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BioScience News and Advocate Daily Highlights 23/4

Daily Highlights
1. Plastic bags become fence posts
2. Land use changes gives hope for lake
3. Bright spots in the rain forest
4. Biotech rice firm undeterred
5. Drs question genetic link in skin infections
6. Study looks at spice as possible CF treatment

Plastic bags become fence posts
A recycling machine developed in New Zealand turns plastic bags into fence posts. Christchurch-based start-up company Range Industries Ltd has developed, patented and trade-marked a "thermo-fusion...

Land use changes gives hope for lake
Lake Rotoehu has endured almost a decade of toxic algal blooms but local efforts to remove them seem to be paying off. Last summer, for the first time since 1994, the lake did not produce blue-gre...

Bright spots in the rain forest
The rallying cry, "Save the Amazon!" rang out again this month when the Brazilian government reported that clearing of the rain forest had reached near-record levels - with an area bigger than the sta...

Biotech rice firm undeterred
Ventria Bioscience of Sacramento, turned down by regulators in its recent bid to start commercially producing its genetically altered rice in California, still, according to this story, plans to put i...

Drs question genetic link in skin infections
Pacific Island and Maori children are nearly four times more likely to suffer skin infections than their European counterparts, an Auckland study has found. The study, published in the New Zealand...

Study looks at spice as possible CF treatment
A spice used in curry and mustard may benefit people with cystic fibrosis, a study suggests. Scientists in the United States have found that an ingredient in turmeric can reduce symptoms in mice w...

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Onetai Station: Overseas Investment Office Puts Ceol & Muir On Notice

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Tomorrow, The UN: Feds President Takes Reins At World Farming Body

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

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Marketing Rocks!
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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>>


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