John Gibb

In defence of the cyborg cockroach

In defence of the cyborg cockroach

Many people would be repulsed by the idea of children surgically fitting cockroaches with electronic devices and controlling them by smartphones, but in future such ''biobots'' could save lives after earthquakes.

'Emotional tension' when parents' wishes overridden

'Emotional tension' when parents' wishes overridden

Long-term effects on family relationships should be considered before doctors seek a court order to override parental wishes over a child's medical treatment.

University academics win Fulbright awards

University academics win Fulbright awards

Two senior University of Otago academics, Associate Prof Craig Rodger and Dr Sarah Young, have won Fulbright awards, enabling them to undertake research for about five months in the United States.

Pipe band college aims to become 'incubator'

Pipe band college aims to become 'incubator'

A Scottish pipe band college is being established to ''teach young pipers and drummers the art'' and rejuvenate the tradition of Scottish musical performances in the Edinburgh of the South.

Fossil hot spot bears new dolphin

Fossil hot spot bears new dolphin

The discovery of a previously unknown dolphin species highlights the South Island's growing international reputation as a hot spot for finding ancient marine mammal fossils, Prof Ewan Fordyce says.

Pamphlet puts Alpine Fault on a tectonic plate

Pamphlet puts Alpine Fault on a tectonic plate

Few New Zealanders realise their country would be under water without the titanic geological clash of two tectonic plates, which also formed the Southern Alps, scientists say.

Dry mouth cure hope

Dry mouth cure hope

You swallow it, sometimes spit it out and you almost always take it for granted.

Departing museum head paid $700,000

Departing museum head paid $700,000

Former Otago Museum chief executive Shimrath Paul received $429,104 in accrued sabbatical leave payments when he left the Otago Museum to take up a senior health administration post in Indonesia.

Ute impounded after drink-drive donuts

Ute impounded after drink-drive donuts

A ute was impounded by Dunedin police yesterday morning after it was seen doing ''donuts'', and cutting up grass at Opoho Park.

Science academy chance for 'heartland' pupils

Science academy chance for 'heartland' pupils

The University of Otago's Advanced School Sciences Academy is gaining momentum and opening up ''a world of possibilities'' for pupils from rural and lower decile schools throughout the country, organisers say.