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Science communicator Ellen Rykers speaks to the scientists unravelling the secrets of this rare phenomenon.
We join PhD student Luna Thomas on a nighttime beetle hunt in Rakiura Stewart Island.
For her PhD in Zoology Luna is studying the behaviour of the endemic Helm’s stag beetle. But as well as the beetles, she is also coming across some grizzly indicators of the impacts predators are having.
She hopes her work will add to the sparse scientific knowledge that is known about this species. And maybe even help some of the other native stag beetle species, some of which are critically endangered.
The University of Waikato is leading TAIAO, a data science programme aimed at helping researchers make sense of overwhelming amounts of environmental data.
Claire speaks to a data scientist and environmental researcher about the ‘tricky’ problems that new machine learning methods will help to solve.
And in the Auckland Bioengineering institute, Dr. James McKeage is investigating the potential of needle-free injections. Could an electric motor-powered needle-free jet injector be the future of diabetes management?