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Getting to grips with glacial erosion – Expert reaction

Posted in Science Alert: Experts Respond on October 9th, 2015.

New research from GNS science, published today in Science, shows that faster moving glaciers carve out more of the landscape then their slower-moving peers.   Researchers spent five months using satellites to track the speed of Franz Josef glacier whilst monitoring erosion by analysing sediments collected at the face of the glacier. From the gathered data […]

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Nobel Prize in Chemistry – Expert reaction

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Prof Tomas Lindahl of the Francis Crick Institute, jointly with Prof Paul Modrich of Duke University School of Medicine, and Prof Aziz Sancar of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. The prize was awarded to the trio “for mechanistic studies of DNA repair”. […]

October 9th, 2015 Read full Story

Victoria set to legalise medical marijuana – Expert Reaction

In an Australian first, the Victorian Government announced yesterday it would legalise marijuana for the treatment of medical conditions including cancer, chronic pain and epilepsy. The decision is based upon a report by the Victorian Law Reform Commission which recommended licensing cultivators and manufacturers to develop a range of products, including oils and sprays, to […]

October 8th, 2015 Read full Story

Weighty neutrino discovery wins Nobel – Expert Reaction

The Nobel Prize in Physics for 2015 has been awarded to two researchers who unravelled the mystery of the neutrino sub-atomic particle, establishing how the particles change and that they have mass. Takaaki Kajita from the University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Japan and Arthur B. McDonald from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada were awarded the Nobel Prize […]

October 7th, 2015 Read full Story

Science strategy launched – Expert Reaction

The Government has laid out its strategy for science over the next decade in a new National Statement of Science Investment, launched this morning. The Statement sets out the governments long-term vision for the science system, and a strategic direction to guide future investment. “The NSSI provides a timely stocktake on the overall shape of […]

October 5th, 2015 Read full Story

Marsden Fund under the microscope – Expert reaction

New Zealand’s leading ‘blue skies’ research fund boosts Kiwi science, but could be tweaked for greater efficiency, says a new study. An evaluation conducted by researchers at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research institute has found that Marsden funding increases the scientific output of the funded researchers. Compared to similar groups that do not receive funding, […]

October 2nd, 2015 Read full Story

Calcium and bone health – Expert reaction

Calcium gives you strong bones, right? Not according to new Kiwi research. Increasing calcium intake through diet or supplements should not be recommended for fracture or osteoporosis prevention, say researchers from the University of Auckland. They undertook two studies examining the available published evidence for the role of calcium in boosting bone health in older […]

October 1st, 2015 Read full Story

UPDATED: Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary – Expert reaction

The Kermadec Islands and surrounding ocean – one of the Pacific’s most diverse and pristine marine environments – is to be protected from all forms of fishing and mining. The Prime Minister’s announced the proposed Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary this week at the United Nations in New York. More information, including a Q&A, is available on […]

September 29th, 2015 Read full Story

Liquid water on Mars – Expert reaction

Salty streaks identified by an orbiting spacecraft could be the first solid evidence of liquid water – a key ingredient for life as we know it – on the Red Planet. Evidence of salty water flows on Mars have been identified by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The findings were published this morning in the journal […]

September 29th, 2015 Read full Story

‘Abandoning’ our farms to the market – Expert reaction

Paying farmers to reduce their impact on the environment is working overseas, but ‘cash for conservation’ schemes are too often undercut by massive government subsidies to boost agricultural production, argue authors of new research. In an article published in the journal PLOS Biology, researchers from Cambridge University and Landcare Research examine the balance between incentive schemes […]

September 11th, 2015 Read full Story

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