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Global audience for NIWA’s lake research

Thursday, 2 April 2015, 4:05 pm | NIWA

Holidaymakers knew it was a summer to remember, and science backed it up: the Rotorua lakes, some of New Zealand’s most popular, recorded their warmest temperatures in almost a decade over the peak summer months of January and February this year. More >>

Deadline: A comms conundrum, DIY video and NZ mouth cancer

Thursday, 2 April 2015, 3:53 pm | Science Media Centre

SMC Science Deadline: A comms conundrum, DIY video and NZ mouth cancer Issue 322, 02 Apr 2015 New from the SMC In the news: NZ falling behind in human rights issues Expert reaction: Does watching TV increase diabetes risk? Expert reaction: Mouth ... More >>

Te Anau Wildlife Centre welcomes kākā and farewells kea

Thursday, 2 April 2015, 2:33 pm | Department of Conservation

Te Anau Wildlife Centre is set to join the Department of Conservation’s kākā captive breeding programme after the resident birds have successfully reared chicks this summer. More >>

Easter weekend weather: most should be “hoppy”

Thursday, 2 April 2015, 2:27 pm | NIWA

One of the expressions we use to help communicate the effects of certain weather features is “high pressure brings happy weather”: easy to remember, as the “h’s” are the common denominator. More >>

NIWA Outlook: April-June 2015

Thursday, 2 April 2015, 2:20 pm | NIWA

Sea surface temperature anomalies in the tropical Pacific intensified significantly around the international Dateline during March 2015 and are currently showing a pattern consistent with weak El Niño conditions. Atmospheric patterns across the region ... More >>

Easter Weekend looking dry for most

Thursday, 2 April 2015, 2:02 pm | MetService

A high covers most of New Zealand for the start of the Easter weekend.However, a front is expected to bring rain to the west and south of the South Island on Saturday, before weakening as it moves onto the North Island ahead of another area of high ... More >>

Pest wasps cost economy $130 million a year

Thursday, 2 April 2015, 11:39 am | Department of Conservation

Introduced wasps are estimated to cost New Zealand’s economy more than $130 million a year, according to a new study released today, with the biggest economic impacts on farming, beekeeping, horticulture and forestry workers. More >>

UCLA scientists create quick-charging hybrid supercapacitors

Thursday, 2 April 2015, 11:02 am | UCLA

UCLA scientists create quick-charging hybrid supercapacitors Charge storage device created at California NanoSystems Institute is vast improvement over existing models More >>

Leading NZ food scientist elected a Fellow of US Institute

Thursday, 2 April 2015, 10:08 am | Riddet Institute

Leading New Zealand food scientist elected a Fellow of the United States Institute of Food Technologists More >>

5 reasons we said YES to the first Open Source//Open Society

Thursday, 2 April 2015, 9:25 am | Open Source Open Society

For two days in April, Wellington will be home to some of the biggest influencers in open source development and open society thinking. Building on the success of open source software in powering the growth of the internet Open Source // Open Society ... More >>

Open Source // Open Society Conference - Wgtn. April 16-17

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 5:53 pm | Open Source Open Society

Wellington, New Zealand, will be on the world stage on the 16th and 17th of April when it plays host to a collaboration between open source developers, democracy activists, government officials and digital tech heavyweights at the Open Source // Open Society ... More >>

Calling All Developers: Ready to push the limits of Open Source?

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 2:12 pm | Open Source Open Society

The 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 >>

Google Maps for the Body

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 12:47 pm | Jenny Rudd from MOSH

The ability to zoom in from outer space all the way through countries, cities, streets and finally looking through the windows of a house has been available on Google Maps for some time. More >>

Potential cat sighting on Mana Island has DOC on full alert

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 12:42 pm | DOCNZ

The DOC Pōneke/Wellington office received a report of a potential cat sighting on Mana Island on Thursday 19 February 2015. More >>

Ramps save endangered sea lion pups

Tuesday, 31 March 2015, 2:02 pm | Department of Conservation

New images and footage released today reveal how ‘escape’ ramps installed in holes in the ground are saving endangered sea lion pups from a needless death. More >>

New dairy goat research gets underway at Ruakura

Tuesday, 31 March 2015, 12:58 pm | AgResearch

The industry aim of increasing the supply of dairy goat milk produced in New Zealand has taken another step forward with the opening this week [30th March] of AgResearch’s new dedicated dairy goat research facility at Ruakura in the Waikato. More >>

Cutting through the 'greenwash'

Monday, 30 March 2015, 8:50 pm | Envormation

Ever wanted to know how sustainable a product is before making a purchase but didn't have the time to trawl through numerous websites to fnd a reliable answer? More >>

Neighbourly.co.nz Hits 100,000 Members

Monday, 30 March 2015, 5:27 pm | Neighbourly.co.nz

New Zealand’s first free and private neighbourhood website Neighbourly.co.nz is fast becoming a household name, with membership breaking the 100,000 milestone today. More >>

Alumenti Homewares Achieves Dream Result With Unleashed

Monday, 30 March 2015, 4:41 pm | Unleashed Software

When we asked Pieter Meiring what success would look like for Alumenti Homewares, his answer was being able to work only two hours a day yet grow revenue year-on-year. More >>

Fight against weeds goes hi-tech

Monday, 30 March 2015, 3:58 pm | University of Otago

Fight against weeds goes hi-tech: WWF-New Zealand partners with University of Otago to develop iPhone app More >>

National Advisory: Tsunami - No Threat to New Zealand

Monday, 30 March 2015, 1:40 pm | Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management

Issued at 13:00 hours on 30/03/2015. Issued by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM). More >>

Improving weather leading up to the Easter holidays

Monday, 30 March 2015, 12:54 pm | MetService

A showery southwesterly feed of air is set to remain over Aotearoa today,bringing showers into western and southern parts of the country. A frontal system will weaken as it moves up the South Island today, bringing a few showers to northern parts of ... More >>

Underwater glider touches down in Wellington

Monday, 30 March 2015, 10:34 am | NIWA

A state-of-the-art underwater research glider has been unveiled by NIWA scientists in Wellington. More >>

The ANZIAs are coming! The ANZIAs are coming!

Monday, 30 March 2015, 9:01 am | InternetNZ

Exciting times ahead - New Zealand is the host of this year's Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards, the ANZIAs! The ANZIAs will be held on 27 August, in Auckland at St Matthews in the City. More >>

Roboticist Says Robots Could Save Lives, To Talk On Campus

Sunday, 29 March 2015, 9:43 pm | University of Canterbury

Renowned Roboticist Who Says Robots Could Save Lives To Talk On Campus March 29, 2015 Photo : Doctoral student Sean Welsh with one of the university’s Nao research robots. More >>

Pharma transparency needed

Friday, 27 March 2015, 4:44 pm | Science Media Centre

Health researchers are calling for greater disclosure of payments from drug companies to doctors in New Zealand More >>

NASA, NZ aviation leaders launch scientific balloon

Friday, 27 March 2015, 12:28 pm | Airways New Zealand

As NASA successfully launched its super-pressure scientific balloon into near space from Wanaka aerodrome today, a New Zealand aviation leader made the operation possible through precision airspace control and coordination. More >>

A wet weekend ahead for many

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 2:00 pm | MetService

A weak trough of low pressure has brought showers to many parts of the country over the past couple of days, especially the West Coast and lower South Island. The associated cloudiness has been responsible for mild overnight temperatures, with many places ... More >>

Otago’s status as a leading scientific institution confirmed

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 12:12 pm | University of Otago

The University of Otago leads all research institutions in New Zealand in terms of articles published in 68 highly selective international science journals during 2014, according to newly published rankings by the Nature Publishing Group. More >>

Bilingual infants have different assumptions about word use

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 9:58 am | University of Auckland

Infants as young as 13 months of age who are exposed to more than one language don’t generalise word meanings in the same way as their monolingual counterparts, a new study shows. More >>

Researchers stumble across find with a bite

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 9:20 am | Forest Lifeforce

Teeth from a nasty marine predator with a bad attitude from around 80 million years ago are the latest find to come from the fossil-rich Maungataniwha Native Forest in inland Hawkes Bay. Scientists from Wellington-based GNS Science have identified ... More >>

2015 New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards Finalists

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 6:35 pm | NZ Hi Tech Awards

A record number of entries from a record number of companies across New Zealand have lifted the bar for this year’s New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards, with finalists spanning the breadth of the technology sector. More >>

How Apparel by Design use Unleashed for inventory management

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 2:38 pm | Unleashed Software

As is the case with most of the businesses we’ve spoken to, there is an interesting story for how Apparel by Design came about. Rik Dalton, Apparel by Design’s founder and owner, was racing in a professional cycling event, when he was involved in an ... More >>

Expert to explore bias in pharmaceutical research

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 9:47 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Highly respected physician and international commentator on health policy Professor Joel Lexchin, will deliver a public lecture in Wellington next week exploring how bias can be introduced into pharmaceutical research. More >>

New Zealand helps Tongan deep water fisheries development

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 1:02 pm | NIWA

Fisheries scientists from NIWA are in Tonga this week to launch a programme to help the Pacific island nation maximise the economic benefits of commercial fishing. More >>

Teenagers with traumatic brain injury often have poor memory

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 11:52 am | University of Canterbury

Teenagers who have suffered traumatic brain injury do not retain information as well as others and it can affect their studying, work life and friendships, a University of Canterbury postgraduate communication disorders student says. More >>

Is extreme weather the new normal?

Monday, 23 March 2015, 4:09 pm | NIWA

New Zealanders have just experienced one of the driest summers on record – great for beachgoers and cricket lovers, but far from ideal for farmers and orchardists relying on rain to maintain productivity. More >>

A warmer week ahead

Monday, 23 March 2015, 12:58 pm | MetService

Most places will see some sunshine over the next few days with the east of the country getting the best of the weather. Temperatures are also on an upward trend after last week's relatively cooler temperatures. However, a few spots of rain are expected ... More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Monday, 23 March 2015, 11:44 am | NIWA

Facts: Soil Moisture For the North Island, soil moisture levels are drier than normal for this time of year for much of the lower part of the North Island as well as western and northern areas of the island. Isolated pockets of severely drier than normal ... More >>

Summer spent barcoding spiders

Monday, 23 March 2015, 11:22 am | University of Waikato

Nigel Binks and Annie West weren’t big fans of arachnids before they spent 10 weeks on a University of Waikato Summer Research Scholarship project analysing spider DNA. Since then, Annie says she has gained a great appreciation for the eight-legged creatures. More >>

Wellington software company helps Kiwis 100 million times

Sunday, 22 March 2015, 4:25 pm | Abletech

Wellington software company Abletech has counted how many times Kiwis have used their address auto-complete tool to get street addresses accurate. It just tipped over 100,000,000. More >>

NASA heavy-lift balloon scheduled for Mon. 23 March lift-off

Sunday, 22 March 2015, 1:14 pm | NASA

WANAKA, New Zealand - Following a week of unsettled upper-atmospheric and surface weather in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Pam, NASA is targeting Monday, March 23, for the first launch attempt of the heavy-lift super pressure balloon from Wanaka, ... More >>

NASA balloon launch update for Sun 22 and Mon 23 March

Saturday, 21 March 2015, 5:49 pm | NASA

Please be advised that NASA is NO GO for launch on Sunday 22 March, due to the predicted launch conditions in the morning. The team will be looking closely at the forecast for Monday 23 March (Otago Anniversary Day). All indications at this time are that ... More >>

Skin cream spurs superbug

Friday, 20 March 2015, 3:36 pm | Science Media Centre

Over-prescribing of skin creams may have contributed to antibiotic resistance in New Zealand, according to research presented at a high profile conference this week. More >>

Bright new hope for beating deadly hereditary cancers

Friday, 20 March 2015, 1:11 pm | University of Otago

Deadly familial stomach and lobular breast cancers could be successfully treated at their earliest stages, or even prevented, by existing drugs that have been newly identified by University of Otago cancer genetics researchers. The researchers, led ... More >>

Greenpeace ranking reveals action on toxic pollution

Thursday, 19 March 2015, 10:35 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Beijing, 19 March 2015 – Greenpeace East Asia today released its Detox Catwalk, an online platform assessing how effectively major fashion brands are removing toxic chemicals from their supply chains and tackling water pollution. Inditex (which owns ... More >>

A ridge of high pressure for the North this weekend

Thursday, 19 March 2015, 4:04 pm | MetService

It was an interesting start to the week, with Cyclone Pam dominating the weather headlines. Pam brought heavy rain to northern Hawke's Bay and Gisborne; blasted eastern parts of Northland, Great Barrier Island and Gisborne with severe gales; and also ... More >>

South American beetle introduced to control weed

Thursday, 19 March 2015, 1:43 pm | Landcare Research

A tiny Chilean beetle has been introduced to New Zealand in a bid to control a weed that if left unchecked could potentially become as big a problem as gorse. More >>

Doctors have alternatives to topical treatments

Thursday, 19 March 2015, 1:13 pm | AFT Pharmaceuticals

Infectious disease experts this week drew attention to the growing link between topical antibiotic treaments in New Zealand and the superbug MRSA. More >>

www.hoko.biz - classified website which speaks to the local

Thursday, 19 March 2015, 9:46 am | www.hoko.biz

www.hoko.biz launched a FREE classified website, empowering Kiwi’s to buy or sell online. It enables sellers to reach thousands of interested parties and offers buyers an array of options to choose right product. More >>

Biopesticides Being Tested Against Moth Pest

Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 2:17 pm | NZ Genomics

Scientists working under the banner of the Lincoln University based New Zealand Bio-Protection Research Centre are examining how to harness naturally occurring fungi and bacteria as biopesticides capable of killing insect pests. More >>

NASA balloon launch update - No Go for Thurs 19 March

Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 1:35 pm | Queenstown Airport

NASA advises it is NO GO for launch on Thursday 19 March. The latest prediction of the balloon trajectory is attached. Again, the balloon heads too far north in the first few days of flight. The team will continue to evaluate conditions on a ... More >>

Non-chemical pest control method showing exciting results

Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 11:46 am | Lincoln University

Research on using non-chemical methods to control potato pests is delivering groundbreaking results. A newly published paper from the Biology Husbandry Unit (BHU) Future Farming Centre and Lincoln University, detailing the results of field trials, shows the use ... More >>

Unique animal communities may need special protection

Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 11:34 am | Victoria University of Wellington

New Zealand’s underwater mountains are home to unique animal communities which need careful environmental management, research from Victoria University of Wellington and the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric (NIWA) research reveals. More >>

Notice of hearing on fungi to protect cereal crops

Tuesday, 17 March 2015, 2:09 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is holding a hearing to decide on an application to release non-toxic Epichloe fungi. Epichloe endophytes could improve the resistance of cereal plants to insect pests, fungal diseases and drought. More >>

YikeBike undiscovered Urban Freedom

Tuesday, 17 March 2015, 11:19 am | Yike Bike

At YikeBike we love cool gadgets and freedom. We didn’t want to create a namby-pamby device but wanted something that would genuinely give people more freedom to rapidly move around our congested cities. YikeBikes are built for people who love the mix ... More >>

Stellar technology returns from space

Tuesday, 17 March 2015, 10:58 am | Carter Observatory

Space technology has come to down to earth, with Carter Observatory’s new planetarium show highlighting just how entwined space technology has become in our modern lives. More >>

Expatriate physicist slams UK’s Royal Society

Monday, 16 March 2015, 5:15 pm | New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

Distinguished expatriate physicist slams UK’s Royal Society for its lack of science on climate change More >>

Savvy tech companies join forces in global healthcare market

Monday, 16 March 2015, 4:45 pm | Kinross Group

Dynamic mobile software company Kinross Group Ltd and leading digital healthcare business Netsoft, have formed a partnership; one which will spearhead a new gold standard in healthcare and increase their global footprint. Both companies are already ... More >>

Neuro study identifies iconic triggers to optimise TVCs

Monday, 16 March 2015, 4:42 pm | Lighthouse Communications

Global first neuro study identifies iconic triggers to optimise TVCs creative for OOH locations Australian and New Zealand advertisers can now increase the effectiveness of their out-of-home campaign by more than 40 per cent by applying neuroscience to ... More >>

 

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