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


The sobering science of drinking and driving

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:07:00 +1300

Waikato University research shows that drinking socially makes it harder to tell when you're too drunk to drive - and even a low blood alcohol level makes our driving unsafe.

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Scientific curiosity and Koraunui School

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:06:00 +1300

Scientific curiosity was the order of the day when Koraunui School, in the Hutt Valley, hosted its recent Bioblitz.

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Our Changing World for 14 December 2017

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:05:00 +1300

Some sobering science advice about why drinking alcohol and driving cars don't go together well, and Koraunui School gets curious about their neighbourhood during a Bioblitz.

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Tawaki - the mysterious forest penguin

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 21:06:00 +1300

Scientists are discovering that tawaki, or Fiordland crested penguins, living in MIlford Sound are thriving - and breaking all the penguin rules.

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Our Changing World for 7 December 2017

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 21:05:00 +1300

Penguin researchers head to Fiordland's forests to study the mysterious tawaki or Fiordland crested penguin.

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Urban lizards

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 21:07:00 +1300

A hunt for urban lizards in New Zealand involves more than a thousand buckets as well as citizen scientists.

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An atlas of coronary arteries

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 21:06:00 +1300

An atlas containing hundreds of coronary arteries mapped using MRI scans will help improve heart health.

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Our Changing World for 30 November 2017

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 21:05:00 +1300

A project to map coronary arteries in healthy and sick people, and on the hunt for lizards in city parks and gardens.

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New Zealand in space

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 21:06:00 +1300

Kiwi scientists and entrepreneurs talk about their plans to put satellites and rockets into space, and the role of NZ radio telescopes in precision GPS.

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Our Changing World for 23 November 2017

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 21:05:00 +1300

Kiwi scientists and entrepreneurs talk about putting rockets and satellites into space, and using data from NZ's two radio telescopes.

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Protecting nature on private land

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:07:00 +1300

The Queen Elizabeth II National Trust is celebrating 40 years of helping landowners protect 4,400 pieces of land with high conservation values

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The 1769 Garden

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:06:00 +1300

The 1769 Garden commemorates the first encounter between Maori and the crew of the Endeavour, under the command of Captain James Cook, at Gisborne in October 1769.

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Our Changing World for 16 November 2017

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:05:00 +1300

Protecting nature on private land with the QEII Trust, and creating the 1769 Garden to mark the first encounter between Maori and Captain Cook.

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