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ARANZ Geo launches insider’s guide to 3D implicit modelling

Wednesday, 5 August 2015, 4:51 pm | ARANZ

CHRISTCHURCH, 5 August 2015 – ARANZ Geo Limited, a 3D modelling pioneer and world leader in the interpretation and visualisation of geological data, has launched www.implicit-modelling.com , an insider’s guide to 3D implicit modelling. The website shares world leading ... More >>

Global index proposed to avoid delays on climate policies

Tuesday, 4 August 2015, 4:39 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

Global index proposed to avoid delays on climate policies A Victoria University of Wellington climate change expert is calling for an overhaul of the way climate change pledges are assessed, to avoid ‘indefinite procrastination’ on the design ... More >>

A cold weekend on the way

Tuesday, 4 August 2015, 2:28 pm | MetService

After a relatively warm start to the week for many, thanks to warmer subtropical air, a colder southerly flow will soon make its presence felt and the weekend will see a return to winter. More >>

Careful management reduces nutrient losses

Tuesday, 4 August 2015, 12:44 pm | Dairy NZ

Recent results from Ag Research trials undertaken in South Otago as part of the Pastoral 21 project have shown that grazed winter forage crops contribute significantly to the risk of nutrient losses to water but that with careful management, sediment and ... More >>

Volcanic bacteria take minimalist approach to survival

Tuesday, 4 August 2015, 11:01 am | Otago University

New research by scientists at the University of Otago and GNS Science is helping to solve the puzzle of how bacteria are able to live in nutrient-starved environments. It is well-established that the majority of bacteria in soil ecosystems live in dormant ... More >>

50th engineering excellence awards

Tuesday, 4 August 2015, 8:15 am | Make Lemonade

Major engineering projects from all four corners of the country are in contention for national recognition at the 50th anniversary annual Association of Consulting and Engineering Professionals of New Zealand (ACENZ) awards in Christchurch on Saturday ... More >>

Vice Chair of the IPCC to visit Wellington

Monday, 3 August 2015, 5:23 pm | Delegation of the European Union to New Zealand

On Monday 10 August 2015, Prof. Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Vice Chair and Candidate Chair of the IPCC, will visit Wellington. He will speak publicly on the topic of: "Key messages from the IPCC 5th Assessment Report - Challenges and Opportunities ... More >>

Otago’s international TB research efforts gain major support

Monday, 3 August 2015, 12:22 pm | University of Otago

University of Otago researchers have been awarded $450,000 for research into the genetics of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) in Indonesia and Myanmar. The Health Research Council of New Zealand announced the e-ASIA HRC Joint Research Programme ... More >>

A cold August with severe weather to start

Monday, 3 August 2015, 11:18 am | MetService

"A colder than usual August is expected for all regions of the country.While this is likely good news for skiers, it will mean larger power bills for many of us," said MetService Meteorologist Georgina Griffiths. "The month starts ... More >>

NIWA’s new hi-tech tool helps identify what’s in your stream

Monday, 3 August 2015, 9:27 am | NIWA

Identifying creepy crawlies in your local stream just got a whole lot easier and faster, thanks to a new 3D identification system developed by a NIWA researcher. More >>

The future of NZ science

Friday, 31 July 2015, 3:16 pm | Science Media Centre

The country’s brightest minds ponder the future of science in a special issue of theJournal of Royal Society of New Zealand, published today. More >>

Niwa: Regional predictions for the next three month

Friday, 31 July 2015, 3:04 pm | NIWA

El Niño conditions continued to strengthen during July 2015. Sea surface temperature anomalies in the eastern and central Equatorial Pacific have been exceeding +1oC for the past two months. The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) was strongly negative ... More >>

Alaskan study tour for DOC award winner

Friday, 31 July 2015, 2:05 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) welcomes the opportunity this World Ranger Day to announce Fiordland District Conservation Services Manager, Grant Tremain, the winner of its Stephen O’Dea Developmental Award. More >>

Rocket Lab and NASA sign Commercial Space Launch Agreement

Friday, 31 July 2015, 9:56 am | Rocket Lab

AUCKLAND, New Zealand. — July 31, 2015 — Rocket Lab has signed a Commercial Space Launch Act Agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The agreement enables Rocket Lab to use NASA resources - including personnel, facilities ... More >>

Water quality up for discussion at Winter Lecture Series

Friday, 31 July 2015, 9:53 am | Waikato University

It is often said that water is the lifeblood of New Zealand. Just about everything we do has an impact on our water, and just about everyone has an opinion about it. Who is to blame for the quality of our water? Do we even have a problem? More >>

Scientists imagine marine future for New Zealand

Friday, 31 July 2015, 8:47 am | NIWA

By 2050 New Zealand will have a fleet of ocean gliders undertaking scientific measurements, an aquaculture industry powered by marine energy operating far offshore and weather forecasts available 18 months in advance. More >>

A weekend warm up

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 1:59 pm | MetService

A ridge of high pressure will deliver settled weather to much of New Zealand to end the working week. Into the weekend, a pair of fronts will affect the country, but despite rain and wind expected mainly in the west, temperatures will be slightly ... More >>

More food activist research from Auckland University

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 1:28 pm | Food and Grocery Council

The latest research from Auckland University on packaged foods in New Zealand supermarkets is another disappointing example of food politicking dressed up as academic research, says NZ Food & Grocery Council Chief Executive Katherine Rich. More >>

Windows 10 now available in New Zealand as a free upgrade

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 5:04 pm | Microsoft New Zealand

The “best and most secure Windows ever” set to empower Kiwis to do and achieve more More >>

UC sells stake in earthquake solutions venture

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 10:37 am | University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury (UC) has sold its stake in Canterbury Seismic Instruments Limited (CSI) to local technology advisory and investment company Aoraki Partners, completing its direct involvement in a successful research commercialisation initiative. More >>

Study highlights flaw in strategy to halt sea lion decline

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 9:28 am | Otago University

Otago study highlights major flaw in strategy to halt sea lion decline A new University of Otago-led study of the endangered New Zealand sea lion indicates efforts by the Government that focus mainly on the survival of sea lion pups to reverse the population ... More >>

A major El Nino

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 9:19 am | MetService

Over the last few months, El Nino has continued to intensify. The ocean and the atmosphere have reinforced each other, helping to strengthen the climate pattern which resides in the tropical Pacific Ocean. "We have a major El Nino in play," said MetService ... More >>

Science “critical” in unlocking Māori land potential

Monday, 27 July 2015, 11:04 am | Landcare Research

More Māori are turning to science to unlock the potential of their land and natural resources. More >>

Unsettled weather for the week ahead

Monday, 27 July 2015, 9:36 am | MetService

An active front has been moving east across the country today bringing northerly gales and heavy rain to some parts of the South Island. Exposed places in inland Canterbury have seen gusts of 100 km/h this morning, while some gauges in Westland ... More >>

Science Deadline

Friday, 24 July 2015, 12:49 pm | Science Media Centre

Kiwi evolved specially adapted smell detectors to help them cope with nocturnal life, according to a new study that has mapped out the genome—the entire genetic code—of the North Island brown kiwi. More >>

Lincoln leading food safety and security discussion

Friday, 24 July 2015, 12:17 pm | Lincoln University

Key issues around future food security challenges will be discussed at a workshop at Lincoln University next month. More >>

DIY DNA extraction, rock snot , 3-D animation and more

Friday, 24 July 2015, 11:27 am | Cawthron Institute

Fascinating and important research happening at New Zealand’s largest independent science organisation will be on show this Sunday as part of Cawthron Institute’s fifth annual open day. More >>

Ineffective osteoporosis treatments still promoted

Thursday, 23 July 2015, 3:50 pm | University of Auckland

Two Auckland clinical researchers have called for advocacy organisations and academics to abandon industry ties that promote the use of calcium and vitamin D supplements to prevent or treat osteoporosis. More >>

Mother Nature is becoming restless

Thursday, 23 July 2015, 2:51 pm | MetService

A large wintertime high has brought settled weather to much of the country this week and continues to do so as it moves slowly eastwards over the next day or so. Many people will have awoken to frost on the ground at their place recently. This ... More >>

Submissions sought on fungicide for onion mildew

Thursday, 23 July 2015, 10:36 am | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is calling for submissions on an application for release of DuPont Zorvec Enicade Fungicide. This fungicide contains the active ingredient oxathiapiprolin and is intended to be used for the control of downy mildew ... More >>

University of Otago honours Chemistry research leader

Thursday, 23 July 2015, 10:15 am | University of Otago

University of Otago honours Chemistry research leader Professor Sally Brooker, an internationally leading inorganic chemistry researcher who designs and creates innovative molecules that could underpin future technologies, is the latest recipient of the ... More >>

EPA approves change to PredaSTOP baits control

Thursday, 23 July 2015, 9:37 am | Environmental Protection Agency

An Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Decision-making Committee has approved an application to change one of the controls on two PredaSTOP baits. PredaSTOP is the commercial name for PAPP (para-aminopropiophenone) Paste A and PAPP Paste Ready-to-use ... More >>

Trans Tasman maritime unions meet with politicians

Wednesday, 22 July 2015, 8:17 pm | Maritime Union of New Zealand

A global campaign against oil operator Chevron has come to New Zealand, with maritime unions saying the company has a bad record of dealing with local communities around the world. More >>

Vital conference on New Zealand’s biodiversity crisis

Wednesday, 22 July 2015, 8:16 pm | EDS

New Zealand’s natural heritage is in an alarming decline. After 1000 years of human occupation, we are still not living well with our unique biodiversity. This is the case across the land, the sea and freshwater environments. More >>

New study shows mangroves may protect against sea level rise

Wednesday, 22 July 2015, 11:38 am | University of Auckland

New research shows mangrove forests could play a crucial role in protecting coastal areas from sea level rise caused by climate change. New research shows mangrove forests could play a crucial role in protecting coastal areas from sea level rise caused ... More >>

International potato industry expert praises NZ research

Wednesday, 22 July 2015, 10:51 am | Potatoes New Zealand

International potato industry expert Professor Gary Secor has praised New Zealand’s world-leading research, during a visit to speak at the Potatoes New Zealand Inc annual conference. More >>

Veterinarians set antibiotic goal for animals

Tuesday, 21 July 2015, 9:45 am | NZVA

Veterinarians set antibiotic goal for animals Tuesday 21 July 2015 “By 2030 New Zealand Inc will not need antibiotics for the maintenance of animal health and wellness,” New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) President Dr Steve Merchant said today. ... More >>

Researchers devise new way to monitor‘health of ice shelves

Tuesday, 21 July 2015, 9:37 am | University of Otago

Tuesday 21 July 2015 Otago researchers devise new way to monitor ‘health’ of ice shelves More >>

More settled weather on the way - but the cold remains

Monday, 20 July 2015, 12:38 pm | MetService

An icy southerly flow made for a wintry weekend across the South Island and lower North Island. Snow fell to low levels across parts of the South Island, and southerly gales blasted their way up the country, which helped generate ten metre waves in ... More >>

Promising deepwater views of orange roughy

Monday, 20 July 2015, 11:31 am | Seafood New Zealand

Scientific surveys of orange roughy stocks off the West Coast of the South Island and south of Fiordland have obtained live video footage of the fish from as deep as one kilometre below the surface. More >>

Facial scrubs threaten health and environment

Monday, 20 July 2015, 10:34 am | University of Canterbury

Dr Sally Gaw will discuss the impact of microplastics on the environment at a free public lecture at the University of Canterbury (UC) at 7pm onWednesday 22 July. More >>

Mosquito terminators and vampire spiders are our friends

Monday, 20 July 2015, 9:56 am | University of Canterbury

Mosquito terminators and vampire spiders are our friends Two University of Canterbury (UC) researchers’ insights about two species of spider that feed preferentially on mosquitoes have been published in the Journal of Arachnology in America. More >>

Lecture to look at marine biological invasions

Monday, 20 July 2015, 9:50 am | Waikato University

Humans have greatly influenced the distribution of marine species worldwide which has had significant effects. More >>

CT scan shows positive signs for Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

Saturday, 18 July 2015, 10:30 am | Wellington Zoo

The endangered Olive Ridley Sea Turtle receiving care at Wellington Zoo’s The Nest Te Kōhanga had a CT scan today at Pacific Radiology. The scan revealed clear lungs and no internal damage or blockages. More >>

Oil Free Otago Getting On with Going Off Fossil Fuels

Thursday, 16 July 2015, 3:26 pm | Oil Free Otago

Oil Free Otago have joined with other community groups in Dunedin to form Valley Community Workspace Inc.(VCW), and are getting on with going off fossil fuels. The groups, including Transition Valley 473, The Valley Project, Dunedin Makerspace and ... More >>

A cold wet and windy Weekend

Thursday, 16 July 2015, 2:56 pm | MetService

While today and tomorrow look relatively settled weather wise across the country, all eyes are on a significant weather system set to affect New Zealand over the weekend. A low pressure system developing over the Tasman Sea today is set to intensify as ... More >>

Mite-y development in potential wasp biocontrol

Thursday, 16 July 2015, 10:19 am | Landcare Research

A tiny mite found on wasps continues to look a promising biocontrol agent against the winged pest. More >>

Soil maps lead way to better farming

Thursday, 16 July 2015, 10:03 am | Lincoln University

Soil maps lead way to better farming Producing detailed soil maps of New Zealand farms could help improve food production across the country, as well as reduce nitrate leaching, a Lincoln University report suggests. A group of Lincoln students recently ... More >>

Multiple Discoveries from NASA’s New Horizons Pluto Mission

Thursday, 16 July 2015, 9:51 am | NASA

Icy mountains on Pluto and a new, crisp view of its largest moon, Charon, are among the several discoveries announced Wednesday by NASA's New Horizons team, just one day after the spacecraft’s first ever Pluto flyby. More >>

Olive Ridley Sea Turtle showing encouraging signs

Wednesday, 15 July 2015, 4:28 pm | Wellington Zoo

Olive Ridley Sea Turtle showing encouraging signs The Olive Ridley Sea Turtle receiving care at Wellington Zoo’s The Nest Te Kōhanga has shown encouraging signs of movement. However, the female turtle, nicknamed ‘Ridley’, remains in a critical condition. ... More >>

Uni of Otago Foundation Trust Divests from Fossil Fuel

Wednesday, 15 July 2015, 4:23 pm | OtagoUniDivests

On Monday the University of Otago Foundation Trust decided to divest its endowments from the “exploration and extraction of fossil fuels”. Divestment made the monthly meeting agenda after 24 notable university staff members and a petition 1000 signatures ... More >>

Water Shortage Direction for Opihi River and tributaries

Wednesday, 15 July 2015, 4:08 pm | Environment Canterbury

Another Water Shortage Direction for the Opihi River and its tributaries – which includes the Opuha River and Lake Opuha – is in effect from Wednesday July 15 for 14 days. More >>

NASA's New Horizons ‘Phones Home’ Safe after Pluto Flyby

Wednesday, 15 July 2015, 3:58 pm | NASA

The call everyone was waiting for is in. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft phoned home just before 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday to tell the mission team and the world it had accomplished the historic first-ever flyby of Pluto. More >>

Female Kakapo Found Dead

Wednesday, 15 July 2015, 1:29 pm | Kakapo Recovery

A young female kakapo named Ellie has been found dead on Whenua Hou/Codfish Island, bringing the total population of the critically endangered bird down to 125. More >>

Kiwi chicks on display these school holidays

Wednesday, 15 July 2015, 10:28 am | Shine pr

Bringing with them a promising future for Te Puia’s kiwi house, two special kiwi chicks have recently settled in and are now on display for visitors to catch a glimpse these school holidays. More >>

Warmer days ahead in the east

Tuesday, 14 July 2015, 3:27 pm | MetService

The cold weather that started the week gives way to gradually rising temperatures as northeasterly winds persist for the next couple of days.A front, which approaches New Zealand from the west, brings rain with some possibly heavy falls from this afternoon. ... More >>

Temperature records broken around the country

Monday, 13 July 2015, 4:49 pm | NIWA

This month’s cold snap has broken a swathe of temperature records around the country. More >>

Residue is the Salvation of the Soil

Monday, 13 July 2015, 2:51 pm | Inspire

International soil scientist, John Baker, is appalled every time a farmer burns the stubble or crop residues on top of the ground in preparation for sowing another crop. Dr Baker says from a soil health point of view, burning is “the stupidest ... More >>

NZ and Japanese scientists study Pacific submarine research

Monday, 13 July 2015, 11:40 am | NIWA

Six NIWA scientists led by marine biologist Dr Ashley Rowden are working with scientific colleagues from Japan in the four-day workshop supported by the Royal Society of New Zealand, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and NIWA. More >>

Getting the banking in order

Monday, 13 July 2015, 9:53 am | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

Getting the banking in order Bala Tikkisetty Winter weather can place extra strain on the banks of farm waterways, increasing the risk of erosion degrading water quality. Since degraded water quality can affect animal health and productivity, protecting ... More >>

 

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