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Robotic sheepdogs unlikely, Kiwi farmers say

Friday, 19 September 2014, 11:21 am | Federated Farmers

At the risk of being out of step with technology, Federated Farmers is dubious robotic sheepdogs will replace the real thing anytime soon. Reported late last month, European academics believe they have created an algorithm simulating sheepdog behaviour. More >>

Otago scientists work to help reinstate local communities as

Friday, 19 September 2014, 11:17 am | University of Otago

A University of Otago scientist has gained $180,000 in funding for a placement within Ng?i Tahu to conduct scientific surveys of marine species in customary protection areas. More >>

Finalists named in New Zealand DIVAs

Friday, 19 September 2014, 11:15 am | Infotools

The winner of the New Zealand Data Insight Innovation Award (DIVA) will be announced in Auckland at the Research Effectiveness Awards 2014 on 26 September. More >>

Unintended consequences of rental WOF

Friday, 19 September 2014, 10:09 am | NZ Property Investors Federation

On the eve of the General Election, there had been further lobbying for a rental property WOF. On the face of it, this appears to make good sense, but if it was introduced unintended consequences could see tenants worse off. More >>

Entries close soon for 2015 Ballance Farm Environment Awards

Friday, 19 September 2014, 10:04 am | Enviroment Canterbury

Entries close on 1 October to be considered for an award at the 2015 Canterbury Region Ballance Farm Environment Awards (BFEA). More >>

Adverse weather slower to arrive in the South

Friday, 19 September 2014, 9:17 am | MetService

A broad, active and complex trough is rolling across New Zealand duringFriday, bringing rain or showers to most regions exposed to north and westerly flows. This is followed by cold southerlies on Saturday and Sunday. Looking to next week, a slow-moving high ... More >>

Two ticks…it’s an election day weather forecast

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 5:31 pm | NIWA

A coalition of rain, showers and the odd fine spell is set to rule New Zealand weather on Satur-day. More >>

1.8m to be invested in Māori-led science & innovation

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 4:01 pm | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) announced today that a further $1.8 million will be invested over the next two years to develop the science and innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources, and people for the benefit ... More >>

Antarctic Species Would Benefit from Marine Protections

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 1:32 pm | Antarctic Ocean Alliance

Spectacular Antarctic Species That Would Benefit From Comprehensive Marine Protections, Spotlight on Species Leading Into 33rd Antarctic Marine Conference More >>

SPCA Shares Concern Over 1080 Poison Drop

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 10:17 am | The Graf Boys

The SPCA has shared concern about a video clip covering the recent Department of Conservation's Mt Pirongia aerial 1080 poison drop, near Hamilton. More >>

Potential biocontrol agents settling into containment

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 2:25 pm | Landcare Research

Scientists at Landcare Research are investigating two small European insects as potential bio-control agents against the pest plant Tutsan (Hypericum androsaemum). More >>

Jesse Bering, noted US psychologist, author now based in NZ

Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 1:24 pm | Robert Bruce Agency

RBA Corporate, the corporate and entertainment division of The Robert Bruce Agency is very pleased to introduce prolific award-winning author, columnist and media personality Jesse Bering to New Zealand editors and producers. More >>

Potential vaccines for rheumatic fever researched

Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 9:42 am | Health Research Council

The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) has announced the funding of a trans-Tasman research coalition to accelerate the development of a vaccine against Group A Streptococcus (GAS) infection, which can cause rheumatic fever. The governments ... More >>

A succession of depressions

Monday, 15 September 2014, 4:03 pm | MetService

After a wet and windy weekend for most, the week ahead is expected to continue with a similar theme, as a succession of depressions sweep across the country. More >>

One of the World’s Biggest Suckers Revealed Online

Monday, 15 September 2014, 3:59 pm | Radio New Zealand Limited

Radio New Zealand’s Our Changing World presenter, Veronika Meduna, will come face to face with one of the world’s biggest suckers when she hosts an online examination of Te Papa’s newest colossal squid tomorrow morning. More >>

Community invited to join staff for World Rivers Day

Monday, 15 September 2014, 3:18 pm | Horizons Regional Council

Horizons Regional Council is inviting the public to join their staff at local river sites to celebrate World Rivers Day on Monday 29 September. More >>

More snow but less ice for Antarctic glaciers

Monday, 15 September 2014, 12:56 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

Future increases in snowfall will not prevent the retreat of glaciers on the northern Antarctic Peninsula, according to a new study involving a Victoria University of Wellington researcher. More >>

te Pa picks up case of awards

Monday, 15 September 2014, 12:15 pm | Te Pa

Following a golden reception in the United Kingdom market, and a successful trip to the Asia region in August, te Pā Wines has scooped up a case of awards at the prestigious China Wine & Spirits Awards in Hong Kong. More >>

Mt Pirongia Poison Drop Breaches 1080 Warning Label

Monday, 15 September 2014, 10:30 am | The Graf Boys

A youtube video clip of a 1080 poison drop across Mt Pirongia claims the Department of Conservation operation breached the New Zealand manufacturer's warnings. More >>

Student wins Sir Peter Blake youth ambassador scholarship

Monday, 15 September 2014, 10:25 am | University of Canterbury

September 14, 2014 A University of Canterbury honours mechatronics engineering graduate Angus Watson will use a Sir Peter Blake youth ambassador scholarship to live in the Antarctic for six weeks later this year to collate energy data important to the future ... More >>

NZGL 2014 Impacts and Outcomes report released

Sunday, 14 September 2014, 5:28 pm | NZ Genomics

New Zealand Genomics Limited (NZGL) has released its 2014 Impacts and Outcomes Report, showing a substantial increase in the number and range of research projects supported within the New Zealand research environment. More >>

NZ: Proposal That Could Legitimize "Scientific" Whaling

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 5:24 pm | Elsa Cabrera

New Zealand and the Proposal That Could Legitimize "Scientific" Whaling in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary More >>

Notice of hearing for Solvigo application

Friday, 12 September 2014, 4:54 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

Notice of hearing for Solvigo application The EPA advises a hearing is scheduled for an application to import Solvigo, an insecticide used to treat thrips and other insect pest in commercial onion crops. More >>

Wairarapa Farm’s Energy-Saving Efforts Recognised

Friday, 12 September 2014, 4:32 pm | Ballance Farm Environment awards

The efforts he and parents Henry and Dorothy have made to improve the sustainability of their 527ha dairy and beef farm, north of Masterton, were recognised this year when the family picked up three category awards in the 2014 Greater Wellington Ballance ... More >>

Childhood Mentors Have Positive Impact on Career Success

Friday, 12 September 2014, 2:00 pm | NC State News

New research from North Carolina State University finds that young people who have had mentors are more likely to find work early in their careers that gives them more responsibility and autonomy – ultimately putting them on a path to more financially ... More >>

Researchers Create World’s Largest DNA Origami

Friday, 12 September 2014, 1:53 pm | NC State News

Researchers from North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of Copenhagen have created the world’s largest DNA origami, which are nanoscale constructions with applications ranging from biomedical research to nanoelectronics. More >>

TYWI-Education Software For Real-time Voice Translation

Friday, 12 September 2014, 1:34 pm | Translate Your World

TYWI-Education Software For Real-time Voice Translation In 78 Languages Adds WebRTC to the Translate Your World Arsenal More >>

Evolutionary tools improve prospects for sustainablity

Friday, 12 September 2014, 11:36 am | Liggins Institute

NZ scientist Professor Sir Peter Gluckman is one of nine authors of an international study which calls for evolutionary thinking to address societal challenges in food security, emerging diseases and biodiversity loss. More >>

New Data Resource to Help in the Search for Oil And Gas

Thursday, 11 September 2014, 4:17 pm | GNS Science

Geologists will produce a series of freely available digital maps and a comprehensive database over the next four years to help exploration companies pinpoint prospective areas to explore for oil and gas in New Zealand’s offshore territory. More >>

Boost for Mineral Exploration in MBIE Funding Round

Thursday, 11 September 2014, 3:17 pm | GNS Science

Mineral exploration received a boost this week with the government investing $4 million in a four-year research project to improve the knowledge and understanding of New Zealand’s gold deposits. More >>

Suspected Ebola case in Australia - experts respond

Thursday, 11 September 2014, 2:57 pm | Science Media Centre

A 25 year old Australian man, who has recently returned from a visit to the Ebola-affected Congo, has been admitted to a Gold Coast hospital after experiencing Ebola-like symptoms. More >>

A trough on the horizon

Thursday, 11 September 2014, 2:50 pm | MetService

A ridge of high pressure, which has brought settled weather to the country this week, is now sliding away to the east. A trough approaching from the Tasman Sea is set to bring rain to most of the country on Friday and Saturday, before moving away to ... More >>

Ozone efforts impact climate - experts respond

Thursday, 11 September 2014, 2:42 pm | Science Media Centre

Destruction of the planet's protective ozone layer is slowing, according to the latest scientific assessment, but full impacts on global climate are still coming clear. More >>

Canterbury and New Zealand taking the lead

Thursday, 11 September 2014, 2:25 pm | University of Canterbury

Canterbury and New Zealand taking the lead with 3D colour scanner to help reduce diseases More >>

Professor paints a gloomy global picture

Thursday, 11 September 2014, 12:55 pm | Lincoln University

Professor paints a gloomy global picture, but with a local upside If his objective was to leave his audience feeling a little unsettled or with a sense of foreboding then Lincoln University Professor of Agricultural Systems, Tony Bywater, probably ... More >>

Report recognises climate change and ozone depletion links

Thursday, 11 September 2014, 12:17 pm | NIWA

The ozone hole over Antarctica is responsible for significant climate change in the Southern Hemisphere, according to a new international report. More >>

Endangered bird may be more at home in lowland environment

Thursday, 11 September 2014, 11:49 am | University of Waikato

A native bird long thought to be most at home in Fiordland tussock may actually be more comfortable in wetlands and a Waikato University student has won a scholarship to find out where takahe prefer to live. More >>

Dry spells take hold in South Island

Wednesday, 10 September 2014, 2:37 pm | NIWA

Many areas in the South Island are tracking towards record dry spells as relatively warm, dry weather that began in mid-August continues. A dry spell is defined as a period of 15 days or more with less than 1mm of rain on any one day. More >>

Important season for black-grass eradication

Wednesday, 10 September 2014, 2:20 pm | Joint Press Release

With the second season of black-grass operations about to begin, continued vigilance this spring and summer will be crucial to stop the noxious weed from establishing in Mid-Canterbury, says the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). More >>

Parents needed for survey into NZ children’s first words

Wednesday, 10 September 2014, 10:58 am | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury research project has surveyed more than 1300 parents to help provide the first comprehensive study on early language development in New Zealand. More >>

New science scholars programme first for New Zealand

Wednesday, 10 September 2014, 10:29 am | University of Auckland

A new programme to identify and encourage the best and brightest science students at the beginning of their university careers begins at the University of Auckland next year. More >>

Sugar babies and clever buoys make finalists

Wednesday, 10 September 2014, 10:08 am | The Kudos Awards

Deborah Harris PhD & Nurse Practitioner at Waikato Hospital, renown for her groundbreaking research with hypoglycaemia in newborn babies and Laboratory Technician, Chris McBride from the University of Waikato are among the 16 Kudos finalists announced recently. More >>

Bush-goers asked to report sightings of endangered plant

Tuesday, 9 September 2014, 11:00 am | Duenorth

Hunters, anglers, trampers and rafters are being asked to keep their eyes out while in the bush this spring for one of our most striking native plants, the critically endangered Kakabeak. Any sightings of the flamboyant plant, which is typically found ... More >>

A high to begin the week

Monday, 8 September 2014, 2:54 pm | MetService

A cooler southwest flow has become established over the country, but this will ease during Tuesday as a large high over the Tasman Sea moves across New Zealand. "High pressure rules the beginning of the week so settled weather can be expected across ... More >>

Science Challenge 11 Funding a Breakthrough For Urban NZ

Monday, 8 September 2014, 1:46 pm | University of Otago

The Government’s announcement of funding for Science Challenge 11 is welcome recognition that New Zealand is now predominantly an urban country, says the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities. More >>

New Technology for Hearing Impaired NZers

Monday, 8 September 2014, 1:45 pm | One Plus One

Auckland-based creative corporate communications agency, One Plus One, is bringing back the joy of music for hearing-impaired New Zealanders, thanks to its latest trans-Tasman work with GN ReSound ® . More >>

Tauranga's Café Scientifique unveils brain activity

Monday, 8 September 2014, 11:01 am | Waikato University

Tauranga’s Café Scientifique will see Dr Marcus Wilson, Faculty of Science and Engineering from the University of Waikato, explain how different patterns of electrical activity in the brain can be seen when someone is sleeping, thinking or under general ... More >>

No bees, no food, no people

Monday, 8 September 2014, 9:43 am | Federated Farmers

Without the incredible honeybee, two-thirds of the food we take for granted would almost vanish, making life as we know it impossible. More >>

Track testing for international competition begins

Monday, 8 September 2014, 9:25 am | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury car begins track testing for international competition September 8, 2014 The University of Canterbury’s 2014 engineering car has begun track testing in preparation for the international university design, build and race car competition ... More >>

Poll Points to Freshwater Being NZers Key Conservation Worry

Sunday, 7 September 2014, 9:55 pm | Forest and Bird

A mini-poll has identified the quality of our lakes and rivers as being New Zealanders’ leading conservation concern. More >>

First Kiwi Chick of the Season Hatches

Friday, 5 September 2014, 5:40 pm | Rainbow Springs

Rotorua 5 September 2014: It’s arrived! The first kiwi chick of the season has hatched at Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua, New Zealand’s largest hatchery for brown kiwi. More >>

SMC Heads-Up: Sci comm lessons, disasters and popular diets

Friday, 5 September 2014, 5:31 pm | Science Media Centre

SMC experience; Science Radar; Popular diets; Quoted; Science & the election; Policy news; Friday video; New from the SMC; Sciblogs highlights; Sci-tech events More >>

Fish & Game to allow Deep Creek to be forever degraded

Friday, 5 September 2014, 3:17 pm | Future Rivers

At their recent meeting Central South Island Fish and Game refused to budge on a plea to fix a damaging diversion on Deep Creek, a superb backcountry stream and important salmon spawning stream set in Lord of the Rings country at the foot of Mt Sunday ... More >>

Fish & Game to allow Deep Creek to be forever degraded

Friday, 5 September 2014, 3:17 pm | Future Rivers

At their recent meeting Central South Island Fish and Game refused to budge on a plea to fix a damaging diversion on Deep Creek, a superb backcountry stream and important salmon spawning stream set in Lord of the Rings country at the foot of Mt Sunday ... More >>

Huge Interest in Kakapo Chick Naming Auction

Friday, 5 September 2014, 3:10 pm | Kakapo Recovery

The first ever auction offering the chance to name a kakapo chick is drawing huge interest from bidders keen to support the recovery programme. More >>

Farmers Have Plenty to Gain From Farm Environment Awards

Friday, 5 September 2014, 2:07 pm | Ballance Farm Environment awards

Tariki farmers Robin and Jacqueline Blackwell are glad they got the opportunity to enter the inaugural Taranaki Ballance Farm Environment Awards. More >>

Mascarene Petrel at sea - unique image of bird with egg

Friday, 5 September 2014, 2:04 pm | Birdlife International

Critically endangered Mascarene Petrel discovered at sea and unique image captured of bird with its egg. More >>

Climate Summary: A mild winter for much of the country

Friday, 5 September 2014, 10:46 am | NIWA

A mild winter for much of the country. Temperature It was a mild winter for much of the country, but especially for the South Island where winter temperatures were predominantly above average (0.5 to 1.2°C above average). The exception was parts ... More >>

Environmental risk assessment regime to apply to dairy farms

Friday, 5 September 2014, 10:41 am | Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council will move to a new risk-based system of dairy farm inspections in 2014-15 as part of the implementation of new water quality rules for the Otago region. More >>

Major methanogen milestone

Friday, 5 September 2014, 10:08 am | AgResearch

AgResearch scientists and US researchers are one step closer in their work to reduce methane emissions from sheep. More >>


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