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Ten years on: Experts reflect on the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami

Posted in Science Alert: Experts Respond on December 18th, 2014.

Ten years after the devastating 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, experts reflect on the event and how our understanding of these disasters has changed over the last decade. At 2pm NZT on the 26th December 2004,  a ~9.2 magnitude quake 160 km off the coast of northern Sumatra generated an immense tsunami, the likes of which […]

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UPDATED: Raw milk debate reignited – experts respond

Consumption of raw milk has been implicated in the death of an Australian three-year-old, drawing the raw milk debate back into the public eye. The unpasteurised milk was sold as ‘bath milk’ to circumvent laws around the sale of raw milk for consumption. Read more in coverage from the New Zealand Herald or listen to […]

December 12th, 2014 Read full Story

Bad media releases to blame for media’s exaggerated reporting of health findings – experts respond

A study by UK and Australian scientists published today in the BMJ has found that, in many cases, badly composed university media releases may be at the root of exaggerated health claims made in the mainstream media. They found* that 40 per cent of university press releases contained exaggerated advice, 33 per cent contained exaggerated […]

December 10th, 2014 Read full Story

What do Kiwis think of science? – experts respond

New Zealanders rate science highly and consider it important for the country’s international competitiveness, improving health and preserving the environment, according to a new nationwide survey. The Public Attitudes Towards Science and Technology Survey, released today, examines how everyday New Zealanders engage with science and technology, and how it impacts their lives. The survey, involving […]

December 4th, 2014 Read full Story

Untested cancer treatments – expert responds

Recent claims that certain plant-derived chemicals can fight cancer are not backed up by the evidence, says a natural remedies expert. The SMC collected the following expert commentary regarding the coverage of salvestrol compounds linked above. Feel free to use these quotes in your reporting. If you would like to contact a New Zealand expert, […]

December 4th, 2014 Read full Story

Mediterranean diet and telomere length – experts respond

According to a new study published in the British Medical Journal eating a Mediterranean diet might help extend your lifespan. The diet, which has been consistently linked with health benefits including reduced mortality and a lower risk of heart disease, appears to be associated with longer telomere length – a marker for slower ageing. The […]

December 3rd, 2014 Read full Story

Brace for extreme weather – report – experts respond

Society needs to act now to build resilience to increasingly common extreme weather such as floods, droughts and heatwaves, says a new report. The report from the UK Royal Society, ‘Resilience to extreme weather’, outlines the current understanding of the future risk posed by extreme weather events and how policy makers can adapt to and […]

November 27th, 2014 Read full Story

Sea level rise to impact on New Zealanders – report

Flooding and erosion from rising sea levels are likely to significantly impact on New Zealanders in our lifetimes, warns the latest report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment. Commissioner Dr Jan Wright released the report titled Changing climate and rising seas: Understanding the science this afternoon, which lays out the science behind sea level rise and […]

November 27th, 2014 Read full Story

Getting in the thick of Antarctic ice – experts respond

Sea ice in the Antarctic may be thicker than previously thought, according to a study published online in Nature Geoscience. Although the aerial extent of Antarctic sea ice is easily tracked by satellites, estimating the thickness of the ice from above has proven challenging. Researchers from Australia, the US and the UK used an autonomous […]

November 25th, 2014 Read full Story

Cardiovascular risk and credit ratings – expert responds

A poor credit rating is linked to poor heart health, according to new New Zealand-based research, with factors such as education, cognitive ability and levels of self-control underlying the association. The new study draws on data from the University of Otago’s long-running Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, which began in 1972 and has tracked […]

November 18th, 2014 Read full Story


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