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Asthma study takes genetic approach Nuclear power may fill world energy gap, scientist says Raising the upper limits of human lifespan Europe aims to improve GM testing network Politics blamed for Spanish biotech ban Is organic farming better for the environment?

Asthma study takes genetic approach Queensland scientists are trying to pinpoint the cause of asthma by using genetic samples from hundreds of families.Health care costs for asthma patients now exceeds $700 million each year in Aust... More...

Nuclear power may fill world energy gap, scientist says The cuts the world will have to make in emissions of carbon dioxide are so huge it will have to find other ways to deal with the gas, a British scientist says. He is Professor John Shepherd of the... More...

Raising the upper limits of human lifespan How long could you live? Lay off the booze, cigarettes and fatty foods; keep up the exercise, get plenty of sleep, avoid nasty accidents and you should bring up your century. But as cricketers learn, ... More...

Europe aims to improve GM testing network Ahead of Europe's enlargement on 1 May, a number of national enforcement laboratories from accession countries became part, on 29 April, of the European Network of Genetically Modified Organisms' Labo... More...

Politics blamed for Spanish biotech ban Spain, the only European Union country where genetically modified crops are commercially grown, banned the planting of a Syngenta AG corn variety as of January, saying it may boost resistance to antib...

Is organic farming better for the environment? This is a more complex question than it at first appears, an article in the journal

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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>>


Marketing Rocks!
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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