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2010-08-26 09:50:00

Prohibited from using television, radio, and newspapers for advertising their products, tobacco companies may have taken their marketing to YouTube and other popular online media outlets, according to a study published in the online journal Tobacco Control on Wednesday. Authors Lucy Elkin, George Thomson, and Nick Wilson, all members of the Department of Public Health from the University of Otago in Wellington, New Zealand, conducted their research at YouTube, and conducted searches featuring...

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2010-02-20 08:45:00

A new paper by researchers at George Mason University and the University of Otago in New Zealand shows a strong link between the diversity of organisms at the bottom of the food chain and the diversity of mammals at the top. Mark D. Uhen, a geologist at Mason, says that throughout the last 30 million years, changes in the diversity of whale species living at any given time period correlates with the evolution and diversification of diatoms, tiny, abundant algae that live in the ocean. In the...

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2009-02-11 13:40:00

A New Zealand research team has produced data that could improve predictions of climate change, after discovering sea ice extended further north in the Southern Ocean during the last Ice Age than scientists previously thought, Reuters reported. Researchers from the University of Otago examined the genetic code of modern-day bull kelp from samples taken from many sub-Antarctic islands, as well as New Zealand and Chile. They found that southern bull kelp, Durvillaea antarctica, had only...

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2009-01-12 10:27:50

A treasure trove of information about pre-human New Zealand has been found in feces from giant extinct birds, buried beneath the floor of caves and rock shelters for thousands of years. A team of ancient DNA and palaeontology researchers from the University of Adelaide, University of Otago and the NZ Department of Conservation have published their analyses of plant seeds, leaf fragments and DNA from the dried feces (coprolites) to start building the first detailed picture of an ecosystem...

2008-09-29 14:41:04

By KNIGHT, Kim When Laura Hill learnt of her impending screen death she was philosophical. And now Shortland Street's freshest corpse is enjoying her afterlife. Kim Knight reports. -------------------- Otago Festival of the Arts Where: Dunedin When: October 3-12 Featuring more than 30 music, theatre, dance and visual arts events and the 50th anniversary of the University of Otago's Robert Burns Fellowship in Literature. New Zealand debuts include Barcelona- based dance troupe Camut Band,...

2008-09-24 15:00:49

Each week The Dominion Post asks someone about the people, places and events that have influenced them educationally, from the days of the old school yard through to their tertiary education. -------------------- This week: Conservation Department spokeswoman Nicola Vallance can often be spotted on television programmes clutching a gecko or some other native species before an audience of youngsters. But she has some serious scientific credentials. Primary and secondary schools...

2008-09-17 15:00:23

Dunedin will soon play host to Otago's biennial Festival of the Arts with a 10-day programme featuring 42 events and a cast of national and international acts. From October 3 to 12, music, opera, dance, theatre and literary performances will become an integral feature of the city's daily life. Eight international acts (four making their New Zealand debut), three New Zealand productions, five New Zealand plays, two operas and a distinguished gathering of New Zealand literary figures will be...

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2008-09-03 13:35:00

Researchers say a small protein molecule in the brain plays a crucial ovulation-triggering role, a finding that could hold the key to new therapies for infertility. The protein, called kisspeptin, is known to play a vital role in kick-starting puberty. Now, the first evidence that kisspeptin signaling in the brain is also essential for ovulation to occur in adults has been published by a group from the University of Otago led by Professor Allan Herbison, in collaboration with Cambridge...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.