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Talks offer opportunity to learn from Japan earthquake

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 3:15 pm | East Coast LAB Life at the Boundary

Communities on the East Coast of the North Island will have the opportunity to learn more about the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami and the establishment of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami early warning system from two leading scientists. More >>

CSST brings Spire AIS data to New Zealand

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 9:14 am | Centre for Space Science Technology

The Centre for Space Science Technology (CSST) and Spire Global Inc., a leading space-to-cloud data analytics company, have announced a strategic partnership to help both organisations further extend their impact in the South Pacific region. More >>

Gita update: Road closures and conditions 1:30pm Weds 22/2

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 2:41 pm | NZTA

The NZ Transport Agency is advising motorists of the following closures and restrictions affecting several state highways following Cyclone Gita. The latest information is below: More >>

UC launches QuakeStudies 2.0

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 3:18 pm | University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury (UC), which first launched its world-leading digital archive documenting the Canterbury earthquakes in 2012, has released its new, improved UC QuakeStudies research repository. More >>

GMO cancer treatment gets EPA go-ahead

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 1:08 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

“Telomelysin, a genetically modified virus, will be used as part of a clinical trial of patients with advanced and inoperable melanoma,” says Dr Fiona Thomson-Carter, EPA’s General Manager of Hazardous Substances and New Organisms. More >>

World-leading sensors to guide action against contamination

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 11:28 am | AgResearch

AgResearch has developed world-leading sensors to better understand how nitrogen is being excreted by cows, and therefore how best to tackle the impacts on the environment. More >>

Cyclone Gita Update 2.41am 20/2/18

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 9:38 am | MetService

Cyclone Gita is currently undergoing extra-tropical transition, and has been re-classified as 'Former Cyclone Gita'. Although Gita is no longer a tropical cyclone, it's still expected to significantly impact much of central New Zealand over the next 24 hours. More >>

Earthworms improve farm productivity

Monday, 19 February 2018, 12:20 pm | Waikato Regional Council

The humble earthworm is worth its weight in gold when it comes to on farm soil productivity and improving soil health and water quality. More >>

Scientists send snapper to boot camp

Monday, 19 February 2018, 11:27 am | NIWA

At a laboratory just outside Whangarei, scientists are putting very young snapper through comprehensive physical testing - including a full medical check-up involving smell, hearing, vision, and even anxiety testing. More >>

Psa team takes top PM prize

Friday, 16 February 2018, 3:55 pm | Science Media Centre

The Plant & Food team that led the response to the kiwifruit vine-killing disease Psa has been recognised with the Prime Minister's Science Prize. More >>

Would an earthquake early warning system work for NZ

Friday, 16 February 2018, 3:01 pm | Earthquake Commission

Earthquake early warning systems are starting to come into use in a number of countries. Here, a team of researchers is asking if and how New Zealanders would use earthquake early warnings. More >>

Horticulture NZ backs strong stance on stink bugs

Friday, 16 February 2018, 12:04 pm | Horticulture NZ

Horticulture New Zealand President Julian Raine says the industry is encouraged to hear Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor say he won’t let the brown marmorated stink bug anywhere near New Zealand. More >>

Seen a sick starfish lately? Scientists would like to know

Friday, 16 February 2018, 11:50 am | University of Auckland

A wasting disease is killing starfish around the world and now scientists are concerned that a change in sea temperatures might mean the disease could start to have an effect on New Zealand starfish species. More >>

Big horizons for little skink

Thursday, 15 February 2018, 11:50 am | Department of Conservation

Te Kakahu/Chalky Island skink have been introduced to a new island home in Dusky Sound, Fiordland to improve the species’ security. The project, sponsored by the Mohua Charitable Trust and undertaken in partnership with Te Runanga o Ōraka Aparima ... More >>

Warmer seas make whales more difficult to find and track

Thursday, 15 February 2018, 11:48 am | NIWA

A two-week expedition to tag blue whales in New Zealand waters for the first time, almost came up empty due to warmer sea temperatures causing the animals to change their behaviour. More >>

First NZer elected to international bioinformatics society

Thursday, 15 February 2018, 9:56 am | University of Canterbury

UC mathematician first New Zealander to be elected to international bioinformatics society Distinguished Professor Mike Steel has been elected as a distinguished Fellow of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB). Dist Prof Steel’s ... More >>

Scientists trial first multimedia whale trap in the Ross Sea

Wednesday, 14 February 2018, 9:49 am | University of Canterbury

A research team from the University of Canterbury has just returned from an Antarctic expedition to find out more about the secret lives of whales, specifically Type-C killer whales. More >>

PM’s prize focuses on the value of science in horticulture

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 6:28 pm | Horticulture NZ

The Plant & Food Research team that took on the devastating Psa-V disease and won, are the deserving recipients of the Prime Minister’s top science prize, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says. More >>

NZ Prime Minister recognises science that saved kiwifruit

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 4:50 pm | Plant and Food Research

Plant & Food Research is proud to be the recipient of this year’s Prime Minister’s Science Prize for its rapid response to the vine-killing kiwifruit disease Psa. More >>

EQC funds research to track the path of Porirua tsunamis

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 3:08 pm | Earthquake Commission

Where are tsunamis likely to flow in Porirua, and what does that mean for where you put buildings? This is the question EQC has funded GNS scientist Dr Wendy Saunders to research. More >>

The Mind Lab by Unitec and MOTAT join forces

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 11:07 am | The Mind Lab

The Mind Lab by Unitec and MOTAT join forces to empower Kiwi kids and adults More >>

UC physicist creates computer chip that mimics the brain

Monday, 12 February 2018, 2:33 pm | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury (UC) Physics Professor Simon Brown is developing a neuromorphic computer chip that may solve one of the biggest problems in the computer industry – power consumption – and create a New Zealand semiconductor industry. More >>

More Heavy Rain for the North Island Early This Week

Monday, 12 February 2018, 2:15 pm | MetService

The weekend’s widespread rain delivered a massive 229.5mm accumulation to the western ranges of Nelson, and downpours to western parts of the North Island on Sunday (Levin township recording 24.4mm between 7-8pm Sunday evening). More >>

Tracking Models for Tropical Cyclone Gita

Monday, 12 February 2018, 1:04 pm | CLIMsystems

CLIMsystems, Hamilton, New Zealand: Tracking Models for Tropical Cyclone Gita Show Possible Future Impact for New Zealand More >>

Research shows drivers mimic bad stop sign behavior

Monday, 12 February 2018, 12:13 pm | Massey University

After Dr Andrew Gilbey was fined for not stopping at a stop sign, he noticed a lot of other drivers were behaving similarly. The issue stuck in his mind so he decided to collect some emperical evidence. More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch 9 February 2018

Friday, 9 February 2018, 4:24 pm | NIWA

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 >>

Science Deadline: More cancer evidence after unethical study

Friday, 9 February 2018, 4:16 pm | Science Media Centre

Cancer after unethical study A new study has uncovered more women who went on to develop cancer after being unknowingly part of the 'Unfortunate Experiment' at National Women's Hospital. More >>

Research ship visiting Napier Port

Friday, 9 February 2018, 3:27 pm | East Coast LAB Life at the Boundary

The US research ship, Marcus Langseth is at Napier Port today (Friday 9 February) after finishing a five-week study of the Hikurangi plate boundary off the East Coast of New Zealand. More >>

White shark research significant for NZ

Friday, 9 February 2018, 2:25 pm | NIWA

Research published yesterday in scientific journal Nature Scientific Reports, and updated with new samples and analyses, estimates that the total number of adult white sharks across the Australasian region is only around 2,210. More >>

Emerging aliens threaten New Zealand’s environment

Friday, 9 February 2018, 9:31 am | Lincoln University

New Zealand’s environment and primary industries are under threat from pests we don’t even know about yet. More >>

OrCam Technology Empowers Kiwis with Reading Disability

Friday, 9 February 2018, 8:44 am | OrCam

Accessing all the information we are presented with each day is becoming increasingly challenging for people with a vision or reading disability such as dyslexia. In employment, education and in daily life, obtaining information easily, and as we need it, is ... More >>

Meditation and mindfulness not nirvana for all

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 11:19 am | Massey University

Mindfulness and meditation are widely touted as solutions to a range of health conditions and social stresses, but a new study shows the impact of these practises on our collective wellbeing has limitations. More >>

Otago researchers uncover New Zealand's first fossils

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 11:19 am | University of Otago

The discovery of fossil insects, nematodes and fungi preserved in amber from sites in Otago is shedding new light on New Zealand’s geological and biological history. More >>

Emotional attachment to cigarettes a barrier in switching

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 9:59 am | Hapai Te Hauora

A New Zealand study has found that some people still find quitting smoking difficult, even when vaping is offered as a smoking cessation intervention. The Otago University study involved in-depth interviews with 20 vapers who still smoked traditional cigarettes ... More >>

World Leading Fluoridation Expert speaking around NZ

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 9:15 pm | Fluoride Free New Zealand

'Fluoridation is not safe and not effective' is the message from Fluoride Free New Zealand, who are hosting a series of free public lectures on the topic this February. Internationally renowned expert Professor Paul Connett, co-author of The Case Against ... More >>

Possible cat sightings in bay between Rangitoto & Motutapu

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 4:39 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is responding to two possible sightings of a black cat, at Islington Bay, which connects Rangitoto and Motutapu islands, in the Hauraki Gulf. More >>

New research on women involved in theUnfortunate Experiment

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 12:36 pm | University of Otago

A final report on the unethical clinical study conducted by Dr Herbert Green at National Women’s Hospital in Auckland from the 1960s to the 1980s, known widely as the “Unfortunate Experiment”, has just been published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal ... More >>

Kiwi Academics Develop New Food Design Technique

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 11:35 am | Sanitarium

Two leading academics have developed a new food design technique to help inspire the next generation of culinary designers, and make artistic food presentation more accessible to New Zealand restaurants. More >>

NZ tech firm tests ground-breaking satellite technology

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 11:15 am | Orbica

Satellites orbiting more than 20,000km above the earth’s surface are now trying to locate and record what lies beneath in a new trans-Tasman initiative spearheaded by Christchurch geospatial technology company Orbica. More >>

Groundbreaking NZ-made eczema cream gets US patent

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 9:36 am | Dr Iona Weir

An Auckland scientist who has tricked plant cells into rejuvenating instead of dying has just been awarded a US patent for her eczema cream which contains the science. More >>

Fine for most on Waitangi Day

Monday, 5 February 2018, 2:07 pm | MetService

Fine for most on Waitangi Day A cooler southwesterly flow is spreading across the country today (Monday), bringing showers to the west and south and even some snow for the higher ranges of the South Island. Meanwhile the upper North Island is in ... More >>

Request to Michelle Dickinson to debate Fluoride

Saturday, 3 February 2018, 8:13 pm | Fluoride Free New Zealand

Your incredulous reaction to Prof Paul Connett’s appearance at Parliament on the 30th January Newshub piece is in stark contrast to your response to being asked to participate in a debate against Prof Connett in April 2017. You said, “As you know ... More >>

Canterbury Professor named new Chief Science Adviser

Friday, 2 February 2018, 2:37 pm | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury (UC) Professor Simon Kingham has been named the first Chief Science Adviser for the Ministry of Transport | Te Manatū Waka. More >>

Work to begin on cutting-edge food research facility

Friday, 2 February 2018, 12:29 pm | AgResearch

A new food research facility supporting the future of New Zealand’s exports has reached an important milestone, with a contractor appointed and the construction process to start next week. The $45m AgResearch and Massey University Food Science ... More >>

UC quake experts gain EQC funding for research

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 2:22 pm | University of Canterbury

Three University of Canterbury researchers have won funding to examine critical questions about earthquakes in New Zealand. More >>

Inaugural NZ Space Challenge takes flight from Christchurch

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 1:09 pm | Christchurch NZ

Inaugural NZ Space Challenge takes flight from Christchurch 1 February 2018 Hot on the heels of New Zealand becoming the eleventh country in the world to have space launch capabilities, today sees the launch of the inaugural NZ Space Challenge. The ... More >>

Your chance to dig deeper on science-related stories

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 1:04 pm | Science Media Centre

Applications are being accepted in the second round of funding of the Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund. More >>

Cooler Temperatures Follow Severe Weather - 01 Feb 2018

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 12:59 pm | MetService

High temperatures were the story of January, with temperature records broken across New Zealand. However, February is starting in a much more unsettled vein. The remnants of Tropical Cyclone Fehi, crossing the South Island today, are delivering plenty ... More >>

Educating Kiwis about the nutritional content of beer

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 9:11 am | Brewers Association

01 February 2018: The Brewers Association of New Zealand is launching a ground-breaking ad campaign this weekend that aims to bust myths and share facts about beer to help educate Kiwi consumers about what they are drinking. More >>

Tangaroa heads to Antarctica on six-week voyage of discovery

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 2:56 pm | NIWA

Forty intrepid adventurers leave Wellington next week for a six-week scientific voyage to Antarctica. More >>

ZEALANDIA Announces New Research Centre

Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 10:50 am | Zealandia

Wellington, NZ – Zealandia Ecosanctuary has today announced the establishment of a research centre to support its ongoing research and field work. The Zealandia Centre for People and Nature will focus on exploring how nature influences our society, ... More >>

New info leads to a small change in mānuka honey definition

Monday, 29 January 2018, 5:07 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has reissued the General Requirements for Bee Products Export Notice. More >>

Govt’s revised science definition of mānuka honey welcomed

Monday, 29 January 2018, 4:56 pm | Apiculture NZ

Apiculture New Zealand welcomes the Ministry for Primary Industries’ decision to adjust its mānuka honey science definition for multifloral honey. “We’re pleased that MPI has listened to industry and delivered a definition that ensures our consumers ... More >>

Summer heat followed by stormy weather this week

Monday, 29 January 2018, 1:51 pm | MetService

A ridge of high pressure remains over New Zealand today. However, as the ridge starts to move off on Thursday, a front from the south and the remains of recently-named Tropical Cyclone Fehi, tracking from the Coral Sea, will have a significant impact ... More >>

Altitude training could benefit non-athletes

Monday, 29 January 2018, 1:42 pm | Lincoln University

Simulated altitude training is well known for improving athletes’ physical performance, but studies suggest that non-exercisers could benefit from the technique as well. More >>

Blunting Chilean needle grass

Monday, 29 January 2018, 11:34 am | Environmental Protection Authority

New Zealand farming’s vulnerability to Chilean needle grass may be reduced if an application to release a rust fungus from Argentina wins approval from the Environmental Protection Authority. More >>

Rocket Lab | massive stars | Auckland SAVVY

Friday, 26 January 2018, 4:11 pm | Science Media Centre

Rocket Lab makes orbit, clue to how massive stars form and last chance to apply for Auckland SAVVY More >>

NIWA and DOC to embark on blue whale research expedition

Friday, 26 January 2018, 3:26 pm | Department of Conservation

A two-week research expedition to gather data on the elusive, endangered blue whale within New Zealand’s shores is due to set sail on Sunday 28 January. More >>

Creating a climate-safe Dunedin

Friday, 26 January 2018, 11:56 am | Deep South National Science Challenge

Last year, and the start of this one, gave all of us plenty of opportunities to experience a future in which creeping sea level rise and extreme weather – from drought to flood to surprise storm surges – make day-to-day life more precarious and more ... More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Thursday, 25 January 2018, 3:13 pm | NIWA

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 >>