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National Data Retention in Oz: The Next Phas

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:35:20 +1300 | Binoy Kampmark

March 19 should be scratched down in the diary of police state antics, if only because it was one when Australia’s non-service providing politicians decided, fairly broadly, that data retention would be a fine thing indeed. Telecommunication companies will ...More >>

UPDATE: 1080 threat to dairy products investigated since Nov

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 16:47:39 +1300 | BusinessDesk

March 10 (BusinessDesk) - Threats to contaminate infant and other dairy formula with 1080 poison have been under investigation by the Police and the Ministry of Primary Industries since November, it was revealed this afternoon, although tests have all ...More >>

Pacific action needed against spy net - PFF

Sun, 8 Mar 2015 12:18:12 +1300 | Pacific Freedom Forum

Pacific leaders need to take action against wholesale spying by foreign powers, warns the Pacific Freedom Forum. More >>

Key must explain how GCSB spying on citizens is lawful

Sun, 8 Mar 2015 11:39:36 +1300 | Green Party

John Key needs to come clean with New Zealanders and explain how it is lawful for the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) to spy, without a warrant, on New Zealand citizens who are part of the governments of the Cook Islands and Niue, ...More >>

Patrick Gower interviews The Intercept's Ryan Gallagher

Sun, 8 Mar 2015 10:13:52 +1300 | The Nation

Gallagher says it’s “very dubious” whether it’s lawful for GCSB to be sweeping up information on New Zealanders as it spies in the Pacific. He says politicians “play the terrorism card” when “that’s not at all borne out in these documents, ...More >>

Date Set by Korea to End Animal Testing for Cosmetics

Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:17:44 +1300 | Cruelty Free International

Cruelty Free International has welcomed the imminent launch of a Korean Bill, with official support, to end all testing of cosmetics and their ingredients on animals by 2017. This follows extensive negotiations by Cruelty Free International with Ministerial ...More >>

Actions Globally Call on Brazil to Reject GMO Trees

Wed, 4 Mar 2015 15:49:44 +1300 | Stop GE Trees Campaign

New York (3 March 2015) – Organizations on four continents took action today at Brazilian consulates and embassies as part of the Emergency Global Day of Action to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees. The groups are demanding the government of ...More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon : Three-Person Babies

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:07:25 +1300 | Martin Doyle

Well done, UK, for taking a brave but well-reasoned step forward into the exciting world of mitochondria. [Putting the 'brave' into Brave New World] More >>

Nomophobia Reaches Epidemic Proportions

Sat, 14 Feb 2015 12:42:57 +1300 | Smart Solutions

Sydney, Australia – Australian born smartphone addiction charity Moodoff Day , announced that it will hold its annual “Morning Without Technology” event on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. Now in its fourth year, the international event encourages ...More >>

Fat debate, TPPA medical fears and $1.9M fund for engagement

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:10:29 +1300 | Science Media Centre

SMC Science Deadline: Fat debate, TPPA medical fears and $1.9M fund for science engagement More >>

Charlie Hebdo must not be used to expand surveillance

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:15:44 +1300 | Access Now

Digital rights community: “Charlie Hebdo tragedy must not be used by governments to expand surveillance” More >>

Flawed Corporate Culture Undermines Food Safety

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:24:31 +1300 | GE Free NZ

The Government inquiry into the Fonterra/AgResearch botulism scare is a damning indictment of corporate culture in relation to food safety. The internal culture and ill-preparedness of both organisations has led to customer mistrust and significant economic harm ...More >>

Year in Review: the big science stories of 2014

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:39:54 +1300 | Science Media Centre

It was a dramatic year for science, one that witnessed a severe outbreak of Ebola in West Africa and an historic mission to land a space probe on a comet. More >>

New Zealand Engineering Innovators of the Year

Sun, 30 Nov 2014 11:02:11 +1300 | Inspired Lives

The Gallagher Team – Keith Gallagher, Craig Malins, Paul Reid and Andrew Bealing – were named the New Zealand Engineering Innovators of the Year at the 2014 New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards last night.More >>

Massey scientist contributes to animal welfare research

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:28:22 +1300 | National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee

A Massey University scientist has been honoured for his work in refining the ways animals are used in scientific research, testing and teaching. The 2014 National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee (NAEAC) Three Rs Award, sponsored by the Royal New ...More >>

Scientists reveal secrets of insect evolution

Fri, 7 Nov 2014 13:40:46 +1300 | CSIRO

SCIENTISTS REVEAL SECRETS OF INSECT EVOLUTION Using genetic analysis, scientists have been able to conclusively establish that insects originated about 480 million years ago, and that they developed the ability to fly some 80 million years later.More >>

Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:55:34 +1300 | GE Free NZ

The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed.More >>

UN Expert Concerned About Use Drone Technology

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:55:59 +1300 | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

A Drone is Not a Cop – UN Rights Expert Concerned About Technologies That De-personalise the Use of Force More >>

Use of Drones in Law Enforcement May Violate Human Rights

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:50:14 +1300 | UN News

22 October 2014 – The increasing use of armed drones within domestic law enforcement risks depersonalizing the use of force and infringing upon the rights of individual citizens, a United Nations independent human rights expert warned today.More >>

Key trends and demands in New Zealand’s farming sector

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:19:46 +1300 | Federated Farmers

It is an exciting time to be in the farming sector, as pastoral farming lies at the heart of our economy and how we see ourselves as a nation. We are a primary superpower that ranks among the best on earth in relation to production efficiency, environmental ...More >>


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