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"ScUber" launches submarine trips to Great Barrier Reef

A select few Australians will soon be able to briefly book an Uber submarine to the Great Barrier Reef, the ride-sharing giant said Thursday. The sub will take two passengers down to 20 meters below sea level and along designated dive paths around the reef, in partnership with environmental advocacy group Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef. Susan Anderson, general manager for Uber Australia and New Zealand, said the company was committed to encouraging ride-sharing to make "conscious behaviour...
Tags: Science, New Zealand, Great Barrier Reef, Susan Anderson, Uber Australia


George R.R. Martin Just Set a Very Peculiar Winds of Winter Deadline Threat for Himself

Now that Game of Thrones is over for good, the focus is on when George R.R. Martin is finally going to complete his side of the story. Thanks to an airline’s offer to fly Martin out so he can have some peace and quiet to finish The Winds of Winter, he’s jokingly promised a deadline. If he doesn’t meet it, New Zealand…Read more...
Tags: Books, Hbo, Science, New Zealand, Game Of Thrones, George Rr Martin, A Song Of Ice And Fire, The Winds Of Winter, Martin, George R R Martin, Golden Age Of Heroes, A Dream Of Spring


White House Refuses to Support 'Christchurch Call' That Condemns Extremism Online, Releases Absolutely Bonkers Statement

The White House has declined to endorse a non-binding response condemning the spread of hate speech and terrorist radicalization on social media. The response, dubbed the “Christchurch Call,” was written in the wake of the terrorist attacks that killed 51 people at two mosques in New Zealand and livestreamed on…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Microsoft, France, White House, Social Media, Terrorism, New Zealand, Donald Trump, Facebook Live, Emmanuel Macron, White Nationalism, Paris accord, President Trump


Macron, Ardern Meet Twitter, Facebook, Google on Hate Speech

(Bloomberg) -- The leaders of France and New Zealand led a summit with representatives of major global technology companies in Paris Wednesday, as governments and Silicon Valley grapple with containing hate speech and incitement to violence on the internet.
Tags: Science, France, Bloomberg, Paris, New Zealand, Silicon Valley, Macron Ardern Meet Twitter Facebook Google


Macron, Ardern to Meet Twitter, Facebook, Google on Hate Speech

French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called for the meeting after the March 15 Christchurch mosque shootings, in which 51 people were killed by a right-wing extremist who’d posted racist manifestos online and then live-streamed his rampage. Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube were widely criticized for failing to quickly remove the video.
Tags: Science, New Zealand, Christchurch, Emmanuel Macron, Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc, Jacinda Ardern, Meet Twitter Facebook Google


Vodafone offloads NZ business to Brookfield, Infratil for $2.36 billion

Vodafone is looking to consolidate its businesses in Australia and New Zealand, with an $11 billion deal underway to merge its Australian joint venture business with TPG Telecom. Deutsche Bank and Deutsche Craigs Limited are acting as financial advisers to Vodafone, the company said. Vodafone, in 2017, had tried to sell Vodafone NZ to Sky Network Television for NZ$3.44 billion ($2.3 billion) but failed to get regulatory clearance because of monopoly concerns.
Tags: Science, Australia, Vodafone, New Zealand, Nz, Brookfield Infratil, TPG Telecom Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Craigs Limited, Vodafone NZ to Sky Network Television for NZ


Vodafone offloads New Zealand business to Brookfield, Infratil for $2.36 billion

The deal comes as Vodafone is looking to consolidate its businesses in Australia and New Zealand, with a $11 billion deal underway to merge its Australian joint venture business with TPG Telecom. Vodafone, in 2017, had tried to sell Vodafone NZ to Sky Network Television for NZ$3.44 billion ($2.3 billion) but failed to get regulatory clearance due to monopoly concerns. In May 2019, utilities investor Infratil had said that it was in talks with Vodafone to buy, along with another unnamed party,...
Tags: Science, Australia, Vodafone, New Zealand, Infratil, Brookfield Infratil, Vodafone NZ to Sky Network Television for NZ, TPG Telecom Vodafone


New Zealand Seeking Global Support for Pledge to Counter Extremist Content Online

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is preparing a global push called the “Christchurch Call” to compel large internet platforms to do more about extremist content in the wake of a massacre of 51 Muslims at mosque in the country in March, the New York Times reported on Sunday.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Technology, Social Media, Cybersecurity, New York Times, New Zealand, Extremism, Christchurch, Jacinda Ardern


Inside the nature zone: New Zealand's major museum investment is an urgent call to action

The immersive exhibition – the largest investment of its kind – melds western science with Māori knowledgeWhere the southern Alps meet the sea on the west coast of New Zealand’s rugged south island, Hinerangi Barr and her whanau (family) hold a tribal story like no other: the landing place where Maui, hero of the Pacific, took his first steps on Aotearoa.It is not a well-known story, even to New Zealanders, but it’s sacred to this small sub-tribe of Ngāi Tahu, Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio. Two years a...
Tags: Science, Environment, Culture, Asia Pacific, Museums, New Zealand


5 of the most important women working in endocrinology

Gender inequality persists in all sectors of society, including science and medicine disciplines. While female clinicians and researchers are increasing in number and now comprise almost 50% of medical school graduates in the United States, they remain underrepresented in scholarly publications and academic positions (20% to 49% of researchers in 12 countries and regions). Although nearly half of medical school graduates are women, they continue to hold significantly fewer senior academic positi...
Tags: Books, Science, Featured, Colorado, US, Stem, United States, New Zealand, Camper, Health & Medicine, Gender Inequality, Women In Science, Sally, Endocrine Society, University of Otago, University of Mississippi Medical Center


You'll never, ever see any of these species

Extinction is coming.Though, in large part, it already has. On Monday, the United Nation's Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) published an exhaustive report on the planet's accelerating extinction rate. The report -- compiled over three years by 145 scientific authors with input from over 300 more -- found that the modern extinction rate is the highest it's been in human history, and is "tens to hundreds of times" higher than the ...
Tags: Science, Thailand, New Zealand, Smith, Costa Rica, North Atlantic, Mauritius, Iucn, Arabian Peninsula, George, Oahu, International Union, Pinta Island, John Gerrard, Pinta, Schomburgk


You'll never see any of these species ever again

Extinction is coming. Though, in large part, it already has. On Monday, the United Nation's Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) published an exhaustive report on the planet's accelerating extinction rate. The report — compiled over three years by 145 scientific authors with input from over 300 more — found that the modern extinction rate is the highest it's been in human history, and is "tens to hundreds of times" higher than th...
Tags: Science, Earth, Thailand, New Zealand, Smith, Costa Rica, North Atlantic, Mauritius, Iucn, Arabian Peninsula, George, United Nation, International Union, Pinta Island, Matt Dunham, John Gerrard


Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket launches 3 U.S. military satellites from New Zealand

Rocket Lab sent a trio of research satellites for the U.S. military into orbit tonight from a launch pad that’s thousands of miles from America’s shores, in New Zealand. The Los Angeles-based company’s low-cost Electron rocket lifted off from its seaside launch facility on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula at 6 p.m. May 5 local time (11 p.m. PT May 4). It was Rocket Lab’s second launch of 2019, and its sixth mission overall. Minutes after liftoff, the Electron’s second stage separated from the first...
Tags: Science, America, New Zealand, Mahia Peninsula, Electron, New Zealand The Los Angeles


Huawei hopes for Britain-like solution in New Zealand 5G bid

Britain will ban Huawei from all core parts of 5G network but give it some access to non-core parts, sources have told Reuters, as it seeks a middle way in a bitter U.S.-China dispute stemming from American allegations that Huawei's equipment could be used by Beijing for espionage. Washington has also urged its allies to ban Huawei from building 5G networks, even as the Chinese company, the world's top producer of telecoms equipment, has repeatedly said the spying concerns are unfounded. In Ne...
Tags: Science, Washington, China, Beijing, Britain, United States, New Zealand, Huawei, Reuters, Government Communications Security Bureau GCSB


We're probably not going to hit the world's most important climate goal

2 degrees Celsius.  It's one of the most widely-publicized numbers in the world. In 2015, world leaders convened in Paris and agreed to limit the planet's warming this century to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-Industrial Revolution temperatures — and possibly even cap Earth's warming at an ambitious 1.5 degrees Celsius (or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit).  To get there, leaders proposed rapidly slashing heat-trapping carbon emissions from power plants, cars, and industry. But it wasn&a...
Tags: Japan, UK, Science, China, Russia, India, US, Los Angeles, Eu, Earth, Green, Paris, Bill Gates, United Nations, New Zealand, Ussr


Fat Endangered Parrots Finally Boning

It’s been the summer of love for kakapo parrots in New Zealand. Some of the most endangered birds on the planet spent the summer down under getting busy, and conservation scientists report that a record-long birth season has helped bolster the bird’s numbers.Read more...
Tags: Science, Parrot, Birds, New Zealand, Kakapo, Boning


Weekly Roundup, Good Friday 19 April 2019

The evolution of the Qantas logo.  One of our favorite airlines and logos.  See article below on “changing the paint job”. Good morningI hope your Good Friday is off to a good start, and your Easter Weekend will be spent most pleasantly, including, for the Christians among our readers, some extra time pondering and being thankful for our salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus.If this was New Zealand, we’d all be on holiday today (and also Monday), but, alas, here in the US, most of us are prob...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, New York, Science, London, Scotland, China, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Newsletter, Tech, David, Britain, Paris, Italy


Kakapow! Rare world's fattest parrot has record breeding season

The world's fattest parrot, the critically endangered kakapo, has enjoyed a record breaking breeding season, New Zealand scientists said Thursday, with climate change possibly aiding the species' unique mating spree. Less than 50 years after the flightless nocturnal bird was thought to have been extinct, at least 75 chicks are expected to survive this year, Andrew Digby, a science advisor to New Zealand's kakapo recovery, operation told AFP. It will significantly boost the population which has...
Tags: Science, New Zealand, Andrew Digby


'Nude shopping' boosts vegetable and fruit sales dramatically

When a New Zealand supermarket chain ditched plastic packaging, produce sales skyrocketed.
Tags: Science, News, New Zealand


Weekly Roundup, Friday 12 April 2019

An impression of the interior of the new Istanbul Airport, just now opened and the largest in the world. Good morningAn unplanned, but interesting (I hope) attached article today, being a review of a third emergency car battery “jump-start” unit.  Unlike the two reviewed last week, this one works well and I can recommend it with only a very little bit of “maybe” appended to the recommendation.I’m so pleased to no longer have a nagging feeling in the back of my mind about the car’s battery life –...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, New York, Science, London, Sweden, Australia, Russia, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Los Angeles, Newsletter, Tech, Georgia


Facebook Run by 'Morally Bankrupt Liars Who Enable Genocide,' New Zealand Privacy Chief Says

At the risk of making the understatement of the century, the global conversation about Facebook has changed.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Australia, New Zealand, Overton Window, Facebook Run


Facebook Considers Restricting Some Live Video After New Zealand Attack

The social media company came under sharp criticism for not taking the video down fast enough and for letting it be circulated across the internet and uploaded to other platforms like YouTube. Facebook has said the original video, in which the alleged gunman killed 50 people in two mosques in Christchurch, had an audience of about 200 people during the 17 minutes of live broadcast. “That’s why we must work to continually stay ahead,” Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer, said in a blog pos...
Tags: Facebook, Science, New Zealand, Christchurch, Sheryl Sandberg, YouTube Facebook


Rocket Lab launches DARPA’s R3D2 experimental satellite from New Zealand

Rocket Lab executed its first launch of the year from New Zealand today, sending an experimental satellite into orbit for the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The company’s Electron launch vehicle lifted off from Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula right on time, at 4:27 p.m. PT. Launch had been delayed for several days — first, due to concerns about a video transmission system, and then due to unacceptable weather conditions. The Radio Frequency Risk Reduction...
Tags: Science, Darpa, New Zealand, Pentagon, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Mahia Peninsula, PT Launch


Study highlights detrimental effect of overlooking female athletes' nutritional needs

As poor nutrition can negatively affect everything from bone to reproductive health, more attention needs to be paid to the specific nutritional needs of female athletes, a collaborative study from New Zealand's University of Otago and University of Waikato argues.
Tags: Science, New Zealand, University of Waikato, University of Otago


Facebook Exec Gets New Title as 'VP of Integrity' for Less Than a Day

Guy Rosen is Facebook’s vice president of Product Management. But when the company published an update about the Christchurch massacre in the middle of the night on Wednesday, Rosen got a shiny new title: VP of Integrity. That is, until a journalist called Facebook out on the switch.Read more...
Tags: Our Garbage Facebook, Vp Of Integrity, Facebook, New Zealand, Christchurch Massacre, New Zealand Shooting, Terrorism, Guy Rosen, Jacinda Ardern, White Supremacy


Trump Blockade of Huawei Fizzles in European 5G Rollout

Bolstered by the success of similar efforts in Australia and New Zealand, the White House sent envoys to European capitals with warnings that Huawei’s gear would open a backdoor for Chinese spies. The U.S. even threatened to cut off intelligence sharing if Europe ignored its advice.
Tags: Europe, Science, Australia, White House, New Zealand, Huawei, Trump Blockade of Huawei


18-Year-Old Arrested in New Zealand For Sharing Terrorist's Facebook Video 

An 18-year-old man who shared a video of Friday’s terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand has been charged with distributing the video and inciting violence. The man allegedly posted a photo of one of the mosques targeted in Friday’s attacks with the words “target acquired.” He faces up to 28 years in prison,…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Guns, Youtube, Russia, India, Social Media, Egypt, Terrorism, New Zealand, Donald Trump, Facebook Video, Christchurch New Zealand, President Trump, Jacinda Ardern


Why you'll never meet a white supremacist who cares about climate change

Behind the urgency of climate action is the understanding that everything is connected; behind white supremacy is an ideology of separation Students march through the streets during a strike to raise climate change awareness on 15 March in Wellington, New Zealand. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty ImagesAs the news of the Christchurch mosque massacre broke and I scoured the news, I came across a map showing that the Friday morning climate strike in Christchurch was close to the bloodbath. I felt ...
Tags: Science, Australia, California, US, New Zealand, Gulf Coast, Central America, Christchurch, Pittsburgh, Charleston, Europe North America, Wellington New Zealand, Oil Change International, Rebecca Solnit, Hoda Baraka, Hagen Hopkins Getty


New Zealand's Prime Minister Says Social Media Can't Be 'All Profit, No Responsibility'

New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, gave a powerful speech in that country’s parliament today expressing solidarity with the victims of Friday’s terrorist attack that left 50 dead and dozens injured. Ardern also had strong words for the social media companies that enabled the shooter to broadcast his…Read more...
Tags: Scribd, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Youtube, Social Media, Terrorism, New Zealand, Fox News, Donald Trump, Tucker Carlson, New Zealand Parliament, Section 230, Kellyanne Conway, President Trump, Jacinda Ardern


Facebook Told to Face Up to Extremism After New Zealand Attack

Australia’s prime minister has urged the Group of 20 nations to use a meeting in June to discuss a crack down, while New Zealand media reported the nation’s biggest banks have pulled their advertising from Facebook and Google. “We cannot simply sit back and accept that these platforms just exist and what is said is not the responsibility of the place where they are published,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told parliament on Tuesday.
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Australia, New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, Facebook Told



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