“Call Me Dr Johnson”

Adventure-seeking Kiwi scientist, Mark Johnson, tags 60-foot sperm whales in the Gulf of Mexico. Shrugging off comparisons with Captain Ahab (I’ve already been given three copies of Moby Dick”, complains Johnson. “Never read it”) he modestly qualifies his profession as modern science, not some gothic quest for immortality or riches. Johnson, formerly an electrical engineer with an Akld Uni PhD, hopes the survey will dramatically expand the knowledge of the behaviour and genetics of the sperm whale.


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Rocket Lab Aims to Catch Boosters with Choppers

Rocket Lab Aims to Catch Boosters with Choppers

New Zealand-founded California-based Rocket Lab wants to use a helicopter to “catch” the first stage of its Electron rocket as it floats toward the ground with a parachute, according to Robert…