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Rocket Lab successful launch and payload deployment – Expert reaction

Rocket Lab successfully launched its Electron rocket and deployed satellites into orbit this afternoon, a milestone for the company and New Zealand’s fledgling private space industry. The SMC rounded up reaction from space and rocket experts. Feel free to use the comments below in your reports, or contact the experts directly to follow up for […]

January 21st, 2018 Read full Story

2017 a year of extreme weather – Expert Reaction

Niwa has released its annual climate summary for 2017, which it says was a year of weather extremes. While the year started off wet, with the Tasman Tempest and Ex-Tropical Cyclones Debbie and Cook contributing to record amounts of rain, a dry end to the year had parts of the country recording their driest Novembers […]

January 8th, 2018 Read full Story

Ancient NZ penguin was as tall as a human – Expert Reaction

A fossil penguin discovered in New Zealand has been identified as a new species and it was so tall it was about the height of an adult man. Kumimanu biceae weighed in at around 100 kg and about 177 cm in height, which might have been the largest penguin to ever live. And dated to between 60-55 […]

December 13th, 2017 Read full Story

Urea build-up linked to Huntington’s – Expert Reaction

New Zealand researchers have led a study that suggests a build-up of urea in the brain could be linked to the development of Huntington’s disease. The research, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, used transgenic sheep to study the disease. The sheep are symptom-free but carry the mutant form of […]

December 12th, 2017 Read full Story

Havelock North Inquiry reports back – Expert reaction

The Havelock North drinking water inquiry has made a number of recommendations to ensure safe drinking water for New Zealanders. The Hawke’s Bay town was struck by a campylobacter outbreak in August 2016, caused by a contaminated drinking water supply, and more than 5000 people became ill. Among its recommendations, the Inquiry suggested universal treatment of […]

December 7th, 2017 Read full Story

Ross Sea region Marine Protected Area – Expert reaction

Sweeping new protections for Antarctica’s Ross Sea will come into effect on Friday 1 December.  After five years of debate, the marine protected area (MPA) was agreed in 2016 after a joint proposal by New Zealand and the United States was unanimously voted in by the 25 members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources. Over 1.5 […]

November 30th, 2017 Read full Story

Mt Agung eruption – Expert reaction

After months of unrest, Mt Agung on the Indonesian island of Bali is finally erupting. The island was elevated to the highest level of volcanic alert on Monday morning.   Mt Agung has been spewing gas and ash since last week, and over 100,000 residents living near the volcano have been ordered to evacuate from a […]

November 29th, 2017 Read full Story

EU glyphosate licence renewed for five years – Expert Reaction

After 18 months of stalled votes, the EU has voted to renew the license for weedkiller glyphosate for another five years. The current license was due to expire on December 15th. Glyphosate — most commonly known by the Monsanto brand Roundup — is the most commonly used herbicide worldwide. European farmers have argued throughout the […]

November 28th, 2017 Read full Story

Emergency Mobile Alert Test – Expert reaction

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) sent out a nationwide test of their new Emergency Mobile Alert last night at staggered times between 6pm and 7pm. Accompanied by a unique warning sound, the mobile alert was sent to all mobile phones that were on, within target areas, and capable of receiving the alert. In […]

November 27th, 2017 Read full Story

Older men need more protein to maintain muscles – Expert Reaction

New Zealand researchers say older men need more than the recommended daily intake of protein in order to maintain muscle size and strength. A study led by Dr Cameron Mitchell at the University of Auckland’s Liggins Institute tracked 30 men aged over 70 for ten weeks. They were randomly assigned to two groups – the […]

November 21st, 2017 Read full Story

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