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Falcon splits across Cook Strait – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 12th, 2016.

Researchers studying kārearea – New Zealand falcon – in the North and South Island were surprised to find a clear difference in the birds’ sizes. Massey University’s Professor Steven Trewick led the study, which examined body sizes and neutral genetic markers for Falco novaeseelandiae – New Zealand’s only surviving endemic raptor species. They found the South […]

Climate change already at work in NZ – Report – In the News

John Kerr posted in on April 19th, 2016.

The impacts of climate change are already visible in New Zealand and will get worse unless drastic action is taken to reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases, warns a new report from the Royal Society of New Zealand. The report identifies key areas of risk including: coastal margins; flooding from rivers; availability of and competition […]

The Taonga Genome Project on Radio NZ

John Kerr posted in on August 18th, 2015.

The director of genetics at Otago University, Peter Dearden, spoke on Radio New Zealand’s Sunday Morning show about his proposal for a taonga genome project to get New Zealand scientists discovering more about the county’s native species, including animals, plants and insects. You can read more about the proposed project in Assoc Prof Dearden’s post […]

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Is a megathrust quake around the corner? – Campbell Live

Laura Goodall posted in on May 20th, 2015.

Campbell Live’s Tristram Clayton and Whena Owen interviewed GNS scientists last night about the latest findings on central New Zealand’s ‘megathrust’ quake zone. We already know that New Zealand is earthquake-prone and that the Hikurangi Margin, where the Australian Plate pushes down on the Pacific Plate, is a hotspot. However scientists have now found evidence, after analysing sediment cores from […]

UPDATED: Funding new medicines in NZ – Expert reaction

Laura Goodall posted in on April 17th, 2015.

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 […]

NZ startup creates 3D-printed, battery-powered rocket engine

Laura Goodall posted in on April 16th, 2015.

Rocket Lab, the Auckland-based aerospace company, unveiled its latest innovation at the US Space Symposium this week: a 3D-printed, battery-powered rocket engine. Rocket Lab founder and chief executive Peter Beck says that the Rutherford engine – named after New Zealand physicist Ernest Rutherford – is the world’s first battery-powered rocket engine and the first new rocket propulsion system created in 50 years, according […]

NZ falling behind in human rights issues

Laura Goodall posted in on April 2nd, 2015.

A new report authored by researchers at AUT and the University of Waikato has revealed that New Zealand’s appearances are deceiving when it comes to human rights. The report, titled Fault lines: Human Rights in New Zealand, looks at the country’s commitment to six different international human rights treaties and includes interviews with politicians and both domestic and international experts. […]

Aurora Australis lights up the skies

Laura Goodall posted in on March 19th, 2015.

A magnificent light display – known as the Southern Lights or Aurora Australis – was visible even as far north as Australia on Tuesday night, with the best vantage being in the lower half of the South Island. The curtains and swirls of red, pink and green light are only seen in a few countries nearest […]

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NZ birds and 1080 – 3rd Degree

Laura Goodall posted in on December 5th, 2014.

The media attention is back on the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) biggest ever aerial 1080 drop in an effort to battle rats and stoats, a major threat to New Zealand’s native bird species. In the latest episode of TV3’s current affairs show 3rd Degree, Samantha Hayes speaks to the DOC’s Graeme Elliot and Landcare Research’s Dr Janine Duckworth to find […]

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Second study confirms moa’s rapid extinction caused by early settlers

Laura Goodall posted in on November 10th, 2014.

Even small human populations can wipe out big animal species, according to New Zealand research that suggests the moa extinction happened rapidly and at the hands of a small number of early settlers. The study – led by Canterbury University’s Professor Richard Holdaway and Otago University’s Chris Jacomb – found that there were fewer than 1500 Polynesian settlers in New […]

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