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Thermal images reveal heat levels in New Zealand’s glaciers

Wednesday, 22 May 2019, 1:50 pm | NIWA

Thermal images taken by a NIWA scientist during this year’s aerial survey of South Island glaciers have revealed in extraordinary detail how heat in the surrounding landscape is affecting the ice. More >>

Aerospace Challenge 2019 incubator participants announced

Wednesday, 22 May 2019, 12:24 pm | Christchurch NZ

The future is in safe hands, if the concepts submitted for the New Zealand Aerospace Challenge 2019 are anything to go by. More >>

Taking the pulse of the Hikurangi subduction zone

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 1:07 pm | GNS Science

A new study has given scientists a better understanding of the way plate tectonic stresses build up and are dissipated on the Hikurangi subduction zone, east of the North Island. More >>



Precision medicine study begins for type 2 diabetes

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 1:04 pm | University of Auckland

New Zealand researchers are bringing us closer to a future where people living with type 2 diabetes will be prescribed the best medications for them personalised to their genetics, body size, ethnicity, age and other characteristics. More >>

Beetles about: weed moth plant targeted

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 12:24 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority has approved the introduction of a root-feeding beetle to control the noxious weed moth plant. More >>

Lure of The Ice entices bright young researchers

Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 10:51 am | University of Canterbury

Antarctica continues to call bright young researchers to her icy shores, and scholarships are making their ground-breaking research at University of Canterbury (UC) possible. More >>

MetService are forecasting a mild Autumn week of weather

Monday, 20 May 2019, 12:25 pm | MetService

MetService Meteorologist Tui McInnes sums it up: “Not much wind, mostly dry but with cloud for many areas. A blocking high has built up over our region of the globe which is helping to keep things calm and steady.” More >>

A new era of innovation today with quantum physics

Monday, 20 May 2019, 9:34 am | Measurement Standards Laboratory

Today the international community has unlocked a new era of innovation by throwing out old ways of measuring the kilogram, ampere (electric current), kelvin (temperature) and mole (amount of substance), in favour of quantum physics. In a stroke of kiwi ... More >>

What Lies Beneath Dunedin: Next phase of drilling begins

Friday, 17 May 2019, 10:33 am | Otago Regional Council and GNS Science

The next stage of work is part of the NZ Sea Rise Programme to better understand the impacts of sea level rise. The Otago Regional Council’s (ORC) “What Lies Beneath Dunedin” project is about to move from shallow groundwater data collection ... More >>

Emissions trading reforms target transparency and compliance

Friday, 17 May 2019, 9:58 am | Science Media Centre

Emissions trading reforms target transparency and compliance – Expert Reaction Expert Reactions | Published: 17 May 2019 Reforms to bring the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) in line with the Zero Carbon Bill will also improve transparency and ... More >>

Scientists hoping to solve great eel mystery

Friday, 17 May 2019, 9:28 am | NIWA

NIWA freshwater scientists are pinning their hopes of solving an age-old mystery on 10 female longfin eels who are about to begin an epic journey to their spawning grounds somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. More >>

More of the same weather pattern

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 1:06 pm | MetService

A west to southwest wind flow with embedded fronts continues to affect much of the country through to the beginning of next week, bringing further pulses of strong or gale force winds to parts of southern and central New Zealand. More >>

Scientists study how to predict marine heatwaves

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 10:39 am | NIWA

Scientists have taken a step closer to predicting marine heatwaves with new NIWA-led research finding a link between their formation and the length of time sea temperatures are warmer than normal. More >>

The potential of 3D printing

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 9:11 am | University of Auckland

Professor Olaf Diegel, who recently joined the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Engineering, predicts that in the not too distant future we’ll be printing soft tissue organs ready for transplant. More >>

Changes to the official Severe Weather Warnings

Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 1:47 pm | MetService

From 21 May, MetService is introducing a new level of warning reserved for the most extreme weather events, as well as new colours and graphics, to more clearly signify the type of alert in place. More >>

Pain management top of vets’ minds

Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 12:45 pm | Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health New Zealand

Greater understanding about livestock’s ability to sense pain has more vets integrating pain relief into some treatments, as regulations also start to tighten on treatment standards. More >>

New research programme targets smarter erosion control

Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 10:28 am | Landcare Research

As severe storms and significant weather events continue to increase in New Zealand, so does the amount of erosion. According to the Ministry for the Environment’s Our land 2018 report, almost half (44 per cent) of this loss is from pastoral land. ... More >>

Great prizes for returning duck band details

Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 10:27 am | Fish and Game New Zealand

Game bird hunters are again being offered some "very appealing" incentives to take part in one of Fish & Game’s longest-running scientific research programmes. More >>

Pain management top of vets’ minds.

Monday, 13 May 2019, 2:41 pm | Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health New Zealand

Greater understanding about livestock’s ability to sense pain has more vets integrating pain relief into some treatments, as regulations also start to tighten on treatment standards. More >>

Southwest Winds Bring Wind Chill and Large Swell

Monday, 13 May 2019, 2:00 pm | MetService

The weather is slowly improving, after a stormy start to the week. The cold front that brought rain and strong northerly winds on Sunday, is followed by strong southwesterly winds over the country today (Monday). More >>

Storminator takes out Innovation Award

Monday, 13 May 2019, 12:52 pm | University of Canterbury

An innovative team of University of Canterbury (UC) engineers has won the National Stormwater Innovation Award 2019 for an instantly practical and applicable stormwater treatment invention that stops zinc from galvanised roofs entering our precious waterways. More >>

Embrace gene editing, says UC’s newest Professor Emerita

Monday, 13 May 2019, 11:05 am | University of Canterbury

Aotearoa New Zealand will have to seriously consider gene editing to improve crop production if it is to meet future sustainability targets, according to the University of Canterbury’s newest Professor Emerita, plant biologist Paula Jameson . More >>

New understanding of threats to Hector’s and Māui dolphins

Sunday, 12 May 2019, 12:21 pm | NIWA

A new scientific assessment of Hector’s and Māui dolphins has led to a revised understanding of their biology, their distribution and their main threats. More >>

Climate change research funding on offer

Friday, 10 May 2019, 3:29 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary industries is calling for applications to the 2019/20 funding round for the Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change (SLMACC) Research Programme. More >>

Award-Winning Global Science Festival Comes to Manawatu

Friday, 10 May 2019, 2:44 pm | CEDA

The relationship between ageing, food and your brain to co-existing with cows and keas, and the state of our environment from the hills to our waterways are just some of the research topics that will be served up by scientists at local Palmerston North ... More >>

Miscanthus – Renewable Diesel, the Biochar

Friday, 10 May 2019, 10:37 am | Miscanthus NZ

Information Article #12 touched extremely briefly on the co-products that are generated when Renewable Diesel Fuel (RDF) is made from Miscanthus. They had to be mentioned but no details were given because of lack of space when covering the general concept ... More >>

Latest science comes to life in new Te Taiao | Nature

Friday, 10 May 2019, 10:24 am | GNS Science

A create-your-own tsunami tank and a ringside seat to the super-eruption that created Lake Taupō are among the GNS Science research showcased in Te Papa’s new nature zone Te Taiao | Nature. More >>

Kākāpō brain surgery a world-first

Thursday, 9 May 2019, 4:10 pm | Massey University

A young kākāpō chick has undergone life-saving brain surgery at Massey University’s Wildbase Hospital to treat a developmental problem of the skull, a world-first procedure, adapting surgical techniques from humans and other mammals. More >>

GNS welcomes new energy development centre in Taranaki

Thursday, 9 May 2019, 2:33 pm | GNS Science

GNS Science welcomes today’s announcement by the Prime Minister of the establishment of a National New-Energy Development Centre in Taranaki. More >>

UC innovation that is good for the world

Thursday, 9 May 2019, 12:38 pm | University of Canterbury

Innovation is good for the world, and University of Canterbury (UC) researchers will explain how their innovative technological solutions are making a difference – from Antarctica to Africa – during Techweek on 22 and 23 May. ¬ More >>

Ridge gives way as strong front expected on Mother's Day

Thursday, 9 May 2019, 12:28 pm | MetService

The last week has been dominated by above average temperatures and settled weather. Kiwis have forgotten that Winter is coming but we are about to be reminded as Autumn returns to normal, with a series of fronts in the next few days. More >>

NIWA mapping Whakatipu lake floor

Wednesday, 8 May 2019, 3:04 pm | NIWA

NIWA researchers are out on Lake Whakatipu for the next week mapping the lake floor for the first time. More >>

Mohua goes from rare to common in 21 years

Wednesday, 8 May 2019, 10:19 am | Department of Conservation

The once rare mohua/yellowhead has for the first time become the most common native bird counted since predator control began in the Landsborough valley in South Westland. More >>

Nanogirl's Great Science Adventures – new podcast for kids

Wednesday, 8 May 2019, 10:06 am | Radio New Zealand Limited

Can we bring dinosaurs back to life? Is all bacteria bad? How high can birds fly? More >>

QEII is part of solution to protect remaining biodiversity

Wednesday, 8 May 2019, 9:18 am | Queen Elizabeth II National Trust

QEII joins conservation agencies around the world in voicing our concern at the findings of the latest IPBES report and says protecting land with QEII covenants is part of the solution to protect the precious biodiversity that remains. More >>

Buckeye group used Equation Group tools pre-Shadow Brokers

Tuesday, 7 May 2019, 1:39 pm | Symantec

Today, Symantec released new research revealing the Buckeye (aka APT3 and Gothic Panda) attack group was using Equation Group tools to gain persistent access to target organisations at least a year prior to the Shadow Brokers leak . The variants of ... More >>

New Nanogirl Podcast Crash Landing on RNZ Soon

Monday, 6 May 2019, 3:10 pm | Nanogirl

Can we bring dinosaurs back to life? Are all bacteria bad? How high can birds fly? RNZ and Nanogirl Labs have created an exciting new podcast series just for kids! More >>

Research For Life awards $149,340 to Medical Researchers

Monday, 6 May 2019, 2:55 pm | Research for Life

Wellington-based medical researchers have received $149,340 in Research For Life ’s first funding round for 2019. Ten researchers received a total of $119,021.92 to undertake innovative medical research and 13 travel grants totalling $30,318.13 ... More >>

High pressure gradually loses grip on New Zealand

Monday, 6 May 2019, 1:25 pm | MetService

High pressure dominates New Zealand’s weather early this week. However, the high drifts eastwards later in the week allowing a couple of fronts to move over the country. More >>

Miscanthus – Renewable Diesel, the Fuel

Monday, 6 May 2019, 8:45 am | Miscanthus NZ

One of the many positives about Miscanthus is its ability to be used to make Renewable Diesel Fuel (RDF). In a general sense this was covered in the previous article but it does seem worthwhile to expand somewhat on the fuel itself and the use of Miscanthus ... More >>

Upside’s breakthrough skin growth tech wows US firefighters

Friday, 3 May 2019, 3:00 pm | Upside Biotechnologies

Firefighters and EMS representatives who learned of Upside Biotechnologies technology recently were reportedly enthusiastic as they realized how the company’s breakthrough skin growth technology could save the lives of firefighters and victims of burn injuries. ... More >>

Mainly settled weather and above average temperatures

Thursday, 2 May 2019, 12:48 pm | MetService

As a ridge of high pressure continues to dominate New Zealand’s weather for the coming days, MetService is forecasting mainly settled weather with warmer temperatures in store for the country from Saturday. More >>

Denisovan jawbone discovery – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 2 May 2019, 11:32 am | Science Media Centre

Ancient Denisovans travelled much further than we thought, according to the discovery of a 160,000-year-old jawbone on the Tibetan Plateau in China. More >>

Application to import GMO vaccine approved

Tuesday, 30 April 2019, 12:41 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

A genetically modified vaccine for the potentially deadly Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) has been approved for importation and release into New Zealand, with its use subject to approval by Medsafe. Manufacturer Sanofi SA applied to the Environmental ... More >>

Scientists discover solar heat drives rapid melting

Tuesday, 30 April 2019, 9:10 am | NIWA

Scientists discover solar heat drives rapid melting of Ross Ice Shelf More >>

Active transport report – Expert Reaction

Monday, 29 April 2019, 2:08 pm | Science Media Centre

A University of Otago-led report has outlined bold ambitions aimed at getting Kiwis out of their cars and into more ‘active transport’. More >>

Miscanthus – for Renewable Diesel Fuel Plants

Monday, 29 April 2019, 12:28 pm | Miscanthus NZ

What is the current price of diesel? Within the last two weeks I have seen prices ranging from $1.38 per litre – near Hamilton - to $1.74 per litre – near Nelson. With GST taken off that makes the real price for businesses between $1.20 and $1.51 ... More >>

Immunotherapy profoundly changing the way we treat cancer

Monday, 29 April 2019, 12:15 pm | Malaghan Institute

Director of the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research Professor Graham Le Gros says that since commercially-available cancer immunotherapies first appeared on the market less than a decade ago, they have caused a profound change on the way we target and ... More >>

Severe weather starts the week, but ends on a high

Monday, 29 April 2019, 12:13 pm | MetService

Heavy rain, thunderstorms and strong winds is not the most pleasing way to start the working week, but MetService says the rest of the week promises fine weather. More >>

New Zealand Archaeology Week

Friday, 26 April 2019, 5:19 pm | NZ Archaeological Association

New Zealand Archaeology Week runs from 27 April to 5 May 2019, organized by the New Zealand Archaeological Association. Around the country, a variety of events are being hosted by consultant archaeologists, museums, heritage organisations and iwi to showcase ... More >>

Curtin Professor appointed Chief Scientist

Thursday, 18 April 2019, 3:02 pm | Curtin University Of Technology

Curtin University has congratulated Professor Michael Bunce on being appointed the Chief Scientist of New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). More >>

Environment report a clear picture of change: NIWA

Thursday, 18 April 2019, 1:16 pm | NIWA

The latest state of the environment report released today provides New Zealanders with clear evidence that our climate, freshwater and marine systems are changing, says NIWA. More >>

Wet weather travels north over Easter weekend

Thursday, 18 April 2019, 12:17 pm | MetService

A ridge of high-pressure which has been dominating Aotearoa this week is set to give way to a front this Easter weekend. More >>

The state of Aotearoa's environment - Expert Reaction

Thursday, 18 April 2019, 11:16 am | Science Media Centre

A state of the environment report has highlighted nine priority issues, including polluted waterways, greenhouse gas emissions and urban growth and pollution. More >>

Suspected New Seabird Species Discovered by Heritage

Thursday, 18 April 2019, 10:34 am | Heritage Expeditions

Pioneering Christchurch-based expedition cruise company Heritage Expeditions is ruffling feathers within the birding fraternity following its discovery of what is believed to be a new species of seabird. More >>

Breakthrough for children with serious epileptic seizures

Thursday, 18 April 2019, 10:31 am | University of Auckland

Emergency medicine doctors around the world now have a better way to treat severe epileptic seizures in children, thanks to a New Zealand-Australian study. More >>

Kiwi friend of the moa returns home

Thursday, 18 April 2019, 10:14 am | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has appointed Kiwi expat Professor Michael Bunce to the role of Chief Scientist. More >>

Cawthron welcomes funding for National Algae Centre

Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 5:49 pm | Cawthron Institute

Advancing world-leading algae research in Nelson has been given a huge boost thanks to the approval of funding from the government’s Provincial Growth Fund, Cawthron Institute Chief Executive Charles Eason says. More >>

Eggceptional Easter weather - mostly

Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 11:48 am | NIWA

We’re in for a calm, mostly fine and mild Easter, according to NIWA’s weather forecasting team. While more detailed forecasting can be found on weather.niwa.co.nz , here’s the executive summary with a rating in eggs out of 10: Friday A high pressure ... More >>

Fine weather to start the school holidays

Monday, 15 April 2019, 2:21 pm | MetService

High pressure is the theme for the first week of the school holidays, and the lead up to Easter. This means that weather will be generally settled for most places. Much of the country is already seeing sunshine on Monday, though cloud and the odd ... More >>