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Daily Highlights Bioconfinement baloney Swedish firm buys IP from GM sheep project Bird flu continues to spread New form of BSE possible, Italian scientists say Climate change could boost cash crops US researchers treat child with umbilical stem cells

Bioconfinement baloney Throughout North American history humans have been bringing (accidentally andintentionally) all manner of destructive microbes, plants, fish and animals, Michael Fumento writes.But that's just f... More...

Swedish firm buys IP from GM sheep project PPL has sold to a Swedish drug discovery company, Arexis B, the knowledge behind a new product which was being developed to help ease digestive problems in premature babies and those with cystic fibro... More...

Bird flu continues to spread The United Nations warned today that Asia's bird flu crisis was far from over as Thailand battled a major resurgence of the virus and new cases were reported in China and Japan. The disease, which... More...

New form of BSE possible, Italian scientists say There's more than one way to make a cow mad, say Italian scientists who think they have discovered a new form of the deadly mad cow disease.Associate Professor Salvatore Monaco, a researcher with ... More...

Climate change could boost cash crops Climate change could boost yields from one of America's most important crops, say plant biologists who have simulated the expected atmospheric conditions of 2050 in a US field.Andrew Leakey of the... More...

US researchers treat child with umbilical stem cells Researchers in the United States say they have successfully used stem cells to treat a child with genetic disorders.Scientists from Duke University in North Carolina have told an annual scientific... More...

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I Sing The Highway Electric: Charge Net NZ To Connect New Zealand

BMW is turning Middle Earth electric after today announcing a substantial contribution to the charging network Charge Net NZ. This landmark partnership will enable Kiwis to drive their electric vehicles (EVs) right across New Zealand through the installation of a fast charging highway stretching from Kaitaia to Invercargill. More>>


Watch This Space: Mahia Rocket Lab Launch Site Officially Opened

Economic Development Minster Steven Joyce today opened New Zealand’s first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. More>>


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Ig Nobel Award Winners Assess The Personality Of Rocks

A Massey University marketing lecturer has received the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for economics for a research project that asked university students to describe the “brand personalities” of three rocks. More>>


Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>


Half A Billion Accounts, Including Xtra: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>


Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>


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