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Forgiveness is Dysfunctional

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:07:03 +1200 | Robert J. Burrowes

Certain religious traditions, including Christianity, emphasise the importance of forgiveness. I want to explain why forgiveness is misconceived and, therefore, a bad idea. And why there are important psychological reasons for this. In essence, ...More >>

Māori Funds Welcomed; But Caution Needed

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:26:00 +1200 | Nga Pae o te Maramatanga

The government’s announcement to invest up to $2.5 million a year over the next two years in Māori-led science and innovation has been cautiously welcomed by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM), the country’s only Māori Centre of Research Excellence.More >>

New coastal research centre agreement signed

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:07:47 +1200 | University of Waikato

A statement of intent to establish a new coastal biotechnology research centre with bases in both Tauranga and China has been signed by the University of Waikato and Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences.More >>

Research announcement welcomed

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:40:16 +1200 | University of Waikato

A leading Māori researcher has welcomed the announcement of the 2014 Te Pūnaha Hihiko - Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples. More >>

Govt careless and callous about threatened birds

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:10:39 +1200 | Green Party

The National Government is increasing the threat to two of the world’s most threatened and unique birds by opening up Victoria Forest Park to petroleum drilling, the Green Party said today.More >>

Lack of Access to Data Frustrates Scientists

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:44:36 +1200 | Secretariat of the Pacific Community

A meeting of over 20 stock assessment scientists from the Asia–Pacific region last week heard that the scientific assessment of tunas in the western and central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) continues to be hampered by some fishing states not making data available ...More >>

Smartphone satellite wins NASA Space Apps Challenge

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:34:31 +1200 | AUT University

Figuring out how to convert a smartphone into a micro satellite in just 48 hours has won a team of four students top honours at New Zealand’s only International NASA Space Apps Challenge, hosted by AUT University and the US Embassy.More >>

Govt to establish Food Safety Science & Research Centre

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:22:38 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye today announced that expressions of interest have been released for a Food Safety Science and Research Centre.More >>

Project management appointment to progress AgResearch plans

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:31:52 +1200 | AgResearch

New Zealand’s agricultural and food innovation hubs are one step closer to reality with the appointment of a leading project management firm. AgResearch has appointed Christchurch-based The Project Office, to plan and manage the delivery of its campus ...More >>

Appointment to progress AgResearch campus hub plans

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:30:56 +1200 | AgResearch

New Zealand’s agricultural and food innovation hubs are one step closer to reality with the appointment of a leading project management firm. More >>

Bumper summer for native moth

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:15:17 +1200 | AgResearch

Farmers in the North Island are reporting to AgResearch plantain crop damage from a normally benign New Zealand native. More >>

Ragwort bio-control agents working well

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:53:22 +1200 | Horizons Regional Council

Annual property inspections in the Manawatu have produced positive results for ragwort bio-control agents. Ragwort senecio jacobaeae is a hardy plant with conspicuous yellow flowers, has the ability to compete with pasture species and contains alkaloids that ...More >>

'Duckman' gives $25k to wildlife hospital expansion

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:17:17 +1200 | Massey University

A Wellington businessman who featured on Television One News' Good Sorts segment on Sunday has donated $25,000 towards the expansion of the Wildbase wildlife hospital at Massey University's Manawatū campus.More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: The world is burning

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:41:19 +1200 | Martin Doyle

The report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is as close to a fire alarm going off for Planet Earth as we're ever going to get. Let the record show who answered the call.More >>

Otago gains state-of-the-art health research microscope

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:34:46 +1200 | University of Otago

University of Otago medical scientists will now be able to peer into the cells of the living brain for the first time to study the onset and progression of such neurological diseases as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. More >>

Canterbury research aims to develop safer steel structures

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:15:33 +1200 | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury postgraduate civil and natural resources engineering researchers are developing new methods to improve the performance of steel structures in earthquakes. More >>

$5m investment in Māori-led science & innovation

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:54:44 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Up to $5 million over two years will be invested in developing the science and innovation potential of Māori people, resources, and knowledge, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples announced today.More >>

$5m investment in Māori-led science & innovation

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:48:31 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Up to $5 million over two years will be invested in developing the science and innovation potential of Māori people, resources, and knowledge, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples announced today. The 2014 ...More >>

IPCC Mitigation Report redefines agriculture as ‘green tech’

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:44:04 +1200 | Federated Farmers

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Mitigation Report places New Zealand in a very good position so long as the policy nexus supports the carbon efficient production of food. “The IPCC’s Mitigation Report projects that emissions from ...More >>

Research on African Children Reveals Emotional Tendencies

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:40:48 +1200 | University of Houston

Houston, April 14, 2014 - Research on children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in South Africa may provide insight on how to identify and help children with emotional behavior issues in other areas of the world, which may have limited access to healthcare and ...More >>

 

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