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Otago academics elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Four leading University of Otago academics are among the 12 top New Zealand researchers and scholars in basic and applied science and the humanities newly elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Otago commentary in The Lancet warns saturated fat is still the enemy
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
A group of University of Otago researchers is warning that the promotion of low carb/high fat diets risks harming public health.

Otago study finds Finance company failure in New Zealand was predictable
Thursday, 23 October 2014
Annual reports and other public disclosures contained enough information to predict more than 80% of New Zealand finance company failures that occurred during the recent financial crisis, a study led by the University of Otago shows.

Alpine drilling fault project moves into new phase
Monday, 20 October 2014
The multi-national Alpine Fault drilling project has moved to a new phase with a new drilling rig positioned over the borehole to take the probe to its target depth of 1.3km

Primitive microbes stole bacterial genes on a surprising scale
Thursday, 16 October 2014
A University of Otago researcher is part of an international team that has discovered that horizontal gene transfer (HGT) played a surprisingly large role in the evolution of primitive microbes known as archaea.

Low-risk prostate cancer patients will benefit from active surveillance guidelines
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
New guidelines for active surveillance of prostate cancer will improve health outcomes for those with low grade diagnoses, according to two University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) experts who had input in to the international recommendations.

Researchers find radiation belt energy may influence winter weather by depleting ozone
Tuesday, 14 October 2014
An international research team that includes an Otago space physicist has discovered a formerly undetected impact of space weather on the polar atmosphere, which may explain some previously puzzling variations in winter weather patterns.

Otago student wins Eureka! Sir Paul Callaghan Trophy
Tuesday, 14 October 2014
Third-year University of Otago neuroscience student, Sam Hall-McMaster, has taken out the third Eureka! Sir Paul Callaghan Awards, held in Wellington on Friday.

Scientific drilling project underway on Alpine Fault
Monday, 6 October 2014
An international team of scientists, including Otago researchers, has started drilling a 1.3km-deep borehole into the Alpine Fault in the South Island to find out more about the nature of the fault and the earthquakes it produces.

Prestigious Rutherford Fellowships won by Otago researchers
Wednesday, 1 October 2014
Two talented early to mid-career scientists will return to the University of Otago after gaining highly sought-after Rutherford Discovery Fellowships, which are valued at up to $800,000 each over five years.


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