Voxy: Otago researchers develop first NZ food emissions database – Otago University. “The research team developed a New Zealand-specific food emissions database that, in estimating greenhouse gas emissions arising from foods commonly consumed in New Zealand, considers important parts of the ‘lifecycle’ of each food, including farming and processing, transportation, packaging, warehouse and distribution, refrigeration needs, and supermarket overheads. Using their database, the team was then able to model climate, health, and health system cost impacts stemming from a range of dietary scenarios.”
Ideasroom (New Zealand): The problem with cutting archives access. “The cuts will also have a major and detrimental impact upon New Zealand historians who are absolutely reliant upon the archives for their source material. In a quantitatively assessed, output-driven, academic context we do not have the luxury of doubling the timeframe for research and publication.”
Radio New Zealand: Online resource journeys through hidden history of Waipā. “Te Ara Wai Journeys is a self-guided tour of New Zealand Land Wars battle sites, landscapes and early settlements around the district. The website was launched on Friday by the Waipā District Council.” If you’d like an overview of the New Zealand Land Wars, check out This page from Christchurch City Council Libraries.
1 News Now (New Zealand): Kiwi teen uses AI analysis of social media chatter to capture mood of the nation. “Independent political insights website Politikiwi started off as a personal project for 19-year-old software engineer Robert Calvert’s portfolio. Since December 2018, he’s gathered over 58,000 responses from people to tweets by party leaders in Parliament. He then put each tweet through Microsoft or Google’s natural language processing technology to analyse its sentiment — whether positive or negative towards the MP — based on the quantified emotional connotation of words used in context.”
New Zealand Herald: Annabel Langbein is considering legal action against Facebook and Google to stop scam ads. “Celebrity chef Annabel Langbein is considering legal action against Facebook and Google for allowing scammers to use her image to lure in victims.”
Books+Publishing: NZ Review of Books Pukapuka Aotearoa to close. “The quarterly publication was launched in 1991 and is the country’s only periodical dedicated to reviewing New Zealand books. On a fundraising page, publisher Peppercorn Press and the New Zealand Review of Books editors said the summer issue will be their last, and that they are seeking a new home for its online archive and teen review site, Hooked on NZ Books.”
NIWA: The week it snowed everywhere. “NIWA and Microsoft Corp. are teaming up to make artificial intelligence handwriting recognition more accurate and efficient in a project that will support climate research. The project aims to develop better training sets for handwriting recognition technology that will ‘read’ old weather logs. The first step is to use weather information recorded during a week in July 1939 when it snowed all over New Zealand, including at Cape Reinga.”