weed killer found in Auckland’s water supply lakes

Traces of the weed killer metsulfuron-methyl were detected in dams that supply 20 per cent of Auckland’s water, causing them to be closed from May to September this year. The herbicide had been sprayed on forestry blocks near to the dams in the Hunua Ranges and, after unexpected heavy rain, leeched into the water. Watercare Services,  the Auckland water supplier responsible for […]

October 15th, 2014 Read full Story

Could Vitamin C help treat cancer? – TVNZ

Sunday TVNZ‘s Ian Sinclair speaks to Dr. Andrew Miller and Prof. Margreet Vissers about Vitamin C and whether it could help in treating cancer. An extract (read more here and watch the video clip here): Otago University Professor Margreet Vissers has told the Sunday Programme Vitamin C is unlikely to provide a miracle cure. However it could be used […]

October 14th, 2014 Read full Story

Chemistry Nobel awarded for super microscopes

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to a trio of scientists responsible for the breaking the limits of modern microscopes. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2014 to Eric Betzig, Stefan W. Hell and William E. Moerner “for the development of super-resolved […]

October 10th, 2014 Read full Story

New fault line discovered in Wellington Harbour

A previously unknown fault in Wellington Harbour has been discovered, but scientists say it is unlikely to increase the capital’s known risk of earthquake damage. The Aotea fault, named for its proximity to Aotea Quay, was found by NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) marine geologists mapping the area between the Cook Strait Ferry terminal and Point […]

October 8th, 2014 Read full Story


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