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Sorting antiques from modern shams – Stuff.co.nz

Laura Goodall posted in on April 20th, 2015.

Nikki Macdonald reports in Stuff.co.nz how the radiocarbon dating lab in Lower Hutt gave the 26000 Vodka brand its name, confirmed an ancient waka as pre-European and revealed the age of the old frame chosen for a modern painting in Te Papa Tongarewa. Nikki’s feature articles won her a Canon Media Award in 2011 and she is also in […]

When did the last moa die?

John Kerr posted in on October 24th, 2014.

It is hard to know exactly when the last of New Zealand’s iconic giant birds kicked the proverbial bucket, but new research has come up with the most accurate guess to date.  Moa likely became extinct sometime between 1440-1445 AD, according to a new study from University of Auckland and Landcare Research scientists. The narrow […]

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Dom Post: Capital gets unique carbon-dating machine

Peter Griffin posted in on May 20th, 2010.

Kiran Chug writes in the Dominion Post about GNS’s new $3.4 million accelerator mass spectrometer, which will be used to carbon-date specimens of fossils, rock, or anything else. The mass spectrometer’s results would be used to better understand climate change and could also assist with improved earthquake prediction, as well as, more commercially, dating artefacts. […]

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