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Submissions sought on modified reassessment for herbicide

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 3:22 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is calling for submissions on a modified reassessment of the herbicide Callisto. This is an already approved herbicide, which contains the active ingredient mesotrine. More >>

Improving weather trend for the rest of the week

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 1:15 pm | MetService

After a wet and windy start to the week, the weather should gradually improve and become mostly fine by the time the weekend rolls around. "There is still a bit of the wet stuff around for the next couple of days, but the trend is for fine weather ... More >>

TV Streaming Impacts NZ ISP Performance?

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 11:30 am | TrueNet

The market for television and movies on the Internet (Over-the-Top-Technology, or OTT) suddenly took off this year, and March appears to be the month that demand started to impact supply. More >>

Gibbons Lectures: From mouse to smartphone and beyond

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 10:20 am | University of Auckland

Predicting our online future is a perilous business but it is clear that touch, gesture and away-from-the-screen technologies are either already here or on their way, says Professor Mark Apperley from the University of Waikato’s Department of ... More >>

Hookworm discovery at Malaghan Institute

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 10:08 am | Malahgan Institute of Medical Research

Professor Graham Le Gros has led a team which has stimulated both innate and memory responses to the parasite, discovering along the way the unexpected behaviour of one particular immune cell, in Hookworm, one of the world’s most devastating tropical ... More >>

Strong Support for Clarification of GMO Council Jurisdiction

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 9:42 am | GE Free NZ

On Friday, 24 April GE Free Northland and the Soil & Health Association of NZ with 19 other 274 parties sought clarification in the Environment Court on whether there is jurisdiction in the Resource Management Act for local control of outdoor ... More >>

This Week in Sci-Tech

Friday, 24 April 2015, 3:51 pm | Science Media Centre

In an unexpected - and potentially unwelcome - world first, Chinese researchers have tweaked the genomes of human embryos. More >>

ANZAC Weekend weather

Friday, 24 April 2015, 3:41 pm | NIWA

Changeable weather is expected everywhere this long weekend, particularly towards the end, says NIWA’s lead forecaster, Chris Brandolino. More >>

House of Science develops aquaculture kit for schools

Friday, 24 April 2015, 12:34 pm | House of Science

The House of Science Tauranga is delighted to release yet another science resource kit for use in local primary and intermediate schools. Sponsored by the Regional Aquaculture Organization (RAO), ‘The Sea and Me’ kit helps students understand ... More >>

Every Draft Needs An Editor

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 2:56 pm | Deconstruct Paris

Every Draft Needs An Editor, So Who’s Editing The Draft Text For The Paris Climate Conference? More >>

Approval for horticultural fungicide

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 2:35 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

An Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) decision-making committee has approved an application by ISK New Zealand Ltd for a fungicide that controls various fungal diseases in horticultural crops. More >>

Chilly morning starts

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 1:12 pm | MetService

A broad area of high pressure builds across New Zealand in time for this weekend's remembrance services bringing dry conditions for many dawn parades on ANZAC Day. Cloudier skies and wetter weather are however forecast for the second half of the ... More >>

Ocean wealth valued at US$24 trillion, but sinking fast

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 10:31 am | WWF

The value of the ocean’s riches rivals the size of the world’s leading economies, but its resources are rapidly eroding, according to a report released by WWF today. The report, Reviving the Ocean Economy: The case for action - 2015, analyses the ... More >>

Ensuring There Are Always Enough Fish In The Sea

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 4:53 pm | BayTrust

Kimberley Maxwell grew up fishing for kahawai with her family at the mouth of the Mōtū River in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Now, with the support of the inaugural Bruce Cronin BayTrust scholarship, she’s working hard to preserve that experience ... More >>

Purebread applauds new Glyphosate research

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 2:21 pm | Media PA

The World Health Organisation has announced that the active ingredient of Roundup, glyphosate, as being “probably carcinogenic” to humans. More >>

Top pain specialists urge caution on “medicinal cannabis”

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 2:14 pm | ANZCA

The evidence supporting the use of cannabis-based medicines for pain relief in chronic non-cancer pain is weak and based more on anecdote than on sound clinical science and practice, leading pain physicians in New Zealand and Australia argue. The Faculty ... More >>

Threat to New Zealand waterways prompts microbead ban

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 12:28 pm | Convergence

A multimillion dollar Kiwi supplement and skincare company is calling on the New Zealand government to prohibit the use of plastic microbeads in all personal care and consumer products. More >>

Man meets Machine - Human-Computer Interaction

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 10:17 am | Auckland University

Human interaction with computers is evolving at a dizzying speed. The ground-breaking invention of the mouse can already seem outmoded by the rise of touch-screen mobile technology. Human interaction with computers is evolving at a dizzying speed. The ... More >>

Invaluable recipes for today’s health needs

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 9:46 am | University of Canterbury

The School of Health Sciences at the University of Canterbury is conducting ground-breaking research into a Renaissance medico-pharmaceutical text that could hold invaluable recipes for today’s health needs. More >>

Relationship between birth weight and socio-economic status

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 9:42 am | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury economics and finance doctoral researcher who examined issues relating to heavy babies, says the relationship between high birth weight and socio-economic status, obesity, and iron supplements is complicated. More >>

Humates are handy – but save your money

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 3:59 pm | Ballance Agri-Nutrients

International research shows they can improve soil stability, help retain water and contribute to plant health. But spending money on commercial preparations of humates for agricultural soil and plant health is like investing in the latest anti-wrinkle ... More >>

Dairy industry’s next ‘All Blacks’ selected

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 2:29 pm | CRV Ambreed

Dairy industry’s next ‘All Blacks’ selected In what’s arguably the equivalent of making it into the All Blacks squad for a bull, a rigorous four-year selection process has resulted in CRV Ambreed’s latest group of proven sires that are set ... More >>

Research into Nelson Lakes National Park methane discharge

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 2:01 pm | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury postgraduate geology student has been exploring Red Hills in the Nelson Lakes National Park for groundwater springs where a significant amount of methane is being released to the atmosphere. More >>

Help us Unmask Palm Oil in 2015

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 1:53 pm | Wellington Zoo

Wellington Zoo is proud to support the Unmask Palm Oil campaign by asking government representatives in New Zealand and Australia to demand clear labelling of vegetable oil on all food products. Palm oil is estimated to be in about half of all products ... More >>

Another international honour for Distinguished Professor

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 9:57 am | Massey University

The head of the newly-formed Massey Institute of Food Science and Technology (MIFST) Distinguished Professor Harjinder Singh has been elected a Fellow of the United States Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). More >>

Library unearths the first geological map ever produced

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 9:21 am | University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury Library has found a precious copy of what is globally acknowledged as the first geological map of any country ever produced with connections to early Canterbury. More >>

Māori focus for new biosecurity network

Monday, 20 April 2015, 4:30 pm | Lincoln University

The Bio-Protection Research Centre, in conjunction with Lincoln University, is facilitating the establishment of a National Māori Biosecurity Network to help manage and protect New Zealand from biosecurity incursions. The purpose of the Network is to connect ... More >>

Climate science may help predict mussel production

Monday, 20 April 2015, 3:21 pm | NIWA

Sea temperatures influence mussel production, but the link between the two is not always clear. Sea temperatures have been rising globally with climate change, but temperatures also fluctuate with shorter-term climate variability, along with other ... More >>

Could global warming incite interest in tropical breeds?

Monday, 20 April 2015, 2:26 pm | HMC Communications

New Zealand dairy farming is being confronted by climate change and Hamilton company CRV Ambreed is ready. More >>

A warmer week

Monday, 20 April 2015, 12:30 pm | MetService

A ridge over the North Island will bring settled weather there this week.Meanwhile, a slow-moving front over the South Island produces rain for the west, with scattered falls further east. Temperatures have returned to normal for this time of the year, ... More >>

Toddlers needed for nutrition study - Auckland

Monday, 20 April 2015, 12:28 pm | University of Auckland

Toddlers needed for nutrition study - Auckland Families living in Auckland who have toddlers turning one year of age between now and 1 September 2015are invited to take part in a new nutrition study at the University of Auckland. “Good nutrition early ... More >>

Dr Stephen O’Brien visits Tauranga Café Scientifique

Monday, 20 April 2015, 11:58 am | Waikato University

World leading molecular biologist and conservationist, Dr Stephen O’Brien, will visit the Tauranga Café Scientifique on Wednesday 29 April as part of the Allan Wilson International public lecture series. Dr O’Brien is Chief Scientific Officer ... More >>

Getting to know the Gisborne gas seeps

Friday, 17 April 2015, 11:15 am | NIWA

A team of NIWA scientist heads offshore near Gisborne next week [April 23-May 1] to investigate a group of seabed gas flares erupting from near a glacier of frozen methane discovered last year. More >>

Longer term treatment reduces risk of repeat heart attacks

Friday, 17 April 2015, 11:12 am | Senate SHJ

A new international study of 21,000 people who had suffered heart attacks has shown that their risk of repeat heart attacks is significantly reduced if they are treated with a medicine called BRILINTA® (ticagrelor) in addition to aspirin and continued ... More >>

Weekend temperatures on the rise

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 4:29 pm | MetService

After a cool week, the weekend sees temperatures picking up. However, the fine dry weather we have seen over New Zealand is likely to be interrupted by periods of rain moving across the country. More >>

Launch of new U.S. built low cost antenna

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 12:31 pm | Times 7

Times-7, the performance leader in UHF antennas for RFID applications, today launched the new Times-7 A5010 compact SlimLine antenna. Specifically designed for high volume manufacture, the new 10 inch (250mm) square A5010 retains Times-7 unique ultra-thin ... More >>

Major new potato research project announced

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 12:24 pm | Potatoes New Zealand

Potatoes New Zealand Inc. has won funding from the Ministry of Primary Industries for a major research project aimed at improving crop yield. More >>

Researchers receive funding to help Kaikōua's fishery

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 12:06 pm | University of Canterbury

Two University of Canterbury marine researchers have received about $100,000 of government funding over two years to collect information about the state of customary fisheries along the Kaikōura coastline. More >>

Nutrient management key focuses at Committee Meeting

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 10:16 am | Environment Canterbury

Nutrient management key focuses at Hurunui-Waiau Zone Committee Meeting The Hurunui-Waiau Zone Committee will meet on Monday 20 April in Hawarden for its monthly water management meeting. The meeting will begin with an update from the Regional Committee and this ... More >>

Rejecting Vitamin K at birth predicts vaccination refusal

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 10:15 am | University of Otago

New Zealand parents who turn down vitamin K for their newborns are more than 14 times more likely to not get their children immunised, a new University of Otago study has found. More >>

Arbor Networks Q1 DDoS Attack Data

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 12:22 pm | Arbor Networks

Arbor Networks Q1 DDoS Attack Data Shows Fragmentation Attacks Dominate in New Zealand Arbor Networks Inc. , a leading provider of DDoS and advanced threat protection solutions for enterprise and service provider networks, today released Q1 DDoS attack data ... More >>

Veeam Endpoint Backup Now Available

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 12:12 pm | Veeam Software

Veeam Endpoint Backup Now Available Complete and Easy-to-Use, Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE Is Veeam’s Gift to the IT Pro Community; Joins the Company’s Large Family of Free Tools New Zealand, Auckland– April 15, 2015: Endpoint backup has long been ... More >>

Brazilian Beetles Effective Biocontrol Against Tradescantia

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 11:04 am | Landcare Research

Areas where Brazilian beetles were released to control a weed, hated by conservationists, gardeners and dog owners alike, are showing signs it’s working. More >>

Rocket Lab Reveals First Battery-Powered Rocket

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 9:42 am | Rocket Lab

• First-of-its-kind technology to offer affordable, high-frequency launches of small satellites • Engine created through 3D printing and using electric turbopumps More >>

Ginger is the New Black

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 4:15 pm | Department of Conservation

With famous ginger pop star Ed Sheeran on stage in NZ, another ginger media star - Kindara– took front stage at the weekend. More >>

ARANZ Geo Attracts World Class CFO as Expansion Continues

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 1:08 pm | ARANZ Geo Limited

ARANZ Geo, a world leader in the interpretation and visualisation of geological data for the mining, environmental, renewable energy and other geologically dependent industries, has appointed Rohit Selvaratnam as Chief Financial Officer. More >>

Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 12:17 pm | Apple

CUPERTINO, California—14 April 2015—Apple® today updated Final Cut Pro® X, Motion and Compressor with new features for motion graphics and key enhancements to accelerate video editing, packaging and delivery. Final Cut Pro 10.2 introduces ... More >>

Consider Christchurch Culture When Designing CBD

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 11:22 am | Lincoln University

“Beautiful CBD spaces with poor microclimates will be empty most of the year, as will spaces with great microclimates but used in the wrong way.” More >>

Kiwi heads home after recovery at Wellington Zoo

Monday, 13 April 2015, 3:51 pm | Wellington Zoo

Wellington Zoo has been caring for a Haast Tokoeka Kiwi chick for the last six weeks, who was admitted to The Nest Te Kōhanga for treatment in February. More >>

Vietnam adventure for Waikato marine scientists

Monday, 13 April 2015, 2:11 pm | University of Waikato

Mangrove forests up to 20 metres high, snakes, wasps and a whole lot of mud have been the making of an intrepid journey for three University of Waikato scientists conducting research in Vietnam. More >>

Otago scientist gains grant for innovative gout research

Monday, 13 April 2015, 12:26 pm | University of Otago

A University of Otago pathology researcher has gained a Health Research Council Explorer Grant to identify new drug targets to combat gout, a severely painful and debilitating condition caused by high blood levels of uric acid. Associate Professor ... More >>

Coral Research Cruises Continue in Remote Australian Waters

Monday, 13 April 2015, 11:14 am | Schmidt Ocean Institute

Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor has just completed a two week coordinated robotics expedition in the remote Timor Sea. Falkor is now returning to the same location for a new month-long cruise investigating ecological processes ... More >>

Scientists on speaking out

Friday, 10 April 2015, 2:49 pm | Science Media Centre

The NZAS's (New Zealand Association of Scientists) conference in Wellington today had experts sharing their experiences, and encouraging others, in speaking publicly. The conference, titled Going public: scientists speaking out on difficult issues ... More >>

New research could help solve mystery of migraine

Friday, 10 April 2015, 9:42 am | University of Auckland

Researchers at the University of Auckland have published new findings on the discovery of a potential new drug target for the treatment of migraine. More >>

Cawthron Institute joins FoodHQ

Thursday, 9 April 2015, 3:44 pm | Joint Press Release

The country's largest independent science organisation, Cawthron Institute, has become the newest member of New Zealand's food research collaboration, FoodHQ. More >>

Human and nature’s entanglements explored

Thursday, 9 April 2015, 2:58 pm | Massey University

Humans depend on nature, yet continue to exploit and abuse it – this paradox is at the heart of a conference exploring our relationship with the natural world from critically humanist, political and social sciences perspectives. More >>

A taste of winter

Thursday, 9 April 2015, 2:00 pm | MetService

The weather is forecast to dry up on Saturday as a trough gradually fades to the east. However, an active front is set to sweep across New Zealand throughout Sunday and Monday, followed by plunging temperatures and wintry showers for the south and ... More >>

Acting now can reduce facial eczema long-term

Thursday, 9 April 2015, 12:24 pm | HMC Communications

Hot and muggy conditions this year have provided a timely reminder for dairy farmers to breed a herd that will be more tolerant to facial eczema challenges and have greater resilience to facial eczema long-term. CRV Ambreed’s genetic development strategist ... More >>

OS // OS : Opening up the Open Education conversation

Thursday, 9 April 2015, 9:39 am | Open Source Open Society

Opening up the Open Education conversation Open Source Open Society Conference - 16-17 April Wellington More >>

Taking open data to the next level in New Zealand

Thursday, 9 April 2015, 9:37 am | Open Source Open Society

The upcoming OS//OS conference will be a huge 2 days of inspiring brain food, practical workshops and chances to connect over coffee with a passionate community of people interested in what the world looks like when it is a more open place. More >>

 

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