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Last day of spring heats up central New Zealand

Monday, 30 November 2015, 5:30 pm | MetService

The last weekend of spring brought warm temperatures to the North Island, with Napier getting the top temperature for a town or city of 29C on Saturday. Temperatures struggled a little in areas of the South Island, with Invercargill reaching its high of 14C ... More >>

Antarctica calls for outreach proposals to demystify science

Monday, 30 November 2015, 1:54 pm | Antarctica New Zealand

Antarctica New Zealand is seeking applications from enthused media, artists, teachers and writers who are eager to tell the story behind New Zealand's research into climate change in Antarctica. More >>

Trust boosts Auckland cancer research funding

Monday, 30 November 2015, 11:50 am | University of Auckland

The newly established Li Family Cancer Research Trust has announced its first call for applications for funding for cancer research projects, fellowships and doctoral scholarships. More >>

Summer’s knocking on the door

Sunday, 29 November 2015, 3:44 pm | MetService

There will be some hot spots this week as we head into the meteorological summer which starts on 1 December. There will be plenty of summer rain around though, with a moist northwesterly flow dominating the weather this week. More >>

Science Deadline: climate talks, NZ household emissions

Friday, 27 November 2015, 3:54 pm | Science Media Centre

SMC Science Deadline: COP21 climate talks, NZ's households emissions and AusSMC turns 10 Issue 354, 27 Nov 2015 In this issue: Top news from the Science Media Centre's news sharing platform. Anti-fat attitudes shaped early in life Voluntary ... More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch 27/11/15

Friday, 27 November 2015, 3:45 pm | NIWA

The past week has seen very little rain fall over the South Island and as result soil moisture levels decreased across the entire island. High temperatures and persistent northwesterly to southwesterly winds throughout the week also contributed to the ... More >>

Low cadmium rock phosphate source available in NZ

Friday, 27 November 2015, 2:05 pm | Chatham Rock Phosphate

Chatham Rock Phosphate notes with considerable interest the current news focus on high cadmium levels in New Zealand soils and offers the solution. Cadmium levels in Chatham Rise rock phosphate are among the lowest in the world, according to Chatham ... More >>

El Nino keeps NZ cooler in 2015

Friday, 27 November 2015, 1:18 pm | NIWA

The effects of El Nino will prevent New Zealand from recording a record temperature for the year, say NIWA climate scientists. More >>

Fourth Report on Water Management

Friday, 27 November 2015, 11:01 am | Land and Water Forum

The Land and Water Forum (LWF) today published its fourth report, outlining 60 new consensus recommendations for how New Zealand should improve its management of fresh water and calling on the Government to urgently adopt all of its recommendations ... More >>

EDS welcomes the release of Land and Water Forum report

Friday, 27 November 2015, 10:41 am | Environmental Defence Society

The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed the release of the Land and Water Forum’s fourth report outlining 60 new recommendations on how New Zealand can improve the management of fresh water. More >>

2015 New Zealand’s Most Improved River Awards

Friday, 27 November 2015, 9:43 am | Morgan Foundation

The Ngarara Stream on the Kapiti Coast took out this year’s Supreme Award for New Zealand’s Most Improved River. The River Awards, run by the Morgan Foundation, recognise long-term improvement in water quality as recorded at over 600 Regional ... More >>

Research shows reality of runaway ice loss in Antarctica

Friday, 27 November 2015, 9:19 am | Victoria University of Wellington

27 November 2015 Research shows reality of runaway ice loss in Antarctica A new study led by Victoria University of Wellington researchers reveals the potential for runaway ice loss in Antarctica. By studying rocks at different elevations beside the East ... More >>

Major funding for University of Otago-led sea ice research

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 3:07 pm | University of Otago

University of Otago physicist Associate Professor Pat Langhorne has been allocated $1.9 million by the Deep South National Science Challenge to lead a research project on Antarctic sea ice, which is a key element in the global climate system. The Deep ... More >>

Brain research conference being held in Auckland

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 12:14 pm | University of Auckland

Leading brain researchers have gathered in Auckland for the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society conference which is being held in New Zealand for the first time. More >>

Talented students land dream summer jobs

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 12:11 pm | NIWA

NIWA has awarded sought-after Sir Peter Blake Trust ambassador awards to five talented Kiwi students who will spend part of summer working on exciting marine, freshwater, climate and atmosphere projects with leading NIWA scientists. More >>

Breakthrough Allows Tracking of Single Molecules in 3D

Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 2:56 pm | The Optical Society

New method builds on Nobel Prize-winning technique, with exciting implications for understanding the inner workings of cells and neurons Washington – An innovative approach to calibrating high-tech microscopes enables researchers to track the movement ... More >>

Notice of hearing for Esteem application

Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 12:27 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) advises a hearing is scheduled for an application to import for release the fungicide Esteem, which contains the new active ingredient Polyoxin D zinc salt. More >>

Deep South National Science Challenge projects confirmed

Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 11:55 am | NIWA

Understanding our future climate so New Zealanders can adapt and thrive is the aim of the Deep South National Science Challenge, which today announced its first allocation of funds to improve predictions of climate change. More >>

Cutting Pampas down to size

Monday, 23 November 2015, 4:39 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

Made possible through MPI’s Sustainable Farming Fund, researchers have found 2 planthopper insects and a fungus from South America as possible biocontrol solutions to attack pampas grass. More >>

Warmer for all to start the week

Monday, 23 November 2015, 4:32 pm | MetService

The start of the working week has seen fine weather conditions across much of New Zealand, but a front brings a sustained period of rain to western parts of the South Island on Monday and Tuesday. MetService has issued a Severe Weather Warning and ... More >>

Passionate stories of the Great Barrier Reef – lecture tour

Monday, 23 November 2015, 12:06 pm | Royal Society Of New Zealand

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world and can be seen from outer space. But it’s the passionate and varied human responses to this extraordinary living structure that are of most interest to historian and social ... More >>

Schizophrenia linked to environmental causes

Monday, 23 November 2015, 10:08 am | University of Auckland

A New Zealand court case about the relationship of sexual abuse to the development of schizophrenia has potential for alternative understandings around causes of mental illness to be considered in legal contexts. That’s the conclusion from a study ... More >>

SMC Science Deadline: Climate talks, rising seas

Monday, 23 November 2015, 9:18 am | Science Media Centre

Issue 354, 20 Nov 2015 In this issue: Climate talks Sea level rise Journalism Fellow Civics & Media Quick Links SMC Alerts Calendar Briefings Media Registration About us Contact the SMC Top news from the Science Media Centre's news sharing ... More >>

Festival Celebrates Science for All

Friday, 20 November 2015, 1:41 pm | Cawthron Institute

Longfin eels, drones, handmade rockets and solar pancakes are all part of an exciting week-long extravaganza of science events and activities planned for the upcoming ‘Celebrate Science with Cawthron’ festival next week, 23 to 29 November. More >>

Sound science point of difference for Waipara winemakers

Friday, 20 November 2015, 1:11 pm | Lincoln University

More than two decades of soil science work in the Waipara area has been brought together in a document launched at a Vineyard Soils Day at Black Estate Vineyard this week. More >>

UC Professor wins Science Communicator award

Friday, 20 November 2015, 12:58 pm | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury Professor of Marine Science David Schiel has been awarded the New Zealand Science Communicator of the Year award by the New Zealand Association of Scientists in a ceremony in Wellington. More >>

Bright ideas brimming at hackathon

Friday, 20 November 2015, 11:07 am | Landcare Research

Three strangers have developed a web app to help landowners know how suitable their property is for bees. More >>

Plastic surgeon receives oncology award

Friday, 20 November 2015, 10:59 am | University of Auckland

A top US trained plastic surgeon working at Middlemore Hospital, Jon Mathy, is this year’s Newmarket Rotary Charitable Foundation’s Ross Craig Oncology Award recipient. More >>

Infertility a common problem for Otago-Southland women

Friday, 20 November 2015, 10:57 am | University of Otago

Infertility is common amongst women aged 25–50 years in the south of New Zealand and significant health resources go towards helping them become mothers, new University of Otago research suggests. A paper appearing in this week’s edition of the New ... More >>

NZAS celebrate NZ scientific achievements

Friday, 20 November 2015, 10:33 am | New Zealand Association of Scientists

The New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS) will award its annual medals to New Zealand scientists for 2015, at a function to be held in Wellington Thursday night (19th Nov). More >>

Commissioner calls for action on sea level rise

Friday, 20 November 2015, 10:27 am | Parliamentary Commissioner For The Environment

New Zealand needs to do more to prepare for the consequences of rising sea levels, warns the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment in a new report . More >>

Pioneering young physicist wins NZAS Research Medal

Friday, 20 November 2015, 10:09 am | University of Auckland

Scientific discoveries in miniature optics that could result in ultra-accurate clocks, and advanced research in fibre optic loops has earned Associate Professor Stéphane Coen of the University of Auckland Department of Physics this year’s Research Medal ... More >>

Top marine ecologist named science communicator of the year

Friday, 20 November 2015, 9:39 am | University of Waikato

Professor Chris Battershill, Chair of Coastal Science and Head of the Coastal Marine Group at the University of Waikato, has been awarded Science Communicator of the Year by the New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS). More >>

Marijuana influences visual development

Friday, 20 November 2015, 9:12 am | University of Auckland

Vision science researchers at the University of Auckland have found that prenatal marijuana use benefits a biomarker of visual neurodevelopment in preschool children. More >>

Environment Commissioner Report on Sea Levels Welcomed

Thursday, 19 November 2015, 4:48 pm | Sir Peter Gluckman Chief Science Advisor

Sir Peter Gluckman, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, welcomes the report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) on the expected impact of sea level rise for New Zealand. Entitled Preparing New Zealand for Rising Seas: ... More >>

Lincoln on the Tibetan Plateau

Thursday, 19 November 2015, 4:27 pm | Lincoln University

There may be a shortage of Yaks in the New Zealand high country but Lincoln University experts will be using data from there to better understand grasslands in the shadow of the Himalayas. More >>

Changeable weather ahead

Thursday, 19 November 2015, 2:31 pm | MetService

The outlook for the weekend and the week ahead has a distinct spring-like feel, with the country sitting in a prevailing westerly flow as a number of fronts sweep through. More >>

Study identifies new risk factors for stroke

Thursday, 19 November 2015, 11:22 am | University of Otago

New research from the University of Otago, Wellington, has identified new risk factors for secondary stroke in patients who have suffered a ‘mini-stroke’ or transient ischaemic attack (TIA). The findings open the way for developing potential new treatments ... More >>

GE Free New Zealand

Thursday, 19 November 2015, 9:52 am | GE Free NZ

NZ food authorities have failed to properly assess the safety of co-additives used with the pesticides in scores of GE pesticide-resistant foods. The European Food Safety Authority has supported the findings of a recently published study by Mesnage ... More >>

Growing antibiotic resistance an innovation opportunity

Thursday, 19 November 2015, 9:40 am | New Zealand Veterinary Association

A new report by PwC has found that addressing the growing resistance to antibiotics is an opportunity for New Zealand. Scientific innovations and reduced-antibiotic livestock systems could increase the value of the country’s exports, with the right ... More >>

New Zealand fisheries management well placed

Thursday, 19 November 2015, 9:38 am | Seafood New Zealand

New Zealand fisheries are well placed to remain at the forefront of managing the marine environment, a leading American economist says. More >>

NZ no longer clean, green or economically rational

Wednesday, 18 November 2015, 3:17 pm | Bridget Williams Books

In the latest addition to the BWB Texts series, DrMike Joy offers a damning assessment of the state of New Zealand’s freshwater environments. He points out that in the past two or three decades, 'freshwater environmental protection has been left weakened, ... More >>

Einstein, Light and Time - with a bit of whizz bang

Wednesday, 18 November 2015, 12:29 pm | University of Auckland

Where once humans used the Sun, our greatest source of light, to measure time, now scientists are developing ultra-accurate clocks that can achieve accuracies of better than one second in 80 million years but still depend fundamentally on light. More >>

Seabird Smart winners are fishing's sustainable future

Wednesday, 18 November 2015, 10:22 am | Southern Seabird Solutions

"The winners of this year’s Seabird Smart awards are the sustainable future of New Zealand fishing", says Bill Mansfield, the Chair of the Southern Seabird Solutions Trust. The Awards were announced by the Minister of Conservation Hon. Maggie ... More >>

New watch saves diabetics’ time

Wednesday, 18 November 2015, 9:39 am | Victoria University of Wellington

An innovative monitoring system for diabetes sufferers designed by a Victoria University of Wellington student was one of the top 20 international entries in the prestigious James Dyson Award. More >>

Stoat Den Destroyed

Tuesday, 17 November 2015, 10:05 am | Orokonui Sanctuary

Orokonui Ecosanctuary staff have destroyed a stoat den under a totara tree in the middle of the sanctuary. More >>

Could earthworms help understand rising infertility rates?

Tuesday, 17 November 2015, 10:04 am | Massey University

A Massey University study using earthworms as a model organism is investigating the impact heavy metals and pesticides could have on our genes, in particular on our reproductive systems and fertility. More >>

Team work needed to address antibiotic resistance

Tuesday, 17 November 2015, 9:59 am | New Zealand Veterinary Association

It’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week and veterinarians are urging farmers to work closely with them to address antibiotic resistance to preserve the effectiveness of these essential medicines for animal health and wellness. More >>

Rat plague crisis about to hit, warns Forest & Bird

Monday, 16 November 2015, 5:19 pm | Forest And Bird

Predictions of a pest plague next winter and spring are ripe given the significant level of beech flowering occurring now, says Forest & Bird advocate Kevin Hackwell. More >>

SPCA appoints Dr Arnja Dale as Chief Scientific Officer

Monday, 16 November 2015, 1:40 pm | SPCA

The SPCA has formed a new Animal Welfare Science and Education Department to be led by Dr Arnja Dale as Chief Scientific Officer. This new department and position will provide scientific underpinning to the work the SPCA does nationwide and has ... More >>

Cool temperatures to start week then wet weather follows

Monday, 16 November 2015, 1:15 pm | MetService

A low-pressure system which affected the North Island over the weekend will move slowly east of the country today. A Severe Weather Watch for heavy rain is still in place for Northland, eastern Bay of Plenty, also Waikato down to Taranaki and ... More >>

Hōiho nest numbers hit rock bottom

Monday, 16 November 2015, 12:06 pm | Department of Conservation

The yellow-eyed penguin/hōiho breeding season is looking bleak again this year, with nest numbers reaching their lowest since 1990. Department of Conservation (DOC), the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust (YEPT) and key groups involved with penguin monitoring ... More >>

A changeable week ahead

Monday, 16 November 2015, 11:00 am | MetService

The band of rain over the North Island today will be slow to move off to the northeast of the country tomorrow. There is a possibility that rainfall amounts will exceed short-term warning criteria in some areas, so a Severe Weather Watch is in place ... More >>

New collaboration in medical science

Monday, 16 November 2015, 9:58 am | University of Auckland

A joint centre for medical research established between China and New Zealand is the first of its kind and will focus on leading-edge medical science to seek new treatments for diseases such as cancer. More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Friday, 13 November 2015, 3:28 pm | Niwa National Climate Centre

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 >>

Northlanders with diabetes sought for SMS study

Friday, 13 November 2015, 1:09 pm | University of Auckland

University of Auckland - Media Release - 13 November 2015 Northland people with diabetes are sought for an innovative study to determine whether text message support can help people to better manage their diabetes. University of Auckland researchers ... More >>

Think Piece 22

Friday, 13 November 2015, 11:59 am | McGuinness Institute

The Institute is pleased to announce the launch of Think Piece 22: Proposal for the Creation of an Oceans Institution . This think piece suggests that one key building block necessary to deliver robust ocean governance is missing – an oceans institution. More >>

Federated Farmers welcomes introduction of British Weevil

Friday, 13 November 2015, 11:42 am | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers welcomes the application by Landcare Research to introduce into New Zealand the British weevil as a biological control against the invasive field horsetail weed, which affects pastoral production. More >>

Success in the Marsden Funding round

Friday, 13 November 2015, 10:32 am | Plant and Food Research

Plant & Food Research is involved in four projects funded in this year’s Marsden Funding round, the most successful Marsden round for the Institute. Plant & Food Research will lead three projects – tracing the evolution of smell, building an ... More >>

Knowing the soil

Friday, 13 November 2015, 9:57 am | Waikato Regional Council

Knowing the soil has always been the basis of good farming because the soil is the foundation of the production system. For modern dairy farmers a good understanding of their property’s soils has even more importance because the soil is also the ... More >>


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