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Getting out in the field and the lab to bring you stories about science, nature and the environment.


Takahe - back from the brink

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:07:00 +1300

Joan Watson was there when takahe were rediscoverd in 1948, and DOC ranger Glen Greaves says the population of the giant flightless bird has just reached 300.

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Bad air is bad for health

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:20:00 +1200

Air pollution is the world's leading environmental risk factor for disease, and it causes early deaths even in clean countries such as New Zealand.

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How is the air up there?

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:06:00 +1200

Households in Rangiora are being wired up, inside and out, with small devices that measure wood smoke.

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Community conservation on the Kapiti Coast

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 21:06:00 +1200

Residents on the Kapiti coast north of Wellington are working together to improve biodiversity and create thriving ecosystems in their local neighbourhoods.

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The chemistry of disease

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 21:25:00 +1200

Guy Jameson has been awarded the Beatrice Hill Tinsley Medal for his work understanding the chemical structure of proteins that are important in diseases such as Parkinson's.

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Beatrice Hill Tinsley Medal

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 21:20:00 +1200

The New Zealand Association of Scientists has renamed their Research Medal to the Beatrice Hill Tinsley Medal, the first New Zealand science award named after a woman.

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Science communication - the art of listening

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 21:15:00 +1200

Geneticist Jean Fleming has won the NZAS Science Communicator Award, and she says that good science communication is about listening as well as talking.

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Copying nature to find new drugs

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 21:12:00 +1200

Margaret Brimble has been awarded the Marsden Medal for developing new drugs from natural bioactive substances. One of her new drugs is being fast-tracked in clinical trials.

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P53: the gene that causes - and cures - cancer

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 21:06:00 +1200

P53 is a cancer gene with a Jekyll and Hyde personality. It stops cancer tumours growing, but mutant versions of the gene actually cause cancer.

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