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Nominations open for Otago Science Awards

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 10:24am

A call is being made to recognise Otago’s science heroes with nominations now open for the biennial Otago Daily Times Otago Science Awards – a joint initiative between the New Zealand International Science Festival and the ODT. Nominations can be made online via the New Zealand International Science Festival scifest.org.nz website and will close on Thursday 28 June at 5pm. Winners will be announced at the launch of the New Zealand International Science Festival on Friday 6 July.

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Primary schools to study the worm that once held up State Highway One

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 11:08am

Researchers from Catchments Otago – a University of Otago Research Theme – are embarking on a year-long study with three Dunedin primary schools into the mysterious ancient velvet worm – peripatus – thanks to a $20,000 grant from the from the Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment’s Participatory Science Platform (PSP).

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Otago Researchers bring new thinking to dolphin tourism activity

Tuesday, 1 May 2018 12:15pm

New research led by University of Otago scientists indicates there is increasing evidence that whale and dolphin watching activities can have detrimental effects on the populations they target.

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Sad end to first journey of yellow-eyed penguin chick Takaraha

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 1:48pm

Takaraha, a juvenile yellow-eyed penguin that captured attention in recent weeks, has been euthanised after suffering a non-survivable injury to its left flipper, believed to be inflicted by a predator.

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Extreme weather brings rafts from the sub-Antarctic to New Zealand

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 1:24pm

An unusually large amount of storm activity in southern New Zealand over the past 12 months has provided new insights into how extreme weather events can impact marine biology.