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Surf’s up at New Zealand’s environmental website

Sunday, 21 December 2014, 1:20 pm | Land Air Water Aotearoa

New Zealanders are encouraged to do their surfing online before hitting the beach this summer. Beach goers can check the quality of the water at their nearest beach thanks to environmental monitoring website Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) . More >>

Entries called for 2015 Science Book Prize

Friday, 19 December 2014, 2:59 pm | Royal Society Of New Zealand

Publishers and authors are now invited to submit their entries for the Royal Society of New Zealand 2015 Science Book Prize. More >>

SMC Heads-Up: Tsunami anniversary, kicking the habit

Friday, 19 December 2014, 2:30 pm | Science Media Centre

In This Issue: Merry Christmas; Science radar; Kicking the habit; Boxing Day Tsunami; Policy news; SAVVY; New from the SMC; Sciblogs highlights; Research highlights More >>

Hot, hairy bull enables major scientific discoveries

Friday, 19 December 2014, 10:06 am | Livestock Improvement Corporation

Hot, hairy bull enables major scientific discoveries An artificial breeding bull which caused some of its offspring to be excessively hairy and prone to overheating has led to two world-first scientific discoveries. The bull called Matrix had inherited ... More >>

Looking under the surface of Canterbury earthquakes

Friday, 19 December 2014, 9:24 am | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury experts will next year use its BlueFern computer to simulate what happened under the ground during the Canterbury earthquakes. More >>

Devilish New Exhibit at Orana Wildlife Park

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 5:06 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Tasmanian devils have arrived in Christchurch! Evelyn, Harris, Brodie and Pumba (all aged 3) were transferred from Healesville Sanctuary (near Melbourne) last week. The animals have been introduced to their new home, New Zealand’s largest Tasmanian ... More >>

Leading research on natural quit smoking remedy

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 2:25 pm | University of Auckland

New Zealand researchers have found that a low cost, plant-based product marketed for smoking cessation in parts of Europe for the last 40 years, is better than nicotine replacement therapy at helping smokers quit. More >>

Christmas Day Outlook

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 1:12 pm | MetService

Christmas is fast approaching and by far the most frequent question coming into the forecast room over the last week has been "BBQs or Brollies? What's the forecast for Christmas Day?" We have had a very changeable December so far with a cool ... More >>

New Zealand on the bow wave of global change

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 12:20 pm | University of Canterbury

Changes being observed in Antarctica’s atmosphere and Southern Ocean will ripple around to the globe through connections to the mid and lower latitudes affecting the weather and climate of New Zealand on the way. More >>

Smell of success: insect pests avoid boosted pasture grasses

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 3:00 pm | Lincoln University

A recent study from the Bio-Protection Research Centre has shown for the first time that pasture grasses containing beneficial microorganisms are less attractive to soil-dwelling insect pests. More >>

Grant awarded for approach to stop biofilm-based infections

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 10:46 am | University of Otago

A University of Otago biochemist has been awarded a $50,000 grant to develop enzymes that prevent infection-causing biofilms from growing on catheters and other medical devices. More >>

NZ scientist attains international pinnacle in his field

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 5:02 pm | Riddet Institute

The Riddet Institute's Principal Investigator, Professor of Food Chemistry Laurie Melton, has been appointed as an editor of the prestigious Elsevier publication, Food Chemistry. More >>

International Science paper reveals collapse of Kelp beds

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 4:53 pm | Wade Doak

Noted marine specialist, Wade Doak, of Northland, New Zealand, says an important scientific paper, just published in the international Royal Society’s Philosophical Transactions, charts the widespread collapse and destruction of marine algal forests, ... More >>

Award for Waikato glassblower

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 4:37 pm | University of Waikato

University of Waikato glassblower Steve Newcombe has won the award for the best scientific piece at the 11th Biannual Scientific Glassblowing Symposium in Canberra. More >>

New field guide proves popular

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 3:21 pm | University of Waikato

A field guide for New Zealand native plants was launched last week by University of Waikato ecologist Catherine Kirby, with support from the Environmental Research Institute. More >>

Christchurch’s Avon-Heathcote estuary research a world-first

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 10:33 am | University of Canterbury

In March 2010, Christchurch’s Avon-Heathcote estuary experienced a huge (90 percent) reduction in nutrient input resulting from the diversion of wastewater to an ocean outfall, extending 3km offshore from South Brighton Beach. More >>

Dental plaque reveals key plant in Easter Island diet

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 10:19 am | University of Otago

A University of Otago PhD student analysing dental calculus (hardened plaque) from ancient teeth is helping resolve the question of what plant foods Easter Islanders relied on before European contact. More >>

Victoria graduate helps ensure survival of rarest kiwi

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 9:51 am | Victoria University of Wellington

A Victoria University of Wellington PhD graduate’s work on the reintroduction of a critically endangered species of kiwi is helping ensure they remain in our forests for generations to come. Rachael Abbott’s PhD research examined the best ways to ... More >>

Funding for research into pain and cancer treatments.

Monday, 15 December 2014, 4:23 pm | University of Auckland

New treatments for chronic pain research, breast cancer research and research on tumours and tuberculosis attracts funding More >>

Determining the origin of insect pests

Monday, 15 December 2014, 3:53 pm | Lincoln University

Researchers in the Bio-Protection Research Centre at Lincoln University are developing a new way to reveal the birthplace of unwanted insect pests – information that is vital for managing pest incursions. More >>

SunSense Junior delivers on its sun protection claims

Monday, 15 December 2014, 3:27 pm | Trio Communications

Douglas Pharmaceuticals and Ego Pharmaceuticals said consumers can be assured that SunSense Junior SPF 50+ sunscreen delivers its certified label claims of sun protection values. More >>

Teaching robots to see at Victoria

Monday, 15 December 2014, 2:03 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

Robots may soon see the world differently thanks to work being done at Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Engineering and Computer Science. More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch 12/12/14

Friday, 12 December 2014, 2:48 pm | NIWA

For the North Island, soils continue to be much drier than normal (refer to figure below) for this time of year along eastern portions of the island. In particular, soil moistures in Whangarei, Kaipara, eastern Waikato, the Bay of Plenty as well ... More >>

UC part of worldwide project on big bang of bird evolution

Friday, 12 December 2014, 11:47 am | University of Canterbury

Two University of Canterbury biological scientists are part of a massive international effort that sequenced the genomes of 45 bird species helping unearth the best revolutionary framework map for birds to date. More >>

Exploring the Sub-Antarctic Islands

Friday, 12 December 2014, 11:13 am | Dunedin City Council

Dunedin (12 December 2014) – Dunedin Botanic Garden Collection Curator, Kate Caldwell is off to explore the native flora and fauna of wildlife reserves in the Sub-Antarctic Islands after winning an Enderby Trust Scholarship. More >>

Year of the Godwit 2015

Thursday, 11 December 2014, 1:42 pm | Pukorokoro Miranda Naturalists' Trust

Acknowledging the remarkable story and perilous future of the NZ Godwit. March 18 – 25 November 2015 More >>

Over $1.1 million committed to neurological research

Thursday, 11 December 2014, 1:32 pm | Neurological Foundation

The Neurological Foundation is pleased to announce that funding of $1,154,852 for neurological research, two postgraduate scholarships, a postdoctoral fellowship, two summer studentships and travel grants has been approved in its December 2014 ... More >>

Cave tour a highlight at Science Summer School

Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 12:25 pm | University of Waikato

A group of students took a leap back in time last week to explore the science and engineering marvels on show at Ruakuri Cave. More >>

Waikato research quality rewarded at soil science conference

Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 11:44 am | University of Waikato

Staff and graduates of the University of Waikato’s School of Science earth sciences programme featured prominently in the awards presented at the New Zealand Society of Soil Science (NZSSS) national conference held in Hamilton in early December. More >>

Chatham Rock Phosphate to receive Callaghan R&D grant

Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 11:37 am | Chatham Rock Phosphate

Chatham Rock Phosphate (CRP) is delighted to announce it will receive a Callaghan Innovation Research and Development (R&D) Growth Grant. Callaghan provides R&D Growth Grants to increase R&D investment in businesses. More >>

Auckland SEO Services with a Difference

Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 8:52 am | Magnate SEO

Magnate SEO , an Internet Marketing and SEO Services Provider based in Auckland, NZ is offering their Clients an unconditional Return on Investment if performance targets are not fulfilled. More >>

Sunscreen testing results confuse

Monday, 8 December 2014, 3:17 pm | Consumer

Consumer NZ is concerned at the variability of results produced at sunscreen testing labs and is calling for annual testing of sunscreen products and auditing of labs. More >>

Warm and humid

Monday, 8 December 2014, 1:47 pm | MetService

It was a muggy and murky start to the week across Auckland and Northland as the remains of a front clung to the far North. Mid-week, active weather systems traverse the country bringing wetter weather to the central parts of New Zealand during Wednesday. ... More >>

Early Christmas present for Antarctic researchers

Monday, 8 December 2014, 10:59 am | NIWA

In a small green laboratory perched on the rocky volcanic southern peninsula of Ross Island, Antarctica, there’s a space waiting for a new shiny, hi-tech Christmas present. More >>

Impacts of future volcanic eruptions highlighted

Monday, 8 December 2014, 9:10 am | University of Canterbury

A future eruption from one of New Zealand’s caldera volcanoes can be expected to cause considerable physical, social and economic damage to New Zealand, an international expert and University Canterbury volcanologist says. More >>

Antarctic toothfish, lost – and found

Monday, 8 December 2014, 9:08 am | University of Canterbury

Scientists from the University of Canterbury, the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), and the University of Illinois are working together at Scott Base to investigate the disappearance of large Antarctic toothfish from ... More >>

Pressure to stop head in the sand approach to climate change

Sunday, 7 December 2014, 10:42 am | New Zealand Climate and Health Council

Health professionals say pressure is mounting, both locally and in Lima at the UN climate negotiations, for New Zealand to pull it head out of the sand on climate. This includes international condemnation of our government's inaction as well as ... More >>

New Zealand Research team leading the way internationally

Friday, 5 December 2014, 11:51 am | Branz

New Zealand Research team leading the way internationally BRANZ CEO, Chelydra Percy, has today congratulated former BRANZ scientist Dr Malcolm Cunningham, along with the four other co-directors, including Professor Howden-Chapman for winning the $500,000 ... More >>

Callaghan Innovation boosts start-up support

Friday, 5 December 2014, 10:00 am | Callaghan Innovation

Callaghan Innovation’s toolkit for high tech start-up support, says Callaghan Innovation CEO Mary Quin. More >>

New collaborative medical research fund aids patients

Friday, 5 December 2014, 8:49 am | University of Auckland

A new research fund to seed and encourage collaborative projects between the University of Auckland and the Auckland District Health Board’s A+ Trust was launched this week. More >>

PlayStation®4 crowned fastest selling video games console

Friday, 5 December 2014, 8:46 am | Sony New Zealand Limited

PlayStation®4 crowned fastest selling video games console of the decade in New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand, 5th December 2014 - As New Zealand gaming and entertainment providers gear up for the busiest sales period of the year, Sony Computer Entertainment ... More >>

What do Kiwis think of science? -- experts respond

Thursday, 4 December 2014, 3:21 pm | Science Media Centre

New Zealanders rate science highly and consider it important for the country's international competitiveness, improving health and preserving the environment, according to a new nationwide survey. The Public Attitudes Towards Science and Technology Survey, ... More >>

Academic From Ancestral Home of Wine Assists EIT Researchers

Thursday, 4 December 2014, 3:16 pm | Eastern Institute of Technology

An associate professor of viticulture from a country with one of the world’s longest records of winemaking, Dr Elman Bahar recently worked with EIT scientists on several major industry research projects. More >>

November Climate Summary

Thursday, 4 December 2014, 1:40 pm | NIWA

November Climate Summary . Highlights this month include: • A cooler month for all • Blenheim gets more sun than Nelson • Christchurch is hottest of all November Climate Summary More >>

What do Kiwis think of science? - experts respond

Thursday, 4 December 2014, 1:27 pm | Science Media Centre

SMC(NZ) ALERT: What do Kiwis think of science? - experts respond New Zealanders rate science highly and consider it important for the country's international competitiveness, improving health and preserving the environment, according to a new nationwide survey. ... More >>

Uncertainties Over Sea Level Rise

Thursday, 4 December 2014, 1:01 pm | New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

The New Zealand Climate Science Coalition 3 December 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Uncertainties Over Sea Level Rise by Joe Fone* The recent alarmist claims of rapid sea level rise issued by Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr. Jan Wright ... More >>

Taupo hosts international conference on volcanoes

Thursday, 4 December 2014, 11:26 am | GNS Science

Volcanoes in the central North Island will get star billing when volcanologists from all over the world gather in Taupo this weekend for a week-long conference on calderas (large collapsed volcanoes). More >>

Study discovers personal care products in Antarctica

Thursday, 4 December 2014, 9:49 am | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury research project has found everyday chemicals used in personal care products including soaps, cosmetics and sunscreens are present in sewage effluents discharged from Antarctic research bases. More >>

Canterbury scientist studying warmer, rougher NZ coastline

Thursday, 4 December 2014, 9:00 am | University of Canterbury

An award-winning University of Canterbury marine scientist will be busy over the summer break studying New Zealand’s warmer and rougher coastline. More >>

PM's Science Prize recognises work on housing and health

Wednesday, 3 December 2014, 3:48 pm | Public Health Association

The public health sector is thrilled that the Prime Minister's top Science Prize has recognised the world-leading research that Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman has led on housing. More >>

Prime Minister’s $1 million science prizes presented

Wednesday, 3 December 2014, 9:28 am | PM's Science Prizes

The 2014 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes, which provide a total of $1 million across five categories, have been presented in Wellington today. More >>

Improving housing to improve health wins top science prize

Wednesday, 3 December 2014, 9:26 am | PM's Science Prizes

A 28-member team of scientists whose research over more than 15 years has involved thousands of New Zealanders, earned international acclaim and informed policy developments for successive New Zealand governments has won the 2014 Prime Minister’s Science ... More >>

Shedding new light on brain cell activity

Wednesday, 3 December 2014, 9:25 am | PM's Science Prizes

An Otago researcher, who has discovered a new brain cell structure and communication system, setting the stage for more targeted therapies for neurological diseases, has been awarded the 2014 Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize. More >>

Teacher wins for putting wow factor in school science

Wednesday, 3 December 2014, 9:23 am | PM's Science Prizes

Teacher wins for putting wow factor in school science A Wellington woman who once vowed she would never become a teacher has won the 2014 Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Prize, worth $150,000. More >>

Batman superhero turned Nanogirl wins PM's praise

Wednesday, 3 December 2014, 9:22 am | PM's Science Prizes

Doctor Michelle Dickinson fell in love with New Zealand during frequent holidays here and liked the country and its growing technology opportunities so much that she decided to stay permanently. The biomedical and materials engineer has today ... More >>

Science prize winner balances ecology and economy

Wednesday, 3 December 2014, 9:20 am | PM's Science Prizes

At just 17 years old, Tim Logan from Darfield High School in Canterbury, has scooped a $50,000 prize for his scientific investigations into the protection and survival of some of New Zealand’s endangered indigenous plants. More >>

Prize-winning year for ‘Nanogirl’

Wednesday, 3 December 2014, 9:07 am | Auckland University

This year’s Prime Minister’s Science Prize for Science Communication has been awarded to Dr Michelle Dickinson, capping off a prize-winning year for the University of Auckland engineering lecturer. Dr Dickinson, a senior lecturer in Chemical & ... More >>

Scientist turns detective on NZ temperature records

Wednesday, 3 December 2014, 8:54 am | NIWA

A NIWA climate scientist is awaiting a ruling from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) on whether New Zealand’s coldest recorded temperature will be accepted as an official world weather extreme. Gregor Macara has submitted a detailed report ... More >>

Seasonal Climate Outlook: December 2014 to January 2015

Tuesday, 2 December 2014, 4:50 pm | NIWA

The latest Seasonal Climate Outlook highlights this month include: • A weak El Nino is developing • Average to above average summer temperatures • An elevated chance of having an ex-tropical system come near New Zealand. More >>

Festive season’s eating starts with soil

Monday, 1 December 2014, 4:26 pm | Ballance Agri-Nutrients

For the countless cooks poring over the recipe books in search of the perfect Christmas menu, here’s a sobering thought. No soil, no sumptuous spread. So with World Soil Day being celebrated on 5 December Ballance Agri-Nutrients Science Strategy Manager ... More >>


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