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Crows can use mirrors to find food – NZ scientists

Kent posted in on September 20th, 2011.

Auckland University researchers testing wild-caught crows’ reactions to mirrors found the birds did not recognise themselves but did find cached food items by studying their reflections. The results, published in the journal Animal Behaviour, put the birds in an elite group of species — which includes primates and elephants — known to be able to […]

Controversy over climate change course

John Kerr posted in on July 18th, 2011.

A University lecturer may be stretching academic freedom too far when it comes to examining climate change in his classes. Writing for the Weekend Herald, Chris Barton reports on Associate Professor Chris de Freitas, an Auckland academic whose teachings on climate change have been labelled as unbalanced by other climate scientists. The story is covered […]

NZ Herald: Foreign teams to work on promising NZ cancer drug

Peter Griffin posted in on February 25th, 2011.

Martin Johnston writes in the New Zealand Herald about a ‘stealth’ anti-cancer drug, developed by Auckland University researchers, which is to begin clinical development overseas. The drug, PR509, targets lung tumours while leaving healthy tissue alone: it is activated by the hypoxic (low oxygen) conditions which exist in solid tumours. An excerpt: (read in full […]

Dom Post: Scientists prove humans can have two flus at once

Peter Griffin posted in on September 16th, 2010.

Kate Newton writes in the Dominion Post about findings in a New Zealand-based study that show that two different flu viruses can infect a person at the same time. Such co-infection, though rare, has raised concerns that it could lead to new, more dangerous forms of flu, for example passing drug resistance from one flu […]

The Press: Scientists plan to drill deep into Alpine Fault

Peter Griffin posted in on July 27th, 2010.

Paul Gorman writes in The Press about work by international scientists, to take place on NZ’s West Coast, aiming to understand how large faults evolve and generate earthquakes. The scientists will drill down into the Alpine Fault on the South Island – one of only a few such sites in the world. An excerpt: (read […]

Malborough Express/NZPA: Wine project to get $12m boost

Peter Griffin posted in on July 22nd, 2010.

Michael Berry (and NZPA) writes in the Malborough Express about the $12million FoRST grant which will fund research into sauvignon blanc over the next 6 years. The research is looking into how to broaden the range of flavours in the wine, and lead to the ability to tailor wine tastes for different markets/countries. An excerpt: […]

NZ Herald: Islands in Pacific are growing, study says

Peter Griffin posted in on June 3rd, 2010.

Eloise Gibson writes in the New Zealand Herald about a study of Pacific Islands over the last few decades which shows that they may be able to combat sea level rise by getting bigger themselves. An Auckland University researchers, Paul Kench, says that many Pacific islands appear to be able to accumulate the debris from […]

Business Day: Healing drug might be on sale by 2013

Peter Griffin posted in on May 26th, 2010.

James Weir writes in Business Day about a new wound-care drug, called Nexagon, which prevents damaged cells communicating their damage to other cells, thus preventing damage from spreading. The drug was co-invented by Auckland University researcher Colin Green, and could be available by 2013. An excerpt: (read in full here) “The drug, called Nexagon, is […]

TVNZ: Students develop world first technology

Peter Griffin posted in on May 10th, 2010.

Auckland University students have developed a means of sending data between computers using radio waves – something they hope will help bridge the digital divide in the developing world. The technology would allow educational materials to be sent to people without the need for technologies such as the internet, which can be very difficult to […]

3 News: Crows expert tool users, research shows

Peter Griffin posted in on April 29th, 2010.

David Farrier reports for 3 News that a study published by a Auckland University researcher has shown New Caledonian crows to be capable of advanced tool use. Parrots and other crows are also more intelligent than generally given credit for, according to the researcher, Dr Gavin Hunt. An excerpt: (read in full here) “In footage […]

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