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Low nicotine cigarettes could help achieve Smokefree goal

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 3:20 pm | University of Auckland

Nicotine reduction, such as very low nicotine cigarettes, has huge benefits and few potential harms, according to a new study from the University of Auckland. More >>

Updated – NZ Tech Head 2016 boosts prize pack!

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 3:07 pm | Recruit IT

To kick off their 10th birthday celebrations, Recruit IT are boosting the NZ Top Tech Head 2016 prize pack! More >>

Unique NZ synthetic chemistry scientist wins award

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 2:25 pm | L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science

Imagine a time before electronics, synthetic clothing, tyres, contact lenses or plastic products such as money, packaging and toys existed. This wide variety of man-made products has revolutionised our lives. But, what other materials are scientists capable ... More >>

Changeable weather returns this week

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 1:18 pm | MetService

Several weather systems move eastwards over New Zealand this week, bringing changeable weather after most places experienced a dry Labour Weekend. Periods of rain or showers are likely to affect most places during Tuesday and Wednesday as a low pressure system ... More >>

Rain gets back to work after a sunny Labour Weekend

Monday, 24 October 2016, 9:49 pm | MetService

Labour weekend can often be a mixed bag, but in 2016 most of New Zealand struck it lucky with warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine. Several towns on both islands topped twenty degrees, with Alexandra and Dunedin hitting 21 degrees on Saturday ... More >>

NZDF Begins Annual Airlift Support Mission to Antarctica

Friday, 21 October 2016, 3:15 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has begun its annual mission to take scientists and support staff to Antarctica, to help advance research in the world’s harshest continent. Yesterday a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Boeing 757 flew 81 scientific ... More >>

Sustainable agriculture — getting more for less

Friday, 21 October 2016, 1:53 pm | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury (UC) research shows that timing could be everything when it comes to getting the best results out of fertilisers in the dairy industry. More >>

ARANZ Medical named Supreme Innovator of the Year

Friday, 21 October 2016, 12:47 pm | ARANZ Medical

CHRISTCHURCH, NZ, 21 October, 2016 – ARANZ Medical, a specialist in 3D scanning and informatics solutions for the healthcare sector, has been named the winner of the Bayer Supreme Innovator of the Year in the 2016 New Zealand Innovators Awards. ... More >>

Leaf fossils, CO2 and the Antarctic ice sheet

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 4:19 pm | University of Waikato

An ancient crater lake in Central Otago has provided scientists with new insights into carbon dioxide changes and how those changes affected the Antarctic ice sheet 23 million years ago. More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 4:10 pm | NIWA

A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing these soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions ... More >>

A spell of dry weather for Labour Weekend

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 2:45 pm | MetService

A spell of dry weather is on the cards for nearly everyone this Labour Weekend. Rain or showers affecting parts of the country today, should clear the South Island on Friday and most of the North Island on Saturday. However, the weather is likely ... More >>

Talented school students to seek solutions on climate change

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 2:33 pm | The Royal Society of New Zealand

Forty talented school students will be tasked to find answers and recommendations to some of New Zealand’s future problems around climate change, having been selected to attend Powering Potential in Wellington from 12 – 15 December. More >>

Medtech – from smart splints to sonification

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 11:45 am | University of Auckland

New Zealand’s first ever medical technology showcase opens to the public at SILO6 in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter later this month. More >>

Koha goes home – NIWA returns lost turtle to Kermadecs

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 10:09 am | NIWA

A critically endangered turtle today began a two-day journey back to its home in Rangitāhua, the Kermadecs. More >>

Bill Ferris: Innovation for future prosperity

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 10:01 am | Innovation and Science Australia

Bill Ferris AC, Chair of Innovation and Science Australia, has called for a greater focus on the role of innovation in driving future economic growth and prosperity in a speech delivered today at the NZVCA 2016 Private Equity and Venture Capital ... More >>

Cooperation needed over agricultural emissions - Experts

Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 3:13 pm | Science Media Centre

A new report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has called for New Zealanders to work together to tackle agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. More >>

Rescued kiwi returns to her Far North maunga

Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 12:29 pm | Kiwis for Kiwi

Wendy Sporle with Owhata, the kiwi she nursed back to health after its leg was caught in a trap More >>

NZ’S Top Virtual & Augmented Reality Innovators Join Forces

Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 10:44 am | New Zealand VR-AR Association

Some of New Zealand’s top innovators in the booming virtual and augmented reality sector have joined forces in the newly-formed New Zealand VR/AR Association. More >>

Kiwi ingenuity and masking tape saves chick

Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 11:40 am | Rainbow Springs

Rotorua, 18 October 2016: Kiwi ingenuity and masking tape has saved a Kiwi chick after its egg was badly damaged endangering the chick's life. More >>

Discovering the untold in Antarctica

Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 10:45 am | Antarctica New Zealand

New Zealand’s Antarctic Research Programme is officially underway for the 2016-17 season with the first of our science project teams beginning their work on ice this week. More >>

Everywhere you go, always take the weather with you

Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 10:43 am | Maritime New Zealand

Bob Dylan may have just won a Nobel Prize for Literature but when it comes to safer boating advice, you’re far better off with Kiwi music legend Neil Finn. More >>

Conference tackles tough water issues facing New Zealand

Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 9:49 am | Water New Zealand

New Zealand is facing serious and unprecedented challenges around our water resources, from providing clean and safe drinking water to how we provide sustainable solutions for wastewater and storm waters. More >>

Week of typical spring weather ahead

Monday, 17 October 2016, 1:40 pm | MetService

Spring snow flurries and hailstorms affected parts of New Zealand towards the end of last week, leading to a chilly start to the weekend. As the weekend progressed, the weather settled and temperatures recovered. More >>

Ocean is responding to climate change

Monday, 17 October 2016, 11:10 am | Victoria University of Wellington

The appearance of white blooms of plankton east of New Zealand suggests the ocean is responding to climate change, according to research by Victoria University of Wellington scientists. As part of her Master’s study, Bella Duncan investigated ... More >>

Spring in full swing

Sunday, 16 October 2016, 8:55 pm | MetService

Spring snow flurries and hailstorms impacted New Zealand towards the end of last week, and that led into a fairly chilly start to the weekend. As the weekend has gone on, the weather has settled and the temperatures have returned to typical spring ... More >>

Science Deadline: Sugary drinks, tweeting scientists

Friday, 14 October 2016, 5:32 pm | Science Media Centre

Science Deadline: Fizz over sugary drinks, tweeting scientists and a new SMC hire Issue 395, 14 Oct 2016 QUICK LINKS SMC Alerts Calendar Briefings Media Registration About Us Contact the SMC Top news from the Science Media Centre's news-sharing ... More >>

Antarctic leopard seal calling Auckland home

Friday, 14 October 2016, 5:19 pm | Department of Conservation

Leopard seals are a protected species normally found in Antarctica. However, one female leopard seal has, for now, decided to call Auckland home. More >>

Southwest Pacific Tropical Cyclone Outlook

Friday, 14 October 2016, 1:09 pm | NIWA

Southwest Pacific Tropical Cyclone Outlook: Moderate La Niña or neutral tropical conditions expected to produce near average activity across most islands More >>

Tropical Cyclone activity expected to be average this season

Friday, 14 October 2016, 1:05 pm | MetService

Tropical Cyclone activity expected to be average this season The Southwest Pacific tropical cyclone season formally starts on the 1st of November, with an average number of named cyclones expected in the upcoming 2016/2017 season under the influence of ... More >>

Vitamins A and C help erase “memory” in stem cells

Friday, 14 October 2016, 12:13 pm | University of Otago

Vitamins A and C can enhance success in the challenging process of converting adult cells into stem cells, an international study co-led by a University of Otago researcher has found. More >>

Big future for bright spud

Friday, 14 October 2016, 12:12 pm | Plant and Food Research

There is a new bright-skinned beauty in the potato patch that scrubs up well and is set to cause a bit of a stir. More >>

NZ scientist Dr Susan Wiser contributes to global study

Friday, 14 October 2016, 11:53 am | Landcare Research

Christchurch-based scientist Susan Wiser is part of a team of scholars from 90 institutions around the world to have had a paper published in the influential Science journal today that reveals a continued loss in tree biodiversity would result in an accelerating ... More >>

NASA to Launch UAVNZ Conference

Thursday, 13 October 2016, 1:27 pm | UAVNZ

The UAVNZ industry association and Callaghan Innovation are pleased to announce that Dr Parimal Kopardekar, Principal Investigator on NASA's Unmanned Aircraft Traffic Management (UTM) project, will deliver a key note address at the New Zealand UAV ... More >>

Weather brightening up for the weekend

Thursday, 13 October 2016, 1:27 pm | MetService

A front is moving on to the south of the country today, bringing rain to the west and south of the South Island, and lowering snow levels down to about 500 metres overnight tonight. While other parts of the country will be mostly dry today, the ... More >>

Lure, Trap & Retreat captures NZ innovation

Thursday, 13 October 2016, 1:02 pm | WWF

Simple and sophisticated, a clever trap design is taking lizard capture and monitoring to the next level. More >>

Launch of PlayStation®VR in New Zealand

Thursday, 13 October 2016, 1:00 pm | Sony Interactive Entertainment

Auckland, October 13, 2016 – Sony Interactive Entertainment New Zealand (SCENZ) today launched PlayStation®VR (PS VR), a virtual reality system for the PlayStation®4 (PS4™) system that takes gaming to the next level of immersion and transports players ... More >>

OMGTech! announces new partnership and new structure

Thursday, 13 October 2016, 9:48 am | OMGTech

Over the last two years the educational charity initiative OMGTech! has worked with over 3,000 kids and announced partnerships with Spark, Microsoft, Huawei, Touchcast, and Accenture to deliver and grow access to technology, with the goal of enabling ... More >>

Cricket researcher makes game-changing app

Wednesday, 12 October 2016, 12:20 pm | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury (UC) sport scientist has released a new mobile app that is set to change and improve the way cricket bowlers train. More >>

Glyphosate Exposed - New Review Dispels the Myth

Wednesday, 12 October 2016, 12:08 pm | Weed Management Advisory

Hana Blackmore of the WMA said that the glyphosate monograph published this week by Pesticides Action Network International (PAN) comprehensively dispels what they call the ‘myth’ of safety. More >>

Comprehensive new review of Monsanto's glyphosate

Wednesday, 12 October 2016, 12:03 pm | Soil and Health Association

In a “state of the science” review released today, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) International presents a large body of research documenting the adverse human health and environmental impacts of glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides and ... More >>

Hunting the elusive neutrino in Antarctica

Wednesday, 12 October 2016, 11:19 am | University of Canterbury

Every second of every hour of every day, 100 trillion neutrinos pass through the tip of your thumb – in fact through every square centimetre of your body. These neutrinos are streaming out of the centre of the sun. Star stuff streams through ... More >>

A weather smorgasbord this week

Monday, 10 October 2016, 1:21 pm | MetService

The front that moved up the country over the weekend is lingering over the upper North Island today, bringing scattered rain or showers to those north of Tauranga. Further south, a ridge of high pressure is bringing a settled start to the week for ... More >>

Massey investigating novel food technology

Monday, 10 October 2016, 1:06 pm | Massey University

Massey University researchers are investigating whether establishing an Innovation Centre focused on a novel food processing technology could transform New Zealand’s food industry. The University will host representatives from American-based company ... More >>

NZ’s aspiring astronaut returns from NASA inspired

Monday, 10 October 2016, 11:19 am | University of Canterbury

Dr Sarah Kessans, the postdoctoral fellow at the University of Canterbury who is in the top 1% of applicants shortlisted by NASA to become an astronaut, recently returned from initial interviews for NASA's Astronaut Candidate Class of 2017 in ... More >>

Research For Life seeks to double the value of Annual Grants

Monday, 10 October 2016, 10:25 am | Research for Life

Research For Life (RFL), the Wellington Medical Research Foundation, today announced that it will launch its first Annual Appeal next Monday, 17 October, with the ambitious goal of doubling the value of research and travel grants it awards each year. RFL ... More >>

Paracetamol wins Wellington researchers $20,000 prize

Monday, 10 October 2016, 9:48 am | Medicines New Zealand

Dr Paul Young will be presented with Medicines New Zealand’s 2016 Value of Medicines Award for leading a world-class study into the effects paracetamol has on patients in intensive care units (ICU) this evening. More >>

Professional photographers support conservation

Monday, 10 October 2016, 9:29 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation and New Zealand’s leading image library One Shot are pleased to announce a new partnership that will heighten the visibility of conservation work. More >>

Otago researchers probe HPV’s manipulation of immune system

Friday, 7 October 2016, 12:54 pm | University of Otago

University of Otago researchers have gained fresh insights into how one of the main viruses that cause cervical cancer evades its hosts’ immune systems. More >>

Framework for biomedical research with Māori

Friday, 7 October 2016, 12:28 pm | University of Waikato

As biomedical research practices become more sophisticated, protecting the cultural and ethical interests of those who donate tissue or take part in genomic research has become more important than ever before. More >>

Fluoride Free Toothpaste doesn’t do the job

Friday, 7 October 2016, 11:23 am | Making Sense of Fluoride

A new fluoride-free toothpaste has changed its advertising after being challenged to provide evidence to back its claims that it reduces plaque and tooth decay. More >>

2016 NZ Spatial Excellence Awards Finalists Announced

Friday, 7 October 2016, 9:59 am | NZ Spatial Excellence Awards

Wellington 7 October 2016 – The 2016 New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards finalists were announced this morning at a breakfast function at the Wellington Club. Now in its third year, the 2106 event attracted 63 entries, almost double the number of ... More >>

The end of the school holidays, but not of the wild weather

Thursday, 6 October 2016, 1:32 pm | MetService

As the school holidays draw to a close, the wild spring weather is showing no sign of easing. Spring weather is characterised by strong westerly winds and fast moving fronts racing across New Zealand, bringing short, sharp bursts of showers peppered ... More >>

Small mustelids in New Zealand: Predator invasion ecology

Thursday, 6 October 2016, 11:17 am | University of Waikato

To manage populations of invasive pests effectively, we must first understand what controls them naturally, says Waikato University’s Professor Carolyn King. More >>

NIWA kicks off busy season in Antarctica

Wednesday, 5 October 2016, 3:46 pm | NIWA

NIWA scientists are this week making the final preparations for one of the organisation’s busiest summers at Antarctica. More >>

ARANZ Medical receives Global ICT Excellence Award

Wednesday, 5 October 2016, 1:40 pm | ARANZ Medical

ARANZ Medical, a specialist in 3D scanning and informatics solutions for the healthcare sector, has been named the Private Sector Excellence Award winner at the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) Global ICT Excellence Awards 2016. The award ... More >>

Maptek and ARANZ Geo guarantee seamless interoperability

Wednesday, 5 October 2016, 9:35 am | ARANZ Geo Limited

ADELAIDE, Australia, and CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, Oct. 4, 2016 - Maptek , developer of Vulcan and ARANZ Geo , developer of 3D geological modelling software Leapfrog ®, have agreed to provide seamless interoperability between their two lead software ... More >>

Road weather innovations at ITS World Congress 2016

Tuesday, 4 October 2016, 4:26 pm | MetService

The impact of weather events on road users and transport agencies is a major focus for MetraWeather, the global commercial arm of MetService, New Zealand’s National Meteorological Service. More >>

It's not just about the science

Tuesday, 4 October 2016, 3:52 pm | Massey University

If, as Barack Obama says, the greatest threat to future generations is climate change, then environmental policies to combat it need an outpouring of public support to be effective – and in places like America, that support is low despite the overwhelming ... More >>

New app for reporting Hector's dolphin sightings

Tuesday, 4 October 2016, 1:20 pm | Joint Press Release

New app for reporting Hector's dolphin sightings: Have you seen any? Locals on the waters and along the beaches in the South Island are being recruited to help fill in knowledge gaps of our enigmatic, endangered little Hector’s dolphins. A free ... More >>

Waikato University and MBIE launch Science Learning Hub

Tuesday, 4 October 2016, 12:51 pm | Joint Press Release

The University of Waikato, together with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, will launch the new and improved Science Learning Hub website at an event at Te Papa tonight. More >>


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