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Bird song in New Zealand like it used to sound

Before humans arrived in New Zealand the bush rang with bird song, in particular with tui and korimako (bellbird). Cook wrote  of the korimako song; “it seemed to be like small bells most exquisitely tuned”. Now however, the numbers of birds have dwindled dramatically and 33% are already extinct. Some disappeared as the forests were… Continue reading Bird song in New Zealand like it used to sound

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Learning for life- and it's free

Hefty course fees may pose a barrier to a degree or other university qualification, but they are no longer a barrier to learning from some of the world's leading educators. The number of online courses has surged. Stanford, MIT and Berkeley are just a few of the universities that have made lectures and courses available… Continue reading Learning for life- and it's free

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Animals helping reduce emotional and physical problems

Animal Assisted therapy (AAT) is nothing new, but the ways animals seem able to help people is growing. Back in 600 BC the Greeks noted the horse's therapeutic value. Now horses are being used to help treat people with depression, autistic children and young people with behavioural problems.  Dolphins were first used to treat depression and… Continue reading Animals helping reduce emotional and physical problems

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5 ways to beat stress and lift your mood

You know those days, when worry and stress gets the better of you. Soon everything seems too hard, loud and annoying. Your once carefree shoulders are spasming under the weight of the world and thought of conversation is akin to the dentist drill. But don't despair- there are some quick and easy ways to take… Continue reading 5 ways to beat stress and lift your mood