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Science Deadline: NASA's flying telescope

Friday, 22 July 2016, 5:03 pm | Science Media Centre

Science Deadline: NASA's flying telescope, luring top science talent to NZ and guidelines for public engagement More >>

New researchers should focus on primary industry

Friday, 22 July 2016, 2:32 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers wants a plan to attract the world’s top scientists to New Zealand to concentrate on those who will work on primary sector initiatives and the environment. More >>

Evidence for alcohol causing cancer is strong

Friday, 22 July 2016, 12:56 pm | University of Otago

University of Otago researcher Professor Jennie Connor’s new review of epidemiological evidence supports a causal association between alcohol consumption and cancers at seven sites in the body: oropharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, rectum and ... More >>

University of Otago honours research leader

Friday, 22 July 2016, 9:59 am | University of Otago

Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith, an internationally renowned biological anthropologist who pioneered the use of evolutionary genetics to trace Pacific migrations, is the latest recipient of the Distinguished Research Medal, the University of Otago’s ... More >>

Charity supports medical research in Auckland

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 11:42 am | University of Auckland

Medical research into aspects of autism, brain injury, the ageing eye, endometriosis, vaccination, brain cancer, and preterm birth are some of the University of Auckland projects that will benefit from the latest round of funding from the Auckland Medical ... More >>

Plan to lure leading researchers to New Zealand

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 3:54 pm | Science Media Centre

The 'Entrepreneurial Universities' initiatives will aim to bring 15 - 20 world-leading researchers to New Zealand, with our universities bidding for the opportunity to host them and their research teams. More >>

Record-challenging warmth returns

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 11:38 am | NIWA

It may be winter, but it’s going to be so warm this weekend temperature records are likely to tumble. More >>

Rocks reveal how Earth recovered from mass extinction

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 11:27 am | University of Otago

An international research team that includes a University of Otago scientist has shed light on why life on Earth took millions of years to recover from the greatest mass extinction of all time. More >>

Ford, Jose Cuervo to Make Car Parts from Agave by-product

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 4:56 pm | Ford Motor Company

• Ford Motor Company and Jose Cuervo® are exploring the use of agave plants to develop a sustainable bioplastic material to incorporate in vehicles, giving the agave fibre by-product a second chance at usefulness More >>

Taniwha human-powered sub world champion

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 12:43 pm | University of Auckland

The New Zealand human-propelled submarine Taniwha, has won a world title for human propelled submarines after a week of timed races in Gosport in England. More >>

Research Foundation awards over $1.3 million

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 12:22 pm | Auckland Medical Research Foundation

The Auckland Medical Research Foundation (AMRF) has recently announced $1,311,018 in funding to medical researchers in its first two of five funding rounds in 2016. More >>

A topsy turvy week ahead - 18 July 2016

Monday, 18 July 2016, 1:00 pm | MetService

Expect wild swings in the weather this week as a number of weather features cross the country from the Southern Ocean. Southwesterlies ease today, but another front with strong west to southwesterly winds sweeps northwards on Tuesday. MetService ... More >>

Innovative study could transform pacemakers

Monday, 18 July 2016, 10:51 am | University of Auckland

A new study in Auckland has the potential to change the way cardiac pacemakers are used in people with heart disease. More >>

Unsettled weather to continue - 17 July 2016

Monday, 18 July 2016, 10:48 am | MetService

It has been an unsettled week of weather, with heavy rain, thunderstorms, gales and snow affecting parts of the country. Most of the action took place over the South Island and lower North Island. MetService Meteorologist Peter Little commented, “Severe ... More >>

Lab-on-a-chip unlocks world of possibilities

Thursday, 14 July 2016, 1:55 pm | University of Canterbury

Saving kauri trees, detecting bacteria in milk, addressing disease and infection and slowing the progress of cancer or multiple sclerosis are all future possibilities thanks to new technology called laboratory-on-a–chip. More >>

Second batch of bad weather on its way

Thursday, 14 July 2016, 1:45 pm | MetService

Many New Zealanders experienced wild weather overnight as a front brought heavy rain, severe gales, and snow to higher levels. A band of thunderstorms swept through the Kapiti Coast in the early hours of Thursday morning, bringing down trees with wind ... More >>

Re-engineer your career with Tech Futures Lab

Thursday, 14 July 2016, 10:43 am | Acumen Republic

Auckland, New Zealand – 14 July, 2016: New Zealanders can now access leading professional development to prepare and upskill themselves for 21st Century careers thanks to a progressive 10-week programme from education futurist and 2016 Blake Leader, Frances ... More >>

Volunteers needed for NIWA snow project

Wednesday, 13 July 2016, 2:55 pm | NIWA

As the snow finally starts to fall in earnest this week, NIWA is asking for public help to measure it. More >>

‘Dust On Crust’ Concerns Avalanche Forecasters

Tuesday, 12 July 2016, 5:07 pm | NZ Mountain Safety Council

Avalanche forecasters for the New Zealand Avalanche Advisory (NZAA) are increasingly concerned about upcoming weather conditions. With a long period of warmer weather and a big dump on the way, conditions are likely to be very tricky in the backcountry ... More >>

New mirrorless digital camera, FUJIFILM X-T2

Tuesday, 12 July 2016, 4:10 pm | FUJIFILM

FUJIFILM announces the ultimate mirrorless digital camera, FUJIFILM X-T2 – a camera that delivers creative perfection More >>

Wood smoke draws researchers to New Zealand

Tuesday, 12 July 2016, 12:13 pm | NIWA

The burning question of winter is attracting international air quality scientists to Wellington later this month to design a large scale joint research programme. More >>

Fructose – too much sugar for the heart?

Tuesday, 12 July 2016, 10:59 am | University of Auckland

The impact of a high level of sugar intake on heart health will come under scrutiny this year in a new research project probing the link between fructose and diabetes. More >>

Otago physicists observe key quantum principle

Tuesday, 12 July 2016, 10:28 am | University of Otago

University of Otago physicists have used steerable ‘optical tweezers’ to split minute clouds of ultracold atoms and slowly smash them together to directly observe a key theoretical principle of quantum mechanics. More >>

Thumb-sucking and nail-biting children show fewer allergies

Monday, 11 July 2016, 4:13 pm | University of Otago

Children who suck their thumbs or bite their nails may be less likely to develop allergies, according to a new University of Otago study. The finding emerges from the long-running Dunedin Multidisciplinary Study, which has followed the progress ... More >>

Wild weather on the way

Monday, 11 July 2016, 1:19 pm | MetService

The next batch of severe weather will be hitting New Zealand from Tuesday night, with MetService forecasting heavy rain, strong winds, and snow at higher levels as a front crosses the country mid-week. More >>

Prehistoric demise of Chathams sea lion a stark warning

Monday, 11 July 2016, 11:56 am | University of Otago

Prehistoric demise of Chathams sea lion a stark warning for conservation of NZ sea lion More >>

Science Awards Winners Announced as 10th Festival Launched

Saturday, 9 July 2016, 9:30 pm | New Zealand International Science Festival

The man behind Dunedin’s Healthy Harbour Watchers – retired secondary school science teacher Andrew Innes – was last night recognised for his lifelong dedication to science at an awards ceremony to launch the 10th biennial New Zealand International ... More >>

Combined seed treatment helps protect NZ crops

Friday, 8 July 2016, 11:06 am | Environmental Protection Agency

A new version of an insecticide used to help protect corn, wheat grass and brassica crops has been approved by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). Bayer New Zealand’s Poncho Votivo is a seed treatment that will help control pests such as ... More >>

Severe rain watch forecast to coincide with king tide

Thursday, 7 July 2016, 2:27 pm | Thames Coromandel District Council

The MetService has issued a Severe Weather Watch for Thursday evening 7 July, which will coincide with the king tide around 9pm of the Eastern Coromandel. More >>

Severe weather to be followed by frosts

Thursday, 7 July 2016, 12:16 pm | MetService

A complex low pressure system over the Tasman Sea is poised to lash northern and central parts of the country today and Friday, before moving away to the east over the weekend and making way for a calming ridge of high pressure. More >>

Good vibrations: bolder building solutions

Thursday, 7 July 2016, 10:20 am | University of Canterbury

Building solutions that challenge conventional construction wisdom are being researched, modelled and tested by University of Canterbury academic Dr Geoffrey Rodgers as he re-examines what defines a ‘strong’ building. More >>

Otago marine biologists honoured with prestigious medal

Thursday, 7 July 2016, 10:12 am | University of Otago

Two Otago scientists who have been at the forefront of this country’s marine biology research for decades have been jointly awarded the New Zealand Marine Science Society’s (NZMSS) inaugural John Morton Medal. More >>

Troubled waters ahead for marine life

Thursday, 7 July 2016, 9:47 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Research from Victoria University of Wellington is investigating how coastal marine species may struggle with Earth’s increasingly intense storms. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has forecasted that rising global temperatures will mean ... More >>

NIWA scientist recognised for outstanding achievements

Thursday, 7 July 2016, 9:14 am | NIWA

A NIWA scientist with an international reputation as an outstanding leader in marine ecological field experiments was last night awarded the prestigious New Zealand Marine Sciences Society (NZMSS) Award. More >>

Atmospheric river of moisture heading to NZ

Wednesday, 6 July 2016, 11:53 am | NIWA

A series of low pressure systems will trek across the Tasman from tonight into the weekend, resulting in locally heavy rain and the potential for flooding and slips for the east of the North Island. Appreciable snowfall is also possible for the ski ... More >>

Winter fisheries survey finds toothfish spawning in the Ross

Wednesday, 6 July 2016, 10:38 am | NIWA

At the edge of the advancing winter sea ice in the Ross Sea, a first-ever winter fisheries survey has uncovered new secrets of the Antarctic toothfish. The New Zealand commercial fishing vessel Janas , an ice strengthened longline vessel owned and operated ... More >>

Spark Lab to explore a future of robots and more

Wednesday, 6 July 2016, 10:23 am | Spark

Today’s newest technology, and that of the future, will be the subject of Spark Lab’s ‘Tools and Tech Month’ throughout July, as industry leaders gather to discuss the implications and opportunities for New Zealand businesses in today’s ... More >>

NASA's Juno Spacecraft in Orbit Around Mighty Jupiter

Wednesday, 6 July 2016, 10:20 am | NASA

After an almost five-year journey to the solar system’s largest planet, NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit during a 35-minute engine burn. Confirmation that the burn had completed was received on Earth at 8:53 p.m. ... More >>

June 2016 climate summary - 3rd warmest June on record

Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 4:38 pm | NIWA

Temperature June temperatures were well above average (>1.20°C) for much of the South Island except in parts of Tasman and Marlborough where temperatures were above average (+0.51°C to +1.20°C). As a whole, the country observed well above average, ... More >>

Innovative Otago brain research supported by Foundation

Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 4:26 pm | University of Otago

University of Otago scientists have gained a total of around $912,000 to pursue eight brain research projects in the Neurological Foundation’s July funding round announced today. More >>

Tenth anniversary of Brain Bee in Auckland

Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 2:56 pm | University of Auckland

The first New Zealand round of a global neuroscience challenge for secondary students will take place at the University of Auckland’s Grafton Campus on Thursday, hosted by the Centre for Brain Research (CBR). More >>

Study Proves You Can Grit Away Tummy Fat

Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 12:01 pm | Les Mills

New research has confirmed that specific forms of the increasingly-popular, High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) can be the key to cutting fat from your waistline. While it has been known for some time that HIIT is an effective way to burn serious amounts ... More >>

Over $1.3 million of neurological research funding

Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 11:30 am | Neurological Foundation

Over $1.3 million of neurological research funding in July round The Neurological Foundation is pleased to announce that over $1.3 million of research funding has been allocated in its July grant round. The July grants allocated include the funding ... More >>

UC research funded in Deep South Science Challenge

Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 10:45 am | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury researchers have been funded $450,000 for new scientific research projects to help New Zealanders better understand their future climate as part of the government’s Deep South National Science Challenge. More >>

Hand and face transplants becoming more common says surgeon

Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 10:42 am | Dr Simon Talbot

Boston-based New Zealand reconstructive plastic surgeon Simon Talbot says hand and face transplants are now becoming more common and most patients do very well. Dr Talbot, Director of Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Upper Extremity Transplant ... More >>

Do possums howl at the moon?

Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 10:15 am | Lincoln University

Knowing if nocturnal pest mammals are more affected by the phases of the moon or by illumination could bring New Zealand one step closer to being pest free and save control agencies significant sums of money. More >>

2016 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes

Monday, 4 July 2016, 4:09 pm | The Royal Society of New Zealand

Entries for the 2016 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes are now open (from 4 July, 2016), with changes to some entry criteria expected to generate strong interest from New Zealand’s world-leading researchers and others in the science and technology ... More >>

NASA's Dava Newman Joins NZ Science Festival

Monday, 4 July 2016, 1:35 pm | The New Zealand International Science Festival

NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman Joins NZ Science Festival NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman will join this year’s New Zealand International Science Festival, held in Dunedin, July 8-16. Dr. Newman will speak about NASA’s Journey to Mars on Thursday ... More >>

Clear skies on the coast with foggy mornings further inland

Monday, 4 July 2016, 12:26 pm | MetService

The next few days will reward coastal towns and hill-dwellers with long sunny spells, while those in inland valleys may find themselves waking up to fog. More >>

Where have all the silvereyes gone?

Friday, 1 July 2016, 3:45 pm | Landcare Research

There’s a record low of silvereyes in gardens across the country this winter, according to preliminary results from the New Zealand Garden Bird Survey. More >>

‘Amazing food machine’ pioneer awarded Carl Smith medal

Friday, 1 July 2016, 10:59 am | University of Otago

‘Amazing food machine’ pioneer awarded Carl Smith medal Christchurch gastroenterologist Professor Richard Gearry is this year’s winner of the Carl Smith Medal and Rowheath Trust Award, which recognises outstanding research performance from University of ... More >>

Feeding the world with an orchestra of crickets

Friday, 1 July 2016, 10:44 am | University of Auckland

When Alex Figg began an architecture degree he didn’t envisage it would turn him into an expert on insect farming. Fast forward a few years and the 23 year old postgraduate student from the University of Auckland, can now reel off all the merits of crickets. More >>

UC engineer wins KiwiNet emerging innovator award

Friday, 1 July 2016, 10:35 am | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury academic has jointly won the emerging innovator award at the 2016 KiwiNet Awards that showcase the clever science driving business innovation in New Zealand. More >>

New funding for Deep South National Science Challenge

Friday, 1 July 2016, 9:08 am | NIWA

The Deep South National Science Challenge today announced new funding for seven new scientific research projects to help New Zealanders better understand their future climate. More >>

Scientists meet to discuss marine future

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 3:51 pm | NIWA

Marine scientists are proving they know that it takes good bait to catch a big audience. With topics such as The Rise of the Mullets, Are you an Alien? and Sex and the Seagrass, next week’s marine science conference in Wellington looks set to pull in the crowds. More >>

Massey-hosted food safety partnership awarded $1.25M

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 3:17 pm | Massey University

A new partnership involving nine New Zealand research organisations has been awarded $1.25 million in funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. More >>

China-New Zealand health research centre funded

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 3:15 pm | University of Otago

The health-related National Science Challenges (NSCs) will collaborate in a new centre to enhance linkages between New Zealand and China relating to research into non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Three NSCs will participate – Healthier Lives, ... More >>

High pressure puts paid to wet weather

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 1:06 pm | MetService

It was very wet across the North Island yesterday as a low pressure system spread fronts across the island. Parts of Auckland experienced downpours yesterday afternoon, with 20-30mm falling in one hour. More >>

Genetic link uncovered in cardiac deaths in young people

Wednesday, 29 June 2016, 10:56 am | Cure Kids

Research into sudden cardiac death has found that 27 percent of unexplained deaths in young people resulted from a previously undiagnosed genetic mutation. More >>

Warmest start to the year on record

Wednesday, 29 June 2016, 8:21 am | NIWA

The first six months of 2016 are set to be the warmest ever start to the year, according to NIWA’s long-term seven-station temperature series. More >>

 

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