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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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Civil Contractors: Massive Rebound In Civil Construction Business Confidence

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Energy: Feeling Our Way Towards Hydrogen - Tina Schirr

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Maritime Union: Calls For New Zealand Shipping To Resolve Supply Chain Crisis

The Maritime Union says there needs to be innovative responses to ongoing shipping congestion. Maritime Union of New Zealand National Secretary Craig Harrison says it is essential that New Zealand develops its own shipping capacity... More>>

Housing: New Home Consents Continue To Break Records

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Real Estate: June Home Transfers Remain High
There were 44,517 home transfers in the June 2021 quarter, the highest June quarter figure since 2016, Stats NZ said today. The number of home transfers was very similar to the March 2021 quarter and was up 18,252 from the June 2020 quarter... More>>

Statistics: Household Saving Falls In The March 2021 Quarter

Saving by New Zealanders in the March 2021 quarter fell to its lowest level in two years after rising sharply in 2020, Stats NZ said today. Increases in household spending outpaced income growth, leading to a decline in household saving from the elevated levels that prevailed throughout 2020... More>>