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New child cancer specialist for Auckland

Monday, 1 September 2014, 12:59 pm | University of Auckland

Paediatric oncologist, Dr Andrew Wood has returned to the University of Auckland to research the genetic mistakes driving childhood leukaemias. Dr Wood graduated from the University of Auckland’s School of Medicine, and trained as a paediatrician ... More >>

High value fungi may offer new industry for NZ

Monday, 1 September 2014, 10:38 am | Plant and Food Research

1 September 2014 Scientists could open up new opportunities for the New Zealand forestry industry following recent research into the cultivation and commercialization of two edible fungi crops: saffron milk cap (Lactarius deliciosus) and Bianchetto truffle ... More >>

Study on causes of rheumatic fever gets underway in Auckland

Monday, 1 September 2014, 9:56 am | University of Otago

A study to identify and better understand risk factors for rheumatic fever – one of New Zealand’s most mysterious and serious illnesses – starts recruiting participants in Auckland this week. Over the next two years the University of Otago, Wellington ... More >>

SMC Heads-Up: E-cigarettes, SMCs gather in NZ, crisis advice

Friday, 29 August 2014, 4:33 pm | Science Media Centre

SMC Heads-Up:E-cigarettes risks highlighted, SMCs gather in NZ, science advice in times of crisis More >>

New Biological Heritage Science Challenge

Friday, 29 August 2014, 4:30 pm | Landcare Research

The new National Science Challenge, New Zealand’s Biological Heritage - Ngā Koiora Tuku Iho, announced today by Science and Innovation Minister, Hon Steven Joyce is much more than just a large research programme, according to Dr James Buwalda, Chair ... More >>

DOC involved in the Biological Heritage science challenge

Friday, 29 August 2014, 2:23 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is excited to be a part of the New Zealand Biological Heritage science challenge that was launched today (August 29). Science and Innovation Minister Stephen Joyce launched the programme of research, to be undertaken ... More >>

Wellington science fair winners announced

Friday, 29 August 2014, 2:08 pm | NIWA

A Wellington High School student has taken out the prize for best overall exhibit at this year’s NIWA Wellington Regional Science and Technology Fair. More >>

A night of celebration at the Romeo Bragato Wine Awards 2014

Friday, 29 August 2014, 11:42 am | Bragato Wine Awards

A Hawkes Bay Chardonnay has been awarded Champion Wine of Show at this year’s Romeo Bragato Wine Awards. More >>

Whitetail deer Under Threat

Friday, 29 August 2014, 11:03 am | Game Animal Council

“The Game Animal Council, local hunters and landowners are concerned at a perceived decline in the number of Whitetail deer in the Glenorchy herd at the head of Lake Wakatipu” said Don Hammond Chairman of the Game Animal Council. More >>

Landmark book on New Zealand’s iconic tuatara released

Friday, 29 August 2014, 10:59 am | Canterbury University Press

A landmark publication about New Zealand’s iconic reptile, the tuatara, has been released by Canterbury University Press (CUP). More >>

Elite programme gives farmers latest genetics for less

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 3:39 pm | HMC Communications

With pay outs tipped to decline and farmers wanting to reduce their operating costs, CRV Ambreed’s progeny testing programme is one way to get the latest genetics and other herd improvement products and services at a lower cost. More >>

First Global Conference on Science Advice to Governments

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 3:27 pm | Sir Peter Gluckman Chief Science Advisor

I want to welcome you to Auckland. When we planned this meeting we did not expect to be in the middle of an election campaign - an election which has been brought forward because NZ has the chance for the first time to be at G20 and there is broad ... More >>

Founding Director to Address Prestigious Science Body

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 3:16 pm | Nga Pae o te Maramatanga

A Founding Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga to Address Prestigious Science Body More >>

A wet end to winter for northern New Zealand

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 1:17 pm | MetService

A large, slow-moving high that has been responsible for several days of settled weather over much of the country this week is feeling the squeeze from a low pressure system approaching from the Tasman Sea. "Though this high has been one of the ... More >>

Explosive undersea mission for intrepid Kiwi

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 12:48 pm | Sir Peter Blake Trust

MEDIA RELEASE 28 August 2014 Explosive undersea mission for intrepid Kiwi Local schools and scientists will be able to join New Zealander, Hannah Prior, on a high-tech deep sea mission in September, as part of an expedition led by world-renowned explorer ... More >>

Partnership to Increase Ocean Research & Conservation in NZ

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 11:32 am | NGO Conservation International

Unique partnership between University of Auckland and Conservation International aims to build scientific capacity and research. More >>

Tissue from hospital operating theatre to be rushed to UC

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 9:20 am | University of Canterbury

Tissues blocking arteries to the brain are to be rushed to the University of Canterbury from Christchurch Hospital operating theatre to be kept alive in a laboratory for five days as part of a New Zealand Heart Foundation funded three-year study into ... More >>

US/NZ host international workshop on ocean acidification

Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 4:52 pm | United States Embassy

An International Workshop on Ocean Acidification: State-of-the-Science Considerations for Small Island Developing States More >>

Polar experts to speak in Christchurch

Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 2:13 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

Two Antarctic scientists from Victoria University of Wellington will visit Christchurch next month to give free talks as part of the University’s 2014 Public Lecture Series. More >>

Looking ahead into September

Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 11:38 am | MetService

"Southwesterlies prevailed over New Zealand during August" says MetService meteorologist Georgina Griffiths. "Below average temperatures were generally observed across the country, with the exception of a handful of warm days to start ... More >>

Kauri dieback meetings

Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 2:09 pm | Kauri2000

Coromandel and Western Bay of Plenty residents are being urged to support meetings in Whangamata, Thames, Coromandel and Whitianga this weekend aimed at establishing a network of local groups to protect kauri in the Coromandel and Kaimai Ranges. More >>

US/NZ to track endangered whales in Rarotonga

Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 1:54 pm | US Embassy Wellington

Three US scientists are this week deploying satellite tracking tags on Humpback whales off the Rarotonga coast to gain information vital to protecting the endangered mammals from extinction. More >>

Popularity Problem for Dairy Awards!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 10:12 am | NZ Dairy Industry Awards

The popularity of the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards is a fabulous problem for organisers of the 2015 awards programme to have. More >>

Revolutionary handheld DNA diagnostic unit

Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 9:59 am | University of Otago

A revolutionary handheld and battery-powered DNA diagnostic device invented at the University of Otago is poised to become a commonly used field tool for rapidly detecting suspected viruses or bacteria in samples while also determining the level of infection. ... More >>

Common sense required with stock on roads

Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 9:52 am | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is calling for drivers and farmers to exercise caution when it comes to stock on or grazing near roads. More >>

NIWA works with Samoan village to build better future

Monday, 25 August 2014, 5:22 pm | NIWA

A unique pilot project to help Samoa’s largest village better cope with natural disaster is the focus of an upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Samoa timed to coincide with a major United Nations conference in Apia. More >>

Breakthrough in diabetes research

Monday, 25 August 2014, 2:48 pm | University of Auckland

University of Auckland scientists are reporting a major new development in diabetes research with the discovery of a single molecular mechanism they believe triggers both major forms of the disease. More >>

A benign week ahead

Monday, 25 August 2014, 2:33 pm | Short and Sweet Theatre

A large high west of the South Island has been responsible for the cool southerly flow over the weekend, which pushed cloud and light showers onto eastern parts of the country including the Capital and Christchurch.Further west, there was a hint ... More >>

Deep Alpine Fault sensitive to nearby earthquakes

Monday, 25 August 2014, 2:05 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington researchers have discovered that seismic waves produced by earthquakes happening several hundred kilometres away trigger activity deep beneath the Alpine Fault. More >>

Astronomers host Dr Tamara Davis

Monday, 25 August 2014, 1:11 pm | Horowhenua Astronomical Society

The Horowhenua Astronomical Society is delighted to be hosting Dr Tamara Davis , a distinguished astronomer from the University of Queensland, Australia. Dr Davis will be in New Zealand speaking at six locations as part of the Royal Astronomical ... More >>

Science students step up

Monday, 25 August 2014, 9:28 am | NIWA

It’s a big week for Wellington’s next top scientists competing in the 50th annual NIWA Wellington Science Fair More >>

Fluoride Free New Zealand: Dirty Science

Saturday, 23 August 2014, 12:31 pm | Fluoride Free New Zealand

A “review” of fluoridation published yesterday (22nd August) was chaired by committed fluoridationists Professors Peter Gluckman and David Skegg. Both of these men had already hung their hat on the fluoridationists’ mantra of “safe and effective”. More >>

Fluoridation safe, effective - report

Friday, 22 August 2014, 2:19 pm | Science Media Centre

A comprehensive new report on the safety and efficacy of community water fluoridation aims to put to rest concerns and misinformation over the public health intervention. More >>

Review finds community water fluoridation safe and effective

Friday, 22 August 2014, 1:31 pm | The Royal Society of New Zealand

A review of the scientific evidence for and against the efficacy and safety of fluoridation of public water supplies has found that the levels of fluoridation used in New Zealand create no health risks and provide protection against tooth decay. Councils currently ... More >>

Plant & Food Research scientists honoured

Friday, 22 August 2014, 1:29 pm | Plant and Food Research

Auckland, New Zealand. 22 August 2014 Two of Plant & Food Research’s most preeminent scientists were awarded one of the highest honours in horticultural science earlier this week. Ross Ferguson and Ian Ferguson (no relation) were made Fellows ... More >>

Scientists reaffirm the safety of water fluoridation

Friday, 22 August 2014, 1:23 pm | New Zealand Dental Association

The NZ Dental Association strongly supports the findings of the review of the scientific evidence into the health effects of water fluoridation. More >>

Achieving Genuine progress for the Environment?

Friday, 22 August 2014, 10:53 am | Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ

Achieving genuine progress for the Environment is the question at the heart of the ECO conference Friday – Saturday 22-23 August where experts and the community will engage with the challenges ahead. More >>

Researchers Develop Models To Study Polyelectrolytes

Friday, 22 August 2014, 9:42 am | North Carolina State University

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a novel and versatile modeling strategy to simulate polyelectrolyte systems. The model has applications for creating new materials as well as for studying polyelectrolytes, including DNA ... More >>

Images from Far North rain radar now live online

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 5:02 pm | MetService

From around 3pm today, images from the latest of MetService’s weather radars can be viewed live on its websites, metservice.com and m.metservice.com . More >>

Weekend right for a good kick off

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 1:29 pm | MetService

The low pressure system that brought rain to the North Island and top of the South Island over the last couple of days is moving away to the east today, leaving a cool southerly flow in its wake. "This should mean a fine weekend for many places, ... More >>

Talk to explore fate of Antarctic ice sheet

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 12:14 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

The Antarctic ice sheet’s contribution to future sea-level rise will be explored by a world-leading polar scientist who is giving the 2014 S.T. Lee Lecture. Robert DeConto, Professor of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, United ... More >>

Orana Wildlife Park: Yakety Yak

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 5:24 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Five Tibetan Yaks are the latest addition to Orana Wildlife Park. The impressive shaggy animals arrived today and will be on public display tomorrow morning. More >>

Launch of first-ever partnership between University and NGO

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 3:09 pm | University of Auckland

August 20, 2014 - A ground-breaking new partnership between the University of Auckland and Conservation International is believed to be the first of its kind in New Zealand. More >>

Public talk on global sustainability

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 1:06 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

Public talk on global sustainability How human pressure is changing the planet is the topic of the only Wellington public lecture being given by Professor Yuan T Lee, President of the International Council for Science, during his visit to New Zealand. ... More >>

NZ science: early warning for global trends

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 11:43 am | Sir Peter Gluckman Chief Science Advisor

Science advisor explains why more than 2000 science leaders will converge on Auckland next week. More >>

VEX Robotics scrimmage at Albany campus

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 4:33 pm | Massey University

Thirty-five teams from schools across Auckland descended on the Albany campus on Saturday for the fifth VEX Robotics Auckland Ladder challenge. Event organisers say it was one of the largest competitions of the season. More >>

Researchers reveal how ocean bacteria use light to grow

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 1:42 pm | University of Otago

Sunlight stimulates common ocean bacteria to use carbon dioxide for growth when high-quality organic carbon food sources are scarce, according to surprising research by an international team that includes a University of Otago researcher. More >>

New distribution channels meet demand for Bolifor® Magnesium

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 10:39 am | BEC Feed Solutions NZ

Following the phenomenal Fieldays launch of its Bolifor® Magnesium range, BEC Feed Solutions has established nationwide partnerships with feed suppliers, consultants and rural supply stores, including Farmlands. The move means dairy farmers now have ... More >>

EPA staff report premature

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 10:11 am | Chatham Rock Phosphate

The Environmental Protection Authority staff report issued today is premature and should have not have been issued until the information requested of Chatham Rock Phosphate was provided, managing director Chris Castle said today. More >>

Rain for many but heading to a cold finish

Monday, 18 August 2014, 3:00 pm | MetService

After a fine weekend and a frosty start to the week, a low from the Tasman Sea is set to bring a decent amount of rain and warmer northerly winds across much of the North Island and upper South Island late Tuesday and throughWednesday. "MetService ... More >>

World’s First carboNZero certified battery released in NZ

Monday, 18 August 2014, 2:47 pm | Enviro-Mark

Internationally recognised carboNZero CertTM product certification backs carbon neutral claims for LEI Electronics Inc.’s Eco Alkaline battery More >>

Kiwi science at work on Aussie pest problems

Monday, 18 August 2014, 12:15 pm | Landcare Research

New Zealand science that assists Australian farmers predict mouse outbreaks could soon be applied on this side of the Tasman. More >>

Global importance of Antarctica not to be underestimated

Monday, 18 August 2014, 9:44 am | University of Canterbury

The global importance of Antarctica to New Zealand cannot be underestimated, University of Canterbury’s Gateway Antarctica researcher Dr Daniela Liggett says. More >>

Farmer Endorses Ballance Farm Environment Awards Experience

Monday, 18 August 2014, 9:13 am | Ballance Farm Environment awards

Central Hawke’s Bay farmer Callum Gray says participating in the East Coast Ballance Farm Environment Awards was a “brilliant” experience for his family. Now he is encouraging other farmers to enter the 2015 Awards. More >>

Gearing up for World Science Week NZ

Friday, 15 August 2014, 4:24 pm | Science Media Centre

The Scientists are coming! As many as 2,000 experts in all sorts of fields will begin arriving in Auckland from next weekend as they gather for a collection of high-level science conferences. More >>

Global media release: bees in good health

Friday, 15 August 2014, 1:35 pm | Bayer CropScience

New large-scale study COLOSS shows: European bees are at their best health level in years as overwintering losses of colonies sink to record low August 11, 2014 More >>

Northland fruit grower wins national title

Friday, 15 August 2014, 11:31 am | Horticulture NZ

Patrick Malley from Northland was crowned Young Grower of the Year 2014 last night at the Rydges Latimer in Christchurch. More >>

Promising new treatments for multiple sclerosis

Friday, 15 August 2014, 9:56 am | Victoria University of Wellington

New treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS) using common anti-psychotic agents have been discovered by Victoria University of Wellington researchers. More >>

Conference Highlights Food Safety, Sustainable Agriculture

Friday, 15 August 2014, 9:30 am | GE Free NZ

China Conference Highlights Food Safety and Sustainable Agriculture The deleterious effects of GE foods and their related pesticides were aired at the Food Safety & Sustainable Agriculture Forum 2014, held in Beijing on July 25-26. More >>

Forum Addresses Gender Imbalance in Science

Thursday, 14 August 2014, 3:29 pm | Pead PR

FORUM ADDRESSES GENDER IMBALANCE IN SCIENCE L’Oréal hosts fellows at inaugural Girls in Science event More >>

 

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