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Seal mummies harbour microbial secrets in Antarctica

John Kerr posted in on February 9th, 2012.

Researchers in Antarctica have co-opted some unlikely assistants in their examination of microbial communities in the southern continent. Mummified seals, found in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica,  have been used by the researchers as a of way changing the environment experienced by microbes. Scientists moved a 250-year old seal carcass 20 meters to an […]

Project Energize boosts Waikato kids’ health

John Kerr posted in on July 25th, 2011.

Children taking part in a new initiative called Project Energize show significant health benefits, with Energize children less overweight and obese, having smaller waists, and able to run faster than comparison groups, according to a new report published this week. The Energize programme, initiated in 2005, and funded by the Waikato District Health Board, aims to increase […]

NZ Herald: Pilot project to burn NZ coal underground

Peter Griffin posted in on June 14th, 2010.

Grant Bradley writes about a pilot project taking place, in Waikato, to test underground coal gasification (UCG), which makes use of inaccessible coal by turning it into a syngas which can be used to produce energy. The technology is already used elsewhere in the world. An excerpt: (read in full here) “The process has been […]

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