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Sheepdogs round up the rules for crowd control

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

Scientists have found two simple rules behind how sheepdogs manage to round up and move sheep so efficiently, which they hope can be used in designing robots for crowd control or environmental cleanup. The study, published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface this week, involved strapping backpacks with GPS units to sheepdogs and sheep and […]

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World Science Week underway in Auckland

Auckland is abuzz with science as a number of high-level conferences kick off in the city. The events are taking place under the banner of World Science Week New Zealand, supported by the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. In addition to a number of conferences, there is […]

August 26th, 2014 Read full Story

Fluoridation safe, effective – report

A comprehensive report on the safety and efficacy of community water fluoridation aims to put to rest concerns and misinformation over the public health intervention. The addition of fluoride to community drinking water to improve dental health has been taking place in New Zealand since 1954 and currently more than half the population receives fluoridated […]

August 22nd, 2014 Read full Story

Tuatara’s distant relative also survived asteroid

New fossils from South America overturn the current thinking that the tuatara was the only species of its kind to survive a catastrophic asteroid impact millions of years ago. Often referred to as a ‘living fossil’, New Zealand’s tuatara was believed to be the only species of its kind – called rhynchocephalians – to survive […]

August 21st, 2014 Read full Story

Kiwis help tackle Aussie pests

New Zealand-designed software created to predict and tackle mouse outbreaks is being trialled in Australia. MouseAlert.org.au is a new, interactive website based on Google-type mapping technology that lets crop farmers record and view mouse activity in their area in real time. It helps inform the community about changes in mouse numbers or damage to crops and when to implement control […]

August 20th, 2014 Read full Story

Antarctic science in the New Zealand Herald

Ahead of next week’s Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research biennial meeting in Auckland, the New Zealand Herald‘s Jamie Morton highlights eight Kiwi research projects currently under way in the deep south. An excerpt (read in full here): Kiwis in Antarctica: Secrets of the ice world 1. Buried climate clues Hidden hundreds of metres below the […]

August 18th, 2014 Read full Story

Sanitised hands don’t stop sick days

Compared to good hand washing practice, using hand sanitisers does not reduce school sick leave in children, suggests New Zealand-led research published in PLOS Medicine this week. The study, led by Associate Professor Patricia Priest and colleagues from the University of Otago, involved almost 2,500 pupils at 68 primary schools in Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill. […]

August 13th, 2014 Read full Story

Study tracks the secret life of sharks

A ten year study peeking into the private lives of New Zealand sharks has answered some questions about where they travel and what they do, but also raised new ones, say researchers. The shark tagging and tracking project undertaken by NIWA and the Department of Conservation (DOC) has been running since 2005 and followed the […]

August 13th, 2014 Read full Story

WHO meeting to address growing Ebola outbreak

As the number of cases of Ebola in West Africa continues to rise, the World Health Organization (WHO) plans to hold a two-day meeting of its emergency committee looking at whether the current outbreak is a public health emergency of international concern. The latest update from the WHO estimates that as of 1 August 2014, the cumulative number […]

August 6th, 2014 Read full Story

Superbugs on the radio

Dr Heather Hendrickson, lecturer in Molecular Biosciences at Massey University, spoke on Radio New Zealand’s Sunday Morning show on 3rd August about the issues surrounding superbugs, antibiotic resistance, new drugs, and the impact of antibacterial consumer products. Heather previously attended our Media SAVVY workshops and she was also the expert for last month’s Expert Encounter.

August 6th, 2014 Read full Story


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