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Waikato and Bay of Plenty rainfall smashes records

Friday, 22 September 2017, 12:29 pm | MetService

This year has been a challenging one on the weather front, with extreme rainfall amounts recorded across the north and east of the North Island, and along the eastern South Island. More >>

Research to Use Bacteria in Revolutionary Ways

Friday, 22 September 2017, 10:19 am | Lincoln University

A new Lincoln Agritech research programme will find revolutionary ways of using naturally-occurring bacteria and fungi to increase the availability of nitrogen to plants and improve plants’ tolerance to stress. More >>

Uni welcomes world leader in human-computer interaction

Thursday, 21 September 2017, 12:29 pm | University of Auckland

One of the world’s emerging leaders in creating human-computer interfaces will join the University of Auckland’s Bioengineering Institute to further his innovative research. More >>

Solving obesity epidemic can start at home

Thursday, 21 September 2017, 9:15 am | University of Otago

Fighting the wave of adolescent obesity in New Zealand could be as simple as establishing family rules and routines around food consumption and limiting screen time, a new University of Otago study has found. More >>

Threatening ecological impacts from neonicotinoid pesticides

Wednesday, 20 September 2017, 9:38 am | The Task Force on Systemic Pesticides

The Task Force on Systemic Pesticides’ 2017 assessment of neonics reveals new risks to biodiversity and ecosystems More >>

Changing the Keys for the Internet’s Addressing System

Tuesday, 19 September 2017, 3:51 pm | ICANN

For the first time ever, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is about to change the cryptographic keys that help secure the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS). More >>

Cawthron announces 2017 scholarship recipients

Monday, 18 September 2017, 1:26 pm | Cawthron Institute

Three young scientists will take up highly sought-after scholarship to do research at Cawthron Institute. More >>

What is AMB-FUBINACA? - Expert reaction

Friday, 15 September 2017, 3:19 pm | Science Media Centre

Yesterday, New Zealand Police confirmed 20 deaths linked to synthetic drugs since July. Most of the samples from people who had died, and those seized in raids by police, were found to contain the dangerous chemical AMB-FUBINACA. More >>

Winners of Wellington Science Fair Announced

Friday, 15 September 2017, 12:41 pm | NIWA

The 2017 NIWA Wellington Regional Science and Technology Fair has again been a resounding success, with more than 550 intermediate and secondary school students taking part. More >>

Hayward kiwifruit at risk from climate change

Friday, 15 September 2017, 9:28 am | NIWA

The most commonly grown variety of kiwifruit around Te Puke will not be commercially viable in the area by the end of the century, say scientists. More >>

Change is the only constant for Spring weather

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 1:24 pm | MetService

It’s more of the same weather-wise heading into the weekend, as the changeable spring pattern stays with us. A constant barrage of fronts and lows charge across the Tasman Sea between now and Monday, occasionally interspersed with weak ridges ... More >>

New supernova analysis reframes dark energy debate

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 11:32 am | University of Canterbury

The accelerating expansion of the Universe may not be real, but could just be an apparent effect, according to new University of Canterbury research published in a journal of the Royal Astronomical Society. More >>

Cawthron Institute research to receive more than $20m

Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 7:45 pm | Cawthron Institute

Media release: Cawthron Institute research proposals to receive more than $20 million from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Endeavour Fund More >>

Antarctica: can you help us tell the story?

Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 4:18 pm | Antarctica New Zealand

For the past six-decades, the New Zealand Antarctic programme has taken media, artists and educators to Scott Base to tell the story of New Zealand’s role in Antarctica. Is it your turn to help us in that quest? More >>

Major new investment in wireless electric-charging roads

Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 4:04 pm | University of Auckland

A pioneering project to build wireless charging technology that charges electric vehicles as they are being driven or are parked receives almost $12 million from this year’s Endeavour Fund. More >>

Cassini's grand Saturn finale - Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 3:42 pm | Science Media Centre

After a 20 year mission, NASA's spacecraft Cassini will meet its demise this week by plunging into Saturn's atmosphere and burning up. More >>

Tech Futures Lab partners with The FoodBowl

Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 2:49 pm | Tech Futures

Advancements in food technology are being brought to a wider audience through a recent partnership between Tech Futures Lab and The FoodBowl. More >>

Major new investment in University of Auckland Science

Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 1:46 pm | University of Auckland

A handheld skin cancer diagnostic device and a project to explore how underwater sound can influence beer fermentation are just two of eight University of Auckland Faculty of Science research projects to be awarded funding from this year’s Endeavour ... More >>

eSight 3 Launches in Australia and New Zealand

Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 1:12 pm | eSight

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA and AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND -- (Marketwired) -- Sep 12, 2017 -- Dr. Brian Mech, President and CEO of eSight, is pleased to announce the launch of eSight 3 in Australia and New Zealand. eSight 3 sets the gold standard for the most sophisticated ... More >>

Researchers head to UK to examine sustainability issues

Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 4:38 pm | University of Canterbury

A group of young University of Canterbury postgraduate researchers working on global sustainability issues are heading to London this week to take part in international initiatives on sustainable prosperity. More >>

Resurgence in energy sector attacks, potential for sabotage

Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 12:49 pm | Symantec

The energy sector in Europe and North America is being targeted by a new wave of cyber attacks that could provide attackers with the means to severely disrupt affected operations. The group behind these attacks is known as Dragonfly. The group has been ... More >>

Five emerging bright minds off to Australia

Monday, 11 September 2017, 3:35 pm | Royal Society Of New Zealand

Novel solutions to tackling invasive plants, climate change, AI and education, better knee replacements and making sustainable agriculture truly sustainable have won five early career researchers from New Zealand and the Pacific the chance to compete at ... More >>

Decades old DNA match aids battle against pasture pests

Monday, 11 September 2017, 12:38 pm | AgResearch

AgResearch scientists tackling costly farm pests have shown their skills as amateur detectives, tracking down and using DNA from decades-old museum collections to prove their case. More >>

Expect another dose of rain and wind this week

Monday, 11 September 2017, 12:30 pm | MetService

An incoming ridge of high pressure has a calming influence on the weather ākuanei (today) and ākengokengo (tomorrow), but a trough over the Tasman Sea is readying itself to bring another period of wet weather to western areas later this week, while ... More >>

Feeding astronauts and other entries

Monday, 11 September 2017, 12:14 pm | NIWA

From designing food for astronauts to the best bait for catching rats, Wellington students are applying their creative talents to scientific endeavour this week as the annual NIWA Wellington Science and Technology Fair gets under way. More >>

Storytelling Fellow to study NZ Seabird Conservation

Monday, 11 September 2017, 8:50 am | Fulbright NZ

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND, 11 September, 2017 --- For the first time, New Zealand will host a fellow for nine months as part of the prestigious Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship. More >>

Canterbury quake damage increased risk of disease

Friday, 8 September 2017, 1:50 pm | National Science Challenges

A Healthier Lives National Science Challenge study using New Zealand linked datasets reveals the impact of residential housing damage from the 2010/11 Canterbury earthquakes on hospital admissions for cardiovascular disease. More >>

Otago researchers seek stroke victims for study

Friday, 8 September 2017, 11:34 am | University of Otago

New Zealand stroke survivors are being sought by University of Otago researchers for an innovative study that holds promise for restoring their arm and hand function. More >>

Beetling along for healthy soils

Friday, 8 September 2017, 10:12 am | Waikato Regional Council

Could using exotic dung beetles help address soil health and water quality issues in New Zealand? It’s an option that has real possibilities. More >>

Hurricane-trapped seabird scientist receives Holdaway Award

Thursday, 7 September 2017, 4:07 pm | Hauraki Gulf Forum

Seabird scientist Elizabeth Bell has been announced the winner of the 2017 Holdaway Award for leadership in and around the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. More >>

The weather: It’s Spring doing its thing

Thursday, 7 September 2017, 12:51 pm | MetService

Thunderstorms, snow, gales, all interspersed with brilliant blue skies and warm temperatures. This weekend takes all the clichés of spring and delivers them across the country in a fast-paced smorgasbord of meteorological conditions. More >>

All New Nanogirl Live Science & Engineering Show

Tuesday, 5 September 2017, 1:28 pm | Nanogirl

PRESS RELEASE September 5th 2017 All New Nanogirl Live Science & Engineering Show New Zealand Tour 2017 - Tickets on Sale Now Last year’s Nanogirl Live! Tour of New Zealand brought science, technology and engineering to more than 20,000 young ... More >>

September 2017 – Spring westerlies kick in

Tuesday, 5 September 2017, 12:12 pm | MetService

Spring westerlies are expected to kick-start the month of September, producing a very wet first half of the month for western regions of both Islands. More >>

Agricultural organisations join to promote bee safety

Friday, 1 September 2017, 11:12 am | Agcarm

Aerial and ground sprayers can protect bees from unintended exposure to agrichemicals, by following some simple rules. Responsible use of products is the driver for releasing the bee responsible campaign by Agcarm, NZ Aviation in Agriculture, and Rural Contractors ... More >>

$1m to help Pacific prediabetes epidemic

Thursday, 31 August 2017, 10:13 am | Health Research Council

A new study will help empower Pacific communities to tackle the alarmingly high rate of prediabetes in Pacific youth and adults as part of the government’s push to improve the management of long-term health conditions in New Zealand. Massey University ... More >>

How nutrition in early life affects adult bone health

Wednesday, 30 August 2017, 3:11 pm | Liggins Institute

We have all heard that a high-fat diet raises your risk for heart disease and metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes in adulthood. Now new research shows it also compromises your bone health, especially if you were born small or early, or if your mother had ... More >>

Student ingenuity on show at NIWA Auckland Science Fair

Wednesday, 30 August 2017, 11:20 am | NIWA

Science students from around Auckland are putting their ingenuity and analytical skills on the line at next week’s annual NIWA Auckland City Science and Technology Fair. More >>

Taking Wildlife Tracking to Next Level

Wednesday, 30 August 2017, 11:11 am | WWF

WWF-New Zealand Conservation Innovation Awards winner DroneCounts is taking wildlife tracking to the next level in the urgent fight to stem the tragic loss of species, both locally and globally. More >>

New study finds exercise improves children’s brain power

Wednesday, 30 August 2017, 10:41 am | University of Auckland

A new study has found that short bursts of intensive exercise boosts children’s brain power and has benefits for children with learning difficulties or conditions such as autism. More >>

eRUC Now Available on Coretex 360

Tuesday, 29 August 2017, 2:42 pm | Coretex

Solutions announced that Electronic Road User Charging (eRUC) is now available on Coretex 360, the company’s web-based fleet visualisation system. More >>

Power project wins Whakatane student top prize

Monday, 28 August 2017, 10:12 am | NIWA

A Whakatane home school student has with an ambitious project, entitled Wasted Watts, has taken out top honours in this year’s Bay of Plenty Regional Science and Technology Fair. More >>

Political parties on science

Friday, 25 August 2017, 4:37 pm | Science Media Centre

Political parties on science With election season in full swing, the SMC canvassed political parties on 10 science-related issues. More >>

Otago brain health researchers delve into dopamine

Friday, 25 August 2017, 2:30 pm | University of Otago

University of Otago researchers studying learning processes affected in brain disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have made new discoveries about how nerve impulses form memories, findings which ... More >>

Settled spell coming to an end

Thursday, 24 August 2017, 12:17 pm | MetService

All good things must come to an end, and the settled weather experienced in most places this week is no exception. An area of low pressure is slowly making its way across the Tasman Sea towards New Zealand. The good news is that for many parts of ... More >>

Air Bubbles Reveal New Info about Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Thursday, 24 August 2017, 8:43 am | NIWA

Sitting at the surface of Taylor Glacier in Antarctica, are layers of ice more than 10,000 years old. And trapped inside those layers are bubbles of ancient air – like tiny time capsules - able to tell scientists a story about what the world used ... More >>

Cawthron launches fund to support freshwater ecology

Wednesday, 23 August 2017, 6:23 pm | Cawthron Institute

CAWTHRON FOUNDATION MEDIA RELEASE 23 August, 2017 Cawthron launches fund to support freshwater ecology and fisheries research More >>

OPPO R11 Dual 20MP Camera Phone Debuts in New Zealand

Tuesday, 22 August 2017, 4:53 pm | OPPO

AUCKLAND, New Zealand – 22 August 2017 — The OPPO R11 camera phone, the flagship model of the leading global camera phone maker, is now available in New Zealand. Slim and fashionable, the OPPO R11 introduces new breakthroughs in mobile photography, ... More >>

Avocados could be good for guts

Monday, 21 August 2017, 11:38 am | Plant and Food Research

New research shows avocados may be good for gut health, which would be another previously unknown benefit. More >>

$20,000 in grants awarded to science journalism projects

Monday, 21 August 2017, 10:27 am | Science Media Centre

Journalists around the country are getting underway on important stories ranging from driverless cars to gene editing to sea level rise this week, thanks to grants issued in the first round of the Aotearoa-New Zealand Science Journalism Fund. Twenty ... More >>

New expertise for Sustainable Seas Challenge

Friday, 18 August 2017, 5:50 pm | NIWA

We are pleased to announce that Conrad Pilditch and Janet Stephenson have joined the Science Leadership Team, bringing both continuity and new blood. Conrad Pilditch is the new leader of Dynamic Seas, our research theme focused on using biophysical ... More >>

Cawthron explores potential collaboration

Friday, 18 August 2017, 5:44 pm | Cawthron Institute

Cawthron Institute hosted a group of international algal biotechnology experts this week with a view to exploring potential collaborations and coordinated projects. More >>

Greater River Flow Needed for Fish Growth & Abundance

Friday, 18 August 2017, 11:02 am | Cawthron Institute

Computer modelling by Cawthron Institute freshwater scientists has shown that more river flow is needed for fish growth and abundance than previously realised – findings highlighted in a new video released this week. More >>

Student explores Chatham Islands tsunami risk

Friday, 18 August 2017, 10:10 am | University of Canterbury

Low-lying, isolated communities on the Chatham Islands are extremely exposed to tsunami, according to a University of Canterbury student’s original research. The Chathams will be the first place in New Zealand to be struck by tsunami events generated ... More >>

Spotted a Leopard Seal? Scientist Seeks Sightings

Friday, 18 August 2017, 9:18 am | NIWA

A leopard seal has spent so much time in New Zealand waters she has prompted a NIWA scientist to challenge conventional thinking about the species. More >>

Damp Weekend in Store for Most

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 2:41 pm | MetService

As Wellingtonians gather their scattered belongings after gusts of 118km/h were recorded about the hill suburbs this morning, it will be a relief that winds are forecast to remain moderate until late Saturday. From then, winds are expected to turn southerly ... More >>

Student ingenuity on show at NIWA Science Fair

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 4:22 pm | NIWA

Science students from around south and east Auckland are putting their ingenuity and analytical skills on the line at next week’s annual NIWA South and east Auckland Science and Technology Fair. About 120 entries have been received from almost 200 ... More >>

Foundation spreads the message that ‘love grows brains’

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 12:15 pm | Wright Family Foundation

Tauranga, 15 August 2017: Today the Wright Family Foundation launches a national campaign to communicate with Kiwi parents the critical importance of talking, reading, singing and interacting with babies and young children. More >>

Scientist makes new homes for baby paua

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 10:51 am | NIWA

Twelve bespoke concrete structures resembling upside down oven trays may hold the key to restoring the paua population off Kaikoura wiped out by last November's earthquake. More >>

Scientist makes new homes for baby paua

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 10:47 am | NIWA

Twelve bespoke concrete structures resembling upside down oven trays may hold the key to restoring the paua population off Kaikoura wiped out by last November's earthquake. More >>

Otago memory philosopher receives prestigious medal

Monday, 14 August 2017, 12:48 pm | University of Otago

An internationally leading philosopher of memory, Dr Kourken (Kirk) Michaelian, is the latest recipient of the University of Otago’s Carl Smith Medal and Rowheath Trust Award. More >>