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Polish pilot's active century

Polish pilot's active century

Decorated war veteran Jan Adamczyk, who celebrated his 100th birthday yesterday, has packed into one long life enough adversity, adventure and excitement for several lives.

Poppy knitters draw cruise passengers

Poppy knitters draw cruise passengers

A commerative poppy-knitting project at Dunedin's Toitu Otago Settlers Museum has ''struck a chord'' with visitors, and made a particularly big impression on many cruise ship passengers.

Right to feel unease at surveillance: historian

Right to feel unease at surveillance: historian

New Zealanders are right to feel ''uneasy'' about where to draw the line over domestic surveillance by the country's intelligence and security agencies, Cambridge University historian Dr David Burke says.

Hammer and tongs a winner

Hammer and tongs a winner

If University of Otago PhD student Ann Cronin has an academic problem, she often takes a hammer to it.

Extreme temperatures in science of comets

Extreme temperatures in science of comets

Keen to simulate the tail of a comet, Otago Museum science communicator Amadeo Enriquez-Ballestero climbs a stepladder and pours boiling water into a bucket of liquid nitrogen, the temperature of the latter about minus 200degC.

Meagre rain in Otago no help

Meagre rain in Otago no help

Rain fell in Queenstown early yesterday evening, but ''minimal'' rainfall elsewhere in Otago has done nothing to lessen concerns about looming drought or to reduce high rural fire risks.

826 given help with NCEA fees

826 given help with NCEA fees

Hundreds of Otago pupils have applied for assistance from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, to help pay their NCEA exam fees for the year ahead.

Failure requirement for summer school paper

Failure requirement for summer school paper

A few University of Otago courses have stringently high academic entry standards, requiring straight-A or better performance.

Museum advance 'vital'

Despite positive progress, there is no room for complacency about the future of the Dunedin Gasworks Museum, with about $2 million required to safeguard key buildings.

'Serious fun' as science school starts

About 240 senior high school pupils from throughout New Zealand swarmed on to the University of Otago campus yesterday at the start of the university's latest annual Hands-On Science school.