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MINERVA-II1: Successful image capture, landing on Ryugu, hop

Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 1:08 pm | Hayabusa2 Project

On September 21, the small compact MINERVA-II1 rovers separated from the Hayabusa2 spacecraft (time of separation was 13:06 JST). The MINERVA-II1 consists of two rovers, Rover-1A and Rover-1B. We have confirmed both rovers landed on the surface of asteroid ... More >>

Mozzies knocked out with gene drive - Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 8:53 am | Science Media Centre

UK researchers say they've successfully used a CRISPR-based gene drive to cause the collapse of a population of caged malaria-carrying mosquitoes. More >>

Brain Research NZ Features in International Programme

Monday, 24 September 2018, 4:07 pm | Brain Research NZ

Every three seconds someone in the world develops dementia. To raise awareness about the condition, Brain Research New Zealand (BRNZ) has highlighted their efforts to research and combat dementia in ‘Every Three Seconds’, an international documentary ... More >>

Busy season for NIWA scientists in Antarctica

Monday, 24 September 2018, 3:49 pm | NIWA

The new science season at Antarctica is just a few days away from opening and NIWA researchers are busy packing containers and shipping them to the ice where they will be reunited with them in the coming months. The summer science season lasts for about ... More >>

Scientists in the age of ‘fake news’

Monday, 24 September 2018, 3:40 pm | ESR

ESR’s new Chief Scientist says at a time when there is an increasing distrust of experts, scientists have a responsibility to communicate in a simple and clear way. Watch Brett Cowan talk on this interesting topic. More >>

Heavy snow, rain and bitterly cold southwest gales

Monday, 24 September 2018, 12:25 pm | MetService

Snow has fallen to 300 metres over parts of southern New Zealand this morning, and there’s more snow to come through to the middle of this week. More >>

SMC Bulletin - Aus strawberries needled

Friday, 21 September 2018, 3:42 pm | Science Media Centre

Aus strawberries needled Australia's strawberry industry was dealt a massive blow this week when needles were found in the fruit, by people who had purchased them from local stores. More >>

Want to tell NZ about Antarctic science ... from Antarctica?

Friday, 21 September 2018, 11:21 am | Antarctica New Zealand

If you’re an educator, journalist, artist or influencer and want to tell New Zealanders about Antarctic science and why it’s important … read on! More >>

Miscanthus shelter boosts farm productivity

Friday, 21 September 2018, 9:51 am | Miscanthus NZ

Miscanthus – a the giant sterile perennial woody grass - was originally brought into New Zealand to be grown as a renewable energy crop, primarily for boiler fuel. While this is still a very valid and appropriate use, innovative Kiwis have been ... More >>

Enjoy the weekend weather as change is coming

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 1:21 pm | MetService

MetService is encouraging everyone to make the most of the weekend’s weather as a cold front approaches from the south bringing a return of ‘winter-like’ conditions. More >>

Democratising carbon fibre from Auckland

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 9:52 am | Callaghan Innovation

An Auckland company has come up with a way of making the miracle carbon fibre material available to all. More >>

Global TB burden falling - Expert Q&A

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 2:18 pm | Science Media Centre

The global burden of tuberculosis is falling, but faster detection and treatment would help the process, according to a new World Health Organization report. More >>

Women in science – a celebration of NZ pioneers

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 9:17 am | University of Auckland

Pioneering women scientists who helped pave the way for others are being honoured as part of Women’s Suffrage 125 celebrations by having the University of Auckland’s science departments and schools named after them for the week. More >>

Huge reduction in nitrogen leaching when Miscanthus is used

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 9:13 am | Miscanthus NZ

One of the negative effects that pastoral agriculture can have on the environment occurs through the leaching of nitrogen into groundwater. Most members of the public do not understand how or why this is important but those that do are justifiably ... More >>

OPEN LETTER to national leaders concerning our Royal Society

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 11:27 am | Climate Conversation

The Royal Society of New Zealand refuse to give evidence that global warming is man-made. More >>

Anti-reflux medicines safe for infants

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 9:20 am | University of Otago

New University of Otago research shows infants using popular anti-reflux medicines like omeprazole are not at increased risk of pneumonia or other lower respiratory tract infections, contrary to findings from other international studies. More >>

NZers to find and record hundreds of species

Monday, 17 September 2018, 5:46 pm | iNaturalist

New Zealanders to find and record hundreds of species during Conservation Week. iNaturalist NZ is encouraging New Zealanders to find and record as many different species as they can in their neighbourhoods during Conservation Week for the first ... More >>

Snow on the way out, a ridge on the way in

Monday, 17 September 2018, 3:06 pm | MetService

Snow fell overnight and this morning over many parts of the lower South Island and was well forecast over the past couple of days by MetService meteorologists. Although it may have come as surprise to many people, cold southerly outbreaks are not uncommon ... More >>

Scientists secure almost $1.6 million for heart research

Monday, 17 September 2018, 9:41 am | University of Otago

University of Otago researcher Professor Alison Heather has secured funding from the Heart Foundation to continue her investigations into preventing atherosclerosis, the leading cause of deaths from heart disease. More >>

BPA alternatives questioned

Friday, 14 September 2018, 4:22 pm | Science Media Centre

Replacements for BPA in plastics might cause similar reproductive problems in lab mice as the original ingredient does. More >>

Major funding for University of Auckland science research

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 4:12 pm | University of Auckland

A non-invasive laser probe to detect prostate cancer and developing high-value products from seaweed are just two research projects at the University of Auckland awarded funding from this year’s Endeavour and Smart Ideas science fund allocation. More >>

Better protection for space objects

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 4:10 pm | University of Auckland

Better protection for space objects and better sound insulation for multi-storey buildings get more than $2 million funding More >>

MBIE funds further research into myrtle rust

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 3:54 pm | Landcare Research

Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research has won three Endeavour bids, funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Endeavour, for research programmes focusing on bird restoration, ecosystem resilience, and erosion control. More >>

$11.5 million grant to help safeguard NZ's blue economy

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 3:47 pm | MetService

A new research project spearheaded by MetService’s oceanography division, MetOcean Solutions will shed new light on the performance of New Zealand’s oceans to support the seafood sector. More >>

GNS Science awarded $11.2 million in MBIE funding

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 3:33 pm | GNS Science

GNS Science has been awarded $11.2 million for three new multi-year research projects in the latest round of the Government’s Endeavour Fund, announced today. More >>

Carbon research grant “exceptional moment” for scientist

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 3:07 pm | NIWA

A NIWA-led team has today been awarded a multi-million dollar research grant that will help drive major advances in understanding of New Zealand’s carbon emissions and uptake. More >>

ESR microplastics work wins multi-million-dollar funding

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 2:41 pm | ESR

A collaborative bid led by ESR scientist Olga Pantos and Grant Northcott (Northcott Research Consultants) has been awarded more than $12.5 million in government funding to continue research on the impact of microplastics and the threat to New Zealand’s ... More >>

ESR microplastics work wins multi-million-dollar funding

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 1:05 pm | Institute of Environmental Science And Research

ESR scientist Olga Pantos has been awarded more than $12.5 million in government funding to continue her research on the impact of microplastics and the threat to New Zealand’s ecosystems, animals and people. The $12,536,205.00 over five years, ... More >>

A Spring buffet for Aotearoa

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 12:38 pm | MetService

Rain, snow, gales and warm temperatures are in the forecast through to early next week, as weather systems preceded by northwesterly winds move onto the country from the Tasman Sea. More >>

Testing native plants to improve lake quality

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 10:39 am | Institute of Environmental Science And Research

A new field trial is underway in Wairarapa using native plants to clean up farm runoff going into Lake Wairarapa. More >>

Sudden spring sun for south

Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 12:02 pm | NIWA

A cool start to spring is about to be replaced by a sudden burst of warmth, according to NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll. “Parts of Canterbury and Marlborough have been more than 2°C below average so far this month but that’s about to change. It will ... More >>

Mitigating agricultural greenhouse gas emissions

Tuesday, 11 September 2018, 12:51 pm | Sir Peter Gluckman Chief Science Advisor

Attached please find my final report as your Chief Science Advisor. An executive summary has already been provided. More >>

Project builds resilience in communities preparing for quake

Tuesday, 11 September 2018, 10:11 am | University of Otago

The scientists, emergency planners and numerous agencies involved in preparing for a future Alpine Fault earthquake have modelled the impacts of a major earthquake on the Alpine Fault and highlighted the need for emergency agencies to work across ... More >>

Mostly paki-fine weather for Māori Language Week

Monday, 10 September 2018, 1:08 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting a mostly paki or fine week this week, with a lingering front over the upper North Island the only significant weather feature for today. More >>

SMC Bulletin - 1080 back in the public eye

Friday, 7 September 2018, 4:50 pm | Science Media Centre

1080 back in the public eye The use and safety of 1080 for pest control has re-entered public discussion in recent weeks. More >>

1080 use in NZ - Expert Q&A v2

Friday, 7 September 2018, 12:35 pm | Science Media Centre

The use and safety of 1080 for pest control has re-entered public discussion in recent weeks. More >>

Science journalism fund awards five new projects

Thursday, 6 September 2018, 10:57 am | Science Media Centre

The winners of the third round of the Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund will receive over $17,000 in new grants to cover science topics for a range of media outlets. More >>

Chatham Rock Phosphate Recognises Rare Earths

Thursday, 6 September 2018, 9:46 am | Chatham Rock Phosphate

WELLINGTON New Zealand – Chatham Rock Phosphate Limited (TSXV: “NZP” and NZAX: “CRP” or the “Company") is pleased to announce that it has recently formed a 100% owned subsidiary Pacific Rare Earths Limited . More >>

Symposium explores challenges of climate change

Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 12:22 pm | LGNZ

Attendees at LGNZ’s Climate Change Symposium in Wellington on Friday 7 September will discuss the challenges and opportunities of climate change facing New Zealand communities now and in the future. Supported by Deep South National Science Challenge, ... More >>

1080 USE IN NZ - EXPERT Q&A

Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 11:30 am | Science Media Centre

The Use And Safety of 1080 for Pest Control Has Re-Entered Public Discussion in Recent Weeks More >>

Cold, wet and windy, while sun shines in the south

Monday, 3 September 2018, 2:06 pm | MetService

A complex low is currently affecting New Zealand, bringing cold temperatures, wind and rain to much of the North Island and upper South Island. Meanwhile, a ridge of high pressure is spreading onto the lower South Island bringing frost and sunshine. More >>

SMC Bulletin - Stabilising methane not enough

Friday, 31 August 2018, 4:23 pm | Science Media Centre

New research released by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Simon Upton highlights the impact methane from New Zealand’s livestock has on global warming. More >>

False Start to Spring

Thursday, 30 August 2018, 1:30 pm | MetService

“The heavy rain over the northeast corner of New Zealand is set to continue today as a slow-moving front lingers, before slowly moving off to the east in the evening”, says MetService meteorologist Mark Bowe. “MetService has extended its Severe Weather ... More >>

Visiting Expert Speaks on Gene Technology

Thursday, 30 August 2018, 11:20 am | GE Free NZ

The future impact of gene editing in New Zealand will be a hot topic during the upcoming tour of Dr. Jonathan Latham Sept 1-Sept 9. More >>

Penguins’ “crazy” journeys studied by Otago scientists

Thursday, 30 August 2018, 9:16 am | University of Otago

Imagine making a 7,000km journey just for dinner. That, University of Otago scientists have found, is the life of the elusive Fiordland penguin. More >>

Beef feedlots in NZ - Expert Q&A

Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 3:41 pm | Science Media Centre

Intensive beef farming is the latest farming practice to be called into question by animal welfare activists. More >>

NIWA Outlook: September – November 2018

Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 2:13 pm | NIWA

For the fifth consecutive month, ENSO-neutral conditions persisted across the tropical Pacific. During August 2018, the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) trended negative and had a preliminary value of -0.9 (on the El Niño side). Sea surface temperatures ... More >>

Psychologists envision future at Auckland conference

Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 11:01 am | NZ Psychological Society

More than 300 New Zealand psychologists will envision the profession’s future, celebrate its successes and reflect on its history at The New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS) 50th Jubilee conference at the University of Auckland from September ... More >>

New discoveries on Marlborough seafloor

Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 9:38 am | NIWA

The findings of the most complex underwater coastal survey of the seafloor undertaken in New Zealand, including previously undiscovered natural features and sunken boats, are to be formally presented to the Marlborough community tomorrow. More >>

Could Chardonnay, Pinot gris benefit from Sauv treatment?

Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 9:31 am | University of Auckland

New Zealand’s Sauvignon blanc is famous the world over for its special tropical aromas but now kiwi scientists believe they are on the verge of a breakthrough in recreating those special qualities in other wines including Chardonnay and Pinot ... More >>

Scientist urges NZ to lead the way in eliminating TB

Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 9:28 am | University of Otago

A University of Otago doctor and scientist is calling on New Zealand to be the first country in the world to eliminate tuberculosis (TB), the top infectious disease killer in the world. More >>

Energy from wood is good for New Zealand and the climate

Tuesday, 28 August 2018, 2:37 pm | Scion

Bioenergy production using wood from locally grown and sustainably managed forests can provide one of the lowest carbon energy options for New Zealand. More >>

NZ Agritech Creating Global Solutions

Monday, 27 August 2018, 3:18 pm | Callaghan Innovation

Over thirty kiwi agriculture innovators have touched down in Silicon Valley ready to test their solutions among some of the most competitive global growers and farming leaders. Their powerful weapon: New Zealand’s unique recipe to feed the planet ... More >>

Bioengineers create virtual 3D heart for clinical use

Monday, 27 August 2018, 3:16 pm | University of Auckland

A team at the University of Auckland’s Bioengineering Institute have created a virtual 3D heart that could have a major impact on treatment of the most common heart rhythm disturbance, atrial fibrillation (AF). Dr Jichao Zhao and his international ... More >>

SMC Bulletin - Irrigation efficiency woes

Friday, 24 August 2018, 4:32 pm | Science Media Centre

Irrigation efficiency woes It might seem like common sense that increasing the efficiency of irrigation would save water, but the equation isn't that simple. More >>

Native Frogs Need Protection From Mining

Thursday, 23 August 2018, 5:15 pm | Coromandel Watchdog

Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki says the latest report on the conservation status of our native frogs is a good reason to ban mining on conservation land. More >>

Improving Weather Trend Over the Weekend

Thursday, 23 August 2018, 12:54 pm | MetService

A low pressure system moves off to the east of the North Island tonight, then deepens as it heads towards the Chatham Islands on Friday, and away from Aotearoa on Saturday. More >>

Can kiwifruit reduce exercise-induced stress in women?

Thursday, 23 August 2018, 12:19 pm | Massey University

While exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle can prevent communicable diseases, it can also cause a stress response. In women, the exercise-induced stress response is implicated in menstrual dysfunction, infertility and osteoporosis later in life. More >>

Know your dolphin by the fin, says NIWA scientist

Thursday, 23 August 2018, 11:02 am | NIWA

Identifying dolphins using photos of the unique pigment patterns on their fins can be used to help in the management of a species, says a NIWA scientist. More >>

Gluckman Medal awarded for pregnancy research

Wednesday, 22 August 2018, 2:27 pm | University of Auckland

Professor Lesley McCowan, an internationally renowned obstetrician with a research career spanning over three decades, is this year’s recipient of the Gluckman Medal for her outstanding contributions to research. The Gluckman Medal is the premier ... More >>