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SMC Heads-Up: freshwater science, battling defaunation

Friday, 25 July 2014, 2:29 pm | Science Media Centre

Economist and philanthropist Dr Gareth Morgan drew together a panel of 16 scientists to run the ruler over the Government's plan to better management our rivers and streams. More >>

Smart technology helps scientists enhance high-value algae

Friday, 25 July 2014, 10:57 am | Cawthron Institute

New Zealand’s lucrative blue-biotech sector has received a boost with the launch of a highly- sophisticated, multi-vessel photobioreactor (PBR). More >>

A welcome break ahead

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 1:56 pm | MetService

Many places will experience a brief break from the stubborn cold southwesterly flow on Thursday, except around Northland and Auckland where southwesterlies and showers, with small hail will continue. "Light winds and generally fine conditions are ... More >>

Antarctic fish should survive global warming

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 11:25 am | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury student researcher is investigating how emerald rock fish in the Antarctic can adjust and survive the predicted global and sea temperature increase. More >>

NZ Science and Research Leaps Ahead

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 12:47 pm | REANNZ

New Zealand scientists and researchers can now become global players on a brand new scale, thanks to a ground-breaking trans-Tasman partnership that will provide them access to very high-speed global connectivity. More >>

Want to know what’s under your feet?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 10:56 am | Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Your smartphone can now tell you. Bay of Plenty Regional Council and GNS Science have collaborated to develop an interactive portal which provides instant access to information on Bay of Plenty groundwater systems and geology. More >>

World Antarctic Focus on New Zealand

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 10:48 am | Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

The world of Antarctic science will be focused on New Zealand next month when the country hosts close to 1,000 delegates at the biennial Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Open Science Conference. More >>

Loss of AgResearch Scientists is Detrimental For Farmers

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 10:15 am | GE Free NZ

The further loss of scientific expertise from AgResearch will leave New Zealand farmers worse off. The AgResearch scientific team conducting valuable ecological research into the carbon-nitrogen cycle has been closed down and scientific expertise lost. More >>

House of Science Tauranga expanding

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 12:10 pm | House of Science

The House of Science is now offering specialised science programmes three times a week under the leadership of a newly appointed co-ordinator. Included in the line-up is a weekly meeting for home schooled students, allowing them hands on science experiences ... More >>

Using synthetic biology to make new antibiotics

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 10:45 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Research at Victoria University of Wellington could lead to a new generation of antibiotics, helping tackle the global issue of ‘superbugs’ that are resistant to modern medicine. Led by Mark Calcott, who has just completed his PhD study, under ... More >>

A bitterly cold week with some snow

Monday, 21 July 2014, 1:12 pm | MetService

An Antarctic southerly flow of air spills over New Zealand, and is expected to remain firmly in place through the rest of the week. The nature of this air moving across Aotearoa means there will be some frigid days and very chilly nights. Wintry showers ... More >>

Massey research on effect of near-death experiences

Monday, 21 July 2014, 10:02 am | Massey University

How does a close brush with death lead to a better life? It is known that nudging extinction can bring about dramatic life changes, and a Massey psychology student is researching the near-death experience phenomenon. More >>

SMC Heads-Up: Climate check, science podcasting, population

Friday, 18 July 2014, 2:08 pm | Science Media Centre

Climate update; Podcasting workshop; On the radar; Organics better?; Population change; Quoted; Policy news Friday video New from the SMC Sciblogs highlights Sci-tech events More >>

Toolkit 4 Tamariki: Spotlight on pre-schooler obesity

Friday, 18 July 2014, 1:01 pm | University of Waikato

Waikato University clinical psychology student Julie Chatwin wants to talk to parents who have concerns that their pre-schooler may be an unhealthy weight. More >>

Warming signs from State of Climate report

Friday, 18 July 2014, 11:33 am | Science Media Centre

Climate data from air, land, sea and ice in 2013 'reflect trends of a warming planet' -- says the latest State of the Climate report, launched today by U.S. and New Zealand scientists. More >>

2013 New Zealand’s warmest winter on record

Friday, 18 July 2014, 9:59 am | Victoria University of Wellington

The world continued to warm last year, according to the State of the Climate in 2013 report, with some Southern Hemisphere countries, including New Zealand, having one of their warmest years on record. More >>

University decision a crucial step forward for Lincoln Hub

Thursday, 17 July 2014, 3:33 pm | AgResearch

The Lincoln Hub partners have welcomed the Minister for Science and Innovation and Tertiary Education’s announcement of the Government’s agreement in principle to provide funding towards the rebuilding of science facilities at Lincoln University. ... More >>

ARANZ Geo announces Leapfrog Geo 2.0

Thursday, 17 July 2014, 3:21 pm | ARANZ

ARANZ Geo announces Leapfrog Geo 2.0 - a major new release for industry leading vein modelling More >>

Winter to tighten its grip

Thursday, 17 July 2014, 2:21 pm | MetService

The cold southerly flow, which has chilled the country for the last few days, bringing clear skies for many western areas, but exposing eastern areas to rather volatile shower activity, weakens today as a narrow ridge of high pressure spreads over the ... More >>

Quakes impact on substance use and mental health quantified

Thursday, 17 July 2014, 12:48 pm | University of Otago

Cantabrians who experienced serious quake-related adversity are twice as likely to be addicted to smoking and 40 per cent more likely to have mental health conditions such as major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder than people who did not ... More >>

Skin Barrier Function Key to Treatment of Eyelid Dermatitis

Wednesday, 16 July 2014, 4:12 pm | Boyes PR

New clinical guidelines stress that the rise in eyelid dermatitis can be combated by supplementing the skin’s natural barrier function, according to Oasis Beauty, New Zealand’s leading expert in sensitive skin products and the makers of Rhino ... More >>

Rare fish and new seafloor habitats found during NIWA survey

Wednesday, 16 July 2014, 2:43 pm | NIWA

NIWA scientists surveying shallow water coastal habitats off the east coast of Northland have found a rich diversity of macroalgal meadows, shellfish beds, sponges, and rare fish species, including a frogfish and possibly a new species of seahorse. More >>

Scientist to measure sea ice using underwater vehicle

Wednesday, 16 July 2014, 10:31 am | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury scientist is measuring the thickness and biological productivity of Antarctic sea ice using a remote underwater vehicle to understand its role in ocean circulation and the functioning of polar ecosystems. More >>

Entries for $1 million science prizes close soon

Wednesday, 16 July 2014, 9:25 am | PM's Science Prizes

Nominations for the 2014 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes close in early August, giving established and emerging New Zealand research teams and scientists three weeks to complete their entries for the country’s most valuable science awards. More >>

Cooking up a healthy solution for Nepal

Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 3:55 pm | Massey University

Using their engineering skills to create a range of sustainable solutions for villagers in Nepal was the focus of this year’s Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Challenge. More >>

Health benefits of organic food - experts respond

Monday, 14 July 2014, 4:34 pm | Science Media Centre

In contrast to earlier research, a new study has found that organic crops have measurable health benefits -- namely that they are higher in antioxidants and lower in toxic metals. More >>

Trust offers Kiwis the chance to spend summer in Antarctica

Monday, 14 July 2014, 2:44 pm | Sir Peter Blake Trust

This summer, six intrepid young Kiwis will get the opportunity to take part in a range of life-changing environmental adventures, as part of the Sir Peter Blake Trust Blake Ambassador programme. As 2014 Blake Ambassadors, this could include spending ... More >>

Professor recognised for his work about evolution of life

Monday, 14 July 2014, 2:12 pm | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury’s Professor Mike Steel, who is using mathematics to help biologists discover more about the evolution of life, has been recognised for his work with the university’s Research Medal. More >>

More evidence that alcohol is not good for your heart

Monday, 14 July 2014, 1:04 pm | Alcohol Action NZ

The harmful effects of alcohol on conditions such as liver cirrhosis, injuries, and many cancers have been firmly established, but scientific debate has continued about whether light to moderate alcohol consumption reduces the risk of coronary heart ... More >>

SMC Heads-Up: Alzheimer's blood test, big dish, bird decline

Friday, 11 July 2014, 2:15 pm | Science Media Centre

In This Issue: Alzheimer's test; Bird decline; Radio dish; Quoted; Policy news; Friday video; New from the SMC; Sciblogs highlights; Sci-tech events More >>

Brown Beetle Threat to Organic Vineyards

Friday, 11 July 2014, 1:56 pm | Kono Beverages

The brown beetle (Costelytra zealandica) is a pest causing problems to vineyards that are committed to sustainability. Previously being kept under control by the use of insecticides, the beetle is causing havoc as more vineyards head towards organic ... More >>

Leading Antarctic researcher wins global award

Friday, 11 July 2014, 12:42 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

Professor Tim Naish, Director of Victoria University of Wellington’s Antarctic Research Centre, has received a prestigious international award for his outstanding research into understanding Antarctica’s response to past and present climate change ... More >>

Where are all the silvereyes?

Friday, 11 July 2014, 12:35 pm | Landcare Research

Early results from the 2014 national Garden Bird Survey show a significant drop in the number of silvereyes counted. More >>

Students develop a personal robot to improve quality of life

Friday, 11 July 2014, 9:50 am | University of Canterbury

A group of University of Canterbury students are developing a personal robot with the aim of bringing robotics to people to improve quality of life. More >>

University supports Hamilton Science Excellence Awards

Thursday, 10 July 2014, 5:14 pm | University of Waikato

The University of Waikato is again supporting the KuDos – Hamilton Science Excellence Awards – as a gold partner of the event. More >>

Tangaroa’s makeover hampered by weather

Thursday, 10 July 2014, 3:09 pm | NIWA

The strong wind and rain battering Auckland this week has presented some special challenges for workers trying to paint NIWA’s flagship research vessel Tangaroa while she has been in dry dock. More >>

New cream offers safe alternative to support acne

Thursday, 10 July 2014, 1:21 pm | Quantec

Hamilton, New Zealand – As the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns consumers around common acne products containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, a new and clinically proven product developed in New Zealand is offering a safe and effective ... More >>

Clue to late puberty in sheep discovered by AgResearch

Wednesday, 9 July 2014, 10:40 am | AgResearch

A needle-in-a-haystack search for the genetic cause of delayed puberty in a flock of Romney ewes has paid off for a team of AgResearch scientists. More >>

Warm in Wellington, windy up north

Tuesday, 8 July 2014, 2:04 pm | NIWA

While Northland prepares for storms and high wind gusts later today and into the evening, NIWA forecaster Chris Brandolino says the temperature in the capital is well above average for this time of year. More >>

Neurological Foundation Announces July 2014 Grant Recipients

Tuesday, 8 July 2014, 11:17 am | Neurological Foundation

The Neurological Foundation is pleased to announce that funding of close to $1 million for neurological research, a Repatriation Fellowship and travel grants has been approved in its July 2014 grant round, the first of two rounds held each year. More >>

Wellington welcomes women in science

Tuesday, 8 July 2014, 9:44 am | Association for Women in the Sciences

Around 150 women in science will be gathering in Wellington this week to share war stories and inspiration, including fourteen school students from across the country. More >>

Host proposals sought for Food Safety Science Centre

Monday, 7 July 2014, 3:00 pm | New Zealand Government

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye today invited seven organisations to participate in a Request for Proposals (RfP) to host the Food Safety Science and Research Centre. More >>

Northern Exposure to wind and rain

Monday, 7 July 2014, 2:20 pm | MetService

It's a fine start to the week for most , except for those north of the Bombay Hills, and this setup is likely to continue for the first half of the week as a low approaching Northland brings rain and strong winds from Auckland northwards. The wind and rain ... More >>

Fish experience heart failure as water temperature rises

Monday, 7 July 2014, 11:49 am | University of Auckland

Fish may experience heart failure as ocean temperatures rise due to climate change, according to new research from the University of Auckland. School of Biological Sciences researchers Anthony Hickey and Fathima Iftikar say the effect of climate change on ... More >>

New Zealand gets first CT scanner for pets

Friday, 4 July 2014, 3:36 pm | HMC Communications

New Zealand pet owners can look forward to improved veterinary diagnosis with the arrival of the country’s first Computed Tomography (CT) scanner designed specifically for pets. The scanner, a unique diagnostic imaging system worth about $250,000, arrived ... More >>

SMC Heads-Up: Water limits, food labelling and yeti

Friday, 4 July 2014, 2:57 pm | Science Media Centre

In This Issue Water quality Food labels Yetis debunked Quoted Friday video Policy news New from the SMC Sciblogs highlights Sci-tech events More >>

Detecting harmful molecules in the environment

Friday, 4 July 2014, 11:51 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington researchers have developed a new technique that can detect environmental levels of oestrogen at the equivalent of detecting one pinch of salt in an olympic-sized swimming pool. More >>

UK Recognition for Methylglyoxal in Manuka Honey Products

Friday, 4 July 2014, 11:50 am | Manuka Health NZ

Another leading food scientist has acknowledged that the major antimicrobial compound in manuka honey is methylglyoxal. In an article in the UK’s influential trade magazine The Grocer, Dr David Hoyland, commercial director at Minerva Scientific – described ... More >>

Astronomers discover Earth-like terrestrial planet

Friday, 4 July 2014, 9:57 am | University of Auckland

New Zealand scientists are among an international team that has discovered an Earth-sized planet with an Earth-like orbit in a binary star system, the first terrestrial planet with an Earth-like orbit ever discovered in this commonly found star system. More >>

Northland Whales and Dolphins at Risk From Statoil

Thursday, 3 July 2014, 5:34 pm | Liz Slooten

Today marine mammal expert Dr Liz Slooten of Otago University expressed concerns over dangers to whales and dolphins from sonar and seismic exploration for deep sea oil in Statoil’s permit zone off Northland. More >>

More frosty nights to come

Thursday, 3 July 2014, 1:18 pm | MetService

The switch between June to July has been a cold one with the air over the country arriving from the deep and much colder southern latitudes. More >>

Traumatic brain injury in older adults

Thursday, 3 July 2014, 12:58 pm | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury research project is seeking to find out the impact of traumatic brain injury on adults aged 50 to 65. In 2011, nearly one in three people in the New Zealand workforce were aged over 50 and one in 10 were over 60. Older ... More >>

Volunteers needed for NIWA snow project

Thursday, 3 July 2014, 10:31 am | NIWA

NIWA wants to recruit school students and members of the public over winter keen to take part in a citizen science initiative, and this week might be a good week to start. More >>

June Climate Summary - Warmest June On Record

Wednesday, 2 July 2014, 4:56 pm | NIWA

An exceptionally warm start to winter • Dozens of climate stations placed in the top four for warmest June ever recorded • Nationwide average temperature in June 2014 was 10.3°C surpassing the previous record for warmest June in 2003. • There ... More >>

Website provides access to bioresource processing technology

Wednesday, 2 July 2014, 12:20 pm | Bioresource Processing Alliance

The Bioresource Processing Alliance’s (BPA) new website provides a gateway to some of New Zealand’s top scientists, engineers and economic specialists in biological resource processing. More >>

Canterbury spin out company wins an Auggie

Wednesday, 2 July 2014, 9:16 am | University of Canterbury

Canterbury spin out company wins an Auggie for its cutting-edge 3D app July 2, 2014 A University of Canterbury spin out company Puteko has won an Auggie, an international augmented reality award, for its app that turns colouring books into 3D. More >>

Warning About Common Over-The-Counter Acne Ingredients

Tuesday, 1 July 2014, 4:14 pm | Quantec

Hamilton, New Zealand - As the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issues a warning around common acne products containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, a new clinically proven product, developed in New Zealand is offering a safe and effective ... More >>

Symantec Research On Adept Cyber-espionage Campaign

Tuesday, 1 July 2014, 1:20 pm | Symantec

New research from Symantec has uncovered a highly adept attack group, dubbed “Dragonfly” by Symantec, which has been in operation since 2011. Symantec confirmed Dragonfly is behind several sophisticated attacks on industrial control systems in the energy ... More >>

Research targets costly grapevine disease

Tuesday, 1 July 2014, 1:16 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

The New Zealand wine industry is better equipped to battle a devastating plant pathogen that is costing the country tens of millions of dollars each year, thanks to new research carried out by Vaughn Bell, a PhD candidate at Victoria University of Wellington. More >>

Scientist’s Dire Warning about Destruction of Soil

Tuesday, 1 July 2014, 11:49 am | Joint Press Release

An international soil scientist is calling on the government to focus attention on the most important issue facing the world, soil quality. Dr John Baker says, while the issues of global warming and water and air quality are frequently debated, soil ... More >>

 

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