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Louder Than Words?

Louder Than Words?

Michael C. Corballis, Auckland University psychologist, is “the latest proponent of a controversial idea known among language experts as ‘gestural theory.'” His most provocative idea: the inception of speech was a “cultural invention, like writing” rather than…

IT – NZ Untapped

IT – NZ Untapped

Columnist for leading US IT Industry zine InfoWorld raves after visiting NZ, “New Zealand is a marvelous country populated with some of the most talented people in computing. Part of the irrational exuberance [of the dot…

Model Animal Behaviour

Model Animal Behaviour

An economic model developed by Massey University-based resource economist Dr Robert Alexander and postgraduate researcher Chris Fleming, could improve our understanding of how to help endangered species.  By determining how much money particular how much money particular…

Windbreakers

Windbreakers

NZ’s belching animals: Kiwi scientists have worked out how to reduce greenhouse emissions from cow emissions. “Lowering New Zealand’s methane emissions is necessary if the antipodean country is to meet its targets under the Kyoto Protocol,…

Nanotech NZ – Solutions from the Small?

Nanotech NZ – Solutions from the Small?

Front-running nanotechnology expert, NZ-born Michael Kelly, (technology professor, University of Surrey), recently visited Wellington’s MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. Kelly is optimistic of edge innovation in the field, “There are a whole range of problems which…

Pleasantville 2002: Deep Impact

Pleasantville 2002: Deep Impact

The release of NZ company Deep Video Imaging’s new ActualDepth 3-D monitor is being likened to the dawn of colour television in the 1950s, with Deep Video aiming to be to the monitor what Dolby was to…

Allan Wilson Out of Africa Evolution Theory

Allan Wilson Out of Africa Evolution Theory

“The most profound story Discovery Channel has ever presented.” In Real Eve the Discovery Channel traces the tale of human evolution through fossilised evidence and breakthrough genetic evidence towards the theory that that that all humans…

Ocean’s 11 = Moonshine

Ocean’s 11 = Moonshine

Ernest Rutherford’s musings on the improbability of the development of nuclear weapons because of the large scale industrial resource needed to do so act as a trope for Phillip Kerr’s New Statesman review of the heist…

Deep Video Tech

Deep Video Tech

New Zealand company Deep Video Imaging throws away the wacky red and blue desktop monitor capable of displaying several layers of information. The first clients will be in the gambling industry, seducing casino customers with the glitziest…

NZ Biologist Battles in Spice Wars

NZ Biologist Battles in Spice Wars

Michael Pearson, a biologist at the University of Auckland, has isolated six different viruses threatening to destroy the world’s second most lucrative spice – vanilla planifolia. “We are the world experts on vanilla virus … that is…

Cell-phone Sunblock

Cell-phone Sunblock

SMS sun-safety – who says cell-phones are bad for your health? As the Kiwi summer heats up Auckland’s Hyperfactory, in partnership with telco Vodafone and cosmetics company Nivea has developed a short-message service advising cellphone users of…

“Call Me Dr Johnson”

“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…

Coal Ignites NZ Dinosaur Theory

Coal Ignites NZ Dinosaur Theory

Scientists think coal from the West Coast of New Zealand provides new evidence that an asteroid caused the extinction of dinosaurs.

Camera ‘on the Ball’

Camera ‘on the Ball’

Developers at Otago Polytech say they are close to producing a practical version of a video camera capable of being fitted inside a rugby ball. “We thought, wouldn’t it be good to see on the screen…

Garden-shed Grenade Guru

Garden-shed Grenade Guru

The reputation of the garden-shed inventor is upheld thanks to New Zealand entrepreneur Bill Sharplin who, operating in a “rough as guts” garage, wins a bid to build and supply practice grenades to the New Zealand Army.

NZ Hydro Pioneer Passes On

NZ Hydro Pioneer Passes On

“Each time a switch is thrown on a toaster, in a woolshed or in a steel mill, there is an odds-on chance that John Malcolmson will have had a hand in generating the necessary electricity.” Malcolmson, originally…

Jet-powered Beer Cooler

Jet-powered Beer Cooler

Washington Post columnist Dave Barry raves about Kiwi inventor Simon Jansen: “this guy, using science, has found a new, innovative and, above all, loud way to cool beer, by using a jet engine.”

Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap

The Computers in Homes initiative based in Wellington has received international recognition for helping bridge the digital divide. So far, over 300 computers have been distributed to those who would most benefit. The Stockholm…

Virtual Spectator is Simply Red

Virtual Spectator is Simply Red

Fans can watch the latest Simply Red concert from all angles live via the internet thanks to rapidly growing Kiwi software company Virtual Spectator. “Watching live footage from the concert they can create their own unique…

Virtual Magic

Virtual Magic

US-based Kiwi Mark Billinghurst has won the entertainment section of the Discover Magazine Innovation Awards with his ‘magicBook’ virtual reality invention. ‘magicBook’ looks like a normal book, but when seen through a hand-held viewer, 3D images pop…

Positive Reinforcement

Positive Reinforcement

Researchers from the University of Otago have been published in the totem of scientific veracity, Nature magazine. The paper builds on the notion that positive reinforcement helps the acquisition of learned behaviours.

Remote Control

Remote Control

Wellington design student Rodney Mackrell has won the top prize in a $46,000 competition, run by Korean giant LG Electronics. His “cellular remote” is a pocket-sized device that operates as a cellphone with the fold-out screen allowing…

Stopping the Rot

Stopping the Rot

The Hamilton-based HortResearch has developed a spray-on organic control agent that can help prevent botrytis – grapes rotting on the vine. “It sounds like Mecca,” says Phil Ryan, chief winemaker of McWilliam’s Wines, Mount Pleasant. “Anything that…

Whiff of Health

Whiff of Health

Edge-designed disease-detecting super-nose could lead to a revolution in doctoral diagnosis, as well as having commercial applications in the oil and gas industry.

Eco-powering Taranaki

Eco-powering Taranaki

Small-scale mixed-source energy generation at Pioneer Village “brings a little closer the prospect of freeing consumers forever from rising power bills and the guilt of contributing to pollution and climate change.”

Polished Knowledge

Polished Knowledge

“Digital Libraries hold the possibility that we might regain perspective on the billions of pieces of information in the web ocean.” In particular, DL system Greenstone, created by Dr Witten of Waikato University, offers an online…

Government Wind

Government Wind

New Zealand government brings wind power to Pakistan’s Gwadar district.

Springsteen: Born to Shine

Springsteen: Born to Shine

New Zealand astronomer names star after star.  

Hot Shit!

Hot Shit!

Renewable Energy Corporation, powered by New Zealander Paul Williams’ organic waste energy generation technology, signs to put power-plants next to pig farms in North Carolina. The plants will gasify pig manure and burn the gas to…

Market in (3D) Sight

Market in (3D) Sight

Prototypes of New Zealand-based Deep Video Imaging’s revolutionary actualdepth monitors are due to be built by early next year.

Blast from the Past

Blast from the Past

Edge inventor Paul Williams’ gasification technology leads the way in turning waste into energy.

In the Xbox

In the Xbox

Set to revolutionize gameplaying, Microsoft’s up-coming Xbox will have tools and middleware developed by  Auckland-based Right Hemisphere. The New Zealand company has signed with Microsoft to create custom versions of its Deep Paint 3D and Texture…

Money on Trees

Money on Trees

New Zealand scientist Dr Chris Anderson grows gold on trees through phyto-mining.

Radio Innovation

Radio Innovation

Christchurch innovators Tait Electronics make product development company PTC’s annual Awards short-list with teched-up radios, the Orca 5000 series.

Deeply Convincing

Deeply Convincing

New Zealand screen-techies Deep Video Imaging are nearly ready to bring their 3-D PC screen closer to market. “People have tried like crazy to get the illusion of depth and the closest you could have is wearing…

Funny Farm

Funny Farm

New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research thinks something funny is going on with cow dung…

Smells Good

Smells Good

Scientists at Wellington’s Industrial Research have been getting a bit sniffing about their new “electronic nose”, designed to help detect chemical spills and fires.

Dream Catcher

Dream Catcher

New Zealand-born psychotherapist Helen McLean turns dreams into reality writing multiple books and creating work-place training based on what your brain does at night.

Vege Contraceptive

Vege Contraceptive

Scientists at Canterbury’s Lincoln University are trialling GE carrots as possum birth control.  

Climate Change Challenge

Climate Change Challenge

“The climate models are only useful if the science is correct, and so far they have simply not been validated. They predict far more temperature increase in the lower atmosphere than satellites are measuring,” says Auckland University…

Perfect Pitch

Perfect Pitch

Need good grass? Call in the experts from the New Zealand Institute of Turf.

Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy

The US could look at New Zealand’s hydroelectricity as a model for cleaning up its act.

Real Safe

Real Safe

Auckland-based Designer Technology’s Mail Marshal is the Pentagon’s security system of choice.

Spray Away

Spray Away

New Zealand – SkunkShot, created by Victoria University scientists, hits the  garden with eau de skunk; unwelcome cats and dogs keep their distance.  

Innovation I2B

Innovation I2B

Carter Holt Harvey enters the technology services market with software designed to breed innovation in large corporations.

Dolly, the Next Generation

Dolly, the Next Generation

PPL Therapeutic, the company behind Dolly and the cloned piglets, seeks backing to buy a farm in New Zealand. If all goes to plan, Dolly#2 will be a good kiwi girl.

Edge Vista

Edge Vista

Search engine Alta Vista opens an Edge-portal devoted to New Zealand content on the web.

Breaking in Privacy?

Breaking in Privacy?

Will new anti-hacking laws breach the bill of rights? Parliament tries to walk the tightrope between security and invasion.

Whey Better

Whey Better

New Zealand investment and technology turns Israeli cheese run-off from environmental hazard to valuable protein supplement.

Mega-Catch

Mega-Catch

New Zealand Envirosafe Technologies’ mega-catch mosquito trap looks like a “harmless, black plastic birdcage”, but, to a mosquito, it looks and smells exactly like a juicy human target.

Rower Cola

Rower Cola

University of Otago scientists says caffeine consumption prior to exercise boosts output, making you rower faster, run further and jump higher without even realising it.

Machine to the Milker

Machine to the Milker

Edge-inspired milk-machine gives room service.

Oil and Ice

Oil and Ice

New Zealand micro-biologist Jackie Aislabie is working on an international effort to fight oil-slicks in pristine Antarctica.

Compudigm is Watching You

Compudigm is Watching You

Wellington compu-data wizards Compudigm nominated for prestigious 2001 Computerworld Honours (Smithsonian). The nomination recognises the “spectacular success” of Compudigm’s Telstra Sydney Olympics Project.

Flying High

Flying High

The contemporary kite industry is still riding the buzz generated by New Zealander Peter Lynn’s 80’s creation, the kite-powered buggy.

Science Star

Science Star

New Zealand planktonologist Allison Joy Haywood is one of ten international recipients of a UNESCO-L’OREAL Fellowship for developing research talent.