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Getting in the thick of Antarctic ice – experts respond

Posted in Science Alert: Experts Respond on November 25th, 2014.

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 […]

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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

UPDATED: Bird flu detected in UK, Netherlands – experts respond

The discovery of avian flu-infected birds in UK and Dutch poultry farms has authorities scrambling to contain the disease. This week, separate detections of avian influenza in Yorkshire, UK and Hekendorp in the Netherlands have lead to large culls of all poultry within set protection zones around the farms affected. The strain detected in the Netherlands, […]

November 18th, 2014 Read full Story

Laundry ‘pod’ poisoning risk – expert responds

Laundry ‘pods’ containing concentrated detergent pose a serious poisoning risk to young children, according to a new US study. Research published this week in the journal Pediatrics found that in 2012 and 2013, U.S. poison control centres received reports of 17,230 children younger than 6 years of age swallowing, inhaling, or otherwise being exposed to […]

November 14th, 2014 Read full Story

Updated: Rosetta mission successfully lands probe on comet – experts respond

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission successfully landed the Philae space probe on the surface of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, just after 5am (NZT) this morning. The mission’s attempt to land on the giant ball of ice and dust, whizzing past at 66,000 kilometers per hour, has had scientists waiting more than a decade and is […]

November 13th, 2014 Read full Story

Plain packaging accepted over time – expert responds

While some smokers may oppose plain packaging on cigarettes, many come to accept and even support such initiatives after they are implemented, says new Australian research. Plain packaging on tobacco products is still being debated here in New Zealand, but in Australia the plain packaging legislation was introduced in 2012. Now a new study published in Tobacco Control has […]

November 13th, 2014 Read full Story

Geoengineering a solution to volcano-induced atmospheric cooling – Experts respond

A rather unorthodox geoengineering study has examined the potential for greenhouse gases to play a positive role in humanity’s future… if  a giant volcanic ash cloud created a global winter by blocking out the sun. The paper, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, examined the potential for short-lived greenhouse gases to be used to […]

November 7th, 2014 Read full Story

Safe IVF in New Zealand – experts respond

New Zealand and Australia are world leaders when it comes to safe In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), confirms a new report that summarises the latest data from the two countries. The authors of the Assisted Reproductive Technology in Australia and New Zealand 2012 report analysed data about IVF cycles undertaken in 2012 and the resulting babies born. They found that rates of multiple […]

November 6th, 2014 Read full Story

Fast-growing pasture: feed or weed? Experts respond

Farmers who use plant varieties that become invasive weeds should pay a levy to cover any environmental management costs, say the authors of a new study. As breeding technologies produce faster-growing, more hardy pasture plants, the potential impact of wild-growing pasture in the wider environment grows, warn the authors of a new article published in […]

November 4th, 2014 Read full Story

Genetic influence on Ebola in mice – experts respond

Research published today in the journal Science shows how genetics influence the severity of symptoms in mice infected with the Ebola virus. Effects ranged from total resistance with no symptoms, to severe symptoms and death – and these depended on the genetic background of the infected mice. Our colleagues at the UK SMC collected the following […]

October 31st, 2014 Read full Story

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