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New Study set to Investigate Impact of Poor Vision

Friday, 24 June 2016, 12:54 pm | Essilor Vision Foundation

A new Massey University study is underway to investigate the impact of poor vision on the education potential of low decile primary school students. More >>

New Vision Mâtauranga projects for GNS Science

Friday, 24 June 2016, 10:29 am | GNS Science

GNS Science has been awarded funding for two new projects in the 2016 round of the Government’s Vision Mâtauranga Capability Fund, which invests in programmes that help iwi development for the benefit of New Zealand. More >>

Going 'in to bat' for the bees

Friday, 24 June 2016, 10:14 am | Plant and Food Research

For almost thirty years Dr Mark Goodwin has been protecting the kingdoms of queens and the health of their loyal subjects, often during times of foreign invasion. But while the realms he has dedicated his career to are small, their influence on the ... More >>

NIWA temperature records for June 20-22

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 2:34 pm | Niwa National Climate Centre

Kaitaia, mildest 21 June overnight (temp didn’t drop below 14°C at night) Auckland, mildest overnight (temp didn’t drop below 13.5°C) Tauranga, mildest overnight (temp didn’t drop below 13.5°C) New Plymouth, mildest overnight (temp didn’t ... More >>

Navigating farming change requires wisdom and knowledge

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 1:09 pm | Ballance Agri-Nutrients

Ballance Agri-Nutrients CEO Mark Wynne has stressed the importance of science and research to support policy decisions around farming sustainability. Speaking at the Ballance Farm Environment Award’s sustainability showcase last night, Mr Wynne ... More >>

Fine end to work week before a weekend of wet weather

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 12:52 pm | MetService

A number of areas experienced heavy rain with the passage of a front yesterday – especially over the upper North Island last evening when some parts of Auckland and even Tauranga recorded 20mm or more in one hour resulting in surface flooding in ... More >>

Sir Graham Henry Shares The Science Behind Sports

Thursday, 23 June 2016, 10:42 am | The New Zealand International Science Festival

Rugby World Cup-winning coach Sir Graham Henry will give 100 lucky Otago teenagers an insight into the science behind high performance sport at a special lunch to be held in Dunedin tomorrow (Friday June 24) as part of the New Zealand International ... More >>

ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE movie characters experience winter

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 3:45 pm | Antarctica New Zealand

Antarctica New Zealand and 20th Centry Fox NZ are collaborating to create a video series to help 5-12 year olds understand Antarctica and its relationship to climate change. This goes hand-in-hand with the New Zealand release of Ice Age: Collision ... More >>

Can we rehabilitate Canterbury’s problem waterways?

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 2:54 pm | University of Canterbury

Identifying problems with Canterbury’s waterways isn’t difficult, but solving those problems is another matter. An upcoming UC Connect free public lecture will focus on the problems facing Canterbury’s fresh waterways. More >>

Synaesthetes taste sound, hear colour

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 2:48 pm | University of Canterbury

An ongoing study by Senior Lecturer Dr Patrick Shepherd in the University of Canterbury’s College of Education, Health and Human Development suggests that synaesthesia does not make you more or less creative. However, a teacher’s understanding of synaesthesia ... More >>

U.S. 3D Printed Bionic Limbs Expert Joins Science Festival

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 10:18 am | The New Zealand International Science Festival

The founder of a non-profit organisation devoted to gifting personalised bionic limbs to children in need will join this year’s New Zealand International Science Festival in Dunedin. More >>

One million birds and counting

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 9:41 am | Landcare Research

The Landcare Research led citizen science project starts this Saturday (25 June) and runs until Sunday 3 July. More >>

Solar Powered Phone Charger Tower Debuts in Tech Valley

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 4:43 pm | Weltec

Running out of charge on your cellphone could be a distant memory for residents and visitors to “Technology Valley”, Lower Hutt. More >>

Top international researchers to keynote conference

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 4:21 pm | Autism NZ

Two world-renown autism researchers from the University of California are headlining Autism New Zealand’s national conference in Wellington on August 19-20. The conference is proudly sponsored by Pak’ n Save Petone and Hutt City. More >>

Fitting name for famous albatross chick

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 3:08 pm | Department of Conservation

Fitting name for famous albatross chick The royal cam albatross chick at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head has been named Moana. Announcing the winning name, the Department of Conservation’s threatened species ambassador Nicola Toki said Moana is the Māori name for ocean, ... More >>

Horticulture Welcomes Decision To Allow Biological Control

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 12:39 pm | Horticulture NZ

Horticulture New Zealand welcomes a decision by the Environmental Protection Authority to allow the release of a bug which will act as a natural control against the devastating Tomato Potato Psyllid. More >>

Wasp leads fight against tomato and potato pest

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 12:07 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved a type of parasitic wasp as a biological control agent to combat the tomato potato psyllid (a plant louse), which attacks tomatoes, potatoes, capsicums and tamarillos in New Zealand. Biological ... More >>

The Government’s disregard for evidence is an own goal

Monday, 20 June 2016, 3:48 pm | New Zealand Association of Scientists

By casually dismissing research showing that 90 - day employment trials have not met policy goals , the Government is undermining its own big data initiative. More >>

Warm Winter Solstice tomorrow

Monday, 20 June 2016, 2:35 pm | NIWA

Potentially record-breaking temperatures are likely across New Zealand tomorrow, coinciding with the shortest day of the year. More >>

A collaborative response to GE risks

Monday, 20 June 2016, 10:19 am | Soil and Health Association

Councils and communities – a collaborative response to GE risks MEDIA RELEASE from Soil & Health and GE Free Northland Saturday, June 18, 2016 More >>

Rain and mild temperatures on the way for many

Monday, 20 June 2016, 10:18 am | MetService

A cold front brought patchy rain or showers to the South Island overnight Saturday and into today as it moved northwards, and will move up the lower North Island this afternoon and evening, bringing a few showers as it goes. A warm front is expected ... More >>

Medical Researchers Receive Funding From Research for Life

Monday, 20 June 2016, 10:05 am | Research for Life

Ten Wellington-based medical researchers have received grants in the first funding round of the year from the Wellington Medical Research Foundation, now known as Research for Life . Five Research Grant applicants received a total of $67,325 to undertake ... More >>

Pathology Journal Catatputed Into World's Top 20

Monday, 20 June 2016, 9:51 am | Research for Life

Pathology, the official journal of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA), has been ranked by the Thomson Reuters 2016 Journal Citation Report (JCR) in the world’s top 20. Edited by Research For Life (RFL) board member Prof Brett ... More >>

Pathways of transition to agroecological food systems

Friday, 17 June 2016, 3:59 pm | Adam Parsons

A new report by leading sustainability experts has reaffirmed the case for a paradigm shift from industrial agriculture to diversified agroecological systems – fundamental to which is a call for redistributing power back into the hands of those who feed ... More >>

Research focusing on wrong species

Friday, 17 June 2016, 3:54 pm | IrrigationNZ

IrrigationNZ says new research from the Cawthron Institute looking at the effects of river flows on fish focuses too much on “imported species” rather than native fish. More >>

Little impact from 90-day law - Expert reaction

Friday, 17 June 2016, 10:58 am | Science Media Centre

An economic analysis of employee and hiring data from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust has shown that the policy has led to little change in employment rates or employee mobility. More >>

Fisheries research has ‘global implications’ for water use

Friday, 17 June 2016, 10:23 am | Cawthron Institute

Science has now provided evidence for what many anglers have suspected for years: taking water from rivers is risky for some fish, and we may have been short-changing them and their food sources in the past. More >>

People and pīngao weaving connections

Friday, 17 June 2016, 10:20 am | Lincoln University

A three year project aimed at bringing together Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) and Western Science to reverse the decline of an endangered native sedge culminated in a gathering of scientists, conservationists, iwi and weavers from around New Zealand ... More >>

Scientists discover new species

Thursday, 16 June 2016, 10:58 am | Papahanaumokuakea - Marine National Monument

Three new species of fish are among the discoveries announced as scientists returned from a 25-day research expedition aboard NOAA Ship Hi‘ialakai to explore the deep coral reefs of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) in the Northwestern ... More >>

Hot drinks classed as 'probably' causing cancer

Thursday, 16 June 2016, 10:31 am | Science Media Centre

The World Health Organization's cancer agency has found no conclusive evidence that coffee causes cancer but that drinking very hot drinks (65 °C or above) probably causes cancer of the oesophagus. More >>

Air quality data breathes new life into website

Thursday, 16 June 2016, 10:00 am | LAWA

Environmental monitoring website Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) is expanding, and now shows data on the air that we breathe on top of existing information on New Zealand’s other most valuable natural resource, our water. More >>

Can we fix the cough reflex?

Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 12:46 pm | University of Canterbury

Ground-breaking research at the University of Canterbury has been granted $150,000 to explore whether it’s possible to rehabilitate the human cough reflex. UC academic Dr Phoebe Macrae has been awarded a Health Research Council Explorer grant of $150,000 ... More >>

An opportunity to help develop science for a better NZ

Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 12:35 pm | Cawthron Foundation

Cawthron Foundation is seeking additional trustees with the skills to drive the next stage of philanthropy. More >>

What do endurance athletes eat?

Monday, 13 June 2016, 1:46 pm | Massey University

Researchers from Massey University’s School of Food and Nutrition are exploring the nutrition practices of well-trained athletes who are training towards a half-ironman event. More >>

Multiple sclerosis trial begins at Wellington Hospital

Monday, 13 June 2016, 12:42 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

A Victoria University of Wellington researcher is leading a clinical trial which may offer new hope to multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferers. More >>

New professor to discuss why soft bottoms matter

Monday, 13 June 2016, 11:54 am | University of Waikato

If a butterfly flaps its wings in Mexico does it cause a hurricane in China? More >>

Nano-scale material sees researcher awarded $20,000

Friday, 10 June 2016, 4:56 pm | KiwiNet

Dr Jérôme Leveneur, a researcher in the Environment and Materials division of GNS Science’s National Isotope Centre, has been awarded $20,000 from the KiwiNet Emerging Innovator Fund to further develop a new nano-scale magnetic material. Dr Leveneur’s ... More >>

Researchers collaborate on ground-breaking cancer probe

Friday, 10 June 2016, 11:52 am | Powerhouse Ventures Ltd

Christchurch, 10 June 2016 – Researchers from both sides of the Tasman and an experienced IP investor have come together to develop a ground-breaking cancer staging probe for international markets. More >>

Rain, Wind, Snow and Sunshine

Thursday, 9 June 2016, 1:02 pm | MetService

The weather over New Zealand is likely to be changeable through until Monday. An intense high, which brought frosty mornings and fine weather to most places during the last week, has departed to the east of the country. This is allowing several ... More >>

Massey professor appointed to World Food Security panel

Wednesday, 8 June 2016, 3:25 pm | Massey University

Massey University’s Professor Barbara Burlingame has been selected for the new High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) project team, for the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). Professor Burlingame, chosen from a pool of 139 high-powered international ... More >>

Wee puzzle for soil researcher

Tuesday, 7 June 2016, 2:12 pm | Lincoln University

Unexpected and conflicting results from research around irrigation practices and their influence on greenhouse gas emissions have Lincoln University PhD student Jen Owens contemplating a more complex scenario and a few possible explanations. Ms Owens ... More >>

Green’s top 10 list of NZ's dirtiest rivers “a farce"

Tuesday, 7 June 2016, 12:28 pm | Irrigation NZ

The Green Party’s list of the top 10 dirty rivers in New Zealand is farcical and brings into question their credibility, says IrrigationNZ CEO Andrew Curtis More >>

Bye-bye High hello Low

Tuesday, 7 June 2016, 11:47 am | MetService

The area of high pressure that has been bringing frosty mornings and sunny days to the majority of New Zealand is moving away to the east of the country today and Wednesday. The next lot of weather in store for the country is going to be warmer but wetter ... More >>

Weather to get wetter, warmer and windier this week

Tuesday, 7 June 2016, 10:12 am | Vector Limited

After a stellar long weekend, the weather is set to take a warmer, windier and wetter turn. More >>

May Climate Summary

Friday, 3 June 2016, 4:31 pm | NIWA

During the month of May, air pressure was lower than normal over and to the south-west of the South Island while higher than normal pressures existed to the northeast of the country. This pressure set up led to a prevalence of north-westerly wind flow ... More >>

Firebird herbicide can be used at a higher rate

Friday, 3 June 2016, 11:22 am | Environmental Protection Authority

Firebird is an already approved herbicide used by farmers and growers to control certain broad-leaved and grass weeds in wheat and barley. The new approval means Firebird can be used at a higher concentration (up to 500 mL/ha) whereas it was previously ... More >>

“Lake snot” spreading among iconic South Island lakes

Friday, 3 June 2016, 10:44 am | Joint Press Release

A floating mucous (lake snot) caused by algae has now appeared in three iconic South Island lakes (Wanaka, Coleridge and Wakatipu) and is causing problems with recreation and water supply, particularly in Wanaka. More >>

Marine weather visualisation on display at APPEA 2016

Friday, 3 June 2016, 10:06 am | MetraWeather

MetraWeather and science partner MetOcean Solutions will present on Stand 51 at APPEA 2016 a marine weather visualisation created exclusively for a major oil and gas company. More >>

Scientists to record marine mammals

Thursday, 2 June 2016, 3:22 pm | NIWA

The sounds made by whales and dolphins as they pass through New Zealand’s Cook Strait are to be recorded for the first time through a research project being undertaken by a NIWA scientist. More >>

Fresh and frosty for the Queen’s Birthday

Thursday, 2 June 2016, 12:03 pm | MetService

Crisp blue skies and frosty calm conditions prevail for the long weekend as a winter ridge sidles over New Zealand. Overnight temperatures for many towns and cities will plummet below zero. Although the coldest temperatures are expected around Central ... More >>

Nanotechnology and food reports - Expert reaction

Thursday, 2 June 2016, 11:57 am | Science Media Centre

Nanomaterials currently used in food additives and packaging do not appear to pose a health risk but we will need to keep an eye on newer materials in the pipeline, reports Trans-tasman food regulator. More >>

Mathematician wins the Zonta Science Award

Thursday, 2 June 2016, 9:47 am | Zonta

Amy Van Wey Lovatt is the first mathematician to win the Zonta Science Award. Last night, she received her prize at a ceremony held in The Grand Hall, Parliament hosted by the Minister for Women, the Hon. Louise Upston. More >>

New label laws help protect bees

Wednesday, 1 June 2016, 11:45 am | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is reminding importers and manufacturers that label requirements for some organophosphate and carbamate (OPC) insecticides will take effect on 1 July 2016. In 2015 approvals were modified for 15 OPC substances ... More >>

Fungi workshop first of its kind

Wednesday, 1 June 2016, 10:37 am | Lincoln University

Some of the world’s leading experts in fungal biology and the study of pest and weed invasions met recently at a workshop organised by researchers from the Bio-Protection Research Centre. More >>

KiwiNet funding supports commercialisation

Tuesday, 31 May 2016, 11:28 am | University of Waikato

Funding from KiwiNet and the University of Waikato of $285,000 will allow Electronics Engineer Associate Professor Nihal Kularatna to develop a new version of a power conditioner for Perth’s Thor Technologies Pty Ltd. More >>

National database needed for cardiac rehab – survey

Tuesday, 31 May 2016, 11:06 am | Massey University

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in New Zealand, accounting for 30 per cent of all deaths annually. But a new survey shows there is a wide variety in cardiac rehabilitation services with little information on the impact of the different ... More >>

Snow showers and frosty mornings

Monday, 30 May 2016, 12:44 pm | MetService

Cold weather is spreading across the country this week to mark the start of the meteorological winter on 1 June. Snow showers and severe frosts are on the cards for parts of the South Island, but things are looking up for the long weekend as ... More >>

Sleep and Memory – Are They Connected?

Monday, 30 May 2016, 11:33 am | University of Waikato

Have you ever wondered how a baby’s mind works? How babies and young children manage to learn and remember information about the world around them? More >>

Medical Researchers Receive Funding From Research for Life

Monday, 30 May 2016, 11:16 am | Research for Life

Ten Wellington-based medical researchers have received grants in the first funding round of the year from the Wellington Medical Research Foundation, now known as Research for Life . Five Research Grant applicants received a total of $67,325 to undertake ... More >>

UK Submarine Designer Joins NZ Science Festival

Monday, 30 May 2016, 10:32 am | The New Zealand International Science Festival

A naval architect for the UK’s Ministry of Defence will join this year’s New Zealand International Science Festival in July. More >>

 

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