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World's first 'three-parent' baby born - Expert reaction

Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 2:28 pm | Science Media Centre

Scientists in the US say a baby born in Mexico in April was the result of a new technique using DNA from three people. The Jordanian parents contacted researchers at New York’s New Hope Fertility Center after discovering the mother had a rare ... More >>

Westerlies to return with a vengeance next week

Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 12:59 pm | MetService

After more than a week of east to northeast winds affecting the country, you might be wondering where the normally westerly winds of Spring have gone. More >>

A man on a drug discovery mission

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 10:48 am | Victoria University of Wellington

A Victoria University of Wellington professor, whose work has led to trials for the treatment of cancers and gout, says New Zealand is carrying out world class research in drug discovery. More >>

Privacy Commissioner monitoring Yahoo hack

Monday, 26 September 2016, 3:14 pm | Office of the Privacy Commissioner

The Privacy Commissioner is monitoring the Yahoo hack that compromised up to 500 million users’ accounts. More >>

A Weather Traffic Jam in the Tasman

Monday, 26 September 2016, 2:48 pm | MetService

A strong high pressure over Australia and another over the ocean to the southeast of New Zealand are causing a traffic jam of weather features in the Tasman Sea. Sandwiched between these two high pressures, the country is covered with wind from the northeast ... More >>

Scientists to survey uncharted seafloor area

Monday, 26 September 2016, 2:22 pm | GNS Science

Scientists set off today on a 21-day voyage to map a previously uncharted section of the Colville Ridge, a large and mountainous seafloor structure about 500km northeast of Auckland. More >>

Leading agri-tech researchers appointed top global role

Monday, 26 September 2016, 11:39 am | Make Lemonade

Massey University’s Professor Ian Yule, one of the world’s leading agri-tech researchers, has been voted president of the International Society of Precision Agriculture for 2018-2020. More >>

Restoring the world’s first recorded computer music

Monday, 26 September 2016, 11:37 am | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan ... More >>

Completion of a Clinical Study

Monday, 26 September 2016, 9:45 am | ChristchurchClinical Studies Trust

Christchurch, New Zealand – 26 September 2016 – Christchurch Clinical Studies Trust Ltd today announces the completion of a clinical study on an innovative alternative to cigarettes. More >>

Taking it easterly this Spring

Sunday, 25 September 2016, 9:35 pm | MetService

This week has seen a generally easterly flow across New Zealand, brought about by persistent high pressure to the southeast of the country, combined with low pressure systems sliding across the North Island. This has brought periods of rain or showers ... More >>

Nationwide search for conservation innovators kicks off

Sunday, 25 September 2016, 9:31 pm | WWF

Are you an inventor, an innovator, a creator? Could $25,000 help turn your idea into reality? More >>

Dog food research dazzles at 3MT finals

Saturday, 24 September 2016, 1:04 pm | Massey University

A veterinary researcher beat 10 other finalists to win the PhD finals of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition with his research on dog protein requirements. More >>

The Fishes of New Zealand wins international award

Friday, 23 September 2016, 10:06 am | Te Papa Press

The Fishes of New Zealand has been awarded the 2016 Whitley Medal for outstanding publication in Australasian zoology by The Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales. The medal is regarded as Australia's highest award for zoological publishing ... More >>

For a sunny weekend, head to the West Coast

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 12:33 pm | MetService

After an overcast and occasionally rainy week for the main centres, people looking for blue skies this weekend should head to the South Island’s West Coast. More >>

Equinox marks start of 'astronomical Spring'

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 12:18 pm | NIWA

Astronomical spring begins in New Zealand at 2.21am on Friday, marked by the Southern Hemisphere’s Vernal Equinox. More >>

The trap is set: resetting traps snare traditional models

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 10:50 am | Mana Communications

Research project comparing self-resetting predator kill traps against single action traps reveals astounding results More >>

NZ innovation shines in war against wasps

Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 4:50 pm | WWF-New Zealand

Championing conservation innovation, a New Zealand-designed pest bait has been cited as a game changer in the fight against invasive wasps. More >>

UC scientists make biomolecular breakthrough

Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 10:04 am | University of Canterbury

A team of University of Canterbury researchers has made a scientific breakthrough in biomolecular interactions, which will help discover the determinants of gene expression, in new research published today. More >>

Gluckman Medal to outstanding clinical leader

Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 9:56 am | University of Auckland

Internationally recognised surgeon and perioperative care specialist, Professor Andrew Hill, is this year’s recipient of the Gluckman Medal for his outstanding contributions to research, education and service. More >>

Rain for the North, Largely Settled Elsewhere

Monday, 19 September 2016, 1:50 pm | MetService

For many regions of the country, especially those living on the west coast, this week looks on the settled side. Eastern and southern parts see more cloud, however. After the rain during the weekend, a quieter week weather-wise will be welcome. But ... More >>

Pigeons have quite a way with words: Otago research

Monday, 19 September 2016, 11:48 am | University of Otago

Pigeons can learn to distinguish real words from non-words by visually processing their letter combinations, surprising new research from the University of Otago in New Zealand and Ruhr University in Germany shows. More >>

$3.1 million towards climate change research projects

Monday, 19 September 2016, 10:29 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

Thirteen research projects have received funding approvals totalling $3.1 million through MPI’s Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change (SLMACC) research programme. More >>

Freshwater Research and Education Centre for Wanaka

Friday, 16 September 2016, 5:22 pm | Alpine Lakes Research and Education Centre

An exciting new venture is planned in Wanaka, the development of an Alpine Lakes Research and Education Centre (ALREC) to support the management of the iconic South Island alpine lakes, rivers and other freshwater ecosystems and help safeguard their ... More >>

Mystery of colourful giant plants of the subantarctic solved

Friday, 16 September 2016, 11:01 am | University of Otago

The mystery of why so many plants on New Zealand’s otherwise bleak subantarctic islands have very large deeply coloured flowers and giant leaves has been solved by new University of Otago research. These insect-pollinated “megaherbs” stand ... More >>

NZBIO award for new ‘green’ glue for wood products

Friday, 16 September 2016, 10:54 am | Scion

Scion’s environmentally-friendly bioadhesives technology was awarded Biotechnology of the Year at NZBIO’s annual conference yesterday. More >>

UC Test Range enabling new drone technology

Friday, 16 September 2016, 10:00 am | University of Canterbury

UC Test Range enabling new drone technology The University of Canterbury’s (UC) Spatial Engineering Research Centre is helping to lead the way in the development of drones for industry, due to the activation of a new test range for unmanned aerial ... More >>

Great Kererū Count takes to the skies

Thursday, 15 September 2016, 3:51 pm | WWF

The Great Kererū Count takes flight tomorrow and New Zealanders across the county are asked to keep their eyes on the skies to help build up a comprehensive picture of where our native pigeon is - and isn't - found. More >>

Wet, windy and warm start to the weekend

Thursday, 15 September 2016, 1:23 pm | MetService

There will be a period of heavy rain for western and northern parts of the country on Friday andSaturday, with strong to gale northwest winds also expected to affect parts of New Zealand. The winds are expected to bring a warm start to the weekend ... More >>

Victoria researchers win multi-million-dollar funding

Thursday, 15 September 2016, 12:56 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

A Victoria University of Wellington-led team developing devices to make methamphetamine testing of homes and motorists more efficient has been awarded $1 million in the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s 2016 Endeavour Fund science investment ... More >>

White Island: Alert level remains at 3

Wednesday, 14 September 2016, 12:17 pm | GeoNet

Monitoring data available from the island confirms there has been no escalation in the level of activity and the emission of ash is currently very minor. More >>

$32,000 in prizes for innovative solutions

Tuesday, 13 September 2016, 3:51 pm | University of Auckland

Livestreaming mussel beds in the Hauraki Gulf to individual sponsors, and converting broken vineyard posts to a biofuel are two of the winning ideas that Auckland students have generated in an innovation challenge with a total $32,000 prize pool. More >>

Braking bad – know your weakness

Tuesday, 13 September 2016, 2:34 pm | Massey University

Massey University Sport and Exercise scientists Matt Miller and Dr Phil Fink have invented the Brake Power Meter, which automatically measures braking power and time spent braking while you ride – a world first. More >>

Aviation roadshows – landing at a location near you

Tuesday, 13 September 2016, 10:49 am | The Southern Sky

Big changes are happening in New Zealand’s airspace and the team leading the changes will visit a range of locations around the country later this month to let people know about the changes. More >>

The link between nature, nurture and brain disorders

Tuesday, 13 September 2016, 10:22 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Two Victoria University of Wellington researchers have published a new book in an effort to highlight the complexities of understanding the development of brain disorders like schizophrenia. More >>

Studying billions of small fish in a big pond

Tuesday, 13 September 2016, 9:57 am | Victoria University of Wellington

A Victoria University of Wellington professor is helping to unlock one of the great mysteries of the ocean by investigating the fate of billions of baby fish. More >>

Trialling new taro treatment for better biosecurity

Tuesday, 13 September 2016, 9:30 am | Plant and Food Research

Scientists from Plant & Food Research have been trialling a specially engineered high-pressure washing machine for taro to help reduce the chances of invasive species entering New Zealand. More >>

A change to more spring like weather

Monday, 12 September 2016, 1:34 pm | MetService

The weather over New Zealand will change to a more spring like pattern late this week, as two low pressure systems hit the country in quick succession, bringing strong winds and rain to many areason Friday and the weekend. “These fast moving weather ... More >>

Use it or lose it? Why not AmuseIT?

Sunday, 11 September 2016, 9:29 pm | AmuseIT

Use it or lose it? Why not AmuseIT? A software tester, a dementia nurse and a developer get together at Christmas... I know what you’re thinking... this sounds like the beginning of a joke. This story isn’t a joke, but it is about amusement – literally. ... More >>

Giraffes May Actually Be Four Separate Species

Saturday, 10 September 2016, 7:09 pm | San Diego Zoo

A groundbreaking new study released this week on giraffe genetics is making big waves within the wildlife conservation community. Giraffes, previously thought by scientists to be one species divided into nine subspecies, could in fact be four completely ... More >>

Settled weather on the horizon as southerly storm eases

Friday, 9 September 2016, 1:18 pm | MetService

A vicious southerly storm that blasted up the country during Wednesday and early Thursday brought with it severe southerly gales, snow to low levels and bitterly cold temperatures. More >>

Pan-Oceania lightning location network

Friday, 9 September 2016, 12:07 pm | MetraWeather

Wellington, New Zealand 9 September 2016. MetraWeather and TOA Systems Inc., have completed the first phase of a pan-Oceania lightning location network that will eventually reach across the Pacific. More >>

Call to arms to avert climate change species losses

Friday, 9 September 2016, 11:48 am | Lincoln University

A group of international scientists is calling for a coordinated global effort to help predict how climate change will affect species and to protect future biodiversity. Changes in global temperatures are already having an impact on the diversity and ... More >>

New Zealand Association of Scientists awards

Friday, 9 September 2016, 9:39 am | New Zealand Association of Scientists

New Zealand Association of Scientists awards celebrate long-term fundamental science that has had significant value for New Zealand More >>

You and your 10 billion best microbial buddies

Friday, 9 September 2016, 9:28 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Two leading biomedical researchers, Professor Anne La Flamme from Victoria University of Wellington and Dr Elizabeth Forbes-Blom from the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, will discuss the role of the body’s microbes in shaping our immune system ... More >>

Gigabit fibre sets the pace for 2020

Thursday, 8 September 2016, 4:53 pm | InternetNZ

InternetNZ welcomes the news that Chorus will allow its fibre users to access Gigabit speeds. More >>

NZBIO conference – Aotea Centre, Auckland

Thursday, 8 September 2016, 4:24 pm | NZBIO

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced last week the Government will review the appropriateness of councils being involved in regulating Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), prompted by advice over a liver cancer treatment trial involving ... More >>

Young Inventor Designs Concussion Detecting Mouthguard

Thursday, 8 September 2016, 2:54 pm | James Dyson Award

A concussion detecting mouth guard has won a Kiwi inventor the top prize in the New Zealand leg of the sixteenth James Dyson Award, a global product design competition that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. More >>

Researching the honey buzz

Thursday, 8 September 2016, 2:20 pm | University of Waikato

A University of Waikato Master of Science student is researching how to improve the quality of nectar in Mānuka plants, to produce better honey. More >>

Slimmer and lighter PlayStation®4 to launch

Thursday, 8 September 2016, 12:59 pm | Sony Interactive Entertainment

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT TO LAUNCH SLIMMER AND LIGHTER PLAYSTATION®4 IN SEPTEMBER, AVAILABLE AT RRP $489.95 NZD More >>

PlayStation 4 Pro Unveiled

Thursday, 8 September 2016, 12:57 pm | Sony Interactive Entertainment

~With Higher-Quality Graphics and Smoother Image, PS4 Pro Launches on November 10, 2016 at $639.95 NZD (RRP)~ More >>

Digital Science Catalyst Grant Awarded To NZ Startup Simiary

Thursday, 8 September 2016, 11:32 am | Digital Science

Auckland, New Zealand Wednesday 7 th September 2016: Digital Science, a business division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Group and a leading global technology incubator focused on jumpstarting innovation in the research community, announced today that ... More >>

Mouthguard design a Dyson Award winner

Thursday, 8 September 2016, 9:31 am | Massey University

New Zealand Dyson Award winner Spencer Buchanan and his mouthguard design that comes with an inductive charging case. More >>

Significant Cold Outbreak to Blast up the Country

Wednesday, 7 September 2016, 12:33 pm | MetService

Although we’re already into the second week of spring, during the next few days it will feel like we’ve plunged back into winter. A cold front will race up the country today and early Thursday, bringing a period of bitterly cold southerly gales ... More >>

New Zealand sea lions and the threat of misinformation

Wednesday, 7 September 2016, 12:25 pm | NIWA

New Zealand is lucky to have its own sea lion. They were nearly driven to extinction more than 150 years ago by the first human settlers and then by commercial sealing – a story shared with nearly all seals. But the New Zealand sea lion has been slow ... More >>

NZ Top Tech Head competition is back!

Tuesday, 6 September 2016, 3:29 pm | Recruit IT

It’s back! The competition that has Developers throughout NZ competing for the title of NZ Top Tech Head. By testing competitors abilities, via the iclue APP, in either Java, Web, Net, C++/C, Mobile Developers and Automated Testing contestants ... More >>

Winter is coming - again

Tuesday, 6 September 2016, 2:56 pm | NIWA

Look who's back... NIWA forecasters believe that winter will return with a vengeance from tomorrow. Here are five things you should know about the incoming Antarctic blast... 1. Snow: Will likely settle in the hills around Dunedin, Christchurch, and ... More >>

Antibacterial products banned in the US - Expert Q&A

Tuesday, 6 September 2016, 12:16 pm | Science Media Centre

A substance found in many antibacterial consumer products - like handsoaps and toothpaste - has been banned from some products in the United States because of its environmental effects. New Zealand's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month accepted ... More >>

Auckland lecturer tracks elusive Cambodian sun bear

Tuesday, 6 September 2016, 10:29 am | UNITEC

Animal management and wildlife welfare expert, Dr Kris Descovich, is uncovering the secret lives of Cambodia’s elusive sun bear. More >>

NZBIO welcomes Government’s GMO review

Monday, 5 September 2016, 4:46 pm | NZbio

Auckland September 5 2016: NZBIO says the Government’s decision to review local government involvement in regulating Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) is sensible. Dr Will Barker, chief executive of NZBIO, says it has never made sense to duplicate ... More >>

New Zealand Climate Summary: Winter 2016

Monday, 5 September 2016, 3:14 pm | NIWA

Temperature Winter temperatures were near average (-0.50°C to +0.50°C) for Taranaki, western Waikato, Tasman, Nelson, Marlborough and coastal Otago. Winter temperatures were above average (+0.51°C to +1.20°C) elsewhere. Rainfall Rainfall was near normal ... More >>

 

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