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Psa origins mapped – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on February 28th, 2013.

Scientists have mapped the genome of the bacteria responsible for virulent kiwifruit vine disease Psa, providing evidence for the origins and future biosecurity implications of the ongoing outbreak.  The University of Otago team’s study, preliminary results of which were released last year, are published in final form today in the open access journal PLOS ONE. The researchers analysed […]

Sunday Star Times: Mysteries of our universe

Peter Griffin posted in on December 13th, 2010.

Adam Dudding writes in the Sunday Star Times about New Zealand scientist Peter Schwerdtfeger, who was recently awarded the prestigious Humboldt prize, in recognition of his work in theoretical physics and chemistry. Schwerdtfeger, who is currently based at the Auckland campus of Massey University, investigates chemical reactions at the level of individual atoms, and is […]

3 News: University investigating sea slug sex life

Peter Griffin posted in on September 16th, 2010.

Deanna Harris reports for 3 News that Massey University is starting research into the mating habits of sea slugs, in an effort to understand why more and more toxic sea slugs are washing up on the beaches around Auckland. The research will look at the DNA of the slugs, in order to understand the migration […]

Dom Post: The pursuit of science before happiness

Peter Griffin posted in on September 9th, 2010.

Jon Morgan writes in the Dominion Post about Massey University’s agriculture director, Jacqueline Rowarth, and her thoughts on Generation X and Y’s engagement with science. Rowarth also has strong views, based on data, on subjects from biological farming to the meat industry. An excerpt: (read in full here) “It’s relevant to a point she returns […]

RNZ: Olive oil waste to be turned into kitty litter

Peter Griffin posted in on July 14th, 2010.

The Village Press company, which makes olive oils, will be using the waste generated from the process to make kitty litter. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Chief executive Wayne Startup says he got the idea of turning it into kitty litter, after he noticed the stones, skins and flesh, resembled just that. “He then […]

ODT: NZ researchers to seek out cycling secrets

Peter Griffin posted in on June 10th, 2010.

Scientists at Massey University are looking to find out whether it’s better to sit, or stand, when cycling up a hill. The study will also look at to answer other cycling-related questions, such as the influence that saddle height has. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Philip Fink, of the university’s school of sport and […]

Dom Post: Men get fitter without breakfast

Peter Griffin posted in on May 25th, 2010.

Michael Forbes writes in the Dominion Post about Massey University research showing that men who don’t eat breakfast before training see benefits in peak muscle power and experienced prolonged muscle energy. The same benefits did not, however, apply to women, showing that men and women really do burn fat differently. An excerpt: (read in full […]

TVNZ/NZPA: Scientists discredit Moa’s Ark theory

Peter Griffin posted in on May 5th, 2010.

Scientists from Massey University are disputing the hypothesis that New Zealand’s flora and fauna have evolved without much external influence since the breakup of Gondwana some 80 million years ago. Looking at the genetics of some of New Zealand’s birds, including the moa, Haast eagle (both extinct) and some kiwi populations, they say that New […]

TVNZ/NZPA: Cuckoo steps up evolutionary arms race: study

Peter Griffin posted in on April 1st, 2010.

The completion of the first detailed look into the relationship between New Zealand’s shining cuckoos and grey warblers suggests that the cuckoos have have escalated the ‘arms race’ common to co-evolution. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Contrary to the idea of co-evolution, the shining cuckoo has developed prowess as an artful mimic, while the […]

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