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Wellington and sea level rise – Dominion Post

Posted in In the News on October 17th, 2014.

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 […]

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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

2014 Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to blue LED inventors

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to two Japanese scientists and a Japanese-born American for developing the blue light-emitting diode (LED), the missing piece that now allows manufacturers to produce white light far more efficiently than incandescent or fluorescent bulbs. Thanks to their invention, Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano of Japan and […]

October 8th, 2014 Read full Story

Ebola in New Zealand – Campbell Live

Following the recent diagnosis of Ebola in Spain, John Campbell wants to know what would happen if – against the odds –  a person was diagnosed with Ebola in New Zealand, and how well equipped the country is to stop further spread of the disease. He speaks to Steve McBride at Middlemore Hospital to find out more. An […]

October 8th, 2014 Read full Story

‘Anti-rape’ mobile app flawed

The Dominion Post quotes New Zealand experts commenting on a new mobile phone app that was designed to check for consent before sex in an effort to reduce rape. Excerpt (read the full article here): An “anti-rape” mobile phone app designed to check for consent before sex has been greeted with scepticism by campaigners against sexual violence. […]

October 6th, 2014 Read full Story

Looking at Lincoln’s genes

Kim Knight at the Sunday Star Times chats to Kiwi scientist Ann Horsburgh about her role in National Geographic’s US documentary Lincoln’s Secret Killer, which screens on Sky’s History Channel on October 29. Excerpt (full article not available online): When pressed, Dr K. Ann Horsburgh will show you photographs of her Darwin cookies. Perfectly round, and […]

October 6th, 2014 Read full Story


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