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NIWA Outlook: September-November 2015

Friday, 4 September 2015, 3:59 pm | NIWA

Strong El Niño conditions are present in the tropical Pacific ocean. Sea surface temperature anomalies in the central and eastern Pacific intensified during August 2015 and are now close to +2oC. The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) is strongly ... More >>

New ocean acidification research

Friday, 4 September 2015, 2:00 pm | NIWA

NIWA scientists are carrying out a major research project to determine how New Zealand’s marine ecosystems are faring under climate change. More >>

Drones—friend or foe?

Friday, 4 September 2015, 10:30 am | Hutt City Council

After the success of the 3D printing lecture series in 2014, Hutt City Libraries is set to hold an exclusive lecture series on drones this October. More >>

Solutions sought for saving summer fruit

Friday, 4 September 2015, 10:29 am | Lincoln University

Solutions sought for saving summer fruit Combating pests and diseases of tree-based crops and summer fruits was the target of the latest MG Marketing ‘Growing You’ workshop held recently at Lincoln. MG Marketing, a co-operative organization that ... More >>

Predator Free Stewart Island talks begin

Friday, 4 September 2015, 9:52 am | Department of Conservation

Predator Free Stewart Island talks begin Feasibility studies on options for the Predator Free Rakiura Halfmoon Bay Project are now out for Stewart Island/Rakiura communities to consider. The Predator Free Rakiura Governance Group has published ... More >>

Internationally respected audiology at Auckland

Friday, 4 September 2015, 9:50 am | Auckland University

Twenty-five years ago a clinical audiology training programme was established at the University of Auckland – now it is internationally respected with graduates working around the world. In 1990 the University of Auckland set up the Audiology ... More >>

Smart Modelling to Help with Aquifer Management

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 3:58 pm | GNS Science

Smart modelling techniques are going to provide the horsepower behind a range of new methods to improve the management of New Zealand’s aquifers. More >>

New Research Programme Aims to Lift Oil & Gas Exploration

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 2:51 pm | GNS Science

GNS Science has been awarded funding for a four-year research programme to improve the chances of finding oil and gas accumulations in New Zealand’s sedimentary basins. More >>

Re-dated New Guinea pottery: early Austronesian fingerprint

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 2:30 pm | University of Otago

A University of Otago-led research team has unexpectedly discovered the first evidence that the ancestors of Polynesians did not bypass New Guinea on their way from Southeast Asia to colonise remote areas of the Pacific, as was previously thought. More >>

Winter's last blast?

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 2:29 pm | MetService

This weekend New Zealand will get what may be one last taste of winter,before a settling ridge of high pressure moves in early next week. Snow, rain, gales and severe frosts are all on the cards as a strong southwest flow sets the country shivering during ... More >>

Plant analysis backs up earlier advice

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 10:42 am | Dairy NZ

The results from analysis of Southland swede plants collected last season is backing up DairyNZ advice to farmers that feeding maturing swede crops increases the risk of ill-health in cows. More >>

Three trillion trees estimated worldwide

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 10:16 am | Landcare Research

A new study has found there are more than three trillion trees in the world – about eight times higher than previous estimates. More >>

Expert analysis of climate change impacts on Southern Ocean

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 10:14 am | Victoria University of Wellington

An international expert on the role of the ocean in the climate system will examine the impact of climate change on the critically-important Southern Ocean at a Victoria University of Wellington public lecture. More >>

Eggs Link with High Cholesterol Quashed

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 9:09 am | NZ Nutrition Foundation

Eating eggs is unlikely to raise blood cholesterol levels and increase risk of heart disease, new reports reveal. More >>

Native plant shares its secrets

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 9:06 am | Plant and Food Research

Scientists have sequenced one of New Zealand’s most important indigenous plants and are making the data available to tāngata whenua and New Zealand’s research community. More >>

A cool September in store

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 12:34 pm | MetService

"A cooler than usual September is expected for all regions of the country," said MetService Meteorologist Georgina Griffiths. Since the middle of winter, New Zealand has generally been running colder than normal, due to a higher frequency of southwesterlies ... More >>

Using maths to meet environmental challenges

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 11:02 am | Auckland University

Ecological systems on both land and sea face big environmental challenges from human impact but using mathematics is one way to help manage those challenges, says visiting Professor of theoretical ecology Alan Hastings. More >>

More doctoral students spend time in the workplace

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 10:41 am | University of Auckland

Battling rheumatic fever and improving a couple’s chances of having a baby using IVF are two of the areas PhD students have explored while on a new internship scheme. More >>

Research calls for rethink of Alpine Fault

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 8:55 am | Victoria University of Wellington

New research from Victoria University of Wellington will prompt a shift in thinking about the South Island’s Alpine Fault. More >>

Scientists reveal NZ's prehistoric wildlife sanctuaries

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 9:51 am | University of Otago

An international research team led by University of Otago scientists has documented prehistoric ‘sanctuary’ regions where New Zealand seabirds survived early human hunting. More >>

House of Science Tauranga gets great ‘reaction’

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 9:09 am | TrustPower

House of Science Tauranga scooped the Supreme Award at the 2015 Trustpower Tauranga Community Awards last night. The Awards were announced and presented last night (Monday, August 31) at the Tauranga Golf Club in front of almost 120 spectators, the majority ... More >>

Innovative procedure to save Chimpanzee’s remaining ear

Monday, 31 August 2015, 1:23 pm | Wellington Zoo

This week a Wellington Zoo Chimpanzee will undergo a groundbreaking procedure in a last-ditch effort to save her remaining ear. More >>

New Study Busts Myths Around Undersize Snapper Catch

Saturday, 29 August 2015, 10:46 am | Aotearoa Fisheries

New Zealand fishing industry leaders say an unprecedented 12 month monitoring programme has dispelled the myths around how many undersize snapper are being caught and returned to the sea. More >>

New information on important fishery

Friday, 28 August 2015, 4:44 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

A new study into under-size snapper caught in the Snapper 1 area shows encouraging results, but there is more work to be done. More >>

Aurecon shines a limelight on student engineering

Friday, 28 August 2015, 2:20 pm | Aurecon

Aurecon shines a limelight on student engineering talent uncovered at annual bridge building competitions, Australia and New Zealand More >>

Maize Performance Trials

Friday, 28 August 2015, 1:45 pm | Foundation for Arable Research

New Zealand’s first Maize Hybrid Performance Trials (MPT) have been completed, and the analysed results for the 2014-15 pilot season are out now. More >>

Winners of Wellington Science Fair Announced

Friday, 28 August 2015, 12:26 pm | NIWA

The 2015 NIWA Wellington Regional Science and Technology Fair has again been a resounding success, with more than 500 intermediate and secondary school students taking part. More >>

Spirituality on the psychology map

Friday, 28 August 2015, 9:46 am | Massey University

Spiritual experiences are not often talked about in psychology. But two Massey University researchers are looking to change that. More >>

Firstborn women more likely to be overweight or obese: study

Friday, 28 August 2015, 8:47 am | University of Auckland

Firstborn women are more likely to be overweight or obese than their second-born sisters, according to the largest study of its kind in women. The study led by New Zealand’s Liggins Institute, in collaboration with Swedish scientists, is published ... More >>

A Tale of Two Lows

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 12:55 pm | MetService

While most of New Zealand has enjoyed a couple of days of fine weather,thanks to a ridge of high pressure sitting over the country, this is not set to last. A low pressure system is approaching from the Tasman Sea, bringing rain to most places ... More >>

No-take marine reserves best hope for world’s oceans

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 9:55 am | University of Auckland

Global efforts to protect the world’s oceans from over-fishing and biodiversity loss are not enough and it is time for a re-think on marine conservation, scientists say. More >>

HPV infection of placentas linked to pregnancy complication

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 9:09 am | University of Otago

In a landmark study, University of Otago researchers have found that human papilloma virus (HPV) can infect the placenta and is linked to several pregnancy complications, including the potentially fatal disorder pre-eclampsia. More >>

Local Community Seeks Remediation of Defunct Mercury Mine

Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 8:21 am | Puhipuhi Mining Action Group

A Northland community is asking the Northland Regional Council to fix up the old mercury mine at Puhipuhi. More >>

Wellington’s next young scientists step up

Monday, 24 August 2015, 2:43 pm | NIWA

Budding scientists from all over the Wellington region are displaying their ingenuity, creativity and analytic skills at the annual NIWA Wellington Regional Science and Technology Fair at Victoria University of Wellington this week. More >>

A touch of spring for many

Monday, 24 August 2015, 12:56 pm | MetService

This week we'll see the full spectrum of weather across New Zealand (how very spring-like) and there are some warmer temperatures in the forecast too. More >>

Science close to unlocking velvet’s secret

Monday, 24 August 2015, 12:21 pm | Deer Industry NZ

New Zealand and South Korean scientists believe they will soon be able to identify the compounds that give deer antler velvet its immune-boosting properties. More >>

What If... Computers Could Save Lives?

Monday, 24 August 2015, 10:06 am | University of Canterbury

By winning the TV quiz show Jeopardy in 2011, the IBM Watson supercomputer set a new standard for the use of computers in data analytics. Today, the amount of data created about our health is growing at a massive rate. But should we leave crucial ... More >>

Hurricane Katrina 10 years on – the science connection in NZ

Monday, 24 August 2015, 9:24 am | Malaghan Institute

The world-first discovery in cell biology made by scientists based in New Zealand and Australia in 2015 might have been made a decade earlier if not for Hurricane Katrina; according to a researcher who watched as rising water and eventual power ... More >>

Saving Kiwi From Extinction Achievable

Monday, 24 August 2015, 8:47 am | Kiwis for Kiwi

A ground-breaking study has identified for the first time a roadmap to save the kiwi from extinction. More >>

Showcasing southern science, bowel screening, emissions

Friday, 21 August 2015, 4:56 pm | Science Media Centre

SMC Science Deadline: Showcasing southern science, bowel screening and emissions trade-offs Issue 342, 21 Aug 2015 Quick Links SMC Alerts Calendar Briefings Media Registration About us Contact the SMC New from the SMC In the News: Bowel cancer ... More >>

Southern hemisphere science goes on show

Friday, 21 August 2015, 1:45 pm | AUT University

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) has unveiled a new science webcast series today. The online Sci21 talks are the brainchild of Professor Steve Pointing, and put the spotlight on life-changing science developments of the 21st Century. More >>

Students’ renewable energy designs assist Tonga

Friday, 21 August 2015, 8:50 am | University of Canterbury

Five University of Canterbury (UC) electrical engineering students have returned from Tonga after assisting the local power company to investigate various renewable energy projects. More >>

DOC halts pukeko cull after takahe deaths

Friday, 21 August 2015, 7:49 am | Department of Conservation

DOC has put an immediate halt to pukeko culling operations near threatened takahe populations after the discovery of four dead takahe on Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf. More >>

A Dirty High

Thursday, 20 August 2015, 1:45 pm | MetService

A broad high moves slowly over New Zealand on Friday andSaturday,followed by a front advancing over the country from Sunday night into early next week. While the high will bring more settled conditions than we've seen over the past few weeks, it will ... More >>

Value of Medicines Award Winner

Thursday, 20 August 2015, 12:37 pm | Medicines New Zealand

Dr Swee Tan, the Founder and Executive Director of the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute (GMRI), has continued the remarkable work that saw him win the Value of Medicines Award in 2014, funded by Medicines New Zealand. Applications for the ... More >>

New Zealand to send seven delegates to global ag-summit

Thursday, 20 August 2015, 10:51 am | The PR Shop

Auckland, 2015 – Seven forward-thinking and passionate young people have been selected to represent New Zealand at a summit focused on solving one of the world’s most important issues – how to feed a growing population. Hamish Clarke, James ... More >>

New mechanism discovered for depression

Thursday, 20 August 2015, 10:20 am | University of Auckland

Media Release – University of Auckland Research into the action of ketamine on the brain has revealed neural pathways that will help scientists develop fast-acting medications for treating depression. More >>

Survey to comb NZ beehives

Thursday, 20 August 2015, 9:17 am | Landcare Research

A national survey of beekeepers will provide a “starting point” to explore the potential causes behind colony losses in New Zealand. More >>

Research backs belief that tomatoes can be a gout trigger

Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 2:15 pm | University of Otago

People who maintain that eating tomatoes can cause their gout to flare up are likely to welcome new University of Otago research that has, for the first time, found a biological basis for this belief. More >>

Probing the past to explain explosive eruptions

Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 9:33 am | Victoria University of Wellington

A Victoria University of Wellington volcanologist will next week give a talk on the forensics of large-scale volcanic eruptions, following his recent election to Fellowship of the Royal Society in London—one of the highest international honours ... More >>

Treasured lakes get some special attention

Tuesday, 18 August 2015, 5:07 pm | NIWA

NIWA scientists and Northland Regional Council staff are uncovering more of the mysteries of the North’s prized dune lakes using a canoe and some specialist hydro-acoustic surveying equipment. More >>

Changeable week but settled weekend

Monday, 17 August 2015, 2:02 pm | MetService

The complex low and associated fronts which meandered over the country through the weekend brought rainfall to the whole country. The most significant accumulations over the weekend were along eastern ranges of the North Island, where 40-80mm was ... More >>

Indonesian geothermal energy conference to attract experts

Saturday, 15 August 2015, 11:00 am | IESE

Alan Lucas is heading to Jakarta for the third Indonesia International Geothermal Convention and Exhibition. More >>

Science Deadline

Friday, 14 August 2015, 2:50 pm | Science Media Centre

Tianjin explosion investigated The exact cause of the huge explosions that rocked the Chinese port city of Tianjin remains a mystery for now, but chemical experts are assessing the situation. More >>

Relentless Winter

Thursday, 13 August 2015, 3:42 pm | MetService

El Nino conditions in the Pacific Ocean typically mean an increased likelihood of stormy southerlies over New Zealand. This El Nino winter has been no exception, and the trend is set to continue as long range forecasts indicate colder than average ... More >>

Partnerships to recycle soft plastic bags gain momentum

Thursday, 13 August 2015, 11:12 am | The Packaging Forum

In July the Packaging Forum announced a new initiative to introduce recycling bins so that shoppers can take back their used soft plastic bags to supermarkets and retail premises. The project is funded by industry with matched funding from the Government’s ... More >>

Addressing terrestrial, freshwater and marine biodiversity

Thursday, 13 August 2015, 9:34 am | Environmental Defence Society

The EDS Wild Things Conference is off to a flying start. The day has been challenging and invigorating, with an incredible line-up of international and domestic speakers. More >>

NIWA flexes its mussels

Wednesday, 12 August 2015, 11:17 am | NIWA

NIWA researchers have designed and built a machine that measures the strength of mussel shells that is partly based on the same technology used to open and close irrigation gates. More >>

Molecular discovery paves way for new diabetic treatments

Wednesday, 12 August 2015, 9:12 am | University of Otago

University of Otago researchers have discovered why heart disease is the number-one killer of people with diabetes, a breakthrough finding opening the way for new treatments to combat the disease in diabetic patients by targeting a key protein. More >>

In search of the heaviest element

Tuesday, 11 August 2015, 3:59 pm | The Royal Society of New Zealand

Like absolute zero on the temperature scale, what is the heaviest element that could possibly exist? That’s the question 2015 Rutherford LecturerDistinguished Professor Peter Schwerdtfeger would love to know the answer to. More >>

 

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