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The de-extinction dilemma: should we bring back the moa or save the kiwi?

Extinction Week, brought to you by Kiwibank

The de-extinction dilemma: should we bring back the moa or save the kiwi?

Bringing back animals that have long been extinct holds a special type of excitement for many – just imagine seeing a moa back in the wild. But is it realistic to think this could actually be pulled off? A team of New Zealand and Australian scientists say previously-extinct species to our conservation checklist will strain already tight conservation budgets, and it might come down to a choice between our beloved endangered animals that still exist and the ones that have long since passed.

Very clever Kiwis

The finalists for the sixth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards have been announced – featuring such innovations as infinitely rechargeable batteries and nitrate sensors being developed by a University of Canterbury chemistry expert. Once again, it’s proof that New Zealand punches far above its weight when it comes to research making the world a better place.

Space oddities

Retired astronaut Chris Hadfield - in New Zealand for IBM Think - chats with Idealog about what role small nations like New Zealand can play in space exploration and the space industry, how technology is changing space exploration, how private businesses are disrupting things, a technology that has really surprised him, and more.