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UN finds high levels of antibiotic resistance globally

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 15:07:51 +1300 | UN News

29 January 2018 – Antimicrobials have been a driver of unprecedented medical and societal advances, but their overuse has resulted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, with the World Health Organization (WHO) reporting new surveillance data on Monday ...More >>

100s of Japan’s white admiral butterflies released in NZ

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 15:37:38 +1300 | Landcare Research

In the fight against an aggressive vine invading New Zealand, Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research scientists are sending an army of caterpillars to the battlefield. More >>

When is our Internet use a problem instead of a pleasure?

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 11:44:00 +1300 | Auckland University

We are all dependent on the internet in our daily lives, but do our levels of surfing the net sometimes get too high, to the detriment of our daily lives? University of Auckland PhD candidate Delia Cotoros-Goodall is about to embark on that very question ...More >>

Minister urged to call for a review of the GM rice

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:09:15 +1300 | GE Free New Zealand

GE Free NZ is calling on the Minister for Food Safety, Hon Damien O’Connor, as a member of the Ministerial Council to request that Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) review the draft of their GM rice approval (A1138).More >>

Retina International World Congress comes to New Zealand

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:26:49 +1300 | Retina 2018 New Zealand

Why is marketing approval for the first retinal gene therapy treatment for patients with blinding retinal degenerations so significant? Is there an exciting future for applying stem cell therapy to treating retinal disorders and what are the scientific ...More >>

New President Charts Course In AI and Advocacy

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:17:22 +1300 | Royal Australian and NZ College of Radiologists

The incoming President of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR), Dr Lance Lawler, has commenced his two-year term with commitments to highlight the role of radiologists in achieving positive patient outcomes and address the impact ...More >>

Citizen scientists take on Hutt River

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 12:43:39 +1300 | NIWA

A group of volunteers who love the Hutt River is helping to care for it over summer. Beth Reille is bending over in the middle of the Hutt River peering into a large orange cone. At the bottom of the cone is clear plastic giving her a crisp, close-up ...More >>

Cyber security lessons from 2017

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 16:35:56 +1300 | Joe Burton

Cyber attacks have the potential to cause economic disruption, coerce changes in political behaviour and subvert systems of governance. from , CC BY-NDMore >>

Sexting: tech is changing what young people share online

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 11:39:09 +1300 | Claire Meehan and Emma Wicks

For many children and young people, engaging with explicit material is not uncommon. from , CC BY-ND More >>

This Infographic Explains World's Largest Seed Vault

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 15:18:55 +1300 | Scoop Publishing

37 Facts About The Svalbard International Seed Vault Throughout the world, there are 1,700 gene banks that house food crops for safekeeping. More >>

The Future of Work Sits Within the Gig Economy.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:32:44 +1300 | ENSPIRAL

Silvia Zuur was invited by the organisers of the Wellington Work in Progress conference to speak on the pro side of the Great Debate: The pros and cons of the Gig Economy. Below is her opening address. More >>

Access to Safe, Affordable and Legal Medicinal Cannabis

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 20:57:27 +1200 | Julie Anne Genter

Sick and dying people should have access to safe, affordable and legal cannabis for medicinal use. At the moment, patients who suffer from terminal illnesses and chronic pain who turn to cannabis for pain relief live in fear of being prosecuted. ...More >>

You Don’t Discourage Suicide by Assisting Suicide

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:01:33 +1200 | Family First

Family First NZ is warning that there is a ‘social contagion’ aspect to suicide – assisted or non-assisted – and that we need more discussion about suicide prevention, not euthanasia. The warning is being reiterated after the disagreement between National’s ...More >>

Reducing the use of animals in research

Fri, 1 Sep 2017 16:09:29 +1200 | ANZCCART

New booklets to help people replace, reduce and refine the use of animals in research have been developed by the New Zealand arm of ANZCCART, the Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching. The principles of replace, ...More >>

80% Opposition to Euthanasia An International Trend

Thu, 3 Aug 2017 09:37:35 +1200 | Family First

Family First NZ says that the overwhelming 80% opposition to assisted suicide communicated to the Inquiry by the Health Select Committee is part of the reason why most overseas jurisdictions have also rightly rejected euthanasia laws.More >>

ArborGen does not undertake any research into GE trees in NZ

Wed, 5 Jul 2017 14:27:31 +1200 | ArborGen

The GE Free NZ press release “Alarm Bells Ring Over Threat of GE Trees” published yesterday on Scoop (as below) makes a number of statements that are factually incorrect with regard to ArborGen and its business.More >>

Mentoring guidance prepared with a cultural lens

Tue, 4 Jul 2017 15:20:17 +1200 | The Royal Society of New Zealand

Support for culturally appropriate mentoring is being released today by Royal Society Te Apārangi to aid researchers and mentors in an increasingly diverse Aotearoa New Zealand.More >>

Calls to Ban Toxic Chemicals in New Zealand Products

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:53:43 +1200 | Cawthron Institute

A group of 200 scientists and medical professionals have called on the international community to further restrict the use of two chemicals in the US- triclosan and triclocarban. Research suggests these chemicals have a number of adverse health and environmental ...More >>

Assisted Suicide Opponent to Visit New Zealand

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:02:30 +1200 | Every Life Research Unit

Professor the Baroness Ilora Finlay of Llandaff will be visiting New Zealand Monday, 26 June through Friday, 30 June. The Welsh professor of palliative medicine and cross-bench member of the House of Lords was last in New Zealand in 2012, when she debated Maryan ...More >>

GMO Potatoes Are A Threat To Public Health

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:11:07 +1200 | GE Free New Zealand

Allowing GE potatoes into the food chain in New Zealand would be a mistake and threaten public health. For the first time a GMO version of a staple food—not just oils derived from GE crops, is set to be signed off by authorities.More >>


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