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Kiwi scientists embark on a whale of a mission

Posted in In the News on January 28th, 2015.

New Zealand and Australian scientists are about to hunt some of the biggest predators in the icy Southern Ocean – humpback and blue whales. The NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) vessel Tangaroa leaves Wellington on Thursday 29 January for Terra Nova Bay in Antarctica. This is the starting point of a six-week research initiative […]

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‘Fishy’ labels for fish oil supplements

Most fish oil supplements sold in New Zealand contain less omega-3 fatty acids than their labels claim, according to new research led by scientists at the University of Auckland’s Liggins Institute. Analysing 32 brands of fish oil capsules marketed in New Zealand, the researchers found that only three contained the same concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids […]

January 22nd, 2015 Read full Story

Tongan volcano eruption puts flights on hold

All international flights to the small island nation of Tonga have been cancelled after the underwater Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano sent up a huge plume of ash this week. GNS Science volcanologist Brad Scott tells TVNZ that volcanic activity has been recorded for several weeks in a stretch of ocean and islands north of the capital, Nuku’alofa, and […]

January 13th, 2015 Read full Story

Promising pill for kicking the smoking habit

A low-cost quit-smoking pill is more effective than nicotine-replacement therapy, according to new research from the University of Auckland, published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine. In a randomised trial, more than 1,300 participants, recruited via Quitline, were given either the drug cytisine or standard nicotine gum or lozenges. Forty per cent of smokers who took the cytisine pills […]

December 19th, 2014 Read full Story

NZ research lights up e-cigarettes as quitting aid

Scientists from the University of Auckland have just completed a study indicating that e-cigarettes may help smokers kick the habit. Their research, published in the Cochrane Library this week, combined and analysed data from previous studies looking at the effects of e-cigarettes on rates of quitting or reducing the number of cigarettes smoked. They found that about […]

December 18th, 2014 Read full Story

Lima climate talks pave path to Paris 2015

The latest round of climate negotiations in Lima, Peru, has concluded, setting out the framework for further negotiations and final agreement in Paris next year. A key point of contention at the Lima meeting was the level of responsibility split between developed countries and poorer developing countries. This developing/developed split was included in the final […]

December 15th, 2014 Read full Story

Dr Mary Quin – New Zealander of the Year

The New Zealand Herald has named Dr Mary Quin, Chief Executive of Callaghan Innovation, as their New Zealander of the year (jointly with cricketer, Brendon McCullum). An excerpt from the New Zealand Herald (read in full here): Sitting in a military helicopter after a kidnapping and shoot-out in Yemen, Mary Quin stared at the bodies […]

December 15th, 2014 Read full Story

World’s oceans clogged with plastic debris

Almost 269,000 tonnes of plastic pollution may be floating in the world’s oceans, according a team of scientists from around the globe, including New Zealand, whose research was published today in the journal PLOS ONE. The team included researchers from Dumpark Data Science and eCoast, who combined ocean current modelling with data on plastic pollution collected […]

December 11th, 2014 Read full Story

NZ scores poorly in climate change report

New Zealand has been named among the world’s worst performing countries on climate change in a new report released at the Lima Climate Change Conference in Peru this week. The Climate Change Performance Index 2015 has rated New Zealand ‘poor’, placing it 43rd of 58 countries and the seventh worst in the OECD. New Zealand has dropped from […]

December 10th, 2014 Read full Story

NZ birds and 1080 – 3rd Degree

The media attention is back on the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) biggest ever aerial 1080 drop in an effort to battle rats and stoats, a major threat to New Zealand’s native bird species. In the latest episode of TV3’s current affairs show 3rd Degree, Samantha Hayes speaks to the DOC’s Graeme Elliot and Landcare Research’s Dr Janine Duckworth to find […]

December 5th, 2014 Read full Story


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