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Antarctic stars in their eyes

Thursday, 17 January 2019, 3:20 pm | Antarctica New Zealand

The initial results of a study looking at how Antarctic starfish adapt to climate change show they would continue to thrive and reproduce in a warmer, more acidic ocean - but may not grow as big. More >>

What weather is in store this weekend?

Thursday, 17 January 2019, 1:37 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting the warm temperatures to continue through the weekend, even with an active front moving up the South Island on Saturday, then weakening on Sunday as it continues up the North Island. This front is preceded by strong northwesterly ... More >>

Urgent action to save marine beds

Thursday, 17 January 2019, 12:51 pm | Professor Simon Thrush

Most New Zealanders flocking to the beach this summer will be unaware of the perilous state of the marine ecosystem beneath the waves. Human land-based activities, sea level rise, disturbance to the seafloor and over-harvesting have created one of the ... More >>

Ducks by the hundred ‘blinged up’ for scientific research

Thursday, 17 January 2019, 12:23 pm | Fish and Game New Zealand

Hundreds of Bay of Plenty ducks are helping scientific research into their populations and habits by getting "blinged up" with bright, shiny bands on their legs. More >>

$7.1 million for biomedical research technology hub

Thursday, 17 January 2019, 12:15 pm | Malaghan Institute

The Hugh Green Foundation has pledged $7.1 million to build a world-class biomedical research technology hub at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, marking a new era of science discovery in New Zealand. More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Thursday, 17 January 2019, 9:01 am | NIWA

Across the North Island, soil moisture levels generally decreased slightly during the past week, with the exception of Northland where the drying was more substantial. Conversely, slight soil moisture improvements were observed in Taranaki. The driest ... More >>

Boost for efforts to reduce urban fossil fuel emissions

Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 4:34 pm | GNS Science

Better carbon emission measures will help cities work out how well they’re fighting against climate change, scientists say – and what impact government policies have. More >>

EPFL goes to New Zealand to study melting glaciers

Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 2:11 pm | Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne

Four EPFL researchers will explore New Zealand's glacier-fed streams for two months, marking the first step in a global journey that will take them across 15 countries by 2021. More >>

Scientist collects rubbish to rid rivers of plastics

Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 9:24 am | NIWA

It may be rubbish to everyone else, but to Amanda Valois each little scrap of plastic on a river bank or in a waterway tells a valuable story. More >>

Antarctic Ice Sheet under threat

Tuesday, 15 January 2019, 11:28 am | GNS Science

The Antarctic Ice Sheet is under threat – and urgent action is needed to cut emissions, according to new research led by New Zealand and US scientists. More >>

Biochar mentioned in IPCC report for the first time

Monday, 14 January 2019, 2:48 pm | NZBIO

The Australia New Zealand Biochar Industry is an exciting place to be in 2019 with the inaugural mention of Pyrogenic Carbon Capture & Storage (PyCCS) which produces biochar, as a viable Negative Emissions Technology (NET) for carbon dioxide removal ... More >>

A country of two halves

Monday, 14 January 2019, 12:58 pm | MetService

A rain band that moved over the North Island today brought much needed rain to many dry gardens and farms. The rain band dropped about 15mm of rain in areas from Wairarapa to Auckland as it travelled up the country. The Wellington region recorded 10-25mm ... More >>

Could Wagyu beef protect against heart disease?

Monday, 14 January 2019, 9:42 am | Liggins Institute

As barbeque season gets into full swing, New Zealand researchers are investigating whether certain kinds of red meat could actually protect against heart disease. More >>

Science Deadline: another hot year, fibre's benefits, 1080

Friday, 11 January 2019, 3:41 pm | Science Media Centre

In this issue: 2018 another hot year, more evidence for fibre's benefits, and 1080 debate continues. More >>

Fibre lowers chronic diseases risk - Expert Reaction

Friday, 11 January 2019, 2:46 pm | Science Media Centre

Embargoed until 12.30pm NZT Friday 11 January An Otago-led systematic review published in The Lancet finds people with a diet high in fibre and whole grains have lower rates of a range of chronic diet-related diseases. Rates of heart disease - including ... More >>

Preparing for the Big One on the Hikurangi Subduction Zone

Thursday, 10 January 2019, 9:23 pm | East Coast LAB Life at the Boundary

Planning for a rupture of New Zealand’s largest fault - the Hikurangi subduction zone - has kicked into motion, with scientists certain it’s a case of when, not if. More >>

What lies beneath? Monitoring our urban streams

Thursday, 10 January 2019, 2:50 pm | Greater Wellington Regional Council

Greater Wellington Regional Council will shortly be heading underground in the next phase of a project to see what’s alive in Wellington’s network of underground piped streams. More >>

Temperatures remain warm into the weekend, but some rain

Thursday, 10 January 2019, 2:48 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting a few weakening fronts and troughs to move northwards over New Zealand today and Friday, ahead of a ridge of high pressure building from the south and bringing the fine weather back across Aotearoa this weekend. However, ... More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch 10/1/19

Thursday, 10 January 2019, 11:33 am | NIWA

A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing these soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions ... More >>

The mysterious decapitation of six fur seal/kekeno pups

Thursday, 10 January 2019, 10:16 am | Department of Conservation

A necropsy (post-mortem) carried out on three of the six New Zealand fur seal/kekeno pups found decapitated late last year has ruled out the possibility of foul play. More >>

Boost for ESR’s drug testing and surveillance work

Thursday, 10 January 2019, 10:11 am | ESR

ESR’s expertise in tracking new illegal drugs coming into the country will feed into an international body through the appointment of ESR toxicologist Diana Kappatos to a newly formed committee of the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists ... More >>

Conservation Minister Stifling Innovation and Conservation

Wednesday, 9 January 2019, 4:39 pm | Life Sciences Network

The Life Sciences Network is calling on the Minister of Conservation to lift her ban on research into genetic alternatives to 1080. More >>

The eel earbone detective

Wednesday, 9 January 2019, 10:00 am | NIWA

As a young child growing up on an Irish farm, one of Eimear Egan’s chores was to regularly clean out the well from where her family drew its drinking water. In the well lived a large eel that, no matter how many times it was shifted, just kept coming ... More >>

2018 another hot year in NZ - Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 8 January 2019, 5:31 pm | Science Media Centre

2018 has tied for the second hottest year on record, according to NIWA's annual climate summary released today . More >>

Law changes needed before testing for drug impaired drivers

Tuesday, 8 January 2019, 1:08 pm | ESR

The environmental science and research agency (ESR), which runs drug tests on blood samples for a range of government organisations, says there would need to be a law change and a consensus of how screening would be done, before the introduction of ... More >>

Logbook charts extraordinary Endurance lifeboat voyage

Tuesday, 8 January 2019, 11:59 am | Canterbury Museum

The voyage of the lifeboat James Caird across 1,500 km of wild sub-Antarctic sea in 1916 is one of history’s greatest boat journeys. An international group of researchers has used the original logbook of the James Caird ’s navigator, Akaroa-born Frank ... More >>

2018: New Zealand’s equal-2nd warmest year on record

Tuesday, 8 January 2019, 11:23 am | NIWA

Temperature Annual temperatures were above average (+0.51°C to +1.20°C above the annual average) across the majority of New Zealand, including much of the North Island as well as the western and southern South Island. A small strip of well above average ... More >>

Scientists voyage into Antarctic unknown

Monday, 7 January 2019, 3:08 pm | NIWA

A group of intrepid scientists leaves Wellington for Antarctica tomorrow on board NIWA’s research vessel Tangaroa for what their leader calls “a voyage of discovery”. More >>

A very special New Year baby

Monday, 7 January 2019, 3:01 pm | Ngai Tahu Tourism

This isn’t your average New Year baby news – but it’s just as cute. A wee kiwi chick was determined to see in the start of the New Year, and after five long days working to get out of its shell, made its way into the world at 9am on 1 January ... More >>

Warm summer weather continues this week

Monday, 7 January 2019, 2:42 pm | MetService

Parts of central and southern New Zealand get a brief reprieve from the intense heat of summer Monday and Tuesday, but MetService is forecasting warm winds to return midweek as temperatures rise again. More >>

Science in the Darkroom

Monday, 7 January 2019, 9:37 am | Plant and Food Research

Science in the Darkroom: Unseen science on glass plate negatives from the Plant & Food Research collection More >>

High and Dry in January

Friday, 4 January 2019, 3:27 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting a dry start to January thanks to high pressure sitting overhead, at least for the first half of the month anyway. More >>

Gill Jolly joins Forum of Chief Science Advisors

Friday, 21 December 2018, 12:15 pm | GNS Science

GNS Science is delighted that Dr Gill Jolly has been invited to join the Forum of Chief Science Advisors working with the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Juliet Gerrard. More >>

NIWA scientist throws light on the Red Zone

Friday, 21 December 2018, 9:02 am | NIWA

Christchurch’s Red Zone is to be the focal point of a scientific experiment involving street lights and insects over summer. NIWA freshwater ecologist Dr Michelle Greenwood is trying to find out how a change in the colour spectrum of street lights is affecting ... More >>

Researchers to lead Resilience to Nature’s Challenges

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 4:54 pm | National Science Challenges

Congratulations to the researchers selected to lead science programmes in the second phase of Resilience to Nature’s Challenges research. More >>

Christmas Day - wet in the north, but dry in the south

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 2:57 pm | MetService

In the days leading up to and including Christmas Day, MetService meteorologists are keeping a close eye on weather developments so we can deliver forecasts for Aotearoa over the festive period. “While most will see some sunshine over the next few days, ... More >>

Santa rides an atmospheric river toward New Zealand

Thursday, 20 December 2018, 12:06 pm | NIWA

Santa is expected to deliver a soggy Christmas to large parts of New Zealand this year, as an atmospheric river of moisture stretches from the tropics all the way to Aotearoa. More >>

Artificial intelligence a key for New Zealand’s future

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 7:29 pm | Make Lemonade

New Zealand needs to seize new opportunities in 2019 and harness new AI technologies to deliver positive social and environmental outcomes, AI Forum New Zealand executive director Ben Reid says. More >>

Reindeer welfare must be a priority, experts say

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 1:50 pm | AgResearch

AgResearch is urging strict adherence to welfare standards for the hard-working reindeer this holiday season. As experts in both deer research and welfare, AgResearch scientists have noted the crucial role of the reindeer is often overlooked at this busy time ... More >>

Scientific muscle meets freshwater mussels

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 10:17 am | NIWA

NIWA scientists have made an important breakthrough in the battle to save New Zealand’s freshwater mussels. More >>

Study finds Vespex wasp bait safe for bee colonies

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 10:13 am | Department of Conservation

A study has found use of the protein-based Vespex wasp bait for control of German and common wasps does not harm bee colonies. More >>

Researcher's ‘smart silicone’ reacts to heat & light

Tuesday, 18 December 2018, 10:28 am | KiwiNet

Wellington nanotechnology researcher Andreas Zeller has created new techniques to make high value smart elastic silicone by incorporating nanocrystals and quantum dots. The smart elastomers have a wide range of commercial applications from smart ... More >>

Emirates Team NZ Selects Genesis as Official Energy Partner

Monday, 17 December 2018, 10:03 am | Genesis Energy

Emirates Team New Zealand has chosen Genesis as its Official Energy Partner and sole provider of electrical, gas and solar power for its Auckland base. The partnership is set to benefit New Zealand schools through the Genesis School-gen programme by ... More >>

SMC Bulletin - Overseer: fit for regulation?

Friday, 14 December 2018, 4:12 pm | Science Media Centre

Overseer: fit for regulation? The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment recommends the farm management software Overseer is reviewed and upgraded before it can be used to regulate nitrogen pollution from farms. More >>

24/7 national geohazards monitoring centre - Expert Q&A

Friday, 14 December 2018, 2:41 pm | Science Media Centre

A National Geohazards Monitoring Centre has gone live today and will provide round-the-clock monitoring of earthquakes, tsunami, landslides and volcanic activity. The process for the centre, which is located at GNS Science in Lower Hutt, was set in motion ... More >>

Top Ten Science Stories of 2018

Friday, 14 December 2018, 2:35 pm | Science Media Centre

From tracking down the alleged Golden State Killer to ‘gene-edited babies’ – it’s time to take a look at the issues that shook the science world over the past 12 months. More >>

NIWA’s Sea Surface Temperature Update

Friday, 14 December 2018, 11:05 am | NIWA

NIWA’s Sea Surface Temperature Update A fortnightly report, updated over summer, covering sea surface temperatures and anomalies (differences from average) around New Zealand. Following the Tasman Sea marine heatwave event of 2017-18, this report ... More >>

Scientist wins Syngenta Growth Award

Friday, 14 December 2018, 10:45 am | Plant and Food Research

Plant & Food Research crop protection specialist Dr Jim Walker was amongst a number of industry leaders from New Zealand and Australia to receive the Syngenta Growth Awards in Sydney. The accolades recognise individuals from different regions across ... More >>

Regulating farm runoff - Expert Reaction

Thursday, 13 December 2018, 4:11 pm | Science Media Centre

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has reviewed whether the farm management software Overseer is fit for purpose in a regulatory context. More >>

Thunderstorms and showers through the weekend

Thursday, 13 December 2018, 3:00 pm | MetService

MetService weather maps show a few, almost stationary features currently around New Zealand, a low to the west and a ridge to the southeast. This means we will have very similar weather days as we head into the weekend. As the low slowly fills, another ... More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch 12/12/18

Thursday, 13 December 2018, 12:53 pm | NIWA

Across the North Island, soil moisture levels generally decreased during the past week due to lower than average rainfall for this time of year. While decreases were observed nearly everywhere, the most notable change over the past week occurred in ... More >>

University creates first lava flow in Christchurch

Thursday, 13 December 2018, 10:11 am | University of Canterbury

While Christchurch has had its share of natural disaster hazards it has been relatively lava free, until now. At the University of Canterbury’s School of Fine Arts, real lava has been pouring out of a new research facility – the Lava Laboratory – ... More >>

Freemasons donate $600,000 to Malaghan’s cancer research

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 5:19 pm | Malaghan Institute

Freemasons New Zealand is donating $600,000 over the next two years to support the Malaghan Institute’s world-leading cancer research. More >>

National Geohazards Monitoring Centre opens at GNS Science

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 11:45 am | GNS Science

The newly-opened National Geohazards Monitoring Centre will lead to a safer and more resilient New Zealand, according to its hosts, GNS Science. More >>

Research guides disaster communication with Pacific Islands

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 10:07 am | National Science Challenges

Disaster messaging is only effective if the population it is intended for embraces it. It can be particularly hard to engage societies with rich cultural and linguistic diversity, such as Pacific Island peoples. More >>

FairJourney Biologics ‘future-proofs’ therapeutic antibody

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 10:22 am | Geneious Biologics

FairJourney Biologics ‘future-proofs’ therapeutic antibody discovery with Geneious Biologics More >>

Wellington scientist tops off remarkable career with award

Monday, 10 December 2018, 9:35 am | Callaghan Innovation

On Thursday Wellington metrologist, Dr Chris Sutton, added to his remarkable career winning the Science and Technology award for the 2018 Wellingtonian of the Year awards. Chris is retiring from New Zealand’s Measurement Standards Laboratory (MSL) after ... More >>

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs in Oamaru - Expert Reaction

Friday, 7 December 2018, 11:00 am | Science Media Centre

Reports suggest live Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs have been found in a package shipped from the United States and received in Oamaru. More >>

Legendary telescope being brought back to life in Takapō

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 1:02 pm | Earth and Sky

Legendary telescope being brought back to life in Takapō One of the world’s most famous Victorian telescopes will be restored and available for public viewing in Takapō (Lake Tekapo) after spending five decades in storage. Once restored, the ... More >>

Wet gives way to fine

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 12:42 pm | MetService

Weather over New Zealand is expected to become settled over most of the country as we head towards the weekend. The sun has already broken through for many in the South Island, though some scattered showers are expected about the hills and ranges north ... More >>