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Surgeons train to save lives with 3D printing

Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 2:49 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

A team at Christchurch Hospital is 3D printing models of babies’ chests to train surgeons for a life-saving procedure. More >>

An adventure in Antarctica

Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 2:28 pm | Christchurch NZ

A childhood dream to explore Antarctica has led a Tauranga-based tech expert to design an innovative solution to navigate the extreme environments of Antarctica and outer Space. More >>

Intermittent rivers affect global CO2 emissions

Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 10:44 am | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury scientists are part of a global research collaboration into the environmental impacts of dry riverbeds, with their findings published today in a new paper in one of the world’s top scientific journals. More >>

Scientists bring in kids to help with air quality research

Monday, 21 May 2018, 2:11 pm | NIWA

Pupils at a Central Otago primary school are helping NIWA air quality scientists learn more about pollution in their town in a four-month project that will track where smoke comes from and where it goes over winter. More >>

NZ Space Challenge heats up as finalists announced!

Monday, 21 May 2018, 1:04 pm | ChristchurchNZ

The search for New Zealand’s top space talent is drawing closer with five regional NZ Space Challenge finalists announced in Christchurch. More >>

Weather deja-vu- 21st May 2018

Monday, 21 May 2018, 12:50 pm | MetService

It’s a case of more of the same weather this week as last. While the west coast is in the running for another wet week, out in the east it will be the winds to keep a close eye on. Across the country however, MetService is forecasting temperatures ... More >>

Raydar Announces Launch of New Behavioural Research Division

Monday, 21 May 2018, 10:34 am | Raydar

Auckland based Shopper Marketing agency, Raydar has today announced the launch of a new behavioural research division, Sapien, which will be headed by Research Director, Mark Vincett and Insight Director, Manya Craig. More >>

50 Years Ago: Inangahua Quake Jolted NZ Out of Complacency

Sunday, 20 May 2018, 2:09 pm | GNS Science

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the magnitude 7.1 Inangahua earthquake and scientists are among those reflecting on how much progress has been made in the world of earthquake science since 1968. More >>

SMC: Budget 2018 expert round-up

Friday, 18 May 2018, 4:24 pm | Science Media Centre

The Labour Government's first Budget focuses primarily on health, housing and education, but a few new research and innovation initiatives got a look-in. More >>

PM world’s first leader to appear as hologram at Techweek

Friday, 18 May 2018, 10:45 am | Make Lemonade

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will set a world first opening Techweek on Monday as she will attend as a hologram. More >>

Budget 2018: Science and research - Expert Reaction

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 4:56 pm | Science Media Centre NZ

The Labour Government's first Budget includes funding for the R&D tax credit announced last month, a new Green Investment Fund to transition to help the transition to a low-carbon economy and funding towards healthier homes. More >>

Greater science investment to grow NZ wealth and wellbeing

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 4:35 pm | Science New Zealand

Anthony Scott, chief executive of Science New Zealand, the peak body for the Crown Research Institutes (CRIs), says the investment in science research announced today will help protect the environment, grow New Zealand’s national and regional prosperity, ... More >>

Researcher to investigate the impact of sleep on dementia

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 1:50 pm | Massey University

Understanding the role of sleep with ageing is becoming increasingly important. Life expectancy is increasing and with it the prevalence of sleep problems, which can negatively impact waking function, physical and mental health, healthcare usage and ... More >>

UC showcases innovative research which is good for the world

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 10:47 am | University of Canterbury

Innovative research that is good for the world is set to fascinate participants at Techweek18: UC People Making a Difference . More >>

Schools Space Exploration Live Stream

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 10:40 am | OMGTech

Schools Space Exploration Live Stream 1 - 3pm May 21st 2018 Headline Event for Techweek 2018 (#twnz18) Brought to you by OMGTech! More >>

Zoo and Aquarium professionals heading to Wellington

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 10:39 am | Wellington Zoo

Wellington Zoo is proud to be hosting The Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia (ZAA) 2018 Conference in Wellington from May 21 – May 24; with over 200 delegates from around the world attending. More >>

New ideas for detecting cancer get go-ahead

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 8:57 am | Health Research Council

Can dogs really sniff out cancer? Thanks to a grant from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC), a University of Waikato lecturer can now test this theory in a clinical setting. More >>

Alpine Fault Project Releases Video Series

Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 2:48 pm | Project AF8

Project AF8, the South Island-wide effort to coordinate planning and preparation for a severe earthquake on the Alpine Fault, has released a series of short videos to mark the end of the first two years of its work. More >>

Primary schools to study the worm that once held up SH1

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 10:38 am | University of Otago

Researchers from Catchments Otago – a University of Otago Research Theme – are embarking on a year-long study with three Dunedin primary schools into the mysterious ancient velvet worm – peripatus – thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Unlocking ... More >>

Groundbreaking trial seeks links to GHG emissions

Monday, 14 May 2018, 4:58 pm | Landcorp

It may seem like a long bow to draw, but a ground-breaking trial at Pāmu’s Waikite farm, will test the link between the administration of long-acting drench products in sheep, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. More >>

Low cloud and fog brings murky start to the week

Monday, 14 May 2018, 12:42 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting northerly winds associated with a low crossing the Tasman Sea which will continue to push warm, moist air onto the North Island and large parts of the South Island for the first half of the week. The low is expected to cross ... More >>

UC scientists invited on major Antarctic expedition

Monday, 14 May 2018, 11:40 am | University of Canterbury

In early 2019, University of Canterbury researchers will be part of an international effort to explore one of the coldest, harshest and most remote locations in the world: the Weddell Sea off Antarctica. More >>

Science Deadline: This week in Sci-tech Issue 471, 11 May 20

Friday, 11 May 2018, 3:55 pm | Science Media Centre

Science Deadline: Cochrane vaccine review, call for harm-reduced tobacco products, and curtailing farm nutrient run-off More >>

SMC ALERT: Impact of Mycoplasma bovis on cow welfare

Friday, 11 May 2018, 3:18 pm | Science Media Centre

The cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis has spread “beyond all expectation” in the last week, with Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor indicating that the number of farms affected by the disease "will likely exceed their earlier modelling”. More >>

NZ school children revealing the power of mānuka

Friday, 11 May 2018, 12:18 pm | University of Otago

Schools and pupils from all over New Zealand are working with the University of Otago and Plant & Food Research to discover what secrets are locked within the wide variety of mānuka around the country – including whether the native plant’s ... More >>

Otago researcher discovers 34 million-year-old whale fossil

Friday, 11 May 2018, 11:55 am | University of Otago

A University of Otago palaeontologist’s discovery of an ancient fossil whale that swam the Antarctica seas 34 million years ago has paved the way for new knowledge about the evolution of baleen whales. More >>

New Aust-NZ research ship collaboration established

Friday, 11 May 2018, 11:20 am | NIWA

Australian and New Zealand scientific research organisations have established the first formal collaboration aimed at promoting the safe, efficient and environmentally responsible operation of research ships. More >>

Smart software sniffs sick strain of Salmonella

Thursday, 10 May 2018, 3:31 pm | University of Canterbury

Two researchers from the University of Canterbury and another from the Helmholtz Institute have developed machine-learning software that can predict how dangerous a particular strain of Salmonella will be, according to a paper published in PLOS ... More >>

Have you checked the weather for mothers’ day?

Thursday, 10 May 2018, 1:14 pm | MetService

Two low pressure systems are lining up over the Tasman Sea, ready to cross over New Zealand from Friday meaning a wet Mother’s Day for many. More >>

Nominations Open for Otago Science Awards

Thursday, 10 May 2018, 10:19 am | Joint Press Release

Nominations Open for Otago Science Awards A call is being made to recognise Otago’s science heroes with nominations now open for the biennial Otago Daily Times Otago Science Awards – a joint initiative between the New Zealand International Science ... More >>

New tool to classify severity of Salmonella

Wednesday, 9 May 2018, 2:21 pm | University of Otago

A University of Otago expert is part of an international collaboration that has created a new machine learning tool that can detect whether emerging strains of the bacterium Salmonella are more likely to cause life-threatening bloodstream infections rather ... More >>

Secret World of Butterflies

Wednesday, 9 May 2018, 10:22 am | Auckland Museum

Thousands of stunning butterflies from around the world will go on display for the first time in a spectacular exhibition at Auckland Museum from 9 June 2018. More >>

BayTrust scholarship awarded to kaimoana researcher

Tuesday, 8 May 2018, 4:14 pm | Universities New Zealand - Te Pokai Tara

Waikato University PhD student Vanessa Taikato has been awarded the 2018 Bruce Cronin BayTrust Scholarship to study ways in which Māori moved marine shellfish from location to location. More >>

Curtailing farm nutrient run-off - Expert reaction

Tuesday, 8 May 2018, 10:28 am | Science Media Centre

Environment Minister David Parker told TVNZ's Q&A on Sunday that tough measures to curb nutrient run-off from farms could stall further dairy intensification. Though he said there would not be a direct cap on the number of cattle, "cow numbers ... More >>

Drought will bring more crop disease, scientists warn

Monday, 7 May 2018, 4:01 pm | Bio Protection Research Centre

New Zealand’s land-based primary industries need to get ready for more, and more serious, crop disease as climate change causes more and longer droughts, according to new research. More >>

Otago experts welcome invitation to work on AI framework

Monday, 7 May 2018, 10:09 am | University of Otago

University of Otago experts in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) policy are welcoming a Government invitation to formalise a relationship to shape the future of AI and predictive analytics software use in New Zealand. More >>

NIWA undertakes ambitious, complex seabed experiment

Monday, 7 May 2018, 9:47 am | NIWA

One of the most challenging scientific underwater experiments ever attempted by NIWA is taking place this month on the Chatham Rise. More >>

No sex means longer life

Monday, 7 May 2018, 9:18 am | University of Auckland

Promiscuity is a bad idea for female stick insects, in fact their smartest option is to have no sex at all. More >>

SMC: Neonicotinoid ban in the EU

Friday, 4 May 2018, 3:59 pm | Science Media Centre

Neonicotinoid ban in the EU The European Commission voted late last week to ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides anywhere except a close glasshouse. More >>

New Zealand seriously needs a national AI strategy

Friday, 4 May 2018, 10:15 am | Make Lemonade

Christchurch - New Zealand seriously needs a national AI strategy to keep pace of global change in technology, the Artificial Intelligence Forum of New Zealand (AIFNZ) research report, just released, says. More >>

Pāteke population in Abel Tasman soars

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 5:19 pm | The Project Janszoon Trust

The Abel Tasman National Park has been given the tick of approval as a home for pāteke, with the population of rare native ducks increasing dramatically. More >>

Commentary on the AI Forum’s latest report

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 4:14 pm | FaceMe

The AI Forum NZ’s latest report, AI: shaping a future New Zealand , was launched yesterday across the country and media outlets nationwide. FaceMe, a member of AI Forum NZ, is playing a pivotal role in shaping NZ’s AI strategy globally. It’s ... More >>

Unidentified whale signals recorded in Cook Strait

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 1:52 pm | NIWA

Two yet-to-be identified species of beaked whales have been detected in the Cook Strait region. Identifying which species they are is important for understanding the status of marine mammal populations in New Zealand waters A research team led ... More >>

Researchers to explore White Island’s toxic cloud

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 1:50 pm | Earthquake Commission

White Island’s hot and toxic volcanic cloud holds vital data that until now has been out of reach. The Earthquake Commission is funding researchers from Victoria University of Wellington who will use new technology to bring back this information ... More >>

Sunny end to working week but wet weather on the way

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 12:50 pm | MetService

A ridge of high pressure lying over the country today persists through Friday before being displaced by a series of fronts during the weekend. Sunny, settled weather is expected across much of the country today and tomorrow before getting progressively ... More >>

Bones from extinct New Zealand moa are turning up

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 11:13 am | MindKits

Bones from extinct New Zealand moa are turning up in classrooms throughout New Zealand thanks to an innovative 3D printing project. More >>

AI will not result in catastrophic job losses

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 10:14 am | Make Lemonade

AI will not result in catastrophic job losses May 3, 2018 The arrival of artificial intelligence into businesses and society are not likely to produce anywhere near the number of job losses most people think, a new AI research report says. Instead, ... More >>

Concern about potential AI biased, inaccurate decisions

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 10:13 am | Make Lemonade

Concern about potential AI biased, unfair, inaccurate decisions May 3, 2018 Most New Zealanders are ambivalent about artificial intelligence and its impact on the future, but new research has found 68 percent of respondents in a national survey ... More >>

Geneious Biologics annotation algorithm beats IgBLAST, MiXCR

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 9:44 am | Geneious Biologics

AUCKLAND, NZ – May 2, 2018 – A white paper released today shows an annotation algorithm developed for Geneious Biologics, a commercial software solution for antibody screening and discovery, outperforms those of open source sequence analysis software ... More >>

AI tech at tipping point

Wednesday, 2 May 2018, 6:17 pm | Make Lemonade

AI tech at tipping point May 2, 2018 Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies have reached a tipping point of maturity, ready for widespread application across all domains of work and life, Artificial Intelligence Forum New Zealand (AIFNZ) executive ... More >>

Could Higher Density Developments Help Auckland

Wednesday, 2 May 2018, 2:58 pm | National Science Challenges

The largest single housing development in New Zealand - Hobsonville Point - is emerging as a positive example of how living at density can enhance liveability. More >>

May 2018 – A cooler month signalled for many of us

Wednesday, 2 May 2018, 10:12 am | MetService

May temperatures are forecast to run a touch cooler than usual across the North Island, as well as for Nelson and Marlborough. For the remainder of the South Island, fairly typical May temperatures are expected. More >>

Coasts in crisis

Tuesday, 1 May 2018, 11:36 am | University of Auckland

Coastal populations around the world have exploded in recent decades but our enthusiasm for living by the sea coincides with a projected rise in risk to the coastal environment including extreme weather events, sea level rise, and the impact of human activities. More >>

Scientists tackling severe strain as flu season kicks off

Tuesday, 1 May 2018, 11:32 am | ESR

ESR scientists say the flu strain (influenza A(H3N2)) associated with an increase in hospitalisation and deaths in the Northern Hemisphere is part of this year’s vaccine in New Zealand. More >>

Researchers bring new thinking to dolphin tourism activity

Tuesday, 1 May 2018, 10:38 am | University of Otago

New research led by University of Otago scientists indicates there is increasing evidence that whale and dolphin watching activities can have detrimental effects on the populations they target. More >>

Research reveals new insights into severe childhood epilepsy

Tuesday, 1 May 2018, 10:36 am | University of Otago

In a new study on children with severe forms of epilepsy, researchers have found the genetic copying mistake that causes the severe epilepsy in children can be found in their parents who do not have epilepsy. More >>

Scion launches innovation hub

Monday, 30 April 2018, 6:45 pm | Scion

Scion launched its plans to build an innovation hub in the centre of its Rotorua campus with the reveal of design concepts at a function today. More >>

European Commission votes to restrict neonicotinoids

Monday, 30 April 2018, 6:28 pm | Science Media Centre

The European Commission has voted to ban neonicotinoid pesticides in EU member states. The decision is expected to come into force by the end of 2018, with only closed greenhouses exempt. More >>

Could drinking a2 Milk™ help lactose intolerant people

Monday, 30 April 2018, 1:51 pm | Liggins Institute

Could drinking a2 Milk™ help lactose intolerant people digest dairy long-term? Lactose intolerant Aucklanders are wanted for a study that researchers hope will make them better able to tolerate dairy. The study participants will consume conventional ... More >>

EPA watching weekend EU vote on neonicotinoids science

Friday, 27 April 2018, 2:55 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The EPA is standing by for the results from a forthcoming weekend vote by the European Union (EU), over whether more restrictions should be applied to the use of neonicotinoids in member states. More >>