Tagged: research

Your breaking science news service - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Dec 15, 2015

Head on over to Scimex (the Science Media Exchange) where you will find articles about newly published research papers and scientific discoveries from New Zealand, Australia and further afield. Scimex is a free service run by the New Zealand and Australian Science Media Centres that puts embargoed research in the hands of journalists, helps researchers who are looking to work … Read More

The big science stories of 2015 - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Dec 15, 2015

Each year at the Science Media Centre we publish our picks for what were the big science stories of the year. What do we mean by “big”? Well, not necessarily the biggest discoveries or the most significant peer-reviewed papers. We are more interested in the science-related stories that captured the public’s attention and received a large deal of media … Read More

Two species of little blue penguins - News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Dec 15, 2015

We call them little blue penguins, Australians call them fairy penguins – it turns out they are different species. A new study, published in PLOS One, compared trans-Tasman populations of little penguins and found they were different enough to be considered separate species. Researchers from the University of Otago collaborated with those from the University of Tasmania to compare … Read More

Mountains spawned diverse fish - News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Dec 15, 2015

The diverse range of native fish in the South Island are thanks to the uplift of the Southern Alps, new research suggests. Research published today in Nature Geoscience, and led by the University of Otago, has drawn a link between rapid mountain-building in the South Island and the diversification of native fish.  Changes in geography have long been … Read More

A better understanding of Auckland volcanoes - News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Dec 14, 2015

Tracking the source of volcanic ash has given a New Zealand researcher a better understanding of Auckland volcanoes and when they erupted. Jenni Hopkins reconstructed the volcanic history of Auckland as part of her PhD research at Victoria University in the hope of better understanding the risk posed by new eruptions in our biggest city. Auckland’s volcanic field … Read More

Guilt-free tourism: would you pay $11 for a carbon-neutral holiday? - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 07, 2015

Colin Michael Hall, University of Canterbury Travelling carbon free for about the cost of a salad in New York? Yes, please. This is the good news that’s emerged from a study that found the damaging effects of tourism emissions could eventually be eliminated if travellers paid an average of just US$11 per trip. Our research, published recently in … Read More

Paracetamol has no effect on the flu - Unsorted

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Dec 07, 2015

It’s included in numerous over-the-counter cold and flu medicines, but according to New Zealand researchers paracetamol has no effect on the flu. Research published today in Respirology found no difference in the severity or duration of influenza symptoms, temperature or viral load in patients taking paracetamol – indicating no benefits from taking the medicine while sick with the flu. The … Read More

Police muzzles? - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Nov 25, 2015

There’s a strong academic freedom case against the kinds of restrictions that the New Zealand Police, and other government agencies, put on the use of data. But it’s not quite as clear-cut as it might seem. Jarrod Gilbert is New Zealand’s leading expert in crime and gangs. Between him and  Greg Newbold, there’s not much the Canterbury sociology team don’t know … Read More

Marsden Fund: Benefits quantified for first time - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Oct 02, 2015

New Zealand’s leading ‘blue skies’ research fund boosts Kiwi science, but could be tweaked for greater efficiency, says a new study. An evaluation conducted by researchers at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research institute has found that Marsden funding increases the scientific output of the funded researchers. Compared to similar groups that do not receive funding, a team that is given  … Read More