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Natural Health Bill a bitter pill – Julia Rucklidge

Posted in Reflections On Science on June 22nd, 2016.

Writing in the New Zealand Herald, University of Canterbury Clinical psychologist Prof Julia Rucklidge outlines her concerns over legislation to control natural health products. An except (read in full here): Julia Rucklidge: Natural Health Bill a bitter pill for nutrient sector Mental illness is on the rise. Figures reveal crisis referrals from 2010 to 2015 have […]

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What can be done to stop lake snot? – Dr Marc Schallenberg

We need to fund more research into an algae clogging southern lakes says University of Otago’s Dr Marc Schallenberg on Stuff.co.nz. An excerpt (read in full here): What can be done to stop lake snot? Scientists need more funding to understand the degrading phenomenon of lake snot, now spreading through our southern lakes. MARC SCHALLENBERG explains. […]

June 20th, 2016 Read full Story

Govt cyber security spend welcome – Dr Ian Welch

In the New Zealand Herald Victoria University Wellington cyber security researcher Dr Ian Welch welcomes increased government investment in cyber security. An excerpt (read in full here) Ian Welch: Waging war on hackers a daunting arms race The Government has released its new defence policy with a budget of $20 billion. The plan covers the […]

June 20th, 2016 Read full Story

Science recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Several prominent New Zealanders have been recognised for their services to science in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List, celebrating the Monarch’s 90th Birthday. Selected examples are included below with quotes from their citations. Mr Christopher Robert Mace, of Auckland, was made a Knight Companion of the  New Zealand Order of Merit (KNZM), for services […]

June 8th, 2016 Read full Story

Fish report authors respond to criticisms – NZ Herald

The authors of a report reconstructing the history of New Zealand’s fisheries catch – and finding it out of step with official figures – have responded to to some of the criticisms levelled at their research. You can read earlier expert commentary on the report collected by the SMC and a response from the Ministry […]

May 24th, 2016 Read full Story

The perils of over-exercising and under-eating – Waikato Q&A

The University of Waikato held a live online Q&A session with their experts, covering issues such as over-exercising, ‘fitness addiction and eating disorders. The discussion was recorded and can be viewed below. The Panel included: Associate Professor Holly Thorpe, Associated Professor (Human Development and Movement Studies) Dr Pawel K Olszewski, Senior Lecturer (Biological Sciences) Dr […]

May 12th, 2016 Read full Story

The high public cost of muzzling scientists – Shaun Hendy

Ahead of the launch of his new book Silencing Science, Prof Shaun Hendy has written an opinion article for the Dominion Post. You can also see an interview with Prof Hendy on the Q + A show, and read an Q&A with the New Zealand Herald’s Jamie Morton.  An excerpt of the article (read in […]

May 9th, 2016 Read full Story

Q&A with forensic scientist Keith Bedford – NZ Herald

As Prime’s new documentary series Forensics NZ goes to air, the New Zealand Herald quizzes Dr Keith Bedford from ESR about the realities of forensic science. An excerpt (read in full here): Twelve questions with Keith Bedford ESR Forensics boss Dr Keith Bedford has had oversight of the forensic evidence in virtually every high-profile court […]

April 26th, 2016 Read full Story

Otago top NZ research contributor in global index

The latest Nature Index puts the University of  Otago at 303 in a global research ranking of thousands of universities, ahead of the University of Auckland at 386. The Index, managed by the Nature Publishing Group, ranks countries and institutions on how many articles they published in 68 top journals last year, and also on […]

April 21st, 2016 Read full Story

Prof Peter Kemp on GMOs in the Hawke’s Bay

Writing in Hawke’s Bay Today Professor Peter Kemp, Head of the Institute of Agriculture and the Environment at Massey University, pushes back on calls for a ban on genetically modified organisms. An excerpt (read in full here): Peter Kemp: Blanket GMO ban short-sighted It’s been fascinating watching signs appearing across Hawke’s Bay declaring it should […]

April 1st, 2016 Read full Story


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