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Excess sugar harmful and hard to avoid – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 15th, 2016.

It is difficult to work out how much sugar is added to food and drinks, and therefore excess sugar is difficult to avoid despite being harmful to health, according to a report from the Royal Society. Released today, the factsheet summarises evidence on the role of sugar in health, especially in relation to diseases such […]

Kiwi volcano researcher elected to UK Royal Society

John Kerr posted in on May 5th, 2015.

Wellington geologist Prof Colin Wilson has received one of the highest international honours in science, with his election as a Fellow of the Royal Society. Prof Wilson’s election to the London-based Society was announced this week alongside 46 other Fellows. His major contributions to research stem from his work studying volcanoes and he is currently […]

Brace for extreme weather – report – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on November 27th, 2014.

Society needs to act now to build resilience to increasingly common extreme weather such as floods, droughts and heatwaves, says a new report. The report from the UK Royal Society, ‘Resilience to extreme weather’, outlines the current understanding of the future risk posed by extreme weather events and how policy makers can adapt to and […]

Sir Paul Nurse – Making Science Work

John Kerr posted in on January 24th, 2013.

Sir Paul Nurse, Nobel Laureate and President of the UK Royal Society, gave a lecture in Auckland last week, highlighting pitfalls and opportunities for how scientific research is funded and undertaken. You can watch a video or listen to audio of of Sir Paul’s lecture, titled Making Science Work, here. Sir Paul, was in New […]

Support scientific curiosity: winning researcher

Kent posted in on November 17th, 2011.

Science funders need to keep on supporting “blue skies” research — fundamental work that may have no apparent immediate application to industry — says the first woman scientist to take home New Zealand’s most prestigious science medal, biochemist Professor  Christine Winterbourn. The Rutherford Medal — with a $100,000 cheque — was presented to Prof Winterbourn, […]

Marsden Fund recipients announced

John Kerr posted in on October 6th, 2011.

Glaciers, neurobiology, Maori TV and algebra are just a few of the subjects to explored by the recipients of this year’s round of grants from the Marsden Fund – New Zealand’s largest ‘blue skies’ research funding body. Announced today, a total of 88 research projects have been allocated $53.8 million of funding in this year’s […]

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Public funding decisions up to politicians – Carnaby

Kent posted in on October 5th, 2011.

Decisions on where to invest more public money in research are “political”,  says the head of the national science academy, Dr Garth Carnaby. As president of the Royal Society, he had tried to set out for politicians the different “value propositions” for public intervention in alternative areas. “There are a wide range of views in […]

Putting a price on natural ‘goods and services’

Dacia Herbulock posted in on July 6th, 2011.

ONLINE MEDIA BRIEFING: Wed 6 July 10.30 AM Soil, water, energy, air, wildlife and minerals — they underpin our economy, but go largely unrecognised when it comes to tallying up the balance sheet. Recent steps by policy-makers in the UK and locally are making concrete efforts to move away from a purely economic valuation of […]

Business Day/NZPA: GE pasture trial concerns

Peter Griffin posted in on March 3rd, 2010.

Kent Atkinson (NZPA) reports in Business Day on the upcoming application by the Pastoral Genomics group for a conditional release of GM forages, in particular clover and ryegrass. The application, however, has raised concerns amongst some groups who worry that the altered genes could spread into non-GM pasture species. An excerpt: (read in full here) […]

NZ Herald/NZPA: GE plants promoted as ‘cisgenic’

Peter Griffin posted in on March 3rd, 2010.

New Zealand scientists are preparing to begin applications for the use of ‘cisgenic’ pasturage – clover and ryegrass which has been genetically modified, but without using genes from other species. It is hoped that the fact that the plants contain no genes from other species will make the the meat and milk from cows fed […]

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