Tagged: New Zealand

Molecular ecologists meet in the Catlins - Chicken or Egg

Hilary Miller Dec 03, 2009

Last weekend I attended the 12th Annual NZ Molecular Ecology meeting, held in the Catlins, in the deep south of New Zealand.  NZ’s molecular ecologists have a traditional of holding their annual meeting in beautiful, out-of-the-way places, and this year was no exception with the Tautuku Outdoor Education Centre in the heart of the Catlins being our base.  This [...] … Read More

Crunching the numbers on the CRIs - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Dec 02, 2009

Statistics New Zealand has just released some data looking at the financial performance of the Crown Research Institutes, information that comes at a sensitive time, as the CRI Taskforce prepares to finalise its recommendations on the future of the Government-owned research institutions. From a business spoint of view, and lets face it, the CRIs are commercially-focused entities, the most important … Read More

New family tree for moa - Chicken or Egg

Hilary Miller Nov 23, 2009

A new take on the evolutionary history of the moa was published in PNAS this week.  Mike Bunce from Murdoch University in Perth and researchers from Alan Cooper’s lab at University of Adelaide have combined genetic data from over 260 moa bones with anatomical, geological and ecological information, to revise species relationships among moa and suggest a timeframe and origin for [...] … Read More

Kiwi twitter power-allwhites hit #2 trend for day, worldwide - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 15, 2009

[Not science related.] Let’s repeat that: Kiwis twittering on ‘allwhites’ hit the #2 trend for the day on twitter, worldwide. Just shows that little New Zealand has a decent presence on twitter and they’re collaborative enthusiastic bods who get together and get a trend going. Here’s the graph that shows the state of things at about 1am, from … Read More

Drug Dealing - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Sep 22, 2009

In the Herald today: Dr Penelope Briscoe, dean of the faculty of pain medicine at Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), says reform is needed to curb the illicit use and sale of powerful prescription medicines. I view statements like this with some trepidation. I don’t know how it is in Australia, but, in New [...] … Read More

Warrior genes and the disease of being a scientist - Chicken or Egg

Hilary Miller Sep 15, 2009

The past few days, headlines like “Maori don’t have warrior gene” and “Maori warrior gene debunked” have been all over the media. This has left me with a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach, and thinking that this sounds a lot like media hype/oversimplification of what is a very complex area of research.  To [...] … Read More

New Zealand’s walking bats - Unsorted

Hilary Miller Aug 12, 2009

New Zealand’s lesser short-tailed bat Mystacina tuberculata is slightly odd in the bat world due to its propensity for running about on the ground instead of flying.  Unlike most bats, which catch their prey while in flight, the lesser short-tailed bat spends much of its time foraging on the forest floor.  The elbow joints in [...] … Read More