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NIWA's Hotspot Watch 30/1/15

Friday, 30 January 2015, 5:16 pm | NIWA

Weekly update to help media assess likelihood of extremely dry weather preceding a drought. Regions experiencing severely to extremely drier than normal soil conditions are deemed “hotspots”. More >>

NIWA Seasonal Climate Outlook February-April 2015

Friday, 30 January 2015, 5:09 pm | NIWA

Sea surface temperatures across the equatorial Pacific Ocean are borderline between neutral and weak El Niño conditions. However -- as was the case over the past few months – the atmospheric circulation in the Pacifc is still inconsistent with ... More >>

Research indicates new hope for Parkinson’s sufferers

Friday, 30 January 2015, 3:38 pm | University of Otago

Research at the University of Otago indicates remarkable success with a new approach to treating Parkinson’s disease that holds out new hope for dramatically improved movement and quality of life for sufferers. More >>

Biopharma innovators gain accelerator successes

Friday, 30 January 2015, 1:32 pm | University of Auckland

Two innovative University of Auckland medical research graduates are semi-finalists in an international business start-up competition with their new biopharma company. More >>

Wellington green gecko breeding on Matiu Somes

Friday, 30 January 2015, 1:13 pm | Department of Conservation

A photo of a young green gecko has helped confirm that a breeding population has established on Maitu Somes Island. More >>

Reversing brain inflammation improves diabetes symptoms

Friday, 30 January 2015, 12:21 pm | University of Otago

Using an antioxidant to reverse inflammation in the brain caused by a high-fat diet greatly improves symptoms related to obesity and type II diabetes, a new University of Otago-led study suggests. The research, which appears in the leading international ... More >>

New crime fighting tool arrives at ESR

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 2:38 pm | ESR

ESR has taken delivery of a new crime fighting tool which will help investigators record, analyse and present key information hidden amongst the confusing and chaotic picture they are often confronted with at crime scenes. More >>

Most native freshwater species are threatened in NZ

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 10:40 am | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury researcher says the majority of New Zealand’s native freshwater fish species are threatened or at risk of extinction. More >>

World-leading project saves Antarctic legacy

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 9:59 am | Antarctic Heritage Trust

The world’s most extreme conservation project has saved three historic buildings and thousands of artefacts once used by Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton. More >>

Missing Mineral

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 9:47 am | Joint Press Release

A major mineral is missing in many soils and most soil tests do not even monitor its presence. This mineral can increase stress resistance, boost photosynthesis and chlorophyll content, improve drought resistance, salt tolerance, soil fertility and ... More >>

Riddet Institute collaborates with Danone Nutricia

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 4:40 pm | Riddet Institute

Fundamental research on food structures will be carried out as a result of a collaboration between Danone, through its New Zealand subsidiary Nutricia NZ Ltd, and the Riddet Institute, one of New Zealand's government-funded Centres of Research Excellence. More >>

Pumice pegs to GPS - Surveying 75 years on

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 3:51 pm | The Business Studio

Technology – Star Lights to Satellites – 75 years of Cheal An important slice of New Zealand history goes on display at the Taupō Museum this March. It’s an exhibition that draws heavily on the story and legacy of Surveyor Laurie Cheal and ... More >>

“Global Shaper” to learn from Canterbury Farmers

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 3:38 pm | Asia New Zealand Foundation

A top social entrepreneur from the Philippines will learn about New Zealand’s agricultural technology and sustainable farming initiatives on a visit to Canterbury next week. More >>

Technology Allows More Patients To Be Treated At Home

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 2:27 pm | Village Public Relations

AUCKLAND, 27 January 2014: Video conferencing technology within New Zealand’s health system is now being adapted to mobile devices – allowing patients to use their iPads at home rather than travel long distances to medical appointments. The new ... More >>

CyberArk Makes Security Predictions for 2015

Saturday, 24 January 2015, 8:56 am | Cyberark

Singapore. January 23, 2015 – CyberArk (NASDAQ: CYBR), the company that protects organisations from cyber attacks that have made their way inside the network perimeter, today outlined its security predictions for 2015. More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch 23/1/15

Friday, 23 January 2015, 3:31 pm | NIWA

Weekly update to help media assess likelihood of extremely dry weather preceding a drought. Regions experiencing severely to extremely drier than normal soils conditions are deemed “hotspots”. More >>

SMC Deadline: Fishy supplements, missing rock wren and RMA

Friday, 23 January 2015, 2:49 pm | Science Media Centre

New from the SMC ‘Fishy’ labels for fish oil supplements Formaldehyde in e-cigarettes – expert responds Proposed Resource Management Act changes- experts respond Fish oil capsules fall short on quality, freshness – experts respond 2014 hottest year ... More >>

Albatross/Toroa 2014/15 season

Friday, 23 January 2015, 1:55 pm | Department of Conservation

We had a reduced number of expected breeding pairs this season, with three pairs that arrived and were expected to lay an egg but did not. In addition, only one partner from each of three other pairs arrived in and so there was no nesting by these birds ... More >>

Fire risk triggers partial closure of Matiu/Somes Island

Friday, 23 January 2015, 1:01 pm | Department of Conservation

Heightened fire risk resulting from a dry, hot start to summer has triggered the restriction of public access to Matiu/Somes Island in Wellington harbour as of January 31st, 2015. More >>

New exhibition: Te Papa’s recent scientific discoveries

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 12:11 pm | Te Papa

The national museum has opened a new exhibition DeCLASSIFIED! Nature’s secrets exposed at Te Papa to showcase recent discoveries by its scientists. More >>

Spark Announces Opportunity for Talented Fashion up-And-Come

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 10:17 am | Spark

To celebrate the launch of Fashion Month at Spark Lab, Spark has today announced an opportunity to help further the dreams of an ambitious New Zealander starting out in the fashion industry. More >>

To Rent or To Buy a House? A Global View

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 10:01 am | rateyourflat.com

Shelter is a basic need for mankind, irrespective of what form. But, as humans, we look for something concrete and strong. This again is classified into rental, lease, buying or possessing of the asset, also considered as an essential component of investment. ... More >>

Canterbury-based Business Creates Hype

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 9:45 am | Creative Hype Ltd

Prior to Christmas, the fledgling sports marketing and promotion company was confirmed as overall winner of the 2014 ANZ Flying Start Business Plan competition. That accolade followed recognition of Creative Hype products as amongst the most innovative in ... More >>

Rain hard to come by as another high rolls in

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 1:33 pm | MetService

Rain has been proving hard to come by for most provinces in New Zealand recently, and this is set to continue as a large high is expected to bring dry weather for almost the entire country this weekend - including Auckland Anniversary day on Monday. ... More >>

Happy Birthday Scott Base!

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 1:51 pm | Antarctica New Zealand

Today, Antarctica New Zealand and the Antarctic community celebrate the 58th anniversary of Scott Base, establishing New Zealand's permanent residence in Antarctica. More >>

Submissions open on biological control for weed privet

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 11:51 am | Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on an application to release privet lace bug as a biological control agent for the weed privet. More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch 20/1/15

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 10:40 am | NIWA

Weekly update to help media assess likelihood of extremely dry weather preceding a drought. Regions experiencing severely to extremely drier than normal soils conditions are deemed “hotspots”. More >>

NASA, NOAA Find 2014 Warmest Year in Modern Record

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 9:53 am | NASA

The year 2014 now ranks as the warmest on record since 1880, according to an analysis by NASA scientists. More >>

State of the art power supply and solar testing facility

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 9:44 am | University of Canterbury

Canterbury acquires specialist state of the art power supply and solar testing facility January 20, 2015 The University of Canterbury has acquired specialist state of the art power supply equipment for its power electronics research capability. The new ... More >>

2014 hottest year on record - Experts respond

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 9:41 am | Science Media Centre

The year 2014 ranks as Earth's warmest since 1880, according to two separate analyses by NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists. More >>

Cloud computing - now available locally without fixed terms

Monday, 19 January 2015, 7:06 pm | ICONZ

For the first time ever, ICONZ-Webvisions is offering its public cloud, without a contracted duration. Cloud computing offers processing power that is scale-able and flexible, allowing organisations to vary their needs. However, the majority of NZ-based ... More >>

Nominations Extended for Seaweek 2015 Ocean Champion

Monday, 19 January 2015, 6:07 pm | NZAEE Seaweek

NZAEE Seaweek has extended the timescale for nominations to find the Seaweek “Ocean Champion” for 2015 by 10 days to close on Friday 30 January 2015. More >>

Brain plasticity symposium for Auckland

Monday, 19 January 2015, 2:13 pm | University of Auckland

A world authority on the brain’s natural ability to form new neuronal connections will speak at New Zealand’s first Neuroplasticity Symposium in Auckland soon. The symposium, at the University of Auckland’s Grafton campus on Wednesday 4 February, ... More >>

SMC Deadline: viral science and and another 'Big Dry'?

Friday, 16 January 2015, 3:25 pm | Science Media Centre

The SMC starts 2015 with a new look newsletter and exciting plans for science media we'd like you to be involved in. More >>

Second Symposium on managing Kauri Dieback Disease

Friday, 16 January 2015, 3:13 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

Everyone interested in protecting kauri are invited to attend the second Symposium on kauri dieback disease ( Phytophthora taxon Agathis or PTA), which can kill kauri of all ages and sizes. More >>

New generation of nutritional products

Friday, 16 January 2015, 9:34 am | Riddet Institute

The development of a stable delivery system for key health enhancing properties could soon be applied to general foodstuffs thanks to the efforts of a team of scientists from the Riddet Institute. More >>

Research and development relationship about to pay dividends

Friday, 16 January 2015, 9:24 am | Riddet Institute

Goodman Fielder's two and half-year relationship with the Riddet Institute has led to the filing of three patents; one for a baking product with enhanced health properties and the other two for dairy products with improved sensory and health attributes. More >>

Wellington Anniversary Weekend

Thursday, 15 January 2015, 3:48 pm | MetService

After a sustained period of settled weather for much of the country, an intensifying low and an accompanying front over the Tasman Sea are set to usher in more changeable weather in the coming days. This first front advances over the South Island on Friday ... More >>

Another week of warm and mostly dry weather

Monday, 12 January 2015, 12:35 pm | MetService

This week will again be dry and warm for many, as high pressure lingers across the country. A front is forecast to move onto the West Coast during Friday, then weaken over Central New Zealand during Saturday. This front brings some wet weather to the ... More >>

International coverage for a Wellington medical breakthrough

Monday, 12 January 2015, 12:05 pm | Malaghan Institute

One of the world’s largest dedicated science websites – IFL Science – featured the Malaghan Institute-led discovery this weekend; “ World First: Scientists Observe DNA Shuttling Between Cells, Triggering Tumor Growth ”. The cellular biology breakthrough ... More >>

The science of the surf

Monday, 12 January 2015, 11:48 am | NIWA

Nothing says summer holiday quite like the rhythmical sigh of waves breaking gently on a sundrenched shore. But waves are so much more than a soothing accompaniment to our afternoon nap: they’re the outcome of a fascinating combination of physical ... More >>

UoC designing hybrid power model for Tongan island group

Monday, 12 January 2015, 7:34 am | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury designing hybrid power model for Tongan island group January 12, 2015 A University of Canterbury postgraduate electrical and computer engineering student is designing a hybrid renewable energy power system for the Ha’apai Island ... More >>

Cutting edge Canterbury University Tasman Glacier research

Sunday, 11 January 2015, 9:54 am | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury geography researchers are at the forefront of using new technology to understand scientific problems at New Zealand’s largest glacier. More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch 9/1/15

Friday, 9 January 2015, 4:06 pm | NIWA

Weekly update to help media assess likelihood of extremely dry weather preceding a drought. Regions experiencing severely to extremely drier than normal soils conditions are deemed “hotspots”. More >>

Otago collaborates in breakthrough for quantum hard drive

Friday, 9 January 2015, 12:12 pm | University of Otago

A team of Australian and New Zealand physicists have extended the storage time for a prototype quantum super-computer optical hard drive by over one hundred times. More >>

Warm and dry conditions to prevail

Friday, 9 January 2015, 12:09 pm | MetService

2015 has got off to a very settled start for many, with large areas of high pressure dominating the weather across much of New Zealand and continuing to bring plenty of dry and sunny weather. Heading into this weekend there is little change in store, ... More >>

2014: Near normal rainfall , near average temperatures

Friday, 9 January 2015, 10:58 am | NIWA

The year 2014: Near normal rainfall and near average temperatures for most of the country. Rainfall Annual rainfall was near normal for most parts of New Zealand in 2014. The exception was parts of the central North Island and Central Otago where ... More >>

Kiwi feathers tell the story

Friday, 9 January 2015, 9:44 am | Rainbow Springs

Rotorua, 8 January 2015: Feathers tell an interesting story when it comes to kiwi, revealing the sex of the bird. More >>

Seasonal Climate Outlook: January-March 2015

Thursday, 8 January 2015, 3:18 pm | NIWA

Sea surface temperatures across the equatorial Pacific Ocean remained steady during December 2014 at above conventional El Niño thresholds. However, not all atmospheric indicators are yet consistent with El Niño development. More >>

December 2015 Climate Summary

Thursday, 8 January 2015, 10:17 am | NIWA

Rainfall Rainfall was below normal (50-79%) or well below normal ( 149%) rainfall occurred. Meanwhile, the general theme for central and western portions of the island was near normal or below normal rainfall. Soil Moisture As of 1 January 2015, soil ... More >>

Tuesday’s Quake Unlikely to Affect the Alpine Fault

Wednesday, 7 January 2015, 2:28 pm | GNS Science

Scientists believe this week’s magnitude 6.0 quake west of Arthur's Pass has not increased the chance of a rupture on the Alpine Fault, about 20km to the west of Tuesday’s epicentre. More >>

Extraordinary gene transfer between cells observed

Wednesday, 7 January 2015, 7:46 am | Malaghan Institute

Tumour cells without mitochondrial DNA form tumours only after importing replacement DNA from surrounding cells. More >>

Take over your friend’s phone to get instant attention

Wednesday, 7 January 2015, 7:07 am | Rebel Apps Media Ltd.

Taipei, Taiwan --- Rebel Apps Media announces the release of an exciting new app that allows users to ‘throw’ anything on their friends’ cell phone screens. More >>

Adowlex - The Future of Free Advertising?

Wednesday, 7 January 2015, 6:58 am | Adowlex

Adowlex allows its users to place an advertisement on their website free of charge. For each view the advertisement generates for the selected network, the user will earn a view for themselves. More >>

No let up for Sony in wearables

Tuesday, 6 January 2015, 4:39 pm | Sony Mobile Communications

New look, sleek stainless steel SmartWatch 3 rolls out from February 2015* • Lifelog Web, and open API launch - with first collaborations from If This Then That, Withings and Habit Monster • Introduction of a prototype concept - an all-in-one headset-style ... More >>

Samsung Revolutionises the Viewing Experience with SUHD TV

Tuesday, 6 January 2015, 1:09 pm | Samsung

SUHD TV dictates a new era for TV with proprietary Samsung display technology, SUHD re-mastering engine and Smart TV functions powered by Tizen More >>

Samsung Electronics Unveils Its Vision for Smarter Living

Tuesday, 6 January 2015, 1:08 pm | Samsung

Samsung’s Tizen-powered SUHD TV launches a new era in UHD with its proprietary display technology, intelligent re-mastering engine and seamless Smart TV functions Culinary advice from top chefs comes to the kitchen, while laundry and cleaning ... More >>

2014 - A back to front year

Tuesday, 6 January 2015, 10:18 am | MetService

"Talking temperatures, 2014 will be remembered for being somewhat back-to-front," said MetService Meteorologist John Law. "With a cooler than usual start and finish to the year for much of the country, the middle months of 2014 were very mild. January ... More >>

HD camcorder lets new parents to capture child's growth

Tuesday, 6 January 2015, 9:52 am | Canon

32x Optical Zoom magnification / 57x Advanced Zoom magnification • Slow and fast motion recording • File lock function to save against accidental deletion • Don’t miss baby’s first steps with the pre-record function • Register your children ... More >>

Canon launches new compact cameras

Tuesday, 6 January 2015, 9:50 am | Canon

PowerShot SX710 HS and PowerShot SX610 HS offer the ultimate flexibility, ensuring you can record everything, from family summer holidays to weekends away, in great quality. More >>

 

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