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Pedestrian dies in self-driving car accident

Tuesday, 20 March 2018, 11:47 am | Science Media Centre NZ

A woman has died in Arizona after being hit by an Uber self-driving car - it is reported to be the first time a pedestrian has died as a result of a self-driving car accident. More >>

Rare Footage of Whales Captured in Antarctica

Tuesday, 20 March 2018, 9:17 am | Antarctica New Zealand

Dr Regina Eisert, marine mammal expert at the University of Canterbury, still can’t believe the underwater footage her team captured on a recent Antarctic expedition to study killer whales. More >>

Ridge and front do battle to decide this week’s weather

Monday, 19 March 2018, 2:03 pm | MetService

“A ridge of high pressure manages to confine a cold front to the far south early this week, but from Wednesday the tables turn and the front begins to journey north, spreading rain from the west to the east as it does. The front will also bring a ... More >>

Dr Lisa Connor joins Research For Life

Monday, 19 March 2018, 1:07 pm | Research for Life

Dr Lisa Connor, a lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Biological Sciences and former Senior Research Fellow at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, has joined Research For Life ’s Research Advisory Committee. The Research Advisory ... More >>

NZ produces a world-first AI medical diagnosis platform

Monday, 19 March 2018, 8:23 am | Make Lemonade

A New Zealand company has created a world-first artificial intelligence (AI) medical platform for medical researchers and clinicians to create AI to auto-diagnose a large range of diseases based on a single photograph. More >>

Science Deadline: Tributes to Stephen Hawking flow

Friday, 16 March 2018, 4:08 pm | Science Media Centre

Science Deadline: Tributes to Stephen Hawking flow, lead exposure endangers hearts, 'heat ' tobacco under fire, and the SMC is hiring More >>

Bring back Science Education Community Programmes in Chch

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 8:58 pm | March for Science

Science Alive! started in 1991 as a not-for-profit trust promoting science and technology, through interactive experiences. The Science Centre was lost to earthquakes but have continued their important work with outreach programmes and events within the community. ... More >>

Taranaki to Wellington, the pick of the weekend weather

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 12:37 pm | MetService

It’s an active end to the week for the South Island as MetService forecasters predict the return of heavy rain for the West Coast and stronger winds in the east during Thursday night and through into Friday. For many though, the weekend is looking like ... More >>

Moth wroth unleashed

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 12:06 pm | Department of Conservation

The invasive weed ragwort will feel the wroth of moths after ragwort plume moths were released into the Grebe valley, Fiordland National Park, as a biocontrol measure. The project, undertaken by the Department of Conservation (DOC) in partnership with ... More >>

NZ seen as the world’s living global tech lab

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 9:32 am | Make Lemonade

The announcement of the world’s first self-driving electric air taxi being piloted in Christchurch is just one of the examples of New Zealand becoming a living tech laboratory, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller said today. More >>

Kaikōura earthquake generated huge submarine sediment shift

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 9:30 am | NIWA

The 2016 Kaikōura Earthquake has shown that more than 100 million dumptrucks of mud and sand flow through the Kaikōura Canyon every 140 years, scientists say. More >>

Stephen Hawking dies age 76 - Experts respond Updated

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 8:49 pm | Science Media Centre

World-renowned cosmologist and pioneer in theoretical physics Stephen Hawking has died in the UK aged 76. More >>

Cosmologist Stephen Hawking dies age 76 - Experts respond

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 6:13 pm | Science Media Centre

World-renowned cosmologist and pioneer in theoretical physics Stephen Hawking has died in the UK aged 76. More >>

Scientists discuss sex-less insects

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 4:18 pm | Plant and Food Research

More than 20 scientists from across the globe will get gather in New Zealand to discuss a new method to stop insect pests reproducing. More >>

Leading young explorers to tackle biggest challenge yet

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 1:16 pm | Antarctic Heritage Trust

A record-setting Kiwi explorer, a New Zealand endurance athlete, a respected international videographer and an intrepid Australian adventurer (who once slept for nearly three months to overcome a head injury) are preparing for the challenge of a lifetime – ... More >>

First tracking of yellow-eyed penguin juveniles

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 11:24 am | University of Otago

A select group of this season’s yellow-eyed penguin/hoiho chicks are having their first expeditions into the ocean remotely tracked, as University of Otago researchers investigate dramatically declining survival rates of the endangered species. More >>

Tracking early hunter-gatherers through language

Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 8:53 am | University of Auckland

Scientists have further evidence that an ancient family of languages spread across most of the Australian continent over the last 6000 years, rapidly replacing pre-existing languages. More >>

A very special kiwi released in the Pukaha forest.

Monday, 12 March 2018, 12:43 pm | Pukaha Mount Bruce

On Sunday a very special kiwi was released into the 942-hectare forest at Pukaha Mount Bruce, National Wildlife Centre. Located 20 minutes north of Masterton Pukaha is a National wildlife centre based in a protected forest restoration project that ... More >>

Cyclone Hola keeps the worst offshore

Monday, 12 March 2018, 12:20 pm | MetService

At 7:00am this morning Cyclone Hola was 500km to the north of New Zealand, and accelerating closer to the country. Although the closest approach is expected to be overnight tonight near to East Cape, the centre is not predicted to track over land, and the ... More >>

X-raying Antarctica

Monday, 12 March 2018, 11:28 am | Antarctica New Zealand

Antarctica New Zealand is looking to space for help back on Earth! The Kiwi can-do attitude has teamed up with German space technology to successfully cross the world’s largest ice shelf. More >>

Secrets of Otago’s Sea Life to Be Shared

Monday, 12 March 2018, 11:26 am | GigCity

Monday 12 March, 2018 Secrets of Otago’s Sea Life to Be Shared in New Gigcity-Funded ‘Fishy Webcam’ The habits and behaviour of Dunedin’s marine life will be shared with the world through a new GigCity Community project that will livestream footage ... More >>

Cyclone Hola update #3 - 12 March 11am

Monday, 12 March 2018, 11:03 am | Thames Coromandel District Council

MetService have issued a severe weather warning for The Coromandel and we are expecting a period of bad weather this morning from about 11am and this is expected to ease early Tuesday morning around 1am. More >>

Hopelessly addicted inventor saving native birds with AI

Monday, 12 March 2018, 8:34 am | Make Lemonade

Hopelessly addicted inventor saving native birds with AI March 12, 2018 A researcher described as a hopelessly addicted inventor who is using artificial intelligence (AI) to find native bird predators such as rats, stoats and possums, will be an interesting ... More >>

Hikurangi fault research will help NZ to be better prepared

Friday, 9 March 2018, 12:33 pm | Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) is welcoming GNS Science’s announcement of two sub-seafloor observatories that will study the Hikurangi subduction zone, New Zealand’s largest earthquake and tsunami hazard. More >>

Fiordland bats and birds on the increase

Friday, 9 March 2018, 11:49 am | Department of Conservation

New Zealand’s two bat species and native birds are thriving after predator control work in Fiordland National Park, Department of Conservation monitoring this summer shows. More >>

New research uncovers the health effects of what we wear

Friday, 9 March 2018, 11:48 am | AgResearch

AgResearch scientists are shedding new light on the connection between what people wear and the health of their skin. More >>

Trucks and buses going electric

Friday, 9 March 2018, 10:31 am | Drive Electric

Heavy vehicles are a huge part of the electric revolution, not-for-profit group Drive Electric says. On the international stage, major companies such as Tesla and Daimler AG are racing to develop electrified heavy-duty trucks, while other vehicles like ... More >>

Otago researchers part of $18M project

Friday, 9 March 2018, 10:26 am | University of Otago

Otago researchers are helping lead a major international project to determine what the main causes of fever in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia are and how they should be treated. More >>

Anti-Cancer drug secures multi-million funding grant

Friday, 9 March 2018, 10:17 am | University of Auckland

Two University of Auckland academics are behind an anti-cancer drug that has secured a multi-million dollar funding grant in Europe. Associate Professors Jeff Smaill and Adam Patterson of the University’s Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre ... More >>

Deep-sea observatories will offer a new vision into quakes

Friday, 9 March 2018, 9:56 am | GNS Science

An ambitious mission to lower two sub-seafloor observatories into the Hikurangi subduction zone east of the North Island to study New Zealand’s largest fault starts this weekend. More >>

Scientists measure glaciers after record-beating summer

Thursday, 8 March 2018, 1:26 pm | NIWA

Scientists measure glaciers after record-beating summer Climate scientists and glaciologists are taking to the skies this week to find out how New Zealand’s glaciers are faring following this summer’s record-breaking warmth. More >>

A fine weekend, but a heads up on Hola

Thursday, 8 March 2018, 1:02 pm | MetService

MetService forecasts improving weather this weekend, meaning plenty of sun around the country, before Cyclone Hola makes its presence felt in parts of the North Island on Monday. More >>

Robots and racism research

Thursday, 8 March 2018, 12:59 pm | University of Canterbury

People have similar automatic biases towards darker-coloured robots as they do toward people with darker skin colour, new research from the University of Canterbury’s Human Interface Technology Lab (HIT Lab NZ) and Psychology department shows. More >>

Traps to protect evolutionarily distinct and endangered frog

Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 4:03 pm | Goodnature

Trap network to protect world’s most evolutionarily distinct and globally endangered frog. 1300 self-resetting traps to protect one of New Zealand’s only native frogs, the Archey’s frog One of New Zealand’s most bizarre and rarest creatures is getting ... More >>

Leading mother and baby experts meet in Auckland

Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 3:01 pm | University of Auckland

Potential breakthrough treatments for premature babies – including an artificial womb made of plastic – and healthcare advances in other common pregnancy and newborn complications will be shared by leading international and national experts in Auckland ... More >>

Research helps unlock better immune response to vaccines

Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 12:34 pm | Health Research Council

New Zealand researchers have developed a promising vaccine ‘adjuvant’ which could help the body mount a more effective immune response to vaccines, with potentially fewer side-effects. More >>

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug - Expert Q&A

Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 10:26 am | Science Media Centre NZ

A number of car shipments were turned away at the border last month because they were infested with Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs. The bug has spread across the globe from its original home in East Asia and is one of border security's most wanted. More >>

Summer 2017-18 Climate Summary: NZ’s hottest recorded summer

Monday, 5 March 2018, 5:13 pm | NIWA

New Zealand Climate Summary: Summer 2017-18 Issued: 5 March 2018 New Zealand’s hottest summer on record More >>

NZ Climate Summary Feb 2018: Two ex-Tropical Cyclones

Monday, 5 March 2018, 4:57 pm | NIWA

Temperature Mean temperatures were above average (0.51 to 1.20°C of average) or well above average (>1.20°C of average) across the North Island. Temperatures were more than 2°C above the February average for parts of Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne, and ... More >>

Mixed weather for the week ahead - 5 March 2018

Monday, 5 March 2018, 12:51 pm | MetService

The weather for this week appears unsettled, with a mixed bag across New Zealand. Most of the country can expect showers at some point, with temperatures taking a dip as the week progresses. More >>

SMC Bulletin - Green transport with biofuels

Friday, 2 March 2018, 3:39 pm | Science Media Centre

A new report from Scion suggests that New Zealand could build a renewable low-carbon transport fuels industry, but only if there is the will to act. More >>

Antimicrobial research receives Gold status again

Friday, 2 March 2018, 2:17 pm | University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury’s Advanced Energy and Material Lab (AEMSLab) has made leaps and bounds in their research in 2017, receiving MBIE’s Gold status rating for the second year in a row. More >>

University of Waikato to live-stream public shark dissection

Friday, 2 March 2018, 11:31 am | University of Waikato

Sharks inspire both fascination and fear. This weekend University of Waikato scientists will give people an ‘inside view’ of a shark dissection, dispelling some of the myths surrounding the top predator while also contributing to knowledge of shark ... More >>

New biocontrol agent against wandering jew to be released

Thursday, 1 March 2018, 4:09 pm | Landcare Research

Dogs in the Rotorua area could see their dermatitis clear up with the world’s first field release of a Brazilian fungal biocontrol agent aimed at combating the invasive weed tradescantia. More >>

Lingering Feeling of Summer

Thursday, 1 March 2018, 12:50 pm | MetService

A mild weekend is ahead for many Kiwis with northeasterly winds over the country bringing cloudy, warm and humid conditions, as well as some wet weather in northern and southwestern places. More >>

Rare kiwi footage caught on camera

Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 2:08 pm | Rainbow Springs

Rare footage of two kiwi chicks hatching has been caught on camera at Rainbow Springs’ Kiwi Encounter in Rotorua. More >>

Flu season and the influenza vaccine

Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 11:26 am | Science Media Centre NZ

Following reports from the Northern Hemisphere that the latest season's vaccine was not as effective as expected, the SMC prepared a Q&A with influenza and immunisation experts ahead of the vaccine being made available here. More >>

NIWA expertise contributes to healthy hoki fishery

Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 10:56 am | NIWA

When NIWA fisheries scientist Richard O’Driscoll went to sea earlier this year, he and his team measured so many fish that laid end to end, they would have stretched for 31km. More >>

A pizza box to harness the power of the sun?

Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 10:02 am | Genesis Energy

Genesis Energy believes that its Energising Young Minds competition will help school students when it comes to learning about science, tech, energy and maths (STEM) in New Zealand’s classrooms – and even show how an old pizza box can be turned into ... More >>

EQC funds eyes in the sky on Auckland landslides

Tuesday, 27 February 2018, 4:01 pm | Earthquake Commission

It can really rain in Auckland and that rain can set off landslides. Not always the big landslides with rocks and chaos that make it to YouTube, says University of Auckland researcher Dr Martin Brook, but “small and slow moving” landslides ... More >>

SMC - A renewable low-carbon transport fuels industry

Monday, 26 February 2018, 5:11 pm | Science Media Centre

New Zealand could build a renewable low-carbon transport fuels industry - but only if the nation decides to act, according to a new report from Scion. More >>

Another spell of humid northeasterlies for North Island

Monday, 26 February 2018, 3:02 pm | MetService

An active front delivered a sharp southerly change to the Capital this morning, but this begins to lose its punch as it works its way north up the North Island today. Karori Rock on Wellington’s south coast recorded a brief southerly 45km/h gusting ... More >>

Swamp kauri providing a window to the past for scientists

Monday, 26 February 2018, 9:03 am | NIWA

Dr Andrew Lorrey says kauri is a special species - mature trees live from 600 to 1000 years “if left to their own devices” - and provide important insight into long-term change. More >>

Top water science students share prize

Friday, 23 February 2018, 3:45 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Two University of Waikato students will share this year’s water sciences prize after the selection panel couldn’t separate the pair. More >>

Science Deadline - This Week in Sci-Tech

Friday, 23 February 2018, 3:40 pm | Science Media Centre NZ

A new study suggests that even if all nations manage to stick to their Paris Agreement targets, we're still committed to global sea level rise. More >>

Breast reconstruction less risky without implants

Friday, 23 February 2018, 2:09 pm | University of Auckland

New research from the University of Auckland has found women who use their own tissue in breast reconstruction have fewer post-op complications then women who receive implants. The study, Limiting complication rates in implant-based breast reconstruction ... More >>

New technology deployed to prevent sea lion pup deaths

Friday, 23 February 2018, 12:49 pm | Department of Conservation

Scientists from the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Deepwater Group (DWG) say GPS technology and remote cameras are helping them better understand how to prevent sea lion pups from dying on the subantarctic islands. More >>

Students create world-first 3D-printed titanium engine

Friday, 23 February 2018, 12:06 pm | University of Canterbury

Kiwi students create world-first 3D-printed titanium engine for Eco-marathon car The world’s first 3D-printed titanium internal combustion engine, designed and built by a team of University of Canterbury students, was unveiled this morning. More >>

Major study on geothermal potential to get underway in May

Friday, 23 February 2018, 10:50 am | GNS Science

A research project aiming to define opportunities for developing geothermal heat supply at likely prospects along the length of the West Coast will get underway in May. More >>

Five more days from the official hottest summer on record

Friday, 23 February 2018, 10:17 am | NIWA

Despite a sub-tropical storm and two ex-tropical cyclones, this summer is about to become the hottest in history. There are just five days of summer left and unless they are unprecedentedly cold, NIWA climate scientists say this summer will surpass ... More >>