Kiwis are being called upon to help piece together more than a century of weather records – including those recorded by members of Captain Robert Scott's doomed trip to the South Pole in 1912.
Scott and his four-man team perished in Antarctica and their bodies were left on the ice - but the weather records they made on their expedition were retrieved.
Now those records – plus millions of daily observations made by early explorers, people on whaling ships, cargo ships and lighthouses around New Zealand and the Southern Ocean before the 1950s – are needed by scientists trying to find out more about climate change.
Niwa is launching a huge citizen science project seeking volunteers to key in information from handwritten weather logbooks into a computer database.
Niwa climate scientist Petra Pearce said the more we knew about our past weather, the better we could accurately predict climate patterns today and into the future.
"There are big gaps in weather records before the 1950s...
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Swedes have begun inserting microchips under their skin in droves, raising privacy concerns.
The chips are around the size of a grain of rice and are typically injected under the skin just above the user’s thumb. The procedure, which costs just $180, is relatively painless.
The chips are designed to make day to day life easier by helping users complete daily tasks seamlessly.
The chips function as keys that permit entry into all kinds of premises, and events. The implants can also be used to store emergency contacts, social media, and health information and even function as credit cards or bus and train tickets.
“Having different cards and tokens verifying your identity to a bunch of different systems just doesn’t make sense,” Osterlund says to NPR. “Using a chip means that the hyper-connected surroundings that you live in every day can be streamlined.”
You could use your microchip to enter your office or home with a wave of your hand.
Sweden’s national railway has also jumped on the bandwa...