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US hype creating unnecessary concern in NZ

Tuesday, 21 August 2018, 3:49 pm | Agcarm

Reports from the US are creating a frenzy of speculation about the food we eat, how it is produced, the residues that remain and the safety of using one of the most widely-used herbicides. More >>

New geological map of Tongariro National Park

Tuesday, 21 August 2018, 9:00 am | GNS Science

A newly published geological map of Tongariro National Park brings new insights to the geological formation and volcanic history of this World Heritage Area. More >>

Building Better Homes and Cities Reveals Research Focus

Monday, 20 August 2018, 3:42 pm | National Science Challenges

Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities Reveals Research Focus For The Year Ahead Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities (BBHTC) - Ko ngā wā kāinga hei whakamāhorahora - has announced the key themes of their research in the year ahead. Continuing to ... More >>

Gender Equal NZ wins Research Association award

Saturday, 18 August 2018, 11:56 am | Gender Equal NZ

Gender Equal NZ wins Research Association award for New Zealand’s first Gender Attitudes Survey More >>

SMC Bulletin - Spotlight on weedkiller

Friday, 17 August 2018, 5:00 pm | Science Media Centre

Spotlight on weedkiller Use of popular weedkiller Roundup has been called into question again after a landmark court case in the US. More >>

Commentary on Neonicotinoids

Friday, 17 August 2018, 3:47 pm | Agcarm

Neonicotinoids (neonics) are a group of modern insecticides noted for their excellent insect control but low toxicity in humans and other mammals. They have been on the market in New Zealand for more than 25 years and been applied to protect many hundreds ... More >>

Concerning stats about personal info gathered by Apps

Friday, 17 August 2018, 11:27 am | Symantec

Symantec released new research this morning on mobile app privacy and fraudulent Google Play apps that you may find useful for any mobile device and privacy stories. More >>

Sheep wool offers a source of healthier diets for our pets

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 1:06 pm | AgResearch

Sheep wool offers a source of healthier diets for our pets Proteins from wool can be added to the diets of animals to improve their health, AgResearch scientists have shown. The positive findings in the diets of domestic cats open up exciting possibilities ... More >>

Mapping volcanic ash fall for all weathers

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 12:54 pm | Earthquake Commission

Research funded by the Earthquake Commission (EQC) has developed a way of calculating where the ash from a volcano is most likely to fall, and its thickness, in different parts of New Zealand. More >>

Simple solution to threat posed by prolonged sitting

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 11:13 am | University of Otago

Get off your bum and move around for two minutes every half hour, for the good of your health. More >>

How Gene Hunting Changed the Culture of Science

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 10:42 am | University of Houston

How Gene Hunting Changed the Culture of Science Researchers Report Cross-Disciplinary Work as Key Factor More >>

Facts about shellfish benefits

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 4:35 pm | Joint Press Release

New Zealand’s iconic Greenshell™ mussels (GSM) are world-famous for their delicious taste, but now a clinical trial is about to get underway that will provide facts about the key active components in the shellfish. Cawthron Institute, Christchurch ... More >>

Kiwi scientist makes major international breakthrough

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 12:28 pm | University of Auckland

A kiwi physicist has discovered the energy difference between two quantum states in the helium atom with unprecedented accuracy, a ground-breaking discovery that contributes to our understanding of the universe and space-time and rivals the work ... More >>

Schoolgirl invents environmentally friendly dog pooper scoop

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 11:30 am | NIWA

A Tauranga school student has solved a crucial problem for dog owners in the face of a ban on single use plastic bags. Tearani Wikohika, a Year 8 student at Tauranga Intermediate, has entered her paper pooper scooper in this week’s NIWA Bay of Plenty ... More >>

Monsanto lose glyphosate cancer case - Expert Reaction

Monday, 13 August 2018, 4:39 pm | Science Media Centre NZ

A civil jury in San Francisco has granted US$289m to a groundskeeper who said his lymphoma resulted from years of applying Monsanto's trademarked Roundup insecticide, which did not include adequate warning of its links to cancer. More >>

Busy Weather Week Ahead

Monday, 13 August 2018, 1:22 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting a busy week of wet and windy weather for most areas of the country thanks to a low with several embedded fronts approaching from the west, however coastal eastern areas of the North Island should avoid the worst of the weather ... More >>

Scientists go to Chathams for anniversary of deadly tsunami

Monday, 13 August 2018, 11:20 am | GNS Science

A group of scientists is heading to the Chatham Islands this week to mark the 150th anniversary of New Zealand’s only documented fatal tsunami. More >>

‘Birds Of A Feather’ Ball raises over $85,000 for Cooper Is.

Friday, 10 August 2018, 5:41 pm | Real Journeys

Real Journeys ‘Birds Of A Feather’ Conservation Ball raises over $85,000 for Cooper Island More >>

Science Deadline: 10 August 2018

Friday, 10 August 2018, 5:12 pm | Science Media Centre

The Government has pledged to rid the country of single-use plastic shopping bags over the next year. More >>

Tiny fruit flies unravelling the secrets to end of life

Friday, 10 August 2018, 9:46 am | University of Auckland

We are used to seeing them dive-bombing our glass of wine or hovering around the fruit bowl. But now the tiny fruit fly is paving the way in ground-breaking research at the University of Auckland. PhD candidate Jia Zhao of the University of Auckland ... More >>

Fine Weather For the Weekend

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 12:25 pm | MetService

MetService says this weekend is set to be a good one for those heading outdoors as a ridge of high pressure spreads across the country. More >>

Anxiety study participants sought

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 12:55 pm | University of Canterbury

Professor Julia Rucklidge , the driving force behind the Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group at the University of Canterbury (UC), is seeking pregnant participants for the latest study on anxiety and depression. More >>

Earthquakes in Lombok - Expert Reaction

Monday, 6 August 2018, 3:54 pm | Science Media Centre NZ

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok last night, reportedly killing at least 82 people . More >>

Mild Mix Week of Weather

Monday, 6 August 2018, 12:16 pm | MetService

Following a wet weekend, MetService is forecasting a mild week of weather for much of Aotearoa. More >>

The Kudos Awards 2018 Finalists Announced

Monday, 6 August 2018, 10:36 am | The Kudos Awards

Finalists in Hamilton and Waikato’s prestigious regional science excellence awards “The Kudos Awards” were announced on Friday. More >>

Community project inspires scientists

Monday, 6 August 2018, 10:32 am | NIWA

A project to restore a stream catchment in Kaikōura – damaged in the 2016 earthquake – is being described as inspirational by NIWA scientists. More >>

SMC: Call for folic acid fortification

Friday, 3 August 2018, 4:49 pm | Science Media Centre

Call for folic acid fortification. A joint report by the PM's former chief science advisor Sir Peter Gluckman and the Royal Society Te Apārangi has made the case for mandatory folic acid fortification in packaged breads. More >>

Reintroducing native creatures to urban areas

Friday, 3 August 2018, 9:23 am | University of Otago

Imagine if those scuffling sounds you hear in your garden at night were kiwi poking around looking for bugs. According to two University of Otago academics, the idea is not so far-fetched. More >>

Scientists reaffirm findings on Pink and White Terraces

Friday, 3 August 2018, 8:56 am | GNS Science

Researchers at GNS Science have reconfirmed work they undertook five years ago on the fate of the world famous Pink and White Terraces after the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera. More >>

National Research Charter for Aotearoa being developed

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 12:08 pm | Royal Society

A new charter to set out the principles underpinning sound research practice in New Zealand is being developed. A working group has been formed, with support from research funding agencies, bodies representing different types of research organisations and ... More >>

Heavy Rain Switches from West to East

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 12:00 pm | MetService

Today is wet in the west, with better weather in the east, but by the end of the working week MetService is forecasting a reversal of that split. Heavy rain is forecast this weekend for the Bay of Plenty, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay, through to Wairarapa ... More >>

A step forward in fight to eliminate tuberculosis

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 11:04 am | University of Otago

The McAuley Professor of International Health at the University of Otago is labelling the findings of new international collaborative research a step forward in the fight to eliminate the world’s top infectious disease killer, tuberculosis. More >>

Synthetic drugs - Expert Reaction

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 10:53 am | Science Media Centre NZ

Between 40 and 45 people have died from synthetic drugs since last June, according to provisional figures released by the coroner on Friday. More >>

Scientist fills holes in Swiss cheese

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 10:34 am | NIWA

What do taewa Māori (Māori potatoes) and Swiss cheese have in common? For NIWA social scientist Stephen FitzHerbert it’s much more than a tasty snack. More >>

Drs Michelle Thunders & Jeremy Owen join Research For Life

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 10:30 am | Research for Life

Drs Michelle Thunders and Jeremy Owen have been appointed to Research For Life ’s Research Advisory Committee. The Research Advisory Committee evaluates applications for funding in terms of their scientific merit, methodology, likely outcomes and ... More >>

Mending tiny hearts

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 11:51 am | University of Auckland

A University of Auckland bioengineer is part of an international team whose research will help doctors mend tiny hearts. More >>

Biopesticides a “massive opportunity” for kiwifruit indusry

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 2:09 pm | University of Auckland

As consumer demand for residue-free produce rises, New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry would benefit from fast-tracking its shift towards biopesticides, a University of Auckland researcher says. More >>

Applications Open for Cancer Research Grants

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 1:23 pm | Cancer Research Trust New Zealand

Research is the best hope against cancer and Cancer Research Trust New Zealand is inviting applications to help get cancer on the run by supporting innovative research projects. More >>

Ravensdown PGP gets new funding boost

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 1:22 pm | Ravensdown

Ravensdown’s Primary Growth Partnership programme has been extended to cover more geographic areas with the aim that the research outputs will be valid for 90% of hill country in New Zealand. More >>

Most NZers enjoy good health as they age: report

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 1:09 pm | Massey University

Most New Zealanders are doing well in terms of health and wellbeing as they age, challenging the myth that health inevitably deteriorates as we reach retirement years, say Massey University authors of a new report. More >>

Conserving seeds to fight plant extinction

Monday, 30 July 2018, 5:01 pm | National Science Challenges

Collecting and storing seeds is a way of potentially saving native trees from extinction, and Whanganui iwi are now joining the charge. More >>

A fine and frosty start to a wet week ahead

Monday, 30 July 2018, 12:53 pm | MetService

“It was a cold start to the week for many inland South Island towns”, MetService meteorologist Mark Bowe said. A ridge of high pressure drifted over the South Island on Sunday, leaving clear skies at night which helped drop those overnight minimums ... More >>

SMC: GMO laws for gene-edited plants

Friday, 27 July 2018, 4:13 pm | Science Media Centre

GMO laws for gene-edited plants Europe’s highest court has ruled gene-edited crops should be subject to the same stringent regulations as GMOs. More >>

ESR scientists developing drug early warning system

Friday, 27 July 2018, 3:54 pm | ESR

ESR scientists are developing a platform for a national drug monitoring and surveillance system to tackle the wave of evolving synthetic drugs coming into the country. More >>

Breast cancer research to investigate vaccines

Friday, 27 July 2018, 8:57 am | Malaghan Institute

The Malaghan Institute of Medical Research’s cancer immunotherapy team has been given the green light to investigate new potential vaccines for breast cancer thanks to a Health Research Council (HRC), Breast Cancer Cure and Breast Cancer Foundation ... More >>

New Zealand’s first bilingual moth guides launched

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 2:21 pm | Landcare Research

Schools and public libraries across New Zealand have received the country’s first bilingual identification guides to native moths. Ngā Puka Whakamārama o te Pepe Nui Beginners’ Guides to Macro Moths are designed to engage New Zealanders ... More >>

A game of two halves for the weekend

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 1:53 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting showers and cloud in western parts of the country over the coming days, making eastern coasts the best spots to catch the early morning lunar eclipse on Saturday. Rugby fans should experience a fine and dry for the Hurricanes ... More >>

EU court rules GMO laws apply to gene-edited plants

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 11:50 am | Science Media Centre NZ

Europe’s highest court has ruled that gene-edited crops should be subject to the same stringent regulations as genetically modified organisms. More >>

Further update on EPA’s fire-fighting foams investigation

Wednesday, 25 July 2018, 2:29 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

This is a general update on the investigation into fire-fighting foams manufactured using PFOS or PFOA, which the Environmental Protection Authority announced last December. A range of updates on the investigation, and issues associated with it, can be found ... More >>

Sugar labelling options for food packaging - Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 25 July 2018, 2:26 pm | Science Media Centre NZ

The Trans-Tasman body responsible for food regulation policy is asking for public feedback on possible labelling rules for sugars on packaged foods and drinks for sale in New Zealand and Australia. More >>

Another way to reduce nitrate leaching

Wednesday, 25 July 2018, 11:58 am | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

It is well established that in intensively grazed pastures, urine patches can contribute to levels of nitrogen which are in excess of the pasture’s ability to utilise. More >>

From small beginnings a valuable collection grows

Tuesday, 24 July 2018, 1:58 pm | NIWA

Now the NIWA freshwater ecologist’s caution has paid off for scientists researching Lindavia intermedia , the diatom or alga that causes damaging lake snow. Lindavia intermedia was discovered in Lake Taupo last month. More >>

UC research aims to improve rocket launches

Tuesday, 24 July 2018, 11:49 am | University of Canterbury

New University of Canterbury research has the potential to make it easier, faster and cheaper to launch a rocket, with wide-ranging benefits for other technology. More >>

How do religious ideologies spread?

Tuesday, 24 July 2018, 11:07 am | University of Auckland

Over the last 2000 years, Christianity has grown from a tiny religious sect to the largest family of religions in the world. How did Christianity become so successful? Did it spread through grass-roots movements or political elites? And what can the ... More >>

EQC funds research on Auckland volcanic surges

Monday, 23 July 2018, 4:34 pm | Earthquake Commission

MEDIA RELEASE 23 July 2018 EQC funds research on Auckland volcanic surges Right now, if an eruption threatens in Auckland, up to 435,000 people might need to be evacuated causing huge disruption to industry, transport and people who have to leave ... More >>

NZ-Designed Parasite Management Tool Boosts Animal Health

Monday, 23 July 2018, 2:34 pm | Techion Group

Dunedin: Leading UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has released research which proves using NZ business Techion’s image based faecal egg count (FEC) technology for parasite management improves animal health, reduces farming costs and assists farmers to meet ... More >>

Public lecture: Discovering New Particles

Monday, 23 July 2018, 1:16 pm | University of Canterbury

What can a particle tell us about the nature of the universe? And what fundamental natural laws might be discovered next? More >>

Showers, snow and sunshine

Monday, 23 July 2018, 12:26 pm | MetService

Southerly winds returned over the weekend bringing with them some snowfall over the higher parts of the South Island. While the snow is likely to stay up in the hills, many parts of New Zealand are set to see temperatures drop with some cooler nights ... More >>

Science Journalism Fund - round 3 closes soon

Monday, 23 July 2018, 11:53 am | Science Journalism Fund

Applications close on Friday for the third round of the Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund. More >>

Flu cases may peak soon

Friday, 20 July 2018, 3:59 pm | Institute of Environmental Science And Research

ESR scientists say with July normally the time for flu infections to peak, the number of cases being reported is still quite low. More >>