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Sugar, diet and obesity – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 29th, 2016.

Kiwi scientists have been featured prominently in the media over the weekend discussing healthy diets and the role of sugar and genes in obesity. Press feature writer Philip Matthews tackled the dichotomy between health experts speaking out about the options to tackle obesity and a political unwillingness to take action. “The Government seems allergic to regulation […]

Gene linked to obesity – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 27th, 2016.

Research published this week has found one of the strongest genetic links to obesity, with carriers having a 35 per cent increased risk of developing obesity.  The US-based researchers found the genetic variant in Samoan populations, where they have been studying the high rate of obesity. About 45 per cent of the Samoan groups examined […]

Obesity-linked gene discovered in Samoa – Expert reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 26th, 2016.

Researchers studying obesity in Samoa have found a unique genetic variant that boosts fat storage and increases obesity risk in the islands’ population. The US-based researchers published their results in Nature Genetics today. They pinpointed a single genetic variant on chromosome 5 that, according to their estimates, is associated with about 35 per cent higher […]

Cyclone Evan NZ bound – Jim Salinger

John Kerr posted in on December 17th, 2012.

Tropical cyclone Evan has devastated Samoa and is currently causing strife in Fiji. Now, meteorologists are forecasting that a weakened cyclone Evan will continue on to New Zealand. Prof Jim Salinger, climate scientist and visiting professor at Stanford University, noted to the SMC: “It looks like tropical cyclone Evan, after strafing Fiji, will head for […]

Rare double earthquake behind tsunami warning confusion

Dacia Herbulock posted in on August 19th, 2010.

New research into the earthquake responsible for the deadly 2009 tsunami in Samoa and Tonga, has shown that it was caused by not one, but two near-simultaneous massive undersea earthquakes. The surprise finding helps explain why the resulting tsunami did not fit predictions — i.e. the waves were larger than expected in some areas, while […]

Media coverage: Double earthquake caused Pacific tsunami

Peter Griffin posted in on August 19th, 2010.

The tsunami which devasted Tonga and Samoa in September of last year was caused by two almost simultaneous earthquakes, shows research led by GNS scientists. Only one of the earthquakes was originally detected, but it is now thought that one of the earthquakes triggered the other – the interaction of the two explains the characteristics […]

First major test of NZ tsunami gauge network

Peter Griffin posted in on September 30th, 2009.

Several dozen people are dead in the Samoan islands following a magnitude 8.3 earthquake this morning that was centred 205 km south of the Samoan capital, Apia. The earthquake generated tsunamis of up to 6m in American Samoa, triggering a tsunami warning in New Zealand at 7:15am. Samoa’s disaster management office has said that as […]

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