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Nepal earthquake: Expert reaction and Q&A

Posted in Science Alert: Experts Respond on April 28th, 2015.

Early on Saturday, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck an area of central Nepal between Kathmandu and the Pokhara, killing more than 3,000 people. The tremor also unleashed avalanches on Mount Everest. A powerful aftershock was felt on Sunday in Nepal, India and Bangladesh, and more avalanches were reported near Everest. Our colleagues at the UK and […]

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Genome editing of human embryos – expert reaction

Chinese researchers claim to have used to cutting edge techniques to tweak the genomes of human embryos. The new research, as reported in Nature News and published in Protein and Cell, shows that editing of DNA in embryos is possible, but that many hurdles must be overcome before the technology can realistically be used in medical […]

April 24th, 2015 Read full Story

Calbuco volcano eruption – expert reaction

The eruption of the Calbuco volcano in Chile – for the first time in over 40 years –  is causing headlines around world. New Zealand coverage includes, reporting in the New Zealand Herald, Stuff.co.nz and TVNZ News. MetService has stated that the  Wellington Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre, in collaboration with international partners will monitor the […]

April 24th, 2015 Read full Story

Sugar, carbohydrates, exercise and obesity – expert reaction

US and South African scientists question whether we can overcome an unhealthy diet through exercise alone. In an editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the experts say they believe excess sugar and carbohydrates – not a lack of exercise – lie behind the surge in obesity. Our colleagues at the Australian and UK SMCs have […]

April 23rd, 2015 Read full Story

NZ Vets call for national cat strategy – Expert reaction

Should cats be registered like dogs? Microchipped? Kept indoors? New Zealand vets are calling for a nationwide strategy to protect the welfare of our growing cat population and native wildlife. The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) this week released a commissioned report examining options for cat management, hoping to spur discussion around developing real solutions […]

April 22nd, 2015 Read full Story

UPDATED: Funding new medicines in NZ – experts respond

Funding new medicines in New Zealand can take over eight years and recommending a drug as high priority does not necessarily shorten its wait time, a new study finds. New research published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal has found that there are a substantial number of medicines awaiting funding in New Zealand by […]

April 17th, 2015 Read full Story

Evidence of liquid water on Mars – Expert reaction

Scientists have found evidence that liquid water is currently present on Mars – but does this mean that there might be, or have been, life on the Red Planet? Using data collected by the Curiosity rover, the researchers have determined that tiny amounts of water vapour condenses as a liquid in the planet’s soil at […]

April 15th, 2015 Read full Story

Does watching TV increase diabetes risk? – Expert reaction

Slumping in front of the box can bump up a person’s risk of diabetes, according to a new study published today. The study, published in the journal Diabetologia, looked at how long people spent sitting each day – including at the office as well as at home – and suggests that for every hour spent watching TV, […]

April 2nd, 2015 Read full Story

Mouth cancer in NZ men aged 40 plus – Expert reaction

In a study published earlier this week, University of Auckland scientists revealed a “rapid rise” in diagnoses for oropharyngeal cancer – a type of mouth cancer – in New Zealand men aged 40 and over. The researchers looked at trends in diagnoses of different types of mouth cancers in New Zealand between 1981 and 2010, […]

April 1st, 2015 Read full Story

Herbicides and antibiotic resistance – Expert reaction

Commonly used agricultural chemicals may help harmful bacteria evade antibiotic drugs, according to a new study. In the study, published this week in mBio, New Zealand researchers exposed two strains of disease causing bacteria, Escherichia coli and Salmonella enterica, to varying levels of commercial formulations of three herbicides—dicamba (Kamba), 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), and glyphosate (Roundup). […]

March 27th, 2015 Read full Story


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