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Synthetic cannabis - Expert reaction

Friday, 21 July 2017, 4:23 pm | Science Media Centre

The Chief Coroner and NZ Police have issued a warning following at least seven recent deaths in Auckland that they say appears to be linked to the use of synthetic cannabis. More >>

Science Deadline: Auckland's unpredictable volcanoes

Friday, 21 July 2017, 2:50 pm | Science Media Centre

Unpredictable volcanic past Auckland's volcanic past has been punctuated by periods of heightened activity and thousands of years of silence, according to two new research papers. Researchers from the DEVORA (Determining Volcanic Risk in Auckland) research ... More >>

New Giant Ocean Sunfish Species Discovered

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 12:16 pm | Te Papa

20 July, 2017 - A new species of ocean sunfish has been discovered and formally described by an international team of researchers from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the University of Otago, Hiroshima University and the University of Tokyo, and led ... More >>

DEIMOS-1 captured Larsen C from space

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 5:04 pm | Deimos Imaging

An image captured by the Earth Observation satellite Deimos-1 shows Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf and the recently calved A68 iceberg breaking into pieces. More >>

Sleeping with the ‘enemy’ raises extinction risk

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 2:08 pm | Lincoln University

Weta might be saying no to interspecies ardour, but human-induced environmental change is looming as a matchmaker. New research has been looking at a paradox animals at risk of extinction face - breeding themselves out of existence. Sleeping with the ... More >>

Economic impact of weeds far greater than estimate

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 12:40 pm | AgResearch

The true cost of weeds to New Zealand’s agricultural economy is likely to be far higher than previous research would suggest, according to a new study funded by AgResearch. More >>

Using milk protein to 3D-imprint muscle and bone cells

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 2:14 pm | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury PhD student is using milk protein to 3D-imprint muscle and bone cells and one day she hopes her research may be used to regrow missing body parts. More >>

Science Deadline: Larsen C iceberg breaks away...

Friday, 14 July 2017, 2:47 pm | Science Media Centre

Antarctica's newest iceberg After months of speculation, a trillion-tonne iceberg has calved off Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf. More >>

Potential new native flower species

Friday, 14 July 2017, 10:23 am | NZTA

A small pale pink flower blooming from cracks and crevices along Auckland’s Oakley Creek has caught the eye of botanists who believe they may be propagating a new, previously unidentified native species of geranium. More >>

Innovation vital to success of horticulture

Friday, 14 July 2017, 9:25 am | Plant and Food Research

Innovation will be key to the on-going success of the horticulture industry, says Dr Bruce Campbell, recipient of the 2017 Horticulture New Zealand Industry Service Award. More >>

Furneaux wins supreme award at 2017 KiwiNet awards

Friday, 14 July 2017, 9:15 am | BusinessDesk

July 13 (BusinessDesk) - Victoria University’s Richard Furneaux has won the BNZ supreme award at the 2017 KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards for his work on carbohydrate chemistry innovation. More >>

Whio release on Styx and Arahura Rivers

Thursday, 13 July 2017, 5:19 pm | Department of Conservation

Tomorrow seven whio (blue duck) will be released onto the upper Styx and upper Arahura Rivers near Hokitika after nearly a year of whio wooing. More >>

So far, so very stormy

Thursday, 13 July 2017, 3:03 pm | NIWA

Today’s low came spinning off the coast of Hawke’s Bay funneling strong winds through the Cook Strait and hitting Wellington region with strong winds before moving on to Taranaki and Auckland this afternoon. NIWA climate scientist Nava Fedaeff has ... More >>

Science, junk science, and how to tell the difference

Thursday, 13 July 2017, 12:35 pm | University of Canterbury

How do we tell the difference between science, pseudo-science, anti-science rhetoric and ‘alternative facts’? More >>

Larsen C ice shelf cracks - Expert reaction

Thursday, 13 July 2017, 10:40 am | Science Media Centre

After weeks of teasing, a trillion-tonne iceberg has calved off the Larsen C ice shelf into the sea. More >>

Expert Q&A: The science of the Ngauranga slip

Wednesday, 12 July 2017, 12:11 pm | Science Media Centre

Yesterday's landslip that blocked State Highway 1 into Wellington has been cleared away, but how did it happen and are we likely to see more of these types of slips? More >>

New buoy to boost water quality information

Monday, 10 July 2017, 3:36 pm | NIWA

A buoy with the ability to “phone home” was today deployed in Wellington Harbour to monitor currents, waves and water quality in the harbour. More >>

New buoy for Wellington Harbour to boost water quality info

Monday, 10 July 2017, 3:31 pm | NIWA

A buoy with the ability to “phone home” was today deployed in Wellington Harbour to monitor currents, waves and water quality in the harbour. The buoy is part of a joint project between NIWA and Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) around ... More >>

Landcare Research announces new directors

Monday, 10 July 2017, 2:37 pm | Landcare Research

Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd chair Jane Taylor is pleased to announce three new directors have been appointed to the board of the Crown Research Institute. More >>

Cold Week ahead

Monday, 10 July 2017, 2:15 pm | MetService

Make the most of today, folks. After today's relatively quiet weather, a cold front moves onto the far south of the South Island tonight, heralding a week of wintry temperatures. More >>

Can spiders really count?

Monday, 10 July 2017, 1:29 pm | University of Canterbury

Can a tiny spider with a brain that could fit on a pinhead tackle complex numerical tasks? University of Canterbury researchers have discovered that spiders are full of surprises. More >>

Science Deadline: Dam Appeal, Nanoscare and melting mantle

Friday, 7 July 2017, 2:39 pm | Science Media Centre

Legal blow for Ruataniwha The Supreme Court has denied an appeal to allow a land swap for the proposed Ruataniwha Dam project in the Hawke's Bay. More >>

Exercise in early life has long-lasting benefits

Friday, 7 July 2017, 9:09 am | Liggins Institute

Exercise in early life counteracts some of the damaging programming effects of a high-fat diet, a new Auckland study shows. More >>

Safe nuclear waste disposal aided by Kiwi technology

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 12:23 pm | ARANZ Geo Limited

CHRISTCHURCH, NZ – 6 July 2017 – New Zealand company ARANZ Geo is taking on the global challenge of safe final disposal of nuclear waste as a geological and environmental risk management solutions provider. More >>

Rain in the north, drier further south this weekend

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 12:20 pm | MetService

“Over the next few days two low pressure systems are set to slide eastwards, delivering periods of rain over the North Island, while the South Island escapes most of the wet weather,” said MetService meteorologist Stephen Glassey. The first low moves ... More >>

NZ food network helping fast rising water extractor

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 9:03 am | Make Lemonade

NZ food network helping fast rising water extractor July 6, 2017 New Zealand’s top food innovation network is helping fast rising clean-tech company Hydroxsys with its amazing water extraction technologies aimed at mining, dairy and other industries ... More >>

Significant Contribution to Food Safety Award Presented

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 8:56 am | Cawthron Institute

Yesterday evening, Cawthron Senior Scientist Dr Lesley Rhodes CNZM received the inaugural Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Award for Significant Contribution to Food Safety, at the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology (NZIFST) Conference ... More >>

ArborGen does not undertake any research into GE trees in NZ

Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 2:27 pm | ArborGen

The GE Free NZ press release “Alarm Bells Ring Over Threat of GE Trees” published yesterday on Scoop (as below) makes a number of statements that are factually incorrect with regard to ArborGen and its business. More >>

Six months in a (slightly) cooler climate

Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 12:12 pm | NIWA

Now the first six months of the year are done and dusted, NIWA forecasters have been analysing the country’s weather statistics to see where we stand compared to last year’s record breaker. More >>

July 2017 – Colder than usual temperatures

Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 3:25 pm | MetService

The MetService long-range forecast for July is picking below average temperatures for the first half of July, just in time for what is traditionally the coldest time of year. More >>

Mentoring guidance prepared with a cultural lens

Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 3:20 pm | The Royal Society of New Zealand

Support for culturally appropriate mentoring is being released today by Royal Society Te Apārangi to aid researchers and mentors in an increasingly diverse Aotearoa New Zealand. More >>

June climate summary - Record-dry June for parts of North

Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 3:13 pm | NIWA

Rainfall was well below normal ( Temperature June temperatures were near average for most of the country (-0.50°C to +0.50°C). Pockets of above average temperatures (0.51°C to 1.20°C) occurred in the Bay of Plenty, West Coast, and inland Otago. ... More >>

Old faithful hangs up its hat

Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 1:54 pm | Cawthron Institute

After 16 years of service, Cawthron’s first liquid chromatography-mass spectrometer (LC-MS) is hanging up its hat, making room for new technology. The inner workings of the retired instrument dubbed ‘Old Faithful’ has been mounted in honour of ... More >>

Rare octopus turns up at NIWA

Monday, 3 July 2017, 4:24 pm | NIWA

NIWA’s Marine Invertebrate Collection has welcomed two extremely rare octopus that have only just been provisionally identified. More >>

25 years of science working for New Zealand

Monday, 3 July 2017, 3:47 pm | Science New Zealand

Twenty-five years ago – on 1 July 1992 – the Government re-shaped the nation’s science research organisations into ten Crown Research Institutes. More >>

Cold in the South and More Rain for the North

Monday, 3 July 2017, 1:30 pm | MetService

The week started off very wet in parts of the North Island, as an old low moving over the country delivered bands of heavy rain or showers to areas at either end of the island. 12mm of rain fell in one hour earlier this morning in Wellington, ... More >>

MOTU Ranked 10th in The World for Climate Change Work

Friday, 30 June 2017, 9:49 am | MOTU

A tiny research organisation from New Zealand has ranked tenth in the world for climate change work internationally and second for think tanks outside of Europe and North America. More >>

New weather forecasts to improve safety

Thursday, 29 June 2017, 3:00 pm | MetService

Trampers, hunters and mountain bikers will benefit from new weather forecasts for Kahurangi National Park which were launched yesterday on the MetService website and mobile website. The forecasts are produced by MetService’s team of meteorologists ... More >>

Men of different ethnicities needed for weight loss study

Thursday, 29 June 2017, 2:48 pm | University of Otago

Researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) are seeking 20 men from different ethnic backgrounds for a study to find out how well people of different body shapes and different ethnicities respond to a weight loss diet More >>

Change is in the wind

Thursday, 29 June 2017, 1:43 pm | MetService

After a relatively quiet week weather wise, things are about to change. “Expect a changeable weekend of weather, with north-facing regions such as Nelson and Bay of Plenty likely to see the worst of the heavy rain,” said MetService meteorologist ... More >>

Symantec Security Response to Petya Ransomware Outbreak

Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 10:40 am | Symantec Security Response

Petya ransomware impacting large organisations in multiple countries. This new strain of the Petya ransomware started propagating on June 27, 2017, infecting many organisations. Similar toWannaCry, Petya uses the Eternal Blue exploit to propagate itself. What ... More >>

New ransomware campaign known as Petya

Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 10:11 am | CERT NZ

A new ransomware campaign known as Petya is affecting computer networks using Microsoft Windows. It was first seen affecting systems in the Ukraine, but is quickly spreading across other computer networks in Europe. More >>

Daily walks help lower office workers’ blood lipids

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 9:45 am | University of Otago

Many people spend increasing time sitting during their work days, but breaking things up with regular brisk walks, while also taking daily 30-minute walks, significantly lowers levels of fatty acids that lead to clogged arteries, University of Otago researchers ... More >>

International food safety experts in NZ

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 9:41 am | Food Integrity Conference

Attended by some of New Zealand’s leading food producers, the two-day conference on Wednesday 28 and Thursday 28 June in Auckland brings together international food experts to help local companies navigate the complex international food export market ... More >>

Innovative Technology Proves a Winner for Emirates Team NZ

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 9:16 am | Callaghan Innovation

Callaghan Innovation has today applauded Emirates Team New Zealand’s triumph in the 2017 America’s Cup and the use of innovative technology to give its winning performance the edge. More >>

Next generation of Antarctica scientists celebrated

Monday, 26 June 2017, 8:42 pm | Antarctica New Zealand

Next generation of Antarctica scientists celebrated Media release embargoed until 6pm, 26 June 2017 Understanding what Antarctica's environment was like 3.5 million years ago could prove crucial to preparing New Zealand for the impacts of climate ... More >>

International accolade for director

Monday, 26 June 2017, 3:54 pm | Auckland Bioengineering Institute

The Director of the University of Auckland’s Bioengineering Institute (ABI) has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Sheffield, in the United Kingdom. More >>

Improving trend into the weekend - Thursday 22 June 2017

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 2:20 pm | MetService

It will be been a wet and unsettled end to the working week over the North Island, thanks to a low pressure system over the northern Tasman Sea, while a weak cold front has moved up the South Island. However, it is an improving trend as we get into the ... More >>

Myrtle rust update – Wednesday 21 June 2017

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 1:21 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Incident Controller David Yard says there has been no significant change to the spread of myrtle rust, but work continues to control the fungus. More >>

Changes in garden bird populations over the last 10 years

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 10:08 am | Landcare Research

Landcare Research released research results today that reveal some species counted in the annual New Zealand Garden Bird Survey have declined over the last 10 years. More >>

Spotlight on benefits of pre-lamb drenching

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 2:25 pm | AgResearch

Latest research is challenging the popular belief that drenching ewes around the time of lambing will consistently provide production and financial benefit, AgResearch scientists say. At the recent Beef + Lamb New Zealand AgInnovation conference in ... More >>

Myrtle Rust: Plant Movement Must Stop

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 1:32 pm | The Tree Council Inc

The Tree Council is calling for the Ministry for Primary Industries to use its powers under the Biosecurity Act and implement a temporary ban on all plant movement across New Zealand to prevent the spread of Myrtle Rust. More >>

Updated guidance urgently needed for antipsychotic drug

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 11:30 am | University of Otago

Drug-safety regulators and manufacturers need to take urgent action over serious adverse effects of the valuable antipsychotic drug clozapine, a new study shows. More >>

New funding takes the fight to myrtle rust

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 10:36 am | Plant And Food Research

Plant & Food Research and Scion have been successful in the latest round of MBIE’s Catalyst Strategic Fund with a project addressing the threat of myrtle rust to New Zealand. More >>

New evidence of animal behaviour and tidal clocks

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 9:59 am | University of Auckland

A slater-like crustacean that lives in the sand on Auckland’s Piha beach has provided new evidence that animals have biological clocks influenced by the tide as well as the more familiar circadian clock that follows the day/night cycle and which regulates ... More >>

The Settled Weather Doesn’t Last

Monday, 19 June 2017, 2:32 pm | MetService

The generally dry weather over the weekend carries into the start of this week with just a few showers taking the shine off the sun until Wednesday. More >>

A smidgen of seasonal solstice science

Monday, 19 June 2017, 2:10 pm | NIWA

This year’s winter solstice may start mild, but by the end of the shortest day of the year on Wednesday there will be rain, wind and even some snow. More >>

Science Deadline: Childcare nutrition, Grenfell disaster

Friday, 16 June 2017, 3:32 pm | Science Media Centre

A survey of menus provided by childcare centres found most weren't meeting nutritional guidelines. More >>

Drought-hit mudfish insight into surviving climate change

Friday, 16 June 2017, 3:06 pm | University of Canterbury

Life and death in a Westland rainforest: Drought-hit mudfish give insight into surviving climate change University of Canterbury researchers studying Westland mudfish have witnessed a life and death struggle that sheds new light on how species may survive ... More >>

Settled weather for the weekend

Thursday, 15 June 2017, 1:10 pm | MetService

The strong, cold southerly flow these past two days was a definite winter wakeup call for most of New Zealand. Along with blustery winds, heavy swells affected many western, southern and eastern coasts during Tuesday and Wednesday. More >>