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  • Wearing out mountains


    New Zealand and US geologists have measured soil production rates in the Southern Alps at the giddying speed of up to 2.5 mm per year – setting a geologic speed record.

  • Treatments for acid mine drainage


    Untreated waste rock and tailings are a huge environmental problem for the mining industry. Researchers reviewed several different treatments used at the Stockton coal mine to determine their environmental impact.

  • Earthquake lights a rift phenomenon


    Earthquake lights – a rare but well recorded phenomenon – are flames, pillars or orbs of floating lights that can appear before or during certain types of earthquakes.

  • Saving the black rhino


    New Zealand scientist Dr Rosalynn Anderson-Lederer spent 6 months working with black rhino in South Africa to help improve the health and hopefully raise the numbers of these critically endangered animals.

  • Academics consider case against sugar


    Academics discuss the mounting evidence against sugar and its negative impacts on human health.

  • Sugar on trial


    In some countries, sugar consumption averages 40 kg per person per year – or more than 20 teaspoons per day. Sugar is linked to growing obesity levels and perhaps even addiction.

  • Is Google making us stupider?


    Psychologists propose the internet has led us to offload the responsibility of knowledge and memory to digital sources – rather than storing it in our head.

  • Middle Earth wasps


    A Middle Earth scientist has identified six new native wasp species. They are small, short and stout – just like hobbits.

  • DIY exercise – secret for a long life


    Forget the expensive gym membership and pick up a gardening trowel. Swedish research has found that physical exercise of any kind helps to prolong life as much as 30% among the 60+ age group.

  • Action needed on NZ’s wasp problem


    With introduced wasps reaching densities of 350 individuals per square metre in our forests, it may be time to intensively control wasps like we do possums and stoats.

  • Taupō volcanic rock to go on space flight


    Astronaut Dr Alexander Gerst, who previously studied at Victoria University, will take a piece of Taupō pumice with him on a 6-month mission to the International Space Station.

  • People and the planet


    Sir John Sulston delivered the 2013 Rutherford Memorial Lecture, in which he discussed the links between the world’s population, material consumption and human wellbeing in the future.

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