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Avocados could be good for guts

Monday, 21 August 2017, 11:38 am | Plant and Food Research

New research shows avocados may be good for gut health, which would be another previously unknown benefit. More >>

$20,000 in grants awarded to science journalism projects

Monday, 21 August 2017, 10:27 am | Science Media Centre

Journalists around the country are getting underway on important stories ranging from driverless cars to gene editing to sea level rise this week, thanks to grants issued in the first round of the Aotearoa-New Zealand Science Journalism Fund. Twenty ... More >>

New expertise for Sustainable Seas Challenge

Friday, 18 August 2017, 5:50 pm | NIWA

We are pleased to announce that Conrad Pilditch and Janet Stephenson have joined the Science Leadership Team, bringing both continuity and new blood. Conrad Pilditch is the new leader of Dynamic Seas, our research theme focused on using biophysical ... More >>

Cawthron explores potential collaboration

Friday, 18 August 2017, 5:44 pm | Cawthron Institute

Cawthron Institute hosted a group of international algal biotechnology experts this week with a view to exploring potential collaborations and coordinated projects. More >>

Greater River Flow Needed for Fish Growth & Abundance

Friday, 18 August 2017, 11:02 am | Cawthron Institute

Computer modelling by Cawthron Institute freshwater scientists has shown that more river flow is needed for fish growth and abundance than previously realised – findings highlighted in a new video released this week. More >>

Student explores Chatham Islands tsunami risk

Friday, 18 August 2017, 10:10 am | University of Canterbury

Low-lying, isolated communities on the Chatham Islands are extremely exposed to tsunami, according to a University of Canterbury student’s original research. The Chathams will be the first place in New Zealand to be struck by tsunami events generated ... More >>

Spotted a Leopard Seal? Scientist Seeks Sightings

Friday, 18 August 2017, 9:18 am | NIWA

A leopard seal has spent so much time in New Zealand waters she has prompted a NIWA scientist to challenge conventional thinking about the species. More >>

Damp Weekend in Store for Most

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 2:41 pm | MetService

As Wellingtonians gather their scattered belongings after gusts of 118km/h were recorded about the hill suburbs this morning, it will be a relief that winds are forecast to remain moderate until late Saturday. From then, winds are expected to turn southerly ... More >>

Student ingenuity on show at NIWA Science Fair

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 4:22 pm | NIWA

Science students from around south and east Auckland are putting their ingenuity and analytical skills on the line at next week’s annual NIWA South and east Auckland Science and Technology Fair. About 120 entries have been received from almost 200 ... More >>

Foundation spreads the message that ‘love grows brains’

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 12:15 pm | Wright Family Foundation

Tauranga, 15 August 2017: Today the Wright Family Foundation launches a national campaign to communicate with Kiwi parents the critical importance of talking, reading, singing and interacting with babies and young children. More >>

Scientist makes new homes for baby paua

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 10:51 am | NIWA

Twelve bespoke concrete structures resembling upside down oven trays may hold the key to restoring the paua population off Kaikoura wiped out by last November's earthquake. More >>

Scientist makes new homes for baby paua

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 10:47 am | NIWA

Twelve bespoke concrete structures resembling upside down oven trays may hold the key to restoring the paua population off Kaikoura wiped out by last November's earthquake. More >>

Otago memory philosopher receives prestigious medal

Monday, 14 August 2017, 12:48 pm | University of Otago

An internationally leading philosopher of memory, Dr Kourken (Kirk) Michaelian, is the latest recipient of the University of Otago’s Carl Smith Medal and Rowheath Trust Award. More >>

Science Deadline: Water royalties, seabed mining, Kauri

Friday, 11 August 2017, 4:12 pm | Science Media Centre

Fresh water policies abound National and Labour touted their fresh water policies this week, with Jacinda Adern's announcement to charge farmers and water bottlers a royalty making the biggest splash. On Tuesday, National announced that 100 rivers ... More >>

SMC ALERT: Preventing the spread of Kauri dieback

Friday, 11 August 2017, 11:10 am | Science Media Centre

Scientists say the best chance of preventing the spread of kauri dieback disease is compliance: use the cleaning stations, stay on track and don't go in closed-off areas. More >>

No nutritional benefits of milk in light-proof bottles

Friday, 11 August 2017, 9:24 am | Consumer

Despite claims light-proofed containers protect the vitamins in milk, Consumer NZ testing reveals there’s little difference in nutrient content between major milk brands. More >>

Apples delivered with a side of biodiversity

Thursday, 10 August 2017, 3:35 pm | Plant and Food Research

Most people might assume organic growing methods are better for biodiversity, but a new study by Plant & Food Research scientists shows a different approach can work just as well. More >>

‘Changeable’ is the word

Thursday, 10 August 2017, 1:41 pm | MetService

We are still officially in winter, but the current bout of weather is looking decidedly spring-like. More >>

ITC Named Finalist in New Zealand Social Media Awards

Thursday, 10 August 2017, 1:41 pm | ITC

The International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) has been recognised for its outstanding social media efforts by the New Zealand Social Media Awards (#NZSMA). More >>

Kauri Dieback in the Waitakeres - Expert Reaction

Thursday, 10 August 2017, 11:02 am | Science Media Centre

10 August 2017 - Auckland Council yesterday released a report stating that infection rates of kauri with dieback disease in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park have more than doubled in the last five years. More >>

Native Spider Named after University of Canterbury Academic

Thursday, 10 August 2017, 10:08 am | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury Adjunct Professor of Science Communication Dr Simon Pollard has had a native spider named after him. More >>

Intensive farming bad news for native bees

Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 2:50 pm | University of Auckland

Scientists have produced the first evidence that, the more farming intensifies in New Zealand, the less our native bees like it. Scientists have produced the first evidence that, the more farming intensifies in New Zealand, the less our native bees ... More >>

Leading Scientist Honoured

Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 2:43 pm | Apple and Pear Industry

Plant & Food Research Scientist Dr Jim Walker has been awarded the New Zealand Apple and Pear industry’s Outstanding Contribution Award. More >>

Innovative mechanical engineer wins 2017 research medal

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 12:00 pm | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury academic whose pioneering work has real-world impact that ranges from intensive care medicine for babies to earthquake engineering has won the University of Canterbury 2017 Research Medal. The University Council has ... More >>

Low blood sugars in newborns linked to later difficulties

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 9:07 am | Liggins Institute

A newborn condition affecting one in six babies has been linked to impairment in some high-level brain functions that shows up by age 4.5 years. More >>

Many more hot days for Wellington region

Monday, 7 August 2017, 2:53 pm | NIWA

Wellington city will have warmer autumns, almost a month of days over 25°C and up to 10 per cent more winter rain by 2090, according to a new NIWA climate report. More >>

Warmer, Windier - and Wetter on Wednesday

Monday, 7 August 2017, 12:29 pm | MetService

Forget about frosts – this week is looking warm and windy. Warm northerlies pick up through the first part of the week as a slab of warm air from the tropics sidles up to New Zealand. On Wednesday, this warm air crosses the country, trailed by a ... More >>

RiverWatch technology providing open water quality data

Thursday, 3 August 2017, 9:37 pm | WAI NZ

Water Action Initiative (WAI) NZ wainz.org.nz has been working to protect New Zealand's rivers, lakes and streams since 2012. New Zealand's biggest problem apart from the obvious degradation of water quality, is the sparse data that is currently being ... More >>

Multi-fault earthquakes – the new normal?

Thursday, 3 August 2017, 2:51 pm | Earthquake Commission

Until recently, each earthquake was expected to mainly take place on an individual fault. However research led by University of Canterbury Professor Andy Nicol, and funded by the Earthquake Commission (EQC), is giving a better understanding of the ... More >>

Sunny days and frosty nights to end the week

Thursday, 3 August 2017, 12:18 pm | MetService

“High pressure predominates over the country today and into the weekend, bringing sunny days and frosty nights for many regions. Next week, relatively mild temperatures and some wetter weather moves in, as a series of systems affect the country,” explained ... More >>

DOC wins Supreme Biosecurity Award

Thursday, 3 August 2017, 9:16 am | Department of Conservation

Department of Conservation Deputy Director-General Operations Mike Slater says it is an honour for DOC to receive the Supreme New Zealand Biosecurity Award for the world-leading eradication of the pest great white butterfly. DOC was last night presented ... More >>

False Data is the greatest threat to humanity

Wednesday, 2 August 2017, 3:12 pm | Mark Rais

By Mark Rais Two Artificial Intelligence (AI) bots appeared to go rogue forming their own language, which the human computer scientists that created them could not translate. More >>

‘Biological chorus’ beneath the waves of the Hauraki Gulf

Wednesday, 2 August 2017, 10:56 am | University of Auckland

The most comprehensive acoustic study of marine life in the Hauraki Gulf has recorded the whales, dolphins, snapping shrimp and sea urchins that create an ‘orchestra-like’ sound beneath the waves. More >>

How do you recognise an overwintering monarch?

Wednesday, 2 August 2017, 9:24 am | Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust

People are asking how to find overwintering monarchs, and Jacqui Knight, secretary of the Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust shares the trick. More >>

New Zealand-Grown Nanogirl Show a Hit in Singapore

Tuesday, 1 August 2017, 7:39 pm | Nanogirl

New Zealand-Grown Nanogirl Show a Hit in Singapore The New Zealand-made ‘Nanogirl Live!’ science show, created by Nanogirl Labs, was staged in Singapore last week as the flagship event of the Singapore Science Festival 2017. Hosted by Singapore’s ... More >>

UNESCO science partnership building bridges in the Pacific

Tuesday, 1 August 2017, 3:33 pm | Massey University

A potentially game-changing low-cost mobile genetic diagnostics system to detect and quantify pathogens in food, water, humans, livestock and crops in Pacific Islands is among projects Massey University will lead with its newly established partnership ... More >>

NIWA Outlook: August – October 2017

Tuesday, 1 August 2017, 3:05 pm | NIWA

ENSO (El Niño – Southern Oscillation) neutral conditions (neither El Niño nor La Niña) continued in the tropical Pacific during July 2017, but this month mixed signals were again present. In particular some atmospheric patterns have been recently ... More >>

Unsettled weather forecast to continue

Tuesday, 1 August 2017, 2:34 pm | MetService

The MetService long-range forecast for August is picking a rather unsettled story-line. More >>

Time to stop pest plants jumping the garden fence

Tuesday, 1 August 2017, 1:56 pm | Lincoln University

Time to stop pest plants jumping the garden fence Many of our most noxious weeds including old man’s beard, Japanese honeysuckle, English ivy, wild ginger, and buddleia have jumped the garden fence to now threaten our native biodiversity. A ... More >>

Beyond lie detectors: 'The brain does not lie'

Tuesday, 1 August 2017, 9:58 am | University of Canterbury

What if we had the technology to read your mind? University of Canterbury academics are investigating the forensic potential of brain scanning technology, also known as ‘brain-fingerprinting’, and will discuss the innovative project in an upcoming ... More >>

Climate change will cause more deaths from air pollution

Tuesday, 1 August 2017, 8:39 am | NIWA

New research estimates that if climate change goes unchecked 60,000 more people will die globally from air pollution in 2030 – just 13 years away. The figure rises to more than 260,000 people in 2100 due to climate change’s effect on global air ... More >>

Professor Brian Cox Comes to Auckland

Monday, 31 July 2017, 1:21 pm | Lateral Events

Professor Brian Cox Comes to Auckland for the First Time – Tickets on Sale Next Week More >>

Where are the monarch butterflies?

Sunday, 30 July 2017, 1:04 pm | Moths and Butterflies NZ Trust

“Where are monarch butterflies overwintering,” she asks. “We have received reports of new locations this year but nothing from other parts of NZ. And in some parts of the country females are still laying eggs and caterpillars munching away.” More >>

Science Deadline - this Week in Sci-Tech

Friday, 28 July 2017, 3:50 pm | Science Media Centre

Following eight deaths in Auckland related to 'synthetic cannabis', police are warning citizens away from the dangerous drugs. More >>

Cattle disease found in NZ - Expert Q&A

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 11:01 am | Science Media Centre

MPI is responding to the discovery of a cattle disease on a South Canterbury farm. More >>

Vets helping farmers in response to Mycoplasma bovis

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 11:21 am | NZVA

The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) is supporting veterinarians to help farmers respond to the detection of Mycoplasma bovis in a dairy herd in South Canterbury/North Otago . Led by NZVA’s Dairy Cattle Veterinarians and Sheep and Beef branches, we ... More >>

New research aims to improve touchscreen use in vehicles

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 11:13 am | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury academic has been given the green light to research better in-vehicle touchscreens, with the aim of improving user performance and reducing attentional demands. More >>

Powering Remote Pacific Communities w/ Renewable Innovation

Tuesday, 25 July 2017, 12:14 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

While we in New Zealand are fortunate enough to have electricity at the flick of a switch, hundreds of remote communities around the Pacific have little access to electricity and must rely on small diesel generators, which are noisy, polluting, ... More >>

Electric Vehicle Owners Unfazed by “Range Anxiety”

Tuesday, 25 July 2017, 10:03 am | Otago University

Most electric vehicle owners are unfazed by the prospect of getting stranded with a flat battery. This is the finding of the latest poll by Flip the Fleet , a citizen science collaboration of over 200 New Zealand electric vehicle owners that share ... More >>

Winter storm delivers wettest day on record

Monday, 24 July 2017, 2:56 pm | NIWA

The latest atmospheric river over New Zealand delivered one town’s wettest day on record, and broke several other long-held rainfall statistics, according to NIWA data. Lower pressure than normal has fuelled several high impact weather events during ... More >>

The Great Acceleration…

Monday, 24 July 2017, 2:01 pm | Paul Martin

The Great Acceleration…. July 19, 2017 Animal Rights , Environmental Destruction , Financial absurdity , Human Rights , Sustainable World , War and Peace arsupposed superiority of the human species , biodiversity , consumerism and the environment ... More >>

Wet in the west, but a rest in the east

Monday, 24 July 2017, 1:27 pm | MetService

July has been marked by severe weather events, caused by low pressure systems from the Tasman Sea. Strong westerly winds have stayed to the south, allowing lows to develop and linger resulting in significant rainfall. This week sees a brief return ... More >>

Synthetic cannabis - Expert reaction

Friday, 21 July 2017, 4:23 pm | Science Media Centre

The Chief Coroner and NZ Police have issued a warning following at least seven recent deaths in Auckland that they say appears to be linked to the use of synthetic cannabis. More >>

Science Deadline: Auckland's unpredictable volcanoes

Friday, 21 July 2017, 2:50 pm | Science Media Centre

Unpredictable volcanic past Auckland's volcanic past has been punctuated by periods of heightened activity and thousands of years of silence, according to two new research papers. Researchers from the DEVORA (Determining Volcanic Risk in Auckland) research ... More >>

New Giant Ocean Sunfish Species Discovered

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 12:16 pm | Te Papa

20 July, 2017 - A new species of ocean sunfish has been discovered and formally described by an international team of researchers from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the University of Otago, Hiroshima University and the University of Tokyo, and led ... More >>

DEIMOS-1 captured Larsen C from space

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 5:04 pm | Deimos Imaging

An image captured by the Earth Observation satellite Deimos-1 shows Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf and the recently calved A68 iceberg breaking into pieces. More >>

Sleeping with the ‘enemy’ raises extinction risk

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 2:08 pm | Lincoln University

Weta might be saying no to interspecies ardour, but human-induced environmental change is looming as a matchmaker. New research has been looking at a paradox animals at risk of extinction face - breeding themselves out of existence. Sleeping with the ... More >>

Economic impact of weeds far greater than estimate

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 12:40 pm | AgResearch

The true cost of weeds to New Zealand’s agricultural economy is likely to be far higher than previous research would suggest, according to a new study funded by AgResearch. More >>

Using milk protein to 3D-imprint muscle and bone cells

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 2:14 pm | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury PhD student is using milk protein to 3D-imprint muscle and bone cells and one day she hopes her research may be used to regrow missing body parts. More >>

Science Deadline: Larsen C iceberg breaks away...

Friday, 14 July 2017, 2:47 pm | Science Media Centre

Antarctica's newest iceberg After months of speculation, a trillion-tonne iceberg has calved off Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf. More >>