John Gibb

Cosy Homes trust to appoint manager

A charitable trust set up to tackle Dunedin's uninsulated housing and ''fuel poverty'' problems will soon take a big step forward, with the appointment of a project manager.

Bacteria, plants communicate

An eccentric Dr Dolittle once claimed he could ''talk to the animals'', but University of Otago researcher Prof Clive Ronson has helped show bacteria actually do communicate with plants, including white clover.

Concerns aired on school bus changes

Concerns aired on school bus changes

Fare rises on Go Bus Transport Dunedin school buses and the cancelling of three school bus services have sparked complaints from concerned parents.

'Brilliant' - Peninsula sea lion population prospers

'Brilliant' - Peninsula sea lion population prospers

Research into a small community of New Zealand sea lions on the Otago Peninsula could shed new light on why these critically endangered mammals are doing well there, but fare much worse on the Auckland Islands.

Celebrating James Joyce and the limerick

Celebrating James Joyce and the limerick

After about 40 years in the University of Otago department of English and linguistics, Prof Chris Ackerley yesterday urged readers to finish reading James Joyce's lengthy novel Ulysses.

Delving into secrets of youth

They may not have discovered the secret of eternal youth, but researchers in a University of Otago study have found a new way to determine the extent of people's ''biological ageing''.

Free bus transfer considered

Free bus transfer considered

Further free bus transfer is being considered after more complaints about changes to southern Dunedin bus routes.

ORC justifies breach policy

ORC justifies breach policy

Dairy farmers are increasingly likely to face diversion rather than conviction for water quality breaches following a change in Otago Regional Council policy.

Awards for research as early career staff

Awards for research as early career staff

Palmers have done particularly well this year when it comes to the University of Otago's Carl Smith Medal and Rowheath Trust Award.

Exercise linked to productivity

Exercise linked to productivity

People who exercise regularly are also likely to be more productive in the daily rat race.