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How to Command Attention, Change Minds, and Influence People

How to Command Attention, Change Minds, and Influence People

Yes! we can finally tell you how to be the better you: the Dallas Morning Herald business section offers their guide to summertime self-improvement, including this “top investment” from Harry Mills of Lower Hutt, Artful Persuasion: How…

New Zealand High School Dropout Blazes a Trail in Bit Valley

New Zealand High School Dropout Blazes a Trail in Bit Valley

Terrie Lloyd runs one of Bit Valley’s (Tokyo’s answer to Silicon) most successful start-up companies, Daijob.com, the largest on-line recruiting firm in Japan, as well as his English- language J@pan Inc magazine, which has virtually no competitors….

Human Gene in Kiwi Sheep

Human Gene in Kiwi Sheep

We get enough flak for our supposed close relationship with sheep, but this is ridiculous. Thousands of sheep are walking around with a gene inside them which, it turns out, came from a blood sample donated…

Fortified Cereals May Reduce Heart Risk

Fortified Cereals May Reduce Heart Risk

Researchers from University of Otago report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that folic acid supplements and fortified cereals are more effective than a diet rich in naturally occurring folates in reducing levels of the heart…

Want Twins? Ewe May be in Luck

Want Twins? Ewe May be in Luck

New Zealand scientists at the AgResearch Institute have found a gene responsible for twins in sheep, a discovery that could lead to understanding human fertility treatments and contraceptives, as well as increased agricultural production. Sue Galloway…

Out of Africa Theory of Evolution

Out of Africa Theory of Evolution

The Economist ponders the ‘where did we come from’ question, referring to the out-of-Africa theory first developed by New Zealand biochemist, the revolutionary Allan Wilson, and his colleague Rebecca Cann. They studied genetic material from a variety…

Kiwi Linguists Chart Man’s Journey Across the Pacific

Kiwi Linguists Chart Man’s Journey Across the Pacific

University of Auckland linguists Russell Gray and Fiona Jordan, “may have solved one of the greatest mysteries in human prehistory – how people managed to colonise the Pacific”. Writing in the journal Nature they analysed 77 languages…

Global Leader in 3d Paint Technology Brings Texture to Cyberspace

Global Leader in 3d Paint Technology Brings Texture to Cyberspace

Auckland company Right Hemisphere has released ‘Texture Weapons’ its latest imaging product said, “to represent a breakthrough in 3D content creation for broadcast, game developers and industrial design.” What was once an arduous task is now once…

Dotcom Carnage Paves the Way for Kiwi Hard Science

Dotcom Carnage Paves the Way for Kiwi Hard Science

USA Today speculates that the dotcom slump will see investors’ interest return to science-based  research companies, including LifeF/x, which is creating realistic-looking, computer-generated talking heads for use on Web sites. The company is building on years of…

Kevin Roberts Punts Saatchi & Saatchi into the Premier League

Kevin Roberts Punts Saatchi & Saatchi into the Premier League

The ideas shop meets ‘La Difference’ when it was announced that Saatchis was to merge, for £1.24 billion, with French giant Publicis. Celebrating the merger, as well as scooping creative awards at Cannes and the company’s…

Large Natural Gas Field Discovered, NZ’s Second Largest

Large Natural Gas Field Discovered, NZ’s Second Largest

Newly discovered by Fletcher Challenge Energy, the gas field Pohokura may be New Zealand’s second largest and help underpin a sustainable gas supply for New Zealand’s future.

Kiwi Innovation Solution to Indian Sea Erosion

Kiwi Innovation Solution to Indian Sea Erosion

“The State Minister for Minor Irrigation Kumar Bangarappa informed that a permanent solution to arrest sea-erosion in the coastal belt of the Mangalore district would be evolved as per the New Zealand model.”

NZ Study Shows Women on Pill Face Increased Health Risk

NZ Study Shows Women on Pill Face Increased Health Risk

Dr Skegg from the University of Otago, (in a study published in medical journal Lancet) found that although the risk of a fatal clot is still extremely low, women on the pill are nearly ten times more…

Kiwi Wave Expert Helps the Brits Hang Ten in Bournemouth

Kiwi Wave Expert Helps the Brits Hang Ten in Bournemouth

The stereotype of the stoic sunburnt pommie enduring another much-mocked English summer is all about to change thanks to a world expert kiwi who specialises in making artificial waves. It might still be cold, but Professor…

“Brain Drain Clouds NZ’s Future” – Refuse the Hype and Get to the Edge

“Brain Drain Clouds NZ’s Future” – Refuse the Hype and Get to the Edge

More centric thinking, this time from London’s Observer, “New Zealander’s are leaving their country in droves, placing a strain on the economy and painting a grim picture for the future.” Our opinion: New Zealand Edgers of the…

Odious Vampire’s Kiss: NZ Researchers Investigate Garlic Mystery

Odious Vampire’s Kiss: NZ Researchers Investigate Garlic Mystery

Kiwi research team Rex and Christine Munday claimed in New Scientist magazine that eating half a clove of raw garlic a day could help protect against cancer. They believed the key ingredient was a substance called…

Kiwi’s Big Fightback in the War of Whiteware

Kiwi’s Big Fightback in the War of Whiteware

They might have won the eponymous netball cup, but at least someone’s beating the Aussies: Fisher & Paykel increased its Australian market share and boosted its annual profit above expectations to A$43 million, a 290% improvement…

Innovative Computer Mapping to Curb Crime

Innovative Computer Mapping to Curb Crime

New Zealand police are, introducing a high-tech solution to beat burglaries. They are using a NZ$6million computer-mapping programme to allow police to zero in on burglars’ homes as well as break-in hot spots, said…

From the Edge to the (Medical) Centre: Kiwi Brings Tibetan Medicine to Chelsea

From the Edge to the (Medical) Centre: Kiwi Brings Tibetan Medicine to Chelsea

New Zealand born Christopher Hansard, is medical director of the newly opened Eden Medical Centre in London’s King’s Road.  It aims to blend Dur Bon, a Tibetan form of medicine, with Western conventional and complementary systems.

Wild Weather

Wild Weather

New Zealander Kevin Trenberth, head of the Climate Analysis Section of the Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder Colorado, is in the middle of the wild weather/global warming storm.

New Zealand Firm Hails Taxi Innovation in India

New Zealand Firm Hails Taxi Innovation in India

Tait Electronics is launching in India an innovative two-way radio communication service using using cutting edge  technology. The ‘Mega Cab’ service, using a satellite based global positioning system is set to revolutionise the business of catching…

Kiwi Goes AWOL with Marvel of Medical Handiwork

Kiwi Goes AWOL with Marvel of Medical Handiwork

After acquiring a new hand in a revolutionary operation, he was meant to lie back, take his drugs and recover.  Instead Clint Hallam hit the US chat shows, spent 20000 pounds on another patient’s credit card, then…

Counting on Sheep

Counting on Sheep

A flock of mentally deficient sheep in New Zealand are providing scientists with vital clues in the search to find a cure for Batten disease.  Dave Palmer of Massey university has spent nearly twenty years breeding sheep…

Kiwi Chosen to Restore Sparkle to Britain’s Millennium Crown

Kiwi Chosen to Restore Sparkle to Britain’s Millennium Crown

Kiwi Former head of British pay-TV operator BSkyB, Sam Chisholm, has been appointed the new head of the much hyped, but troubled, Millennium Dome. Despite anger from Labour backbenchers at its public cost, Chisholm insists he will look to…

Manimal Farm: Science’s Brave New World

Manimal Farm: Science’s Brave New World

New Zealand government researchers have developed a herd of super-producing cattle.

Moving Places: Peter Carr

Moving Places: Peter Carr

Peter Carr has been promoted to chief financial officer and chief actuary of Pearl Assurance, the life and pensions arm of AMP. Carr joined Pearl as chief actuary from AMP New Zealand.

Wall Street Gets Emotional Rescue from the Edge

Wall Street Gets Emotional Rescue from the Edge

Kevin Roberts says there is a challenge for the ‘anti-social medium’ of the web, traditional advertising and product design in general. That is, to get emotional and to create mystery and sensuality in order to re-connect…

You Can’t Grow Money on Trees … but Cabbages?

You Can’t Grow Money on Trees … but Cabbages?

Extracting gold from plants sounds like modern day alchemy, but 26 yr-old Massey University of New Zealand scientist Chris Anderson has managed to do it in the laboratory – extracting gold from cabbages.

A Funeral to Die For

A Funeral to Die For

Death is finding new life on the web:  a New Zealand-based Web site, www.funeralstodiefor.com, will plan a customer’s last rites down to the choice of music and type of flowers–and promises to help make the ceremony happen…

Grey Power? Not Unless You Drink More Milk

Grey Power? Not Unless You Drink More Milk

Auckland University researchers have found that women who go grey earlier have lower bone density and are more at risk from osteoporosis.

From the Z-files: Kiwi Squeezes Gold from Cabbages

From the Z-files: Kiwi Squeezes Gold from Cabbages

26 yr-old PHD student Chris Anderson has developed a way of extracting gold from cabbages grown on old mine tailings – and he is confident that the method will be commercially viable.

Travelling with Cruise Control

Travelling with Cruise Control

If Kiwi Jonathan Kruse has his way, road-tripping tourists will never have to fumble with the map or guide-book again. Using global positioning systems, information about your location and relevant tourist attractions, meshed with evocative music and…

Buttery New Zealand invention Spreads the word

Buttery New Zealand invention Spreads the word

As British consumers have become more concerned about food safety, Anchor has taken advantage of New Zealand’s clean, green image to promote its spreadable butter – a product invented by the New Zealand Dairy Board.

Kiwi Innovation Helps Blind See the Future

Kiwi Innovation Helps Blind See the Future

A Christchurch company has taken computers for braille users from the age of the typewriter to the age of the super-computer, with Braillenote, the first notebook computer for the blind. Asiaweek (CNN) profiles the innovation in its…

“She is Right Mate” New Zealand Sheep and Cattle Reap Benefit of Revolution

“She is Right Mate” New Zealand Sheep and Cattle Reap Benefit of Revolution

Immense changes under way in NZ farming, ranging from challenges of e-commerce and overseas trade restraints, to the costly introduction of organic produce and changing market demands, mean that NZ farming is poised for one of its…

Management Executives on the Move

Management Executives on the Move

Tim Corcoran, who studied law at Canterbury University, New Zealand, is to become chief financial officer of Prolifix Ltd, a privately owned pharmaceutical company that is a leader in cell cycle research.

Hard Work Starts to Pay off for Kiwi Organic Pioneers

Hard Work Starts to Pay off for Kiwi Organic Pioneers

At first farmers were concerned labeling certain products ‘organic’ would tarnish others as inferior, but many are beginning to see that increasing demand from consumers, home and abroad cannot be ignored, as New Zealand pioneers like Angela Aitchison…

Kiwifruit Big Brand Inspiration for Malaysian Fruits

Kiwifruit Big Brand Inspiration for Malaysian Fruits

Dr Aziz Abdul Rahman claims the answer to Malaysia’s fruit marketing woes: “There is a need to internationalise our products with a brand that will be associated with the country such as ‘Sunkist’ or ‘Kiwi fruit’…

The Weigh to a Perfect Body

The Weigh to a Perfect Body

Tufts University Health and Nutrition Letter: A study from the University of Auckland has found that the secret to satisfying those hunger pains may not be calories or fat content, but how much the food weighs.

Kiwi Revolutionises Advertising Through Seamless Internet Surfing

Kiwi Revolutionises Advertising Through Seamless Internet Surfing

Financial Times special report “Japanese Internet Tsumani”, looks at how the internet is making reaching customers easy: “you can be sitting in the back of a taxi in a traffic jam checking your stocks, paying bills.  It…

Mucho Loco Baby! Children’s TV Stigmatises Mental Illness

Mucho Loco Baby! Children’s TV Stigmatises Mental Illness

Auckland University researchers have found that children’s television programmes create a negative stereotype of mental illness which encourages young people to develop prejudice.

Ernest Rutherford a Particle in Twentieth Century’s Great Scientific Debate

Ernest Rutherford a Particle in Twentieth Century’s Great Scientific Debate

Without Quantum mechanics most of the Twentieth Century’s science and technology would not exist, yet our understanding remains vague and the debate between Einstein and Bohr over first principles was vigorous and unresolved. Bohr’s theory developed when…

Kiwi Ex-bellboy Now Japan Dotcom Millionaire

Kiwi Ex-bellboy Now Japan Dotcom Millionaire

Young entrepreneur Jonathan Hendricksen this week became the first foreigner to list a company on the Tokyo Stock Exchange – and overnight made himself a $150 million fortune.  The former hotel doorman has a 15% stake in…

Model Health Campaign

Model Health Campaign

I’ve been thinking … Supermodel Rachel Hunter is launching a health education campaign for women in the wake of her recent cancer scare.

Dolly Schwarzenegger – Muscle-bound Merinos the Future of Food?

Dolly Schwarzenegger – Muscle-bound Merinos the Future of Food?

Undertaking controversial research, New Zealand scientists are seeking government permission to take a naturally occurring mutant gene isolated from double-muscled Belgian blue cattle, which makes them grow exceptionally large, and insert it into sheep.

New Zealand Gets a Tonic from Deer

New Zealand Gets a Tonic from Deer

The booming Korean economy not only means a boost for New Zealand tourism but also the deer industry as it has boosted the demand for deer velvet, the soft precursor to antler widely used in oriental medicine.

Home Environment Can Affect Puberty

Home Environment Can Affect Puberty

Research jointly undertaken by researchers at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee show that Moms may have more of an effect on their daughters’ lives than they realize – or even…

The Wired Doctors

The Wired Doctors

Free medical consultations for a year are being offered by a group of Internet doctors to a small rural town in New Zealand. The New Zealand-based Doctor Global is offering to give “virtual housecalls” and adopt…

Kiwi Leads State-of-the-art Earthquake Research

Kiwi Leads State-of-the-art Earthquake Research

Dr Ian Buckle, director of the Centre for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research is leading lab-research at University of Nevada, Reno, intended to help scientists, architects and engineers save lives by designing buildings and bridges that are more…

Testing Stress – Building Safer Highways, Bridges and Homes

Testing Stress – Building Safer Highways, Bridges and Homes

“If we can simulate an earthquake in a laboratory under our conditions on our time scale, we can make progress much faster,” said New Zealander Dr. Ian Buckle director of the Centre for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research…

Edge Cracks and the Icebergs Breaketh

Edge Cracks and the Icebergs Breaketh

As record-breaking icebergs are breaking off the edges of Antarctica, Dr. Dean Peterson, science strategy manager at the New Zealand Antarctic Institute, is leading research (with far ranging implications for the global climate) to find out more…

New Zealand Firm Launches Braille CE Notebook

New Zealand Firm Launches Braille CE Notebook

New Zealand – Christchurch-based Pulse Data International has launched a notebook computer with word processing, personal organizer and e-mail software for blind people.

New Zealand Farmers Have a Talent Rare in Agriculture – They Don’t Whinge.

New Zealand Farmers Have a Talent Rare in Agriculture – They Don’t Whinge.

“But they might allow themselves a slight grouse about the billions of dollars of euros, dollars and yen paid out in subsidies elsewhere as their efficient modern industry faces the challenges of the future”.

Talking Computer Opens Net for the Blind

Talking Computer Opens Net for the Blind

Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind demonstrator Marcel Oats said on Friday that the BrailleNote computer, developed by Pulse Data International, was a breakthrough that could be the equivalent of a laptop computer for blind people.

Aspirin is Lifesaver for Patients After Major Operations

Aspirin is Lifesaver for Patients After Major Operations

Dr. Anthony Rodgers of the University of Auckland, is leading an international study that has found that low-dose aspirin can save the lives of people having major surgery.

Kiwi Lamb Aims for UK Ready-meal Market

Kiwi Lamb Aims for UK Ready-meal Market

“In one of many initiatives, a New Zealand meat company is expected to announce soon that it has completed the first successful trace of meat sold in England back to a single farm in New Zealand…