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Tuatara’s distant relative also survived asteroid

Posted in In the News on August 21st, 2014.

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 […]

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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

NZ Company reveals low cost rockets

New Zealand based company Rocket Lab has unveiled its low cost rocket, Electron, which they claim will revolutionise the commercial space industry The company officially launched the Electron programme at their Auckland headquarters this week.  The carbon composite rocket has a price tag of $5 million US and Rocket Lab’s CEO Peter Beck says it […]

July 30th, 2014 Read full Story

Calls to monitor skin cancer – Press

The front page of today’s Press featured scientists calling on the Ministry of Health to better monitor skin cancers. An excerpt (read in full here): Thousands of lives could be at risk from a skin cancer epidemic, with experts pleading with the Ministry of Health to take action. Non-melanoma skin cancer is estimated to cost […]

July 28th, 2014 Read full Story

Restoring species no easy task

The goal of protecting threatened animal species in a pristine, untouched habitat is becoming “increasingly unobtainable” according to a new article in Science. The research review from New Zealand scientists highlights Earth’s disappearing animals as well as the complications that arise when humans try to conserve them. The article, authored by Prof Philip Seddon from […]

July 25th, 2014 Read full Story


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