New stab and flame-resistant fabric
A unique new stab and flame-resistant material has been made using wool and a special synthetic fibre. It looks and feels like regular wool jacket fabric and is lightweight and comfortable to wear.
Imagine a creature that turns moths into mummies by trapping them in an underground grave before emerging out of their neck to begin the cycle again. Not only does this creature exist, it’s part of New Zealand’s native biota and although referred to as the vegetable caterpillar, we are actually talking about a type of fungus – Ophiocordyceps robertsii.
Jesse Conklin at work
Jesse Conklin carries inflatable cranes – decoys for catching godwits. Scientists hoped the godwits would dive-bomb the cranes (known nest predators in Alaska) so they could catch them in a mist net. It didn’t work.
HB Dobbie’s blue fern albums
These books have full-sized, white silhouettes of ferns on a blue background and are known as the ‘blue books’. They are made using an early form of photography called the cyanotype process.
A tale of two ferns
The hen and chickens fern (mouku or manamana) is a common New Zealand native fern. It had been observed that the cultivated hen and chickens fern grown and sold in garden centres around New Zealand looked different from the hen and chickens fern growing in the wild. Dr Leon Perrie and his colleagues set out to investigate why.
Limestone is one of the most common sedimentary rocks found in New Zealand. Eye-catching features such as caves, sinkholes and spectacular skyline landscapes are often associated with limestone formations. These landforms have developed through the interaction of rocks, water and climate.