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SkyCity fire - Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 2:13 pm | Science Media Centre

Reports suggest it was started as a result of construction work and the fire caught in the seven-storey building's roof. More >>

Kiwi researchers in breakthrough treatment for tuberculosis

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 11:04 am | Auckland UniServices Ltd

October 23, 2019 – A team of medical researchers based at the University of Auckland (UoA), who have been working for nearly 15 years in partnership with the international non-profit TB Alliance to develop new treatments for tuberculosis (TB), has been ... More >>

NZ Academic to Speak at Largest Space Science Conference

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 10:46 am | Chrysalis Group

A New Zealand academic and ECE educator has been asked to speak alongside experts from NASA, the Smithsonian Institute and the US Air Force at the world’s largest earth and space science conference later this year. More >>

New research to investigate digestive health benefits

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 10:05 am | University of Auckland

A research team led by Dr Dulantha Ulluwishewa from AgResearch Ltd has received an investment of $100,000 from the High-Value Nutrition (HVN) National Science Challenge and industry partner Quantec Limited for a new study to investigate whether a novel ... More >>

Satellite-based remote lake health monitoring solution

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 7:23 pm | Seequent

Seequent wins New Zealand aerospace innovation challenge; continues to expand its geoscience solutions to help solve earth, environment and energy challenges More >>

Using Data to Give Our Rivers a Voice

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 4:14 pm | Seed The Change

Christchurch-based freshwater initiative Drinkable Rivers is highlighting challenges in Aotearoa New Zealand’s waterways with real-time data. More >>

Low pressure sets trend for cold week ahead

Monday, 21 October 2019, 11:48 am | MetService

MetService is predicting a series of fronts to cross the country today and the rest of the week which will bring wet, cold and windy weather for much of New Zealand. As it is following a regular Spring pattern, these systems are rather mobile and ... More >>

Mapping experts win award for leadership in crisis

Friday, 18 October 2019, 4:15 pm | NZ Spatial Excellence Awards

A grassroots community of mapmakers that created an interactive map viewed by over 800,000 people during the Pigeon Valley Fire earlier this year has been honoured for its vision and expertise in the spatial industry. More >>

New Zealand duo’s invention shortlisted globally

Friday, 18 October 2019, 9:31 am | James Dyson Award

In society’s next wave of sustainability progress, design skills will need to feature heavily. This year’s top 20 students shortlisted for the James Dyson Award around the world highlight that inventors are no longer just considering the form and function ... More >>

MOTAT and NIWA to showcase the best of the best

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 3:03 pm | NIWA

A new initiative showcasing some of the best school Science Fair projects in the country is set to open at the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) this Saturday. More >>

Smart shirt journey on display at Hamilton’s Smart Space

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 2:05 pm | Hamilton City Council

The development of a ‘smart shirt’ being engineered to improve the safety of forestry workers is just one of the latest innovations on display at Hamilton City Council’s Smart Space. More >>

Ocean report must spur govt & industry action

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 1:09 pm | Forest and Bird

The Ministry for the Environment’s latest report on the state of New Zealand’s oceans makes clear New Zealand is failing to do even the minimum for our oceans, which are in a state of crisis. “New Zealand is a collection of islands – everything ... More >>

Challenging NZ innovators to tackle environmental problems

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 11:38 am | Callaghan Innovation

Devising a tech-based solution with the power to slow or reverse negative human impacts on climate is one of the challenges being set for New Zealand innovators in this year’s C-Prize competition . More >>

New Zealand marine report warns of effects of climate change

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 10:44 am | Statistics New Zealand

A new report on the state of New Zealand’s marine environment warns of the serious effects of climate change and other issues on the unique life in our oceans and coasts. More >>

Engineering a new type of wall

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 9:40 am | University of Auckland

Researchers at the University of Auckland have been awarded close to $1 million to develop a new type of wall, to better shut out the unwanted sounds of the people next door. More >>

Swamp Kauri Find Could Aid Research on Global Climate Change

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 8:31 am | Nido

A cache of swamp kauri found by construction workers earlier this year on the West Auckland building site of the country’s largest retail store may yield important information about climate change according to a leading environmental scientist. More >>

UC professor wins award for carbon forestry research

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 10:47 am | University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury’s Head of the School of Forestry, Professor Bruce Manley , has won a Forestry Science Award for his dedication to, and leadership within, forestry research, and his innovative work on carbon forestry. More >>

Research Awards emphasise range of challenges in tree scienc

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 10:33 am | NZ Forest Owners' Association

Researchers in fields as diverse as nitrogen movement in forest soils, to the designer of a grapple on a helicopter to collect forest slash from vulnerable slopes, have been recognised at the Forest Growers Research Awards at Te Papa in Wellington (eds ... More >>

Chewing gum could be answer to debilitating post-op nausea

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 9:08 am | The Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists

A simple stick of chewing gum could be the cure for debilitating post-operative nausea and two New Zealand hospitals are part of an international trial to see if gum is the answer. More >>

Velocity challenge finalists announced

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 10:34 am | University of Auckland

An alternative power generation mechanism for satellites, a low-cost, portable diagnostic tool that detects Glaucoma, and software to make the car wrecking industry more efficient, are some of the finalists’ projects among this year’s Velocity $100k Challenge. More >>

History Made by Waikato’s EquiBreed

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 10:23 am | EquiBreed

Waikato company EquiBreed NZ have made history with the birth of New Zealand’s first foal produced by an in vitro fertility treatment using intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). More >>

LeoLabs Unveils Kiwi Space Radar

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 8:26 am | LeoLabs

Menlo Park, CA, October 14, 2019— LeoLabs, Inc., the leading commercial provider of low Earth orbit (LEO) mapping and space situational awareness (SSA) services, introduced a new era of transparency in LEO today with the launch of its Kiwi Space ... More >>

Researchers seek help on lobster catches

Monday, 14 October 2019, 3:23 pm | NIWA

NIWA researchers are seeking the help of recreational divers, snorkellers and lobster potters in the Hauraki Gulf and Bay of Plenty to learn more about how rock lobster are faring. More >>

Agricultural nanotechnology project wins research grant

Monday, 14 October 2019, 2:22 pm | Lincoln University

Applying nanotechnology to agriculture to increase productivity and reduce environmental impacts has secured a Lincoln University team a million dollar grant from MBIE’s Endeavour Fund. More >>

Two lows to affect New Zealand this week

Monday, 14 October 2019, 12:11 pm | MetService

MetService are forecasting two separate low-pressure systems to affect different parts of New Zealand this week. The first low is moving over the North Island in the first half of this week, while the second low will move over the South Island ... More >>

Wellington children part of global vaccine research

Monday, 14 October 2019, 9:24 am | Institute of Environmental Science And Research

Mothers and infants in the Wellington region are set to play an important role in global research to develop a universal flu vaccine. More >>

A tale of two lows

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 12:01 pm | MetService

MetService are forecasting the heavy rain to ease and weather to become mainly fine for the North Island this weekend, while the South Island remains cloudy and wet thanks to a low-pressure lingering just west of the South Island. Another low-pressure ... More >>

Tonga receives high-tech data from NZ underwater survey

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 11:36 am | Land Information NZ

The New Zealand High Commissioner in Tonga HE Ms Tiffany Babington has today delivered a massive thirty thousand gigabytes of data featuring never-before-seen images of the undersea world around Tonga to the Tongan Government. More >>

2019 Rutherford Discovery Fellowships to accelerate careers

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 11:26 am | The Royal Society of New Zealand

Eleven early¬ to mid-career researchers have been awarded Rutherford Discovery Fellowships that will support them to accelerate their research careers in Aotearoa. More >>

Marine scientist honoured for her contribution to diversity

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 10:45 am | AWIS

Professor Abigail Smith has been named this year’s recipient of the Miriam Dell Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring by the Association for Women in the Sciences (AWIS). More >>

Response to AgCarm: Yes, the IARC is an ‘outlier’

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 7:19 pm | Soil and Health Association

The Soil & Health Association of New Zealand Response to AgCarm Yes, the IARC is an ‘outlier’ and we are the safer for it An October 1 media release by Agcarm draws attention to the fact that the chemical industry affirms the safety of glyphosate. ... More >>

Skills Bright Sparks Finalists

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 5:33 pm | Skills Bright Sparks

The finalists for the Skills Bright Sparks Competition have been announced, with a number of entries addressing environmental issues – indicating that the health of our planet is a major concern for Kiwi youth. Skills Bright Sparks is New Zealand’s ... More >>

New Zealand volcanologist joins international team

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 10:31 am | Earthquake Commission

Drone technology developed at the Victoria University of Wellington has helped improve our understanding of one of the most active volcanoes in the world. More >>

NZ volcanologist joins international team testing drone tech

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 9:45 am | Earthquake Commission

Drone technology developed at the Victoria University of Wellington has helped improve our understanding of one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Volcanologist Dr Ian Schipper has just returned from an expedition with a group of international ... More >>

Announcing the finalists of the NZ Aerospace Challenge 2019

Monday, 7 October 2019, 3:01 pm | Christchurch NZ

Robotics, satellite data, remote sensing and solar power are just some of the technology featuring in the top eight solutions for the New Zealand Aerospace Challenge 2019. More >>

Significant wet weather for the west of the South Island

Monday, 7 October 2019, 2:01 pm | MetService

“Conditions for the West Coast of the South Island are looking particularly wet in the coming days,” comments MetService Meteorologist Andy Best, “as a slow-moving front and deepening Low over the Tasman Sea affect the South Island this week.” More >>

Groundwater Pesticide Survey finds organic contaminants

Monday, 7 October 2019, 8:41 am | ESR

A four yearly nationwide assessment of New Zealand’s groundwater resources has found very low concentrations of organic contaminants in close to two thirds of the wells tested. More >>

Cold front forecast for the weekend

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 1:23 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting that a cold front will move up the country over the weekend, with more changeable Spring weather expected for the second week of the school holidays. More >>

Seasonal Outlook: October – December 2019

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 11:10 am | NIWA

ENSO neutral conditions continued during September 2019, with sea surface temperatures (SSTs) near average for the time of year in the central equatorial Pacific. More >>

Tracking beach litter thanks to citizen scientists

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 11:02 am | Statistics New Zealand

New Zealanders will soon be able to tell how much litter there is on our beaches, thanks to a citizen science project, Stats NZ said today. More >>

Planning an ocean observation network

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 10:45 am | NIWA

New Zealand’s changing ocean environment has prompted the call to develop a system that will keep closer tabs on information from scientific monitoring buoys so the data they produce can be shared as widely as possible. More >>

Should we be worried about vaping? - Expert Q&A

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 9:46 am | Science Media Centre

Over a dozen people have died in the United States and another 800 have become seriously ill in an outbreak of lung injury that appears to be associated with vaping. More >>

Glyphosate Discussion Must Be Based on Facts And Science

Wednesday, 2 October 2019, 3:15 pm | Agcarm

Agricultural chemicals, including glyphosate, are some of the most regulated products in the world. More >>

Research to uncover crucial knowledge on braided rivers

Wednesday, 2 October 2019, 1:50 pm | Lincoln Agritech

A new five-year research programme is aiming to help regional councils manage their water resources and meet the Government’s freshwater quality standards by 2025. More >>

Rotorua ‘kiwi hospital’ officially launched

Wednesday, 2 October 2019, 1:46 pm | Ngai Tahu Tourism

A new ‘kiwi hospital’ at the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa has been officially launched at the start of Save Kiwi Month. More >>

Red meat no worse, no better than soy protein for heart risk

Wednesday, 2 October 2019, 1:28 pm | University of Auckland

Three weekly servings of fresh, unprocessed red meat over eight weeks neither lowers nor raises heart disease risk in already at-risk men, findings from a novel New Zealand study suggest. More >>

Red meat no worse, no better than soy protein

Wednesday, 2 October 2019, 12:54 pm | University of Auckland

Three weekly servings of fresh, unprocessed red meat over eight weeks neither lowers nor raises heart disease risk in already at-risk men, findings from a novel New Zealand study suggest. More >>

Activists and academics intersect at Sustainability Awards

Wednesday, 2 October 2019, 12:48 pm | University of Canterbury

Globally, locally, through their research and via community platforms, academics are leading climate change action, and none more so than University of Canterbury (UC)’s Associate Professor Bronwyn Hayward . More >>

Artemis: The Future of Deep Space Exploration

Wednesday, 2 October 2019, 12:24 pm | University of Canterbury

Artemis was the mythical twin sister of Apollo, and goddess of the Moon. Now she personifies our path to the Moon as the name of NASA’s Program to return astronauts to the lunar surface – including the first woman. When they land, they will be ... More >>

UC doctoral student takes three minute thesis to Brisbane

Wednesday, 2 October 2019, 9:10 am | University of Canterbury

Quick, clear and succinct – just a few things that University of Canterbury (UC) doctoral student Eloise Smith needs to keep in mind as she prepares for this week’s 2019 Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition in Brisbane. More >>

14248 kererū counted in nationwide citizen science survey

Tuesday, 1 October 2019, 12:55 pm | Urban Wildlife Trust

This week New Zealand citizen scientists made over 6,700 observations of kererū. This year’s Count had broader reach than last year, with observations from Kaitaia to Rakiura/Stewart Island and everywhere in between, and a total of 14,248 kererū ... More >>

Science Journalism Fund – new 2019 round now open

Tuesday, 1 October 2019, 9:20 am | Science Journalism Fund

The Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund will award a second round of funding this year, with projects due mid-2020. More >>

Cut the talk, take action, says Caritas

Monday, 30 September 2019, 5:22 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

On the heels of more than 40 events held across the country last week in a wave of international climate protests and marches, Caritas will release its annual State of the Environment for Oceania report on 3 October, the eve of St Francis day. This ... More >>

Cold blast to start the School Holidays

Monday, 30 September 2019, 1:34 pm | MetService

MetService are forecasting a series of cold fronts to spread over the country from the Tasman Sea during the first half of this week, bringing changeable and unsettled weather to Aotearoa. The fronts also usher in strong, cold southwesterly winds, bringing ... More >>

A global first for urban earthquake effects management

Monday, 30 September 2019, 12:49 pm | CSI

Christchurch, NZ. 30 September 2019. In response to the lessons of the Christchurch, Kaikoura and Seddon earthquakes, Canterbury Seismic Instruments (CSI) is launching Sentinel , a global first for urban earthquake effects management. More >>

Scientists help lamprey to spread the love

Monday, 30 September 2019, 9:50 am | NIWA

Contraptions that resemble upside-down kitchen sinks have been placed in the Waikawa River in Southland to attract a notoriously elusive native fish species. NIWA scientists have dubbed these structures “lamprey love lofts” and the hope is that lamprey ... More >>

Improving conditions for weekend, apart from rain in west

Thursday, 26 September 2019, 1:12 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting improving weather for the weekend, with a changeable start for the school holidays on Monday and Tuesday. More >>

NZ researchers at forefront of hunt for acute pancreatitis

Thursday, 26 September 2019, 12:00 pm | University of Auckland

A University of Auckland researcher has received United States funding to test new potential drugs for one of the most common, and potentially lethal, abdominal diseases in urgent hospital admissions. More >>

Reporting the Chilean ayten

Thursday, 26 September 2019, 10:34 am | Landcare Research

Researchers at Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research and Environment Canterbury are calling on the public to report sightings of the problematic pest tree Chilean mayten. More >>

Biotechnology may be one answer to help slow climate change

Thursday, 26 September 2019, 8:38 am | Make Lemonade

Biotechnology may be one of the answers to help slow the serious and urgent issue of climate change, BiotechNZ executive director Dr Zahra Champion says. The accelerating pace of climate change along with global population and depletion of agricultural ... More >>