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Fluoride Free New Zealand: Dirty Science

Saturday, 23 August 2014, 12:31 pm | Fluoride Free New Zealand

A “review” of fluoridation published yesterday (22nd August) was chaired by committed fluoridationists Professors Peter Gluckman and David Skegg. Both of these men had already hung their hat on the fluoridationists’ mantra of “safe and effective”. More >>

Fluoridation safe, effective - report

Friday, 22 August 2014, 2:19 pm | Science Media Centre

A comprehensive new report on the safety and efficacy of community water fluoridation aims to put to rest concerns and misinformation over the public health intervention. More >>

Review finds community water fluoridation safe and effective

Friday, 22 August 2014, 1:31 pm | The Royal Society of New Zealand

A review of the scientific evidence for and against the efficacy and safety of fluoridation of public water supplies has found that the levels of fluoridation used in New Zealand create no health risks and provide protection against tooth decay. Councils currently ... More >>

Plant & Food Research scientists honoured

Friday, 22 August 2014, 1:29 pm | Plant and Food Research

Auckland, New Zealand. 22 August 2014 Two of Plant & Food Research’s most preeminent scientists were awarded one of the highest honours in horticultural science earlier this week. Ross Ferguson and Ian Ferguson (no relation) were made Fellows ... More >>

Scientists reaffirm the safety of water fluoridation

Friday, 22 August 2014, 1:23 pm | New Zealand Dental Association

The NZ Dental Association strongly supports the findings of the review of the scientific evidence into the health effects of water fluoridation. More >>

Achieving Genuine progress for the Environment?

Friday, 22 August 2014, 10:53 am | Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ

Achieving genuine progress for the Environment is the question at the heart of the ECO conference Friday – Saturday 22-23 August where experts and the community will engage with the challenges ahead. More >>

Researchers Develop Models To Study Polyelectrolytes

Friday, 22 August 2014, 9:42 am | North Carolina State University

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a novel and versatile modeling strategy to simulate polyelectrolyte systems. The model has applications for creating new materials as well as for studying polyelectrolytes, including DNA ... More >>

Images from Far North rain radar now live online

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 5:02 pm | MetService

From around 3pm today, images from the latest of MetService’s weather radars can be viewed live on its websites, metservice.com and m.metservice.com . More >>

Weekend right for a good kick off

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 1:29 pm | MetService

The low pressure system that brought rain to the North Island and top of the South Island over the last couple of days is moving away to the east today, leaving a cool southerly flow in its wake. "This should mean a fine weekend for many places, ... More >>

Talk to explore fate of Antarctic ice sheet

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 12:14 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

The Antarctic ice sheet’s contribution to future sea-level rise will be explored by a world-leading polar scientist who is giving the 2014 S.T. Lee Lecture. Robert DeConto, Professor of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, United ... More >>

Orana Wildlife Park: Yakety Yak

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 5:24 pm | Orana Wildlife Park

Five Tibetan Yaks are the latest addition to Orana Wildlife Park. The impressive shaggy animals arrived today and will be on public display tomorrow morning. More >>

Launch of first-ever partnership between University and NGO

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 3:09 pm | University of Auckland

August 20, 2014 - A ground-breaking new partnership between the University of Auckland and Conservation International is believed to be the first of its kind in New Zealand. More >>

Public talk on global sustainability

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 1:06 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

Public talk on global sustainability How human pressure is changing the planet is the topic of the only Wellington public lecture being given by Professor Yuan T Lee, President of the International Council for Science, during his visit to New Zealand. ... More >>

NZ science: early warning for global trends

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 11:43 am | Sir Peter Gluckman Chief Science Advisor

Science advisor explains why more than 2000 science leaders will converge on Auckland next week. More >>

VEX Robotics scrimmage at Albany campus

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 4:33 pm | Massey University

Thirty-five teams from schools across Auckland descended on the Albany campus on Saturday for the fifth VEX Robotics Auckland Ladder challenge. Event organisers say it was one of the largest competitions of the season. More >>

Researchers reveal how ocean bacteria use light to grow

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 1:42 pm | University of Otago

Sunlight stimulates common ocean bacteria to use carbon dioxide for growth when high-quality organic carbon food sources are scarce, according to surprising research by an international team that includes a University of Otago researcher. More >>

New distribution channels meet demand for Bolifor® Magnesium

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 10:39 am | BEC Feed Solutions NZ

Following the phenomenal Fieldays launch of its Bolifor® Magnesium range, BEC Feed Solutions has established nationwide partnerships with feed suppliers, consultants and rural supply stores, including Farmlands. The move means dairy farmers now have ... More >>

EPA staff report premature

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 10:11 am | Chatham Rock Phosphate

The Environmental Protection Authority staff report issued today is premature and should have not have been issued until the information requested of Chatham Rock Phosphate was provided, managing director Chris Castle said today. More >>

Rain for many but heading to a cold finish

Monday, 18 August 2014, 3:00 pm | MetService

After a fine weekend and a frosty start to the week, a low from the Tasman Sea is set to bring a decent amount of rain and warmer northerly winds across much of the North Island and upper South Island late Tuesday and throughWednesday. "MetService ... More >>

World’s First carboNZero certified battery released in NZ

Monday, 18 August 2014, 2:47 pm | Enviro-Mark

Internationally recognised carboNZero CertTM product certification backs carbon neutral claims for LEI Electronics Inc.’s Eco Alkaline battery More >>

Kiwi science at work on Aussie pest problems

Monday, 18 August 2014, 12:15 pm | Landcare Research

New Zealand science that assists Australian farmers predict mouse outbreaks could soon be applied on this side of the Tasman. More >>

Global importance of Antarctica not to be underestimated

Monday, 18 August 2014, 9:44 am | University of Canterbury

The global importance of Antarctica to New Zealand cannot be underestimated, University of Canterbury’s Gateway Antarctica researcher Dr Daniela Liggett says. More >>

Farmer Endorses Ballance Farm Environment Awards Experience

Monday, 18 August 2014, 9:13 am | Ballance Farm Environment awards

Central Hawke’s Bay farmer Callum Gray says participating in the East Coast Ballance Farm Environment Awards was a “brilliant” experience for his family. Now he is encouraging other farmers to enter the 2015 Awards. More >>

Gearing up for World Science Week NZ

Friday, 15 August 2014, 4:24 pm | Science Media Centre

The Scientists are coming! As many as 2,000 experts in all sorts of fields will begin arriving in Auckland from next weekend as they gather for a collection of high-level science conferences. More >>

Global media release: bees in good health

Friday, 15 August 2014, 1:35 pm | Bayer CropScience

New large-scale study COLOSS shows: European bees are at their best health level in years as overwintering losses of colonies sink to record low August 11, 2014 More >>

Northland fruit grower wins national title

Friday, 15 August 2014, 11:31 am | Horticulture NZ

Patrick Malley from Northland was crowned Young Grower of the Year 2014 last night at the Rydges Latimer in Christchurch. More >>

Promising new treatments for multiple sclerosis

Friday, 15 August 2014, 9:56 am | Victoria University of Wellington

New treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS) using common anti-psychotic agents have been discovered by Victoria University of Wellington researchers. More >>

Conference Highlights Food Safety, Sustainable Agriculture

Friday, 15 August 2014, 9:30 am | GE Free NZ

China Conference Highlights Food Safety and Sustainable Agriculture The deleterious effects of GE foods and their related pesticides were aired at the Food Safety & Sustainable Agriculture Forum 2014, held in Beijing on July 25-26. More >>

Forum Addresses Gender Imbalance in Science

Thursday, 14 August 2014, 3:29 pm | Pead PR

FORUM ADDRESSES GENDER IMBALANCE IN SCIENCE L’Oréal hosts fellows at inaugural Girls in Science event More >>

Brighter for the weekend

Thursday, 14 August 2014, 1:36 pm | MetService

The cold southwest flow dominates the situation heading into the weekend,with a windy and unsettled few days expected across many parts of New Zealand. However, a high waits in the wings out in the Tasman Sea, and arrives over the weekend ensuring some ... More >>

Weeds Cost the NZ Economy Millions

Thursday, 14 August 2014, 12:32 pm | Cross Slot

WEEDS COST THE NZ ECONOMY MILLIONS August 14, 2014 There’s something worse than vampires rising up from the ground. They’re weeds and an international soil scientist says they’re sometimes regarded as a benign problem because they can be dealt with. ... More >>

Hawke’s Bay Educated Viticulturists Aiming High

Wednesday, 13 August 2014, 12:17 pm | Eastern Institute of Technology

EIT is toasting the success of three graduates who have made the final five in the prestigious New Zealand Young Viticulturist of the Year competition being held in Blenheim later this month. More >>

Auckland launch of first blood cancer research unit

Tuesday, 12 August 2014, 10:57 am | University of Auckland

New Zealand’s first Leukaemia and Blood Cancer Research Unit will be launched at the University of Auckland today. (Tuesday 12 August, 4.30-5.30pm) More >>

Scientists investigate challenges facing marine environment

Monday, 11 August 2014, 5:31 pm | NZ Marine Sciences Society

The future challenges faced by New Zealand seas and how we might address them will be a key focus of the New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Conference being held this week in Nelson. More >>

Turbulent northwesterlies then cold southwesterlies

Monday, 11 August 2014, 3:22 pm | MetService

"It's an unsettled start to the week for many as a broad trough of low pressure with multiple embedded fronts, advances over the country from the south," commented MetService meteorologist Liz Walsh. Heavy rain in Fiordland and the ranges of Westland ... More >>

Knowledge exchange on ageing research

Monday, 11 August 2014, 10:50 am | University of Auckland

Research into ageing is the focus of a forum or knowledge exchange to be held at the Tamaki Innovation Campus later this month. More >>

Decade of great white shark research nears end

Monday, 11 August 2014, 10:14 am | NIWA

A joint 10-year NIWA and Department of Conservation project to find out more about the great white sharks that inhabit New Zealand waters is coming to an end as scientists tackle the final phases of data analysis. NIWA fisheries scientist and shark expert ... More >>

Study into Didymo’s impact on 55 South Island waterways

Sunday, 10 August 2014, 10:11 am | University of Canterbury

In one of the largest field studies of its kind to examine Didymo, or rock snot, a University of Canterbury project has sampled 55 rivers and streams across the South Island in every major region, to establish its niche and effects on ecosystems. More >>

New Hope for Lab Animals

Saturday, 9 August 2014, 11:32 am | NZ Anti-Vivisection Society

A campaign to require the re-homing of animals used in laboratories has been launched this week. The “Out Of The Labs” campaign is a joint effort from HUHA (Helping You Help Animals) and NZAVS (New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society). Currently the ... More >>

Heads-Up: Science challenges, World Science Week, supermoons

Friday, 8 August 2014, 4:23 pm | Science Media Centre

In This Issue: Science challenges; Science Radar; New staff; Science in August; Quoted; Blogging workshop; Supermoon! Policy news Friday video New from the SMC Sciblogs highlights Sci-tech events More >>

The naked science of antibiotic resistance

Friday, 8 August 2014, 4:19 pm | Massey University

Antibiotic resistance and the rise of phage therapy as a solution to this potentially life-threatening issue is one of the topics to be discussed by a Massey researcher on Radio New Zealand this Saturday. More >>

Super-duper-moon expected Monday morning

Friday, 8 August 2014, 3:35 pm | University of Canterbury

A super-duper-moon which is bigger and brighter than any other full moon visible this year will appear on Monday (August 11) morning when the full moon reaches its closest point to Earth. More >>

Novel rescues charismatic German from the margins

Friday, 8 August 2014, 1:27 pm | Massey University

Novel rescues charismatic German from the margins Friday, August 8, 2014 Dr Ernst Dieffenbach – a liberal-minded, free-spirited 19th century German physican, geologist and naturalist who studied New Zealand’s wildlife, plants and people, was fluent ... More >>

UC students achieve world’s highest recorded rocket flight

Friday, 8 August 2014, 12:50 pm | University of Canterbury Students Association

University of Canterbury students achieve world’s highest recorded rocket flight August 8, 2014 A University of Canterbury student-built supersonic rocket has achieved the highest recorded altitude worldwide. The small supersonic rocket launch from ... More >>

Major world science meetings in New Zealand for first time

Friday, 8 August 2014, 12:43 pm | World Science Week

Major world science meetings in New Zealand for the first time 7 AUGUST 2014 2000 leading international scientists coming to Auckland World Science Week New Zealand 24 August – 3 September 2014 Supported by the Royal Society of New Zealand and ... More >>

Young Innovator Award Winners Announced

Friday, 8 August 2014, 12:26 pm | Young Innovator Awards

Over 200 people turned out last night to see the most innovative young people in the Bay recognised for their creative thinking at the Young Innovator Awards. More >>

Kiwi Chick Given Helping Hand to Hatch

Friday, 8 August 2014, 10:46 am | Orana Wildlife Park

The native bird breeding season is underway early at Orana Wildlife Park. The first animal to hatch was a delightful kiwi chick. Alyssa Salton, Head Keeper of Native Fauna, says: “We are delighted that a healthy chick has arrived so early in the ... More >>

Risks to world’s penguin populations analysed

Thursday, 7 August 2014, 3:23 pm | University of Otago

Risks to world’s penguin populations analysed University of Otago researchers are among the co-authors of a major study of all of the world’s different penguin species that suggests that these birds are at continuing risk from habitat degradation. Writing ... More >>

Climate change adaptation hot topic for book launch

Thursday, 7 August 2014, 12:46 pm | Massey University

Climate change and ways to prepare for the worst effects of natural hazards are hot topics in a newly-published book featuring the work of international and New Zealand researchers being launched on at Massey’s Wellington campus. More >>

Antarctic Leaders Welcome Release of Scientific Priorities

Thursday, 7 August 2014, 11:45 am | Joint Press Release

New Zealand’s Antarctic science leaders have welcomed the release of the six priorities for the next 20 years of Antarctic science. Earlier this year Queenstown hosted 75 international leading Antarctic scientists, policy makers, environmental leaders ... More >>

National Science Challenges under fire

Thursday, 7 August 2014, 10:42 am | New Zealand Association of Scientists

Almost 300 scientists from government science institutions, Universities and independent research organizations have condemned the way in which the Government’s National Science Challenges (NSCs) are being rolled out, and have expressed scepticism for ... More >>

New Hauraki Gulf pollution alarming

Thursday, 7 August 2014, 10:37 am | Environmental Defence Society

At the Environmental Defence Society’s conference Navigating Our Future: addressing risk and building resilience, a NIWA Scientist this morning revealed some serious new problems affecting the Firth of Thames in the Hauraki Gulf. More >>

Revamped geothermal laboratories open for business

Wednesday, 6 August 2014, 12:12 pm | GNS Science

New Zealand’s only full service geothermal and groundwater laboratory, unique in the Southern Hemisphere, opened for business this week after a $4 million upgrade. More >>

Climate Summary: Near-normal July temperatures for most

Tuesday, 5 August 2014, 4:59 pm | NIWA

Rainfall July was a dry month for most parts of the country with the central North Island, Bay of Plenty, eastern Nelson-Marlborough and Canterbury regions experiencing well below normal rainfall ( 149%) rainfall anomalies recorded in the regions during ... More >>

Collaboration key to Deep South Science Challenge success

Tuesday, 5 August 2014, 12:40 pm | NIWA

The Government’s Deep South National Science Challenge provides an unprecedented opportunity for scientific collaboration that will ultimately improve the lives of all New Zealanders, according to Rob Murdoch, the challenge’s interim director. More >>

Imagining the future of food

Tuesday, 5 August 2014, 11:08 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Steak grown from stem cells in the laboratory or local produce from urban high-rises may be on our menus in the year 2050, according to Victoria of Wellington students. As part of the Visa Wellington On a Plate Festival programme, students from Victoria’s ... More >>

$24 million for NIWA-led Deep South Challenge

Tuesday, 5 August 2014, 10:43 am | New Zealand Government

Funding of $24 million over five years has been approved for New Zealand’s second National Science Challenge - The Deep South Challenge Te Kōmata o Te Tonga, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce says More >>

Winter's still around

Monday, 4 August 2014, 1:30 pm | MetService

June and July were very mild months, both experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures, thanks to the persistence of a northwest flow across New Zealand. The start of August has continued in a similar vein, with temperatures in Christchurch climbing to 22C ... More >>

Climate change not so global

Monday, 4 August 2014, 11:49 am | University of Queensland

Scientists are calling for a better understanding of regional climates, after research into New Zealand's glaciers has revealed climate change in the Northern Hemisphere does not directly affect the climate in the Southern Hemisphere. More >>

Tauranga Careers Expo to showcase Waikato’s marine research

Monday, 4 August 2014, 11:04 am | University of Waikato

Live sea creatures in aquariums and research displays focused on the grounding of the Rena are just a few of the things to be on show next week on the University of Waikato’s Coastal Science stand at the Tauranga Careers and Business Expo. More >>

 

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