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Organic Expert Export

Organic Expert Export

Organic farmer Evelyn Eng-Lim is introducing the organic lifestyle to Singapore and hopes to set an example for other farmers to follow, “If other farmers see that it is commercially viable, then they will be convinced…

Kiwis Have the Secret to Animal Magnetism

Kiwis Have the Secret to Animal Magnetism

It sounds like a line from a bad personal ad, but a team of New Zealand biologists, led by Dr. Michael Walker, in an upcoming issue of Nature, report findings from innovative research into ‘the sixth…

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…

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.”

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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…

Sex and Art

Sex and Art

Cantab Professor Denis Dutton considers art, sex, and evolutionary psychology, suggesting the brain can be seen as a kind of home-entertainment system; a status symbol, like a big new stereo, designed to make potential mates feel…

Bodytalk: It’s All in the Hands

Bodytalk: It’s All in the Hands

Do gestures help us find the right word, or is there a deeper meaning? Michael Corballis from the University of Auckland studied primates and children to find the answer to why we can’t keep our…

The Good-old No.8 Goes Electric to Protect People from Zoo Animals Hyderabad:

The Good-old No.8 Goes Electric to Protect People from Zoo Animals Hyderabad:

“Following the mauling to death of Mohammed Khaja by a tiger last October and other similar accidents over the last decade where trespassers have paid with their lives, the zoo authorities decided to go in for…

Wall of Tyres to Check Sea-erosion

Wall of Tyres to Check Sea-erosion

Indian Minister of State for Minor Irrigation Kumar Bangarappa, in an effort to find a simpler, cost-effective alternative to a full-fledged concrete sea-wall, has come up with this idea, following the example of New Zealand.

Great Balls of Fire

Great Balls of Fire

Making the cover of the April New Scientist, New Zealand researchers at the University of Canterbury believe they have solved the mystery of one of nature’s oldest puzzles – ball lightning – a mysterious floating light…

Greenhouse Gassed – CO2 Emissions Spell Indigestion for Food Chains

Greenhouse Gassed – CO2 Emissions Spell Indigestion for Food Chains

Sheep in New Zealand may teach scientists how livestock will fare as the carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere goes up. White poles ringing the pasture continuously pump CO2 into the air.

Detectors Search for Nuclear Material

Detectors Search for Nuclear Material

The world’s first nuclear monitoring station is being established in New Zealand.  

Nuclear Physicist has Designs on America’s Cup

Nuclear Physicist has Designs on America’s Cup

New Zealanders say their country was built with No.8 wire, corrugated iron and Kauri logs… what is its key to success in high-tech battles against world technology leaders?  

Great Balls of Lightning: A Lucky Find

Great Balls of Lightning: A Lucky Find

Two New Zealand scientists report in Nature today a more down-to-earth explanation for something that has been puzzling physicists for hundreds of years.