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1. Cockles and Pipis, alive, alive-oh

04 January 2011 11:09am | NIWA

Over the long hot summer many kiwis will be digging deep in the sand for pipi. These yummy shellfish live buried in the sand and are free at the beach! .. More >>

2. SMC Deadline: Fishy supplements, missing rock wren and RMA

23 January 2015 2:49pm | Science Media Centre

New from the SMC 'Fishy' labels for fish oil supplements Formaldehyde in e-cigarettes - expert responds Proposed Resource Management Act changes- experts respond Fish oil capsules fall short on quality, freshness - experts respond 2014 hottest year ..... More >>

3. SMC Deadline: viral science and and another 'Big Dry'?

16 January 2015 3:25pm | Science Media Centre

The SMC starts 2015 with a new look newsletter and exciting plans for science media we'd like you to be involved in. .. More >>

4. NASA, NOAA Find 2014 Warmest Year in Modern Record

20 January 2015 9:53am | NASA

The year 2014 now ranks as the warmest on record since 1880, according to an analysis by NASA scientists. .. More >>

5. NIWA's Hotspot Watch 23/1/15

23 January 2015 3:31pm | NIWA

Weekly update to help media assess likelihood of extremely dry weather preceding a drought. Regions experiencing severely to extremely drier than normal soils conditions are deemed "hotspots". .. More >>

6. Book your licence test on the phone or on-line

03 August 2004 7:36pm | Land Transport Safety Authority

Driver licensing practical tests can now be booked and paid for by telephone and over the internet... More >>

7. Sensing Murder Strikes Out Again

25 June 2012 1:03pm | Skeptics

The discovery of the body of missing prostitute Jayne Furlong on the beach at Port Waikato directly contradicts the claims by the Sensing Murder exploitainment show that self-proclaimed psychics Deb Webber and Kelvin Cruickhank were able to "tune ..... More >>

8. Fire risk triggers partial closure of Matiu/Somes Island

23 January 2015 1:01pm | Department of Conservation

Heightened fire risk resulting from a dry, hot start to summer has triggered the restriction of public access to Matiu/Somes Island in Wellington harbour as of January 31st, 2015... More >>

9. Road Code now available free on-line

24 April 2003 1:02pm | Land Transport Safety Authority

Need to brush up on the road rules but don't have a copy of the road code? Just visit the Land Transport Safety Authority website,, where an on-line version of the Official New Zealand Road Code for car drivers is now available at no charge... More >>

10. Nippy creatures that share your swim

29 January 2013 10:01am | NIWA

There you are at the beach this summer. The water is cool and inviting. You go in for a dip. Then something small nips you. Most people would immediately blame a crab but it could be sea louse - a marine isopod! Isopods are a type of crustacean, ..... More >>

11. 1080 poison: science and facts

24 May 2011 4:25pm | Happypet NZ

Any true scientist would be intensely annoyed to see wishful thinking and casual observations (rather than properly replicated experiments with appropriate controls) masquerading as science, especially when lots of people actually believed in it. ..... More >>

12. Prime Minister's $1 million science prizes presented

03 December 2014 9:28am | PM's Science Prizes

The 2014 Prime Minister's Science Prizes, which provide a total of $1 million across five categories, have been presented in Wellington today. .. More >>

13. CyberArk Makes Security Predictions for 2015

24 January 2015 8:56am | Cyberark

Singapore. January 23, 2015 - CyberArk (NASDAQ: CYBR), the company that protects organisations from cyber attacks that have made their way inside the network perimeter, today outlined its security predictions for 2015. .. More >>

14. Famous Tree Sparks Debate On Discovery Of NZ

21 September 2001 4:24pm | Landcare Research

A pohutukawa tree at 'the end of the world' has stirred up debate on whether the Spanish were the first Europeans to reach New Zealand, ahead of the Dutch and the British... More >>

15. Return of the Cluster Flies

11 April 2011 11:36am | Kiwicare

The annual influx of cluster flies into New Zealand rural homes and farms has begun in earnest. Rural supplies stores and hardware stores around the country are reporting a sudden and dramatic increase in customers seeking help and advice on how to get ..... More >>

16. Southlanders Promote Positive Dairying in Environment Awards

10 October 2014 1:44pm | Ballance Farm Environment Awards

Southland farmers Mark and Deborah Hamill entered the Ballance Farm Environment Awards because they wanted to tell a 'good news story' about dairy farming. .. More >>

17. New paper finds no significant 20th century warming for NZ

29 October 2014 3:36pm | New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

A Reanalysis of Long-Term Surface Air Temperature Trends in New Zealand * by C.R. de Freitas, M.O. Dedekind and B.E. Brill. .. More >>

18. Year of the Godwit 2015

11 December 2014 1:42pm | Pukorokoro Miranda Naturalists' Trust

Acknowledging the remarkable story and perilous future of the NZ Godwit. March 18 - 25 November 2015 .. More >>

19. To Rent or To Buy a House? A Global View

22 January 2015 10:01am |

Shelter is a basic need for mankind, irrespective of what form. But, as humans, we look for something concrete and strong. This again is classified into rental, lease, buying or possessing of the asset, also considered as an essential component of investment. ..... More >>

20. Albatross/Toroa 2014/15 season

23 January 2015 1:55pm | Department of Conservation

We had a reduced number of expected breeding pairs this season, with three pairs that arrived and were expected to lay an egg but did not. In addition, only one partner from each of three other pairs arrived in and so there was no nesting by these birds ..... More >>

21. Sludge Management Software Set For World Stage

10 July 2000 8:50am | Foundation for Research Science and Technology

A Massey University student's new computer program is being included in international design software for wastewater plants. Barry Fryer wrote the software to calculate how much heat was generated by waste sludge breaking down in a treatment tank. He ..... More >>

22. Youth Science Wizardry on display

04 December 2003 6:28pm | The Royal Society of New Zealand

Thirty-five of the best and brightest student minds will arrive in Wellington on Monday to demonstrate their ideas, research and proposed solutions to problems in the world around them. From using used nappies, through to trying to prevent date ..... More >>

23. ihug offers free speed on unlimited dial up

03 March 2004 5:19pm | Ihug

Kiwi ISP, ihug, continues its "Internet for the masses" revolution by launching a high speed unlimited dial up plan targeting New Zealand's 800,000 dial up users. The new offer, free for subscribers of ihug's unlimited dial up service, closes the ..... More >>

24. Dairy farm hot-water power use cut by two-thirds

20 August 2004 3:46pm | Meridian Energy

A Kiwi engineer's idea has been turned into a device that takes the heat from cows' milk and uses it to heat water, reducing hot-water costs by around two-thirds in a typical milking shed... More >>

25. New Zealand National Climate Summary 2004

11 January 2005 9:59am | NIWA

2004: Very Stormy At Times Devastating Floods And Extremely High Rainfall In Several North Island Regions; High Winds And Late Winter Blizzards; Very Wet In Some Areas And Cool.. More >>

26. Glass recycling price plummet

07 April 2005 12:53am | Zero Waste New Zealand

New Zealand's glass recycling is in danger of plunging into crisis and growing glass stockpiles are about to blot the national landscape, zero waste leader Jo Knight said today... More >>

27. BBC Launches New Weather Format Using NZ Tech

16 May 2005 12:17am | MetService

Meteorological Service of New Zealand Ltd (MetService) today announced that its television weather graphics system, Weatherscape XT is being launched by the BBC... More >>

28. Cabbage tree researcher honoured

08 September 2005 2:26pm | Landcare Research

Respected Auckland scientist Dr Ross Beever will today be honoured as a Fellow of The Royal Society of New Zealand... More >>

29. NZ video game rental site goes the whole hog!

21 September 2005 12:59am | is New Zealand's first web-based rental site that's totally dedicated to the game and to bringing game-hungry locals a cheaper way to play... More >>

30. iiNet to unbundled ihug

20 July 2006 2:40pm | Ihug

iiNet Limited (ASX: IIN) today announced that it has initiated a formal sales process for its New Zealand ISP business, ihug. iiNet Executive Chairman Peter Harley said the decision had been made following a large number of unsolicited approaches to ..... More >>

31. Orakei Volcano is Much Older Than Thought

12 January 2007 10:08am | GNS Science

Scientists drilling into the Orakei Basin in Auckland have found the Orakei volcano is probably three times as old as previously thought. A group of geologists from government-owned research and consultancy company GNS Science and the University ..... More >>

32. Peter Blake's Son Launches Antarctic Scheme

22 January 2007 9:48am | Sir Peter Blake Trust

Prime Minister Helen Clark and James Blake, son of New Zealand adventurer and yachtsman Sir Peter Blake, today launched a new initiative to help young New Zealanders fulfil their environmental passions in Antarctica... More >>

33. Microsoft sponsors top NZ online gaming team

23 May 2007 10:11am | Microsoft New Zealand

Microsoft New Zealand has announced its sponsorship of top New Zealand gaming team Online Gaming Addicts (OGA), which is currently ranked in the top 3 online gaming teams in New Zealand and Australia. "We're proud to support OGA and reinforce ..... More >>

34. Secrets of NZ's bizarre sea creatures revealed

29 June 2007 10:11am | World Wildlife Fund

WWF-New Zealand is launching an exciting new online resource that for the first time provides a gateway to all that's known about life in New Zealand's oceans. .. More >>

35. Booming into international cinemas

18 February 2008 3:21pm | Foundation for Research Science and Technology

A Christchurch entrepreneur has his revolutionary acoustic technology installed in cinemas throughout the world. His latest coup is a deal to supply sound systems to motion picture imaging giant Kodak for its Los Angeles test studio... More >>

36. Seaweek 2008: One ocean - it starts with me

26 February 2008 1:27pm | NZ Association of Environmental Education

Taranaki teenager Paige Hareb, world number two under-20 professional women's surfer, is Seaweek 2008's ocean ambassador. She will launch the national, week-long event on February 29 at Fort Takapuna on Auckland's north shore. The launch features ..... More >>

37. Chatham Island snipe returned to Pitt Island

06 May 2008 10:25am | Department of Conservation

One of New Zealand's least-known rare birds is making a comeback. Twenty Chatham Island snipe were released into a privately-owned reserve on Pitt Island on 28th April. Only 33 people live on Pitt Island, the second largest of the Chatham Islands. ..... More >>

38. Kiwi Scientists Build Surfboard Using Native Flax

04 June 2008 12:20am | BPN

A surfboard made from Native New Zealand Flax (harakeke) has been put on display at a Science New Zealand display in the Wellington Airport... More >>

39. Invasive Argentine ants difficult to eradicate

12 January 2009 3:54pm | Environment Bay of Plenty

Environment Bay of Plenty is changing the way it deals with Argentine ants, one of the world's most widespread invasive ant species. The move recognises that eradication is no longer feasible. .. More >>

40. Research looks at natural predators for bee threat

09 May 2009 1:45pm | Hortresearch

Auckland, New Zealand. 8 May 2009. Scientists are investigating ways to control the destructive varroa mite, a cause of major devastation to honey bees. .. More >>

41. Gareth Morgan delivers his climate change verdict

19 May 2009 4:03pm | Random House

After having trawled through the most compelling evidence from both sides, even Gareth Morgan is surprised where he has ended up in the tricky, motionally-charged and high-stakes climate change debate. .. More >>

42. North Otago Wine Producer to Apply Origin System

20 August 2009 11:00am | Oritain Holdings Ltd

When the 2009 vintage wines from Kurow Estate Ltd appear on shelves from September, they will be among the first in the world to use a powerful scientific process to address a growing international concern over wine fraud and food safety. The origin ..... More >>

43. Paddle Crabs; Cannibals Of The Seashore

30 December 2009 10:33am | NIWA

This agile swimmer is found in the intertidal zone (between high and low tide marks) all around New Zealand and in southern Australia, down to depths of 100 metres. It's one of nine species of swimming crabs in New Zealand... More >>

44. Death of Sir Ian Axford, NZ scientist

17 March 2010 11:28am | The Royal Society of New Zealand

The Royal Society of New Zealand says it is deeply saddened by the death of Sir Ian Axford, a renowned New Zealand scientist. .. More >>

45. The Canterbury Earthquakes: Scientific Answers

16 March 2011 2:36pm | The Royal Society of New Zealand

The Canterbury region has had six months of unexpected and extremely difficult challenges as a result of a sequence of damaging and deadly earthquakes and the associated aftershocks. The result is significant uncertainty within the public about why the February 22 ..... More >>

46. Mr Moa now Doctor of Science

28 April 2011 12:46pm | University of Waikato

The New Zealander known as 'Mr Moa' is being awarded a Doctor of Science at Waikato University's graduation on Monday. .. More >>

47. Just how bad is the plight of native frogs?

16 June 2011 11:06am | Victoria University of Wellington

Just how bad is the plight of native frogs? How are kakapo or tuatara doing? .. More >>

48. More Volcanoes Recognised In Auckland

09 November 2011 9:48am | Geomarine Research

Twelve months after recognising a hidden volcano beneath Grafton in Auckland City, Bruce Hayward and his colleagues from Geomarine Research have done it again. This time they have identified four more, previously unknown volcanic craters in the southern ..... More >>

49. New variety of corn could benefit New Zealand farmers

16 January 2012 6:01pm | GE Free NZ

A new variety of corn that is suitable for organic and biological farming systems could benefit New Zealand farmers who rely on corn seed imports. .. More >>

50. Is it a fish, is it a bird? ...It's an eagle ray!

24 January 2012 10:00am | NIWA

They fly like birds under water and create strange pits in the sand. Eagle rays can be seen around New Zealand's coast in the summer months, when they come in to breed. Like their larger cousins, the longtail and shorttail stingrays, they have a sting ..... More >>

51. Could NZ cherries be the secret to a good night's sleep?

14 April 2012 12:19pm | Moanui

Hamilton, New Zealand - Preliminary research results released today by Fruision Ltd show that sweet cherries grown in New Zealand's sun-rich Central Otago region are a natural source of melatonin at levels over 30 times higher than other cherry varieties ..... More >>

52. 1080 study challenges claims on native wildlife impact

19 April 2012 9:48am | University of Otago

Media release 19 April 2012 New 1080 study challenges claims about impacts on native wildlife .. More >>

53. Consumers Urged to Switch Smoke Alarms (Not Just Batteries)

25 September 2012 11:29am | Cavius

TAURANGA, Monday 24 September 2012 : Kiwis are being urged to replace not only their smoke alarm batteries but to consider switching to smoke detectors which are safer, stylish and more cost effective this daylight savings weekend (Sunday September 30)... More >>

54. Paua is a summer delicacy

22 January 2013 1:17pm | NIWA

Paua is a New Zealand summer delicacy. When someone says "paua fritter" they are usually referring to something made from blackfoot paua. The blackfoot paua (Haliotis iris) species is endemic to New Zealand and found throughout the country. It is most ..... More >>

55. EFSA Rejects GM Form Of Corn Used In NZ Food

20 April 2013 1:46pm | University of Canterbury

Europe's food safety regulator has rejected a form of GM corn that is legal to use in New Zealand foods. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) approved the same product in 2010... More >>

56. Science Hub Will Boost New Zealand Innovation and Produc

29 April 2013 3:31pm | Science New Zealand

Anthony Scott, chief executive of Science New Zealand, says that today's announcement of a world class agricultural research and education Hub to be developed at Lincoln, near Christchurch, is highly significant in the drive to enhance New Zealand's ..... More >>

57. National Science Challenges unveiled - Experts respond

01 May 2013 3:10pm | Science Media Centre

The Government today announced the ten areas that have been selected for special focus and additional funding as New Zealand's National Science Challenges. .. More >>

58. UC Researching Some of the Most Threatened Ecosystems

10 May 2013 11:16am | University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury (UC) is researching parts of north Canterbury and the Mackenzie Basin areas which include some of the most threatened ecosystems in New Zealand... More >>

59. Journey of Many Thousand Kilometres Puts Marae on the Map

03 June 2013 9:32am |

A journey to all of the ancestral marae of Aotearoa New Zealand finishes on 1 June 2013 when the national Maori Maps website is fully launched. The website, which takes visitors to the location of almost 750 marae throughout the ..... More >>

60. Robot Expert Concerned About More Angry Faces on LEGO

04 June 2013 1:15pm | University of Canterbury

The number of happy faces on LEGO toy mini-figures is decreasing and the number of angry faces is increasing, a University of Canterbury (UC) robot expert says. .. More >>

61. Sony launches new VAIO range

14 June 2013 4:33pm | Sony New Zealand Limited

All models feature touch screen Includes VAIO Pro - the World's lightest i touch ultrabook Full range features NFC 'one-touch' connectivity VAIO Duo 13 - an amazing evolution of the convertible ultrabook .. More >>

62. UC mechanical engineering project putting tents to the test

04 July 2013 1:04pm | University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury (UC) is carrying out tests on Kathmandu tents to see how they cope in extreme New Zealand weather conditions. .. More >>

63. The shift to mirrorless cameras

03 April 2014 12:48pm | FujiFilm

Fujifilm were pioneers in digital photography, announcing the FinePix S1 Pro - the world's first consumer-level DSLR - in January 2000. Just fourteen years later, Fujifilm NZ confirm that camera technology is undergoing another seismic shift... More >>

64. BOTOX approved for treatment of Overactive Bladder

04 May 2014 2:06pm | Catalyst

BOTOX® (botulinum toxin type A) injections registered for management of overactive bladder - Twice yearly treatment allows New Zealanders with bladder dysfunction to gain control1 .. More >>

65. Heat Stress Research Aimed at Helping Workers

05 May 2014 3:56pm | Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

A team of Nelson-based researchers hopes their work will one day lead to improvements in the lives of workers in some of the world's hottest places. .. More >>

66. 'Houdini' sea cucumbers a potentially lucrative industry

08 May 2014 11:18am | University of Auckland

They may not be the prettiest of sea creatures but University of Auckland researcher Leo Zamora says sea cucumbers are not only fascinating but a potential major export earner for New Zealand... More >>

67. Canterbury graduate at Stanford University

03 June 2014 9:56am | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury graduate and Fulbright scholar is carrying out substantial artificial intelligence research at Stanford University, looking at how robots make visual sense of the world... More >>

68. Canterbury's researchers looking to improve UAV capabilities

23 June 2014 9:45am | University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury's Wireless and Spatial Engineering Research Centres are looking to improve their unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) multispectral imaging for use in hi-tech agriculture, rural fire control and forestry... More >>

69. AUT University partnering with leading diagnostic company

27 June 2014 10:52am | AUT University

AUT University is proud to announce the opening of the AUT Roche Diagnostics Laboratory. The laboratory collaboration is the first of its kind in New Zealand and will provide undergraduate and postgraduate students access to the latest scientific evaluations ..... More >>

70. Northland Whales and Dolphins at Risk From Statoil

03 July 2014 5:34pm | Liz Slooten

Today marine mammal expert Dr Liz Slooten of Otago University expressed concerns over dangers to whales and dolphins from sonar and seismic exploration for deep sea oil in Statoil's permit zone off Northland... More >>

71. New astrobiology group formed

31 July 2014 2:26pm | Royal Astronomical Society

A new group of the Royal Astronomical Society (RASNZ) has been established to foster the local astrobiology community. .. More >>

72. CPIT Research month shares the knowledge

04 August 2014 9:49am | CPIT

Students pitch a project, staff present research with practical applications and a panel of lively debaters decide whether 'science is more creative than art' at CPIT's Research Month from 4 to 28 August... More >>

73. Study into Didymo's impact on 55 South Island waterways

10 August 2014 10:11am | University of Canterbury

In one of the largest field studies of its kind to examine Didymo, or rock snot, a University of Canterbury project has sampled 55 rivers and streams across the South Island in every major region, to establish its niche and effects on ecosystems. .. More >>

74. New distribution channels meet demand for Bolifor® Magnesium

19 August 2014 10:39am | BEC Feed Solutions NZ

Following the phenomenal Fieldays launch of its Bolifor® Magnesium range, BEC Feed Solutions has established nationwide partnerships with feed suppliers, consultants and rural supply stores, including Farmlands. The move means dairy farmers now have ..... More >>

75. August 2014 Climate Summary

04 September 2014 1:39pm | NIWA

August rainfall was wide ranging. Above normal rainfall (120-149%) occurred throughout eastern Northland, Manawatu-Wanganui, Gisborne, Southland and parts of Central Otago. Conversely rainfall was below normal (50-79%) in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty, and ..... More >>

76. Evolutionary tools improve prospects for sustainablity

12 September 2014 11:36am | Liggins Institute

NZ scientist Professor Sir Peter Gluckman is one of nine authors of an international study which calls for evolutionary thinking to address societal challenges in food security, emerging diseases and biodiversity loss... More >>

77. Mt Pirongia Poison Drop Breaches 1080 Warning Label

15 September 2014 10:30am | The Graf Boys

A youtube video clip of a 1080 poison drop across Mt Pirongia claims the Department of Conservation operation breached the New Zealand manufacturer's warnings. .. More >>

78. Huawei Ascend P7 - Now available in New Zealand

23 September 2014 2:04pm | Huawei Technologies

New Zealand, September 23: Huawei's newest flagship smartphone, the Ascend P7, which combines stunning form with seamless function, is now available in New Zealand. .. More >>

79. Victoria students help public keep an eye on our water

25 September 2014 11:16am | Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington's engineering students are continuing to push the frontiers of pollution monitoring in New Zealand's waterways through an innovative collaboration known as RiverWatch... More >>

80. Cause of yellow-eyed penguin disease investigated

27 November 2014 12:28pm | Department of Conservation

Yellow-eyed penguin chicks/hōiho are under the spotlight this week as vets try to find the trigger for the mystery illness that continues to threaten the endangered birds. Avian diphtheria appears to take hold in the Otago population of yellow-eyed ..... More >>

81. Determining the origin of insect pests

15 December 2014 3:53pm | Lincoln University

Researchers in the Bio-Protection Research Centre at Lincoln University are developing a new way to reveal the birthplace of unwanted insect pests - information that is vital for managing pest incursions... More >>

82. The longest day

22 December 2014 1:11pm | MetService

While the northern hemisphere chills beneath wintry conditions, here in the South Pacific we are experiencing our longest day. Today is the summer solstice, the time of year when the South Pole is at its closest inclination to the Sun, resulting in ..... More >>

83. Extraordinary gene transfer between cells observed

07 January 2015 7:46am | Malaghan Institute

Tumour cells without mitochondrial DNA form tumours only after importing replacement DNA from surrounding cells. .. More >>

84. Tuesday's Quake Unlikely to Affect the Alpine Fault

07 January 2015 2:28pm | GNS Science

Scientists believe this week's magnitude 6.0 quake west of Arthur's Pass has not increased the chance of a rupture on the Alpine Fault, about 20km to the west of Tuesday's epicentre. .. More >>

85. UoC designing hybrid power model for Tongan island group

12 January 2015 7:34am | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury designing hybrid power model for Tongan island group January 12, 2015 A University of Canterbury postgraduate electrical and computer engineering student is designing a hybrid renewable energy power system for the Ha'apai Island ..... More >>

86. Another week of warm and mostly dry weather

12 January 2015 12:35pm | MetService

This week will again be dry and warm for many, as high pressure lingers across the country. A front is forecast to move onto the West Coast during Friday, then weaken over Central New Zealand during Saturday. This front brings some wet weather to the ..... More >>

87. Second Symposium on managing Kauri Dieback Disease

16 January 2015 3:13pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

Everyone interested in protecting kauri are invited to attend the second Symposium on kauri dieback disease ( Phytophthora taxon Agathis or PTA), which can kill kauri of all ages and sizes. .. More >>

88. Cloud computing - now available locally without fixed terms

19 January 2015 7:06pm | ICONZ

For the first time ever, ICONZ-Webvisions is offering its public cloud, without a contracted duration. Cloud computing offers processing power that is scale-able and flexible, allowing organisations to vary their needs. However, the majority of NZ-based ..... More >>

89. 2014 hottest year on record - Experts respond

20 January 2015 9:41am | Science Media Centre

The year 2014 ranks as Earth's warmest since 1880, according to two separate analyses by NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists. .. More >>

90. Rain hard to come by as another high rolls in

21 January 2015 1:33pm | MetService

Rain has been proving hard to come by for most provinces in New Zealand recently, and this is set to continue as a large high is expected to bring dry weather for almost the entire country this weekend - including Auckland Anniversary day on Monday. ..... More >>


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