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  • Wearing out mountains

    07/04/2014

    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

    31/03/2014

    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

    24/03/2014

    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

    17/03/2014

    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

    10/03/2014

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

  • Sugar on trial

    04/03/2014

    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?

    24/02/2014

    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

    17/02/2014

    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

    10/02/2014

    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

    03/02/2014

    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

    28/01/2014

    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

    22/01/2014

    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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