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James Dyson Award deadline nears

Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 11:59 am | James Dyson Award

Ingenious inventions roll-in as the James Dyson Award deadline nears If you haven’t entered your project yet, there’s still time. More >>

Potential for Antarctica to become plastics dumping ground

Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 11:48 am | University of Otago

Antarctica is not as isolated from the rest of the world as scientists have thought, new research reveals, with potential for drifting plastics to create problems in the continent in future and new species to colonise there as the climate warms. More >>

A Calmer Week

Monday, 16 July 2018, 1:40 pm | MetService

Following a weekend with significant weather, MetService is forecasting calmer weather this week. This will be most appreciated in northern areas that faced the brunt of the weather over the weekend and benefit from the benign weather as they assess the ... More >>

11th New Zealand International Science Festival

Sunday, 15 July 2018, 4:38 pm | The New Zealand International Science Festival

A multidisciplinary dance performance inspired by the story of Matariki and its origins officially closed the 230+ event-programme of the 11th biennial New Zealand International Science Festival in Dunedin today. More >>

New findings for ‘gifted’ Otago geneticist

Sunday, 15 July 2018, 3:06 pm | University of Otago

New findings for ‘gifted’ Otago geneticist diagnosing rare genetic disorders Recent research undertaken by University of Otago Cure Kids Professor Paediatric Genetics, Stephen Robertson, highlights the world-leading discoveries he is making ... More >>

SMC: Plastics: what breaks down?

Friday, 13 July 2018, 3:30 pm | Science Media Centre

Plastics: what breaks down? The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has tasked the Government with clearing up the confusion around environmentally friendly plastics. More >>

Stepping up the science in the fight against kauri dieback

Friday, 13 July 2018, 2:25 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

Work on developing an enduring, comprehensive science plan for fighting kauri dieback, with both short term and long term approaches has taken a step forward. More >>

ESR battling to keep on top of illicit designer drugs

Thursday, 12 July 2018, 2:08 pm | ESR

ESR scientists are fighting to keep on top of so-called designer drugs, which they say are evolving rapidly. More >>

Six women recognised for leadership in science

Thursday, 12 July 2018, 11:41 am | The Royal Society of New Zealand

Six women recognised for leadership and sustained contributions to science and the humanities in Aoteroa More >>

Biodegradable and compostable plastics in the environment

Thursday, 12 July 2018, 11:32 am | Science Media Centre

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has tasked the Government with clearing up the confusion around environmentally friendly plastics. More >>

Wherever the wind - and climate drivers - carry her!

Thursday, 12 July 2018, 9:54 am | Antarctica New Zealand

Florence Isaacs’ icebergs are all lining up and her only concern is that she’s peaking too early. More >>

Study of NZ's lost world through fossil bone DNA

Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 1:26 pm | University of Otago

Study gives picture of New Zealand’s lost world through fossil bone DNA New Zealand’s unique and relatively short history coupled with new and revealing techniques examining ancient DNA from fossil bone fragments has provided insights about the impact of ... More >>

Report on Statistics on the Use of Animals in Research

Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 12:13 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has released the latest figures for the use of animals in research, testing and teaching. The 2016 statistics reflect the number of animals used in studies that were completed during the year and reported ... More >>

Severe Weather Eases Tomorrow as Winds Shift Southwest

Monday, 9 July 2018, 12:32 pm | MetService

An active front crossed the country last night leaving New Zealand under an unstable airmass for the remainder of today according to MetService. Severe Weather Watches and Warnings are in force for much of the North Island and Nelson, Buller and Marlborough ... More >>

Science Awards Winners Announced as 11th Festival Launched

Saturday, 7 July 2018, 1:24 pm | The New Zealand International Science Festival

Science Awards Winners Announced as 11th Festival Launched A world expert on frogs, who has dedicated more than 30 years at the forefront of amphibian conservation, was last night recognised for his lifelong commitment to science at an awards ceremony ... More >>

SMC: Celebrating 10 years of SMC

Friday, 6 July 2018, 4:21 pm | Science Media Centre

Celebrating 10 years of SMC To mark a decade of the Science Media Centre's operation, director Dacia Herbulock reflects on ten years. In July 2008, a small team with a big mission launched from a back room in the Royal Society’s heritage premises. ... More >>

2018 NZ Garden Bird Survey update

Friday, 6 July 2018, 2:42 pm | Landcare Research

The number of people participating in this year’s NZ Garden Bird Survey has sky rocketed, with researchers already receiving thousands of completed surveys. More >>

Thai cave rescue: psychological effects Expert Reaction

Friday, 6 July 2018, 2:32 pm | Science Media Centre

Five days since they were discovered in a cave in Thailand, the 12 young football players and their coach remain trapped, with no simple way out. More >>

Three new strategic science platforms announced

Friday, 6 July 2018, 1:01 pm | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

MEDIA RELEASE Three new strategic science platforms announced 6 July 2018 The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) today announced $35.4 million over six years for three new strategic science platforms undertaking research to improve ... More >>

Plant & Food Research wins two 2018 KiwiNet Awards

Friday, 6 July 2018, 11:34 am | Plant and Food Research

Plant & Food Research went home with two of the five KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards, which celebrate impact from science through successful research commercialisation within New Zealand’s universities and Crown Research Institutes. More >>

KiwiNet Awards winners

Friday, 6 July 2018, 9:58 am | KiwiNet

HAMILTON, July 6, 2018 - Winners of the sixth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards, designed to celebrate impact from science through successful research commercialisation within New Zealand’s universities and Crown Research Institutes, were announced ... More >>

Sir Peter Gluckman to lead new global council for sciences

Thursday, 5 July 2018, 5:33 pm | University of Auckland

University of Auckland Distinguished Professor Sir Peter Gluckman has been picked to head a new international body of influential science institutions. More >>

New Software Released for Tracking Seasonal Forecasts

Thursday, 5 July 2018, 2:26 pm | ExtendWeather

Site specific seasonal forecasts updated every ten days and easily interpreted with new viewer Hamilton, New Zealand, 5 July 2018. The CLIMsystems Ltd subsidiary ExtendWeather has just released an important update to its ExtendWeather Viewer software. The updated ... More >>

Scientists probe inner workings of a submarine volcano

Thursday, 5 July 2018, 12:10 pm | GNS Science

An international team of scientists with several New Zealand participants has returned from a two-month voyage in the Kermadec Arc bristling with new knowledge about the inside workings of submarine volcanoes. More >>

Drinking water quality report Expert Q&A

Thursday, 5 July 2018, 12:03 pm | Science Media Centre NZ

The latest annual Ministry of Health report on the quality of New Zealand's drinking water has revealed 19 per cent of people are exposed to water that doesn't meet all safety standards. More >>

Sir Peter Gluckman elected to International Science Council

Thursday, 5 July 2018, 11:38 am | The Royal Society of New Zealand

Yesterday Sir Peter Gluckman FRS FRSNZ was elected to the position of President-elect of the newly formed International Science Council at its inaugural meeting in Paris. More >>

Shrinking rivers affect fish populations – new research

Thursday, 5 July 2018, 10:37 am | University of Canterbury

New research from the University of Canterbury published today has found that a shrinking river is less able to support larger predatory fish, such as the highly-valued sports fish like brown trout or at-risk native fish like galaxiids and eels. More >>

Conference: Plant protein food developments accelerating

Wednesday, 4 July 2018, 4:32 pm | Innovatek

A new food technology conference in Auckland is focused on potential threats and opportunities from rapidly developing alternative proteins. The speed of change for other protein sources for food products is vital intelligence for local producers. ... More >>

Inaugural STEM scholarship awarded

Wednesday, 4 July 2018, 2:37 pm | Association for Women in the Sciences

The Association for Women in the Sciences is excited to see three women benefit from the inaugural Women in STEM Award. More >>

Kauri dieback and pine plantations - Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 4 July 2018, 2:12 pm | Science Media Centre NZ

The Government has set a goal to plant one billion trees over 10 years, including radiata pine. But new research suggests pine forests may harbour kauri dieback, prompting calls for caution from the Bio-Protection Research Centre. More >>

Pine and pasture may harbour kauri dieback

Wednesday, 4 July 2018, 11:59 am | Bio-Protection Research Centre

The Government should be cautious about planting pine near northern kauri forests, as research suggests they may act as reservoirs for kauri dieback, says an expert in the disease. More >>

Understanding non-lethal effects of pesticides on honey bees

Wednesday, 4 July 2018, 9:45 am | Plant and Food Research

Scientists are developing a new way of studying bees in the laboratory to determine whether pesticides are having a negative effect on their health and behaviour. More >>

Kaikoura Quake Information Brought Together

Tuesday, 3 July 2018, 2:23 pm | GNS Science

GNS Science staff are major contributors to a landmark collection of research papers on the geoscience nitty-gritty of the 14 November 2016 magnitude 7.8 Kaikōura earthquake, which has been published this week. More >>

Young NZers recognised for their innovative thinking

Tuesday, 3 July 2018, 1:14 pm | Centre for Space Science Technology

Two teams of bright young Kiwis have just presented their space start-up ideas at the ActInSpace international finals in Toulouse, France. More >>

Vodafone supports Mini Robot Rumble

Tuesday, 3 July 2018, 9:53 am | Vodafone NZ

New Zealand’s Mini Robot Rumble, running for its second year, is set to bring robotics to life in smashing fashion for a new generation of Kiwi kids. More >>

Warmer mornings for many by the end of the working week

Monday, 2 July 2018, 2:59 pm | MetService

A ridge of high pressure becomes established over much of the country later today, and is expected to persist until late Thursday, when a trough approaches the far south of the South Island. MetService meteorologist Andy Best commented “Ahead ... More >>

Shark conservation one watermelon at a time

Monday, 2 July 2018, 10:35 am | NIWA

Warrick Lyon is relying on a good supply of watermelons when he arrives in the Marshall Islands next week. The NIWA scientist and shark expert is heading to the small republic near the equator to teach fisheries observers how to tag silky sharks with the aim ... More >>

SMC: Chief scientist hands off

Friday, 29 June 2018, 4:21 pm | Science Media Centre

There's a changing of the guard in the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor's office from this week to next. More >>

A frosty start to the weekend

Thursday, 28 June 2018, 12:28 pm | MetService

It’ll be a cold end to June with MetService forecasting frosty conditions across much of New Zealand for Saturday morning. The weekend is a tale of two halves however, as dry and sunny conditions on Saturday are replaced by cloudier skies and rain for ... More >>

EPA: stay safe when mixing chemical cocktails

Wednesday, 27 June 2018, 2:02 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority has today released new guidance to highlight the dangers around mixing products containing hazardous substances – whether at work, on your land, at home, or anywhere else. More >>

Benefits of sheep milk to be tested in ground-breaking trial

Wednesday, 27 June 2018, 11:49 am | AgResearch

In what is believed to be a world first, AgResearch is about to begin a clinical trial to test the benefits of sheep milk for human digestion. More >>

VinWizard wins US Innovation Award

Wednesday, 27 June 2018, 10:37 am | Malborough Research Centre

Last month VinWizard was recognised by industry leaders in the United States of America for innovation at the prestigious Innovation + Quality Napa Valley forum. More >>

NZ’s ‘rocket man’ to give public lecture

Wednesday, 27 June 2018, 10:21 am | University of Auckland

Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck will give a free public lecture at the University of Auckland next week to share the company’s story so far and his thoughts on the future of New Zealand’s fledgling space industry. Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter ... More >>

International Antarctic role for Otago Professor

Wednesday, 27 June 2018, 10:18 am | Antarctica New Zealand

Antarctica New Zealand is delighted to announce that Professor Gary Wilson has been elected Vice President of SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research). More >>

Researchers help find answers to growing typhoid problem

Tuesday, 26 June 2018, 10:24 am | University of Otago

University of Otago researchers have been key partners in a study which has found poor sanitation facilities appear to be a major source of Salmonella Typhi, the cause of typhoid fever, in Fiji. More >>

Wintry Weather Sets In

Monday, 25 June 2018, 1:51 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting cold wintry showers, with snow to affect the country as we start the week. There is a Heavy Snow Watch in force from 6pm today. “A strong southwest flow blankets the country dragging up cold air from off the ice,” Metservice ... More >>

More than 8 million hectares of NZ soil now digitally mapped

Monday, 25 June 2018, 12:34 pm | Landcare Research

More than 8 million hectares of New Zealand soil now digitally mapped by soil scientists More >>

Science Deadline: Nurses strike, Zero Carbon Bill ...

Friday, 22 June 2018, 5:08 pm | Science Media Centre

Nearly 30,000 nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants will walk off the job for 24 hours on July 5 unless the New Zealand Nurses Organisation and the district health boards can reach an agreement later today. More >>

MetService on site for planned Rocket Lab launch

Friday, 22 June 2018, 2:33 pm | MetService

Locals, spectators and the team at Rocket Lab should experience some settled weather and sunshine on Saturday as the company prepares for its second orbital launch off the Mahia Peninsula. More >>

Conference: Science key to plant protein success

Friday, 22 June 2018, 10:05 am | Innovatek

An upcoming food technology conference in Auckland on alternative proteins for food production will debate whether it’s a market challenge or a massive new opportunity for local producers. Science leaders here say the changing global consumer trends ... More >>

$5m boost for Otago team working on disabling ovary disorder

Friday, 22 June 2018, 9:35 am | University of Otago

$5 million boost for Otago team’s quest to restore fertility in women with disabling ovary disorder More >>

Government called on to define law on embryo research

Friday, 22 June 2018, 9:31 am | University of Auckland

University of Auckland academics are calling on the Government to investigate the lack of guidelines around the use of embryos in research which they say is restricting progress in fertility research. They have conducted a qualitative survey of New Zealand ... More >>

Scientists swim for solstice

Thursday, 21 June 2018, 1:28 pm | NIWA

NIWA’s Wellington scientists marked today’s winter solstice with a chilly dip in Evans Bay. More >>

Welcome sunshine for many

Thursday, 21 June 2018, 1:00 pm | MetService

A ridge of high pressure will deliver sunshine for most places as we head into the weekend. However the fine weather will not last for everyone, as a front pushes onto the country by the end of the weekend. More >>

NIWA seaweed scientist tackling global climate change issue

Thursday, 21 June 2018, 9:58 am | NIWA

One of the world's leading scientific publishers has named a paper cowritten by a NIWA scientist as one of 250 groundbreaking findings that could "help change the world". More >>

Researcher examines link between viruses and breast cancer

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 2:18 pm | University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury’s Chair of Cancer Epidemiology, Professor Ann Richardson , is on a mission to discover if there is a link between common viruses and breast cancer. More >>

Zero Carbon Bill - Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 1:27 pm | Science Media Centre

The Government's proposed Zero Carbon Bill lays out how they plan to transition New Zealand to a low-emission economy by 2050. More >>

How will Auckland’s underground cables cope with an eruption

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 12:48 pm | Earthquake Commission

With eyes on Hawaii’s Kīlauea volcano, a local researcher is asking how Auckland's underground water pipes and power cables would cope if lava cut over their pathway. More >>

Green chemistry project aims to create lipids

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 11:16 am | KiwiNet

HAMILTON, NZ, June 20, 2018 – Nelson research scientist Dr Ivan Kurtovic has received a $25,000 boost from KiwiNet’s Emerging Innovator Programme for a green chemistry project to create specialised lipids for use in nutraceutical and functional food ... More >>

Videogame loot boxes similar to gambling

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 10:42 am | Massey University

Adolescents playing video games that offer randomised rewards to increase competitive advantage could be being exposed to mechanisms that are psychologically similar to gambling, according to new research just published in Nature Human Behaviour . More >>