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New biodegradable biotech fibre

New biodegradable biotech fibre

A Minnesota company has come up with a biodegradable biotech fibre that is so versatile you could furnish an entire house with it.Cargill Dow LLC, based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, has developed the... More...

Medicine crops to stay in midwest despite concerns

The United States federal government has announced it will not stop US farmers in the Midwest and Plains states from planting new crops engineered to produce medicines despite pleas from environmental... More...

Proposed forestry standards create major risks

In recent months the NZ forestry industry has been considering a proposed plantation forest management standard promoted by Forest Certification NZ - an offshoot of the Forest Stewardship Council.... More...

RNA interference maintained in stem cells

Short hairpin RNAs (shRNAs) offer a new way to silence genes, courtesy of RNA interference (RNAi), reports an article for The Scientist. The story says a study from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, ... More...

'Sentinel plants' to warn of bioterrorism

U.S. soldiers walk down a trail in a war zone. One of them pulls out a hand-held electronic device and points it at a native plant. The readings on the device indicate the plant was exposed to nerve g... More...

Gene testing may be less available

Genetics experts are warning that genetic testing for the families of women with certain types of breast cancer may be less available in future, says a story from NewsRoom.The story says researche... More...

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Transport Tech: Roadmap To Harness $1.5 Bn Sector

A new Future Technology Leadership Group will help New Zealand harness some of the $1.5 billion a year estimated value to the economy from Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) as well as the social benefits they create... More>>


Economy: GDP Rises On Strength In Services

The economy, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP), grew 0.6 percent in the December 2017 quarter, Stats NZ said today. Growth was driven by increases in the service industries but was tempered by falls in the primary sector. More>>


Innovative Partnerships:Govt Launches R&D Programme

Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods has today formally launched the Innovative Partnership programme which aims to attract future-focused international innovators and firms to undertake R&D and develop their products in New Zealand.... More>>


Planes And Oil: Current Account Deficit Widens To $2.0 Billion

New Zealand's seasonally adjusted current account deficit widened to $2.0 billion in the December 2017 quarter, Stats NZ said today. The $407 million increase in the deficit was mainly driven by New Zealand importing aircraft and other transport equipment, and crude oil. More>>


RMTU: Lyttelton Port Strike

Sticking points now include LPC’s insistence on docking the pay of workers who didn’t take part in strike action last week – because they withdrew the strike notice. “In our view this amounts to an illegal lockout.” More>>


"Licensed To Krill": Greenpeace Report On Antarctic Fishing

A new Greenpeace investigation has exposed the environmental risks of the fast-growing krill industry in one of the most pristine parts of the Antarctic Ocean. More>>