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Kaikoura refines hazards

Friday, 24 March 2017, 4:26 pm | Science Media Centre NZ

The first research paper based on data from last November's Kaikoura earthquake has made a splash with its publication in high-profile journal Science . More >>

NIWA launches New Zealand Drought Index

Friday, 24 March 2017, 11:36 am | NIWA

A new tool to monitor drought conditions across New Zealand has been launched today by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). Called The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI), it is an easy-to-use, colour coded map that defines ... More >>

150 years of discovery

Friday, 24 March 2017, 11:23 am | The Royal Society of New Zealand

This year the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi celebrates 150 years of discovery, and supporting the pursuit of knowledge. More >>

NIWA surveying fish in Tasman and Golden Bays

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 8:28 am | NIWA

Boaties in Tasman and Golden Bays are likely to notice a larger than usual vessel working close to shore over the next few days. More >>

Dunedin Study team wins 2016 Prime Minister’s Science Prize

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 11:03 am | PM's Science Prizes

A research team that attracts millions of dollars of overseas funding annually and has influenced health and social policies internationally has been awarded the 2016 Prime Minister’s Science Prize. More >>

Prime Minister’s $1 million science prizes presented

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 11:02 am | PM's Science Prizes

The 2016 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes, which provide a total of $1 million across five categories, have been presented in Wellington today. More >>

Hutt Valley teacher wins a Prime Minister’s Science Prize

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 4:58 pm | Chris Bishop

National List MP based in the Hutt Valley, Chris Bishop, is delighted to hear a Prime Minister’s Science Prize has been awarded to Stokes Valley science teacher, Dianne Christenson. More >>

Call to Value Water for the Taonga it is

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 4:54 pm | Toi Tangata

World Water Day is celebrated annually on 22 March all around the world. This year Toi Tangata is celebrating World Water Day by urging people to draw on mātauranga Māori to value water as a taonga, recognising that the wellbeing of our water is ... More >>

Kiwis prepare to turn off their taps for 24 hours

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 4:53 pm | Oxfam NZ

Tonight at midnight, thousands of New Zealanders around the country will be taking on the challenge to go a whole day without turning on their taps – at home and at work – in a brand new project hoping to provide easy access to clean water for ... More >>

OECD Report on New Zealand Environment a ‘Wake Up Call’

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 4:46 pm | Fish and Game New Zealand

The Government is being urged to heed the just-released OECD report on New Zealand’s environmental performance, with Fish & Game saying the report is a timely wake up call. More >>

Volunteering plays a role in water quality

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 3:51 pm | Volunteering New Zealand

Volunteering New Zealand marks World Water Day today by promoting the ways and means volunteers ensure safe and clean water both domestically and internationally. More >>

Callaghan Innovation Growth Grant for Pacific Edge

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 3:19 pm | Pacific Edge

Cancer diagnostics company, Pacific Edge Limited (NZX: PEB) is pleased to advise that it has received an additional grant of up to $3 million to its existing Growth Grant from Callaghan Innovation to enable further research and development of its ... More >>

UC Eco-marathon team wins international design award

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 2:52 pm | University of Canterbury

A little red, fully recyclable eco-car designed and built by University of Canterbury students has won a major international design excellence award in New Zealand’s first entry into the competition. More >>

Draft Hazardous Property Controls Notice

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 2:15 pm | Environmental Protection Agency

In October 2016, we called for submissions on proposals to protect the general public and the environment from hazardous substances. We received 57 submissions, many of which influenced changes to our original proposals. We now ask for your feedback ... More >>

Five-year research partnership targets breast cancer vaccine

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 10:15 am | NZ Breast Cancer Foundation

Imagine if no one died from breast cancer…if we stopped it in its tracks, so it couldn’t spread and kill. More >>

Five-year research partnership targets breast cancer vaccine

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 9:39 am | Victoria University of Wellington

A vaccine for breast cancer is on the horizon, thanks to a new partnership between Victoria University of Wellington’s Ferrier Research Institute and the Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand (BCFNZ). More >>

New role to develop international MedTech partnerships

Monday, 20 March 2017, 5:23 pm | University of Auckland

Developing more international partnerships and investor opportunities for medical technology is the focus of Dr Diana Siew’s new role as strategic partnership specialist for the University of Auckland’s bioengineering institute. More >>

House of Science goes national

Monday, 20 March 2017, 10:32 am | House of Science

Three years after starting a science education resurgence in Tauranga, the House of Science is taking its programmes nationwide. Head of Science at Tauranga Girls College, Chris Duggan was appalled by the lack of science knowledge the year 9 students ... More >>

Swan plants are not a convenience food

Sunday, 19 March 2017, 7:58 pm | Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust

“Don’t throw those leftover swan plants away,” said Jacqui Knight, Community Liaison for the Moths and Butterflies of New Zealand Trust. More >>

Rare butterfly sighted on remote island

Sunday, 19 March 2017, 7:57 pm | Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust

The forest ringlet appears to be thriving on Te Hauturu-o-Toi or Little Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf More >>

Dr. Michelle Dickinson Hosts New Science & Comedy Podcast

Friday, 17 March 2017, 5:30 pm | Nanogirl

This coming Monday (March 20th) will see the launch of a brand new podcast – Stupid Questions for Scientists – hosted by award-winning science communicator Dr. Michelle Dickinson MNZM. Each episode pairs a top scientist with one of New Zealand’s best-loved ... More >>

Science Deadline: Four months since Kaikoura

Friday, 17 March 2017, 5:28 pm | Science Media Centre

Science Deadline: Four months since Kaikoura, more science in the media and great new SciBloggers! More >>

NEC's Video Face Recognition Technology Ranks First

Friday, 17 March 2017, 3:24 pm | NEC

Tokyo, Japan – March 16, 2017 – NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) today announced that NEC’s face recognition technology achieved the highest performance evaluation in the recent Face in Video Evaluation (FIVE, *1) testing performed by the U.S. National ... More >>

next-generation sanitisers to control bovine mastitis

Friday, 17 March 2017, 10:35 am | University of Otago

Researchers from the Universities of Otago and Auckland have teamed up with a leading New Zealand animal health innovator, Deosan, to develop new sanitisers for mastitis management. The development and implementation of new sanitisers will continue to ... More >>

Successful Penguin Hospital

Friday, 17 March 2017, 8:34 am | Otago Polytechnic

The Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust is celebrating the success of its temporary Penguin Hospital this summer. More >>

Otago’s flagship research centres confirmed

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 10:19 am | University of Otago

The University of Otago has reconfigured the line-up of its flagship research centres after a rigorous evaluation process. More >>

Most kids have no screen-time limits

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 9:49 am | CensusAtSchool

Eight in 10 teens and six in 10 primary school children say there are no limits on their screen time out of school – whether that’s playing computer games, using their phones, or browsing the internet. The insights have emerged from the second ... More >>

Half of NZ high school students unsupervised online

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 9:43 am | Netsafe

New findings from the University of Auckland show more than half of high school students are never supervised online outside of school, and only two in 10 primary schoolers are “usually” supervised. More >>

Massey team to investigate death of killer whale in Auckland

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 10:42 am | Massey University

A Massey University team is mobilising to investigate the death of a killer whale or orca, washed up on the west coast of Auckland at Whatipu Beach. Killer whales are considered “Nationally Critical” in New Zealand, with known threats documented ... More >>

The Tasman Tempest takes its toll – time to tally up

Monday, 13 March 2017, 4:00 pm | NIWA

As the Tasman Tempest headed east off New Zealand today, it’s time to look at the statistics and see how many records it washed away. More >>

Wastewater study flushes out drug habits

Monday, 13 March 2017, 2:58 pm | Massey University

The first wastewater study of drug use in New Zealand confirms methamphetamine is the most commonly detected illegal drug in Auckland. More >>

Techweek 2017 to showcase the best of New Zealand tech

Monday, 13 March 2017, 2:47 pm | Techweek

Techweek 2017’s launch is fast approaching, the website is live and is being regularly updated with events as they are added to the schedule. More >>

Settled weather to bring relief to the North Island

Monday, 13 March 2017, 12:55 pm | MetService

Relief has finally arrived to those areas of the North Island which have seen flooding rainfalls over the last week. More >>

The importance of sleep for young minds

Monday, 13 March 2017, 10:44 am | Waikato University

Watching your baby sleep peacefully is one of the joys of becoming a parent. But have you ever wondered what is happening in this little sleepy head’s mind? More >>

New Zealand lags behind in international shipping law

Monday, 13 March 2017, 9:12 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Research from Victoria University of Wellington’s Faculty of Law reveals New Zealand is lagging behind when it comes to international laws around ship emissions and air pollution. Dr Bevan Marten profile pictureDr Bevan Marten, a senior lecturer who ... More >>

Hayward Medal awarded for environmental contribution

Saturday, 11 March 2017, 1:08 pm | Zespri

MEDIA RELEASE: 10 March 2017 Hayward Medal awarded for environmental contribution: Dr David Steven The Fresh Carriers Hayward Medal was awarded tonight to Dr David Steven, recognising his work to fundamentally shift how the kiwifruit industry manages ... More >>

Survey shows NZ bee loss is low

Saturday, 11 March 2017, 12:39 pm | Agcarm

Survey shows NZ bee loss is low New Zealand's honey bee population is growing, with starvation, queen problems and wasps at the heart of bee health issues, according to annual survey. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) today released findings ... More >>

Focus on natural hazards

Friday, 10 March 2017, 4:00 pm | Science Media Centre

Two research papers on major natural hazards and an internal review into September's East Cape earthquake have turned the spotlight on natural hazards this week. More >>

Investment in Research & Development for Ship Intelligence

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 5:37 pm | Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has today announced the latest stage in its research and development plans to make remote and autonomous shipping a reality and reap the benefits of increasing digitalisation in the marine industry. More >>

New detection system revolutionises water quality tests

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 3:35 pm | Massey University

Students on an Environmental Health Monitoring course at Massey University in Wellington are the first in the country to use a new rapid automated microbiology detection system to monitor water quality. More >>

Professor Mann’s contribution to Medical Research Recognised

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 10:18 am | Research for Life

Research For Life (RFL) today announced that Professor Athol Mann has been appointed a Life Member in recognition of his contribution to the organisation and medical research, following his retirement from the RFL Board of Management earlier this ... More >>

Otago researchers gain control over single atoms

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 2:20 pm | University of Otago

University of Otago physicists have found a way to control individual atoms, making them appear wherever they want them to. More >>

Navy Leads the World in Technology Adoption

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 12:28 pm | Royal New Zealand Navy

In its 75th anniversary year, the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) notched up the accolade of becoming the first navy worldwide to adopt benchmark technologies that enable its warships Te Kaha and Te Mana to achieve unmanned machinery space – allowing ... More >>

Meteorological March Madness

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 12:22 pm | NIWA

NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll says parts of the upper North Island have received more rain in two days than normally falls for the entire month. More >>

Endangered beetle vs ‘unholy alliance’ of rabbits & redbacks

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 11:39 am | AgResearch

An “unholy alliance” between rabbits and Australian redback spiders is threatening the existence of an endangered New Zealand species, a study led by AgResearch has shown. More >>

First evidence of rhinos’ ability to correct sex imbalance

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 9:52 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Research led by Victoria University of Wellington has demonstrated the ability of rhinoceros to modify the sex of their offspring to avoid the dominance of one gender and limit severe competition for breeding. More >>

Rainmaker on the way for northern New Zealand

Monday, 6 March 2017, 2:09 pm | MetService

An interesting week ahead for weather enthusiasts as two very different weather systems make an impact on New Zealand. A cold front spreads a cool showery airstream up the South Island overnight Monday and through Tuesday, with many places seeing daytime ... More >>

Ara first in world to use virtual reality for X-ray training

Monday, 6 March 2017, 2:02 pm | Ara Institute

As part of its commitment to contemporary learning environments and delivery, virtual reality training software is being introduced at Ara Institute of Canterbury as a game changer for the medical imaging industry here and internationally. Students ... More >>

Specific immune cells predict bowel cancer outcomes

Monday, 6 March 2017, 10:15 am | University of Otago

A pilot study by University of Otago researchers suggests that people with colorectal cancer that have a certain type of immune cell in their tumour may have increased survival rates. More >>

Science Deadline: Antibiotics, water, environment compliance

Friday, 3 March 2017, 5:32 pm | Science Media Centre

Science Deadline: Antibiotic priorities, freshwater discussion continues and environmental compliance overlooked Issue 413, 03 Mar 2017 Quick Links SMC Alerts Calendar Briefings Media Registration About Us Contact the SMC Top news from scimex.org the Science ... More >>

February 2017 Climate Summary

Friday, 3 March 2017, 5:07 pm | NIWA

Rainfall for February was above normal (120 to 149% of normal) or well above normal (>149% of normal) for central and southeastern parts of the North Island, as well in the Far North. The rest of the North Island experienced mostly near normal (80 ... More >>

Summer 2016-17: cool for most but dry in the north and east

Friday, 3 March 2017, 4:59 pm | NIWA

Temperature Summer temperatures were below average (-0.51°C to -1.20°C) or well below average ( Rainfall Rainfall was below normal (50-79%) in many northern and eastern areas of the North Island and South Island. It was a particularly dry summer ... More >>

Sigmoidoscopy test greatly reduces risk of bowel cancer

Friday, 3 March 2017, 2:55 pm | University of Otago

A world expert in cancer screening based at the University of Otago says new evidence from the United Kingdom strongly supports the introduction of flexible sigmoidoscopy screening for bowel cancer in New Zealand rather than the currently planned screening ... More >>

Showcase of creativity and technology

Friday, 3 March 2017, 12:42 pm | Show Me Wellington

Wellington’s biggest business events tradeshow Show Me Wellington is getting even bigger, with over 100 exhibitors now confirmed for this year’s event. More >>

Mimicking evolution to treat cancer

Friday, 3 March 2017, 10:18 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Artificial forms of evolution are being used by a Victoria University of Wellington scientist to improve the ability of microbes to attack tumours. Research led by Associate Professor David Ackerley, director of Victoria’s Biotechnology programme, has underpinned ... More >>

Treatments better than antibiotics need developing “now”

Friday, 3 March 2017, 9:44 am | University of Otago

New Zealanders should not be complacent because we have fewer antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens than elsewhere in the world, a University of Otago expert says. More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch, 2 March 2017

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 4:45 pm | NIWA

Pictured above: Soil Moisture Anomaly Maps, relative to this time of year. The maps show soil moisture anomaly for the past two weeks. More >>

Otago researchers receive new joint research funding

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 2:50 pm | University of Otago

Researchers from University of Otago are among the first recipients of two new grants from PHARMAC and the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC). More >>

The battle between the Ridge and the Trough

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 2:42 pm | MetService

“Beach goers and barbecue lovers have been enjoying the ridge of high pressure sitting over central New Zealand of late,” said MetService Meteorologist Lisa Murray. “As we head into the weekend the weather map is changing as a trough pattern pushes ... More >>

New research may help protect, save Maui & Hector's dolphins

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 11:33 am | Maui and Hector's Dolphin Defenders

A pioneering scientific study currently underway has proven new thermal detection technology could be used to help protect and save Maui and Hector’s dolphins. Initial survey results suggest the technology and technique could be deployed to provide ... More >>

 

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