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Time to consider a regulatory body on AI

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 3:39 pm | University of Otago

With Immigration New Zealand recently joining ACC and The Ministry for Social Development on the list of Government departments courting controversy over the use of predictive analytics systems, leading University of Otago researchers say now is the time to ... More >>

Live broadcast with research vessel JOIDES Resolution

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 2:45 pm | East Coast LAB Life at the Boundary

Napier will get the opportunity to learn more about New Zealand’s first offshore earthquake observatories that are now recording from inside our largest fault, the Hikurangi subduction zone next week. More >>

MfE reports on changes to NZ's landscapes - Expert reaction

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 1:53 pm | Science Media Centre

The extent to which we have changed our natural landscapes is highlighted in the latest instalment of the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ's environmental reporting. More >>

Manaaki Whenua welcomes Our Land 2018

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 1:12 pm | Landcare Research

“It is an important synthesis of the state of, and pressures on, our land environments,” says Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research chief executive Richard Gordon. More >>

EPA approves methyl bromide reassessment

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 3:40 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

An application to decide whether grounds exist for a reassessment of the controversial timber and log fumigant methyl bromide has been approved by an Environmental Protection Authority decision-making committee. More >>

New device could help control disease outbreaks

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 2:07 pm | Lincoln University Foundation

A “game-changing” piece of technology for quickly identifying harmful strains of bacteria in food has just become available in New Zealand, thanks to a partnership between a Lincoln University taxonomy expert and two US senior food safety researchers. More >>

New species of ancient whale identified and named

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 1:25 pm | University of Otago

New species of ancient whale identified and named by Otago palaeontologists University of Otago palaeontologists are rewriting the history of New Zealand’s ancient whales by describing a previously unknown genus of baleen whale, alive more than 27.5 million ... More >>

Christchurch explores Space and the Antarctic at Techweek

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 11:56 am | ChristchurchNZ

Extreme Environments – from the Antarctic to Space is a Techweek ’18 event bringing together local, national and international experts to help attendees understand how exploration in the Antarctic is a dry run for Space exploration. The event will also ... More >>

The moa ecology paradox

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 11:16 am | University of Canterbury

A new study about New Zealand’s extinct moa, involving acid baths and concrete mixers, by researchers from the University of Canterbury and Landcare Research, has revealed a surprising finding about their ability to disperse tree seeds. More >>

Geneious Biologics to showcase new capability in Boston

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 3:50 pm | Geneious Biologics

AUCKLAND, NZ – April 17, 2018 – Bioinformatics software company Biomatters today announced it will host an exhibit at the Protein Engineering Summit (PEGS) in Boston to showcase new functionality in its Geneious Biologics software for antibody screening ... More >>

Can a fault’s history signal future quakes?

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 2:23 pm | Earthquake Commission

Scientists internationally are puzzled by the 2016 Kaikōura quake that ruptured more than 17 active faults, but did not break some other active faults in the area of the earthquake. More >>

Whitebaiter nets fine for regulations breach

Monday, 16 April 2018, 5:09 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation prosecuted a Porangahau man last Friday, for two breaches of the Whitebait Fishing Regulations. More >>

Science Deadline: This week in Sci-tech

Friday, 13 April 2018, 4:22 pm | Science Media Centre

In this issue: No new oil permits, marine heatwaves heating up, and when did sweet potatoes spread? More >>

Maori STEM Academy students blast off to NASA

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 5:57 pm | AgResearch

On Monday 16 April, 15 students from the Puhoro STEM Academy will be taking off to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Johnson Space Centre in Houston, as part of their ongoing science studies. More >>

Offshore oil permits axed - Expert Reaction

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 4:44 pm | Science Media Centre NZ

The latest inventory of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions shows that there has been a 20 per cent increase in emissions from 1990 to 2016. More >>

Researchers reveal history with exhumation of Otago graves

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 5:08 pm | University of Otago

Researchers reveal history through exhumation of Otago graves 11/4/2018 Exhumation and analysis of skeletons and burial sites in the historic Otago town of Lawrence is underway, with University of Otago researchers conducting The Otago Historic Cemeteries ... More >>

Changeable weather continues to pack punches

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 12:57 pm | MetService

Autumn means fast moving weather systems, with a sprinkling of snow, gales, heavy rain and thunderstorms. A series of fronts continue to affect New Zealand, with another fast-moving system racing up the country on Thursday, followed by a brief ridge before ... More >>

Samurai to slay stink bug

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 12:29 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

Industry and government agencies are planning a pre-emptive strike on the Brown marmorated stink bug. More >>

Hotter, longer marine heatwaves over past century

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 10:09 am | Science Media Centre NZ

Marine heatwaves have been increasing in length, number and intensity over the past century, according to a study investigating global trends. More >>

No One Escapes the Cold Blast

Monday, 9 April 2018, 2:21 pm | MetService

A complex low about to cross central New Zealand will spare no one from the cold air it will drag up from the Southern Ocean. More >>

New clues to help restore fertility

Monday, 9 April 2018, 9:59 am | University of Otago

Ground-breaking research out of the University of Otago is showing potential to restore fertility in women suffering Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. More >>

SMC Bulletin - The costs of climate inaction

Friday, 6 April 2018, 4:11 pm | Science Media Centre

The costs of climate inaction A new report commissioned by Westpac suggests billions of dollars could be on the line if there is further delay in moving to a low-carbon economy. More >>

Fine weekend for most but cold start to next week

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 12:39 pm | MetService

As the short working week comes to an end, the weather brings more good news for everyone. Fine weather is expected for most today and into tomorrow. The North Island is looking mainly fine again on Saturday with a few showers expected with the passage ... More >>

Kiwi scientists revolutionising x-ray scanning technology

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 12:32 pm | University of Canterbury

A project that is revolutionising the way x-ray technology will detect, diagnose and monitor many diseases, including cancer, has been awarded Gold Status for research excellence by MBIE. More >>

Monthly Climate Summary - March

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 4:20 pm | NIWA

March 2018 was characterised by significantly higher pressure than normal to the east of New Zealand. This pressure pattern, in concert with the decaying La Niña in the tropical Pacific, caused more northeasterly winds than usual over the country. ... More >>

National Biomechanics Day

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 11:30 am | University of Auckland

Can we capture leg motion and use it to understand calf and thigh muscle contraction? Or what about seeing inside a heart to get a glimpse of how it functions? Or observing a model of lungs as they change according to the impact of so many cigarettes smoked ... More >>

Astronomer to speak on the place of humanity

Sunday, 1 April 2018, 6:05 pm | NZCIS

MEDIA RELEASE April 1, 2018 Hubble astronomer to speak on the place of humanity in the universe Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, a senior American astronomer, will speak on astrophysics and its relevance to religion, at the University of Auckland (lecture ... More >>

World-leading scientist addresses global sustainability

Friday, 30 March 2018, 12:57 pm | University of Auckland

Professor Johan Rockström, Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre will visit the country next week, and will present the 'NZCGS 5th Global Affairs Lecture', at the University of Auckland. More >>

Forest & Bird: driving 500m melts 1kg of glacier ice

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 8:04 pm | Forest and Bird

At the event Climate 2050: discussing Wellington’s future this evening Forest & Bird climate advocate Adelia Hallett highlighted new research showing that every 500 metres we drive melts at least one kilogram of glacier ice. “This brings home ... More >>

SMC Bulletin - Can we fix our prisons?

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 4:58 pm | Science Media Centre

Can we fix our prisons? Building new prisons won't fix the problem with New Zealand's justice system, instead, we need to focus on prevention and early intervention, according to a new report from the Office of the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor. More >>

NIWA Outlook: April – June 2018

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 1:24 pm | NIWA

Weak La Niña conditions continued in the tropical Pacific during March 2018, but trends in low-level winds and in sub-surface ocean temperatures during the month indicate that the event is coming to an end. The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) ... More >>

Plantain shows potential for reducing greenhouse gas

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 11:29 am | AgResearch

Plantain shows potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions Using an alternative plant type like plantain in grazed pastures could help lower a farm’s greenhouse gas emissions, AgResearch scientists have found. More >>

Urbanisation and climate change may increase mosquitoes

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 11:14 am | University of Canterbury

Changes in climate and land use are bringing significant changes to mosquitoes’ habitats and life cycles, which may increase exotic, potentially disease-carrying, mosquitoes in New Zealand, University of Canterbury research has found. More >>

Medical student wins top research prize

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 9:54 am | University of Auckland

A 5th Year medical student has taken first place at a research seminar competition against established doctors and surgical registrars. Navneet Singh, who is studying medicine at the University of Auckland and is attached to Waikato Hospital’s Cardiothoracic ... More >>

Space hackathon due for lift-off in Christchurch

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 2:34 pm | Centre for Space Science Technology

An exciting global space event is coming to New Zealand for the first time, and it’s looking for Kiwis with a passion for space, data and startups to pitch new ideas. More >>

Seeking innovative solutions for Antarctica navigation

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 2:31 pm | Antarctica New Zealand

Antarctica New Zealand’s job is to get scientists where they need to be to conduct world-leading research from safe, remote platforms in challenging environments. More >>

Sad end to first journey of yellow-eyed penguin chick

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 12:58 pm | University of Otago

Takaraha, a juvenile yellow-eyed penguin that captured attention in recent weeks, has been euthanised after suffering a non-survivable injury to its left flipper, believed to be inflicted by a predator. More >>

Tiny fish leading the way in a cure for gout

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 10:22 am | University of Auckland

A popular aquarium fish that grows no longer than 4 cm could provide the breakthrough in treating and preventing extremely painful attacks of joint inflammation that are a key concern to patients with gout. More >>

Australian and NZ weather experts issue joint statement

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 9:31 am | NIWA

NIWA has joined forces with Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology to issue a joint Special Climate Statement about unusual weather patterns over summer. More >>

Easter weather looks all right

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 2:16 pm | NIWA

Easter Sunday offers the best weather of the long holiday weekend, according to NIWA forecaster Maria Augutis - but the rest of the break isn’t looking too bad either. More >>

Infants as young as 17 months expect fairness and equity

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 9:37 am | University of Auckland

Children as young as 17 months recognise whether resources are being shared fairly, the first time researchers have found evidence that infants so young are sensitive to principles of “distributive justice”. More >>

New Brains Sought to Get Rid of Marine Pests

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 9:05 am | Niwa National Climate Centre

Scientists have launched a worldwide crowdsourcing competition aimed at finding novel ideas to tackle invasive marine pests. More >>

The tale of the front and the reluctant ridge

Monday, 26 March 2018, 2:10 pm | MetService

A ridge extends over the upper North Island, bringing fairly settled weather but also some humidity to the North Island from about Hawkes Bay northwards. The ridge seems reluctant to move until at least Thursday. Meanwhile, a major front moves onto ... More >>

SMC Bulletin - Self-driving car fatal accident

Friday, 23 March 2018, 4:47 pm | Science Media Centre

Self-driving car fatal accident A pedestrian in the US was killed this week in an accident involving a self-driving car, which is believed to be the first of this kind of accident. More >>

SMC: Fire-fighting foam - Expert Q&A

Friday, 23 March 2018, 1:50 pm | Science Media Centre

As a formal investigation continues into the use of certain fire-fighting foams in New Zealand, airports are being identified as still having stocks of the foams, use of which has been restricted since 2006. More >>

Happy 21st Birthday Sirocco

Friday, 23 March 2018, 10:04 am | Department of Conservation

Sirocco, the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) spokesbird kākāpō, celebrates his 21st ‘birthday’, officially known as his hatchday, today and DOC is encouraging others to join in his milestone birthday. More >>

25 Years Since NZs Most Impactful Toxic Algal Bloom

Friday, 23 March 2018, 9:48 am | Cawthron Institute

This week in 1993, New Zealand’s export-focused shellfish industry reopened following a nationwide three month shutdown. The enforced closure and ban on exports was in response to a toxic algal bloom that posed a public health threat. New Zealand 25 ... More >>

Codling Moths Dropped in for Fruitless Sex

Friday, 23 March 2018, 9:47 am | Plant and Food Research

A pilot programme by Plant & Food Research to collapse the population of one of New Zealand’s most harmful apple pests, the codling moth, has produced spectacular results. More >>

Robots helped patients’ with drug and exercise routines

Thursday, 22 March 2018, 11:25 am | University of Auckland

A pilot randomised controlled trial using robots to help people at home with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease has found that the robots helped patients take their medication, carry out exercises, and keep them company. The study, Using robots at ... More >>

Otago researcher at forefront of discovery to help end TB

Thursday, 22 March 2018, 9:40 am | University of Otago

As World Tuberculosis Day looms on March 24, one of the University of Otago’s latest Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellows, Dr Htin Lin Aung, is building relationships to help combat the top infectious disease killer in the world. More >>

Extreme weather brings rafts from the sub-Antarctic to NZ

Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 1:48 pm | University of Otago

An unusually large amount of storm activity in southern New Zealand over the past 12 months has provided new insights into how extreme weather events can impact marine biology. More >>

NIWA ship returns from Antarctica with ‘pieces of a puzzle’

Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 9:55 am | NIWA

The absence of sea ice near Antarctica over the past six weeks has astonished scientists undertaking research aboard NIWA’s flagship research vessel Tangaroa. More >>

Pedestrian dies in self-driving car accident

Tuesday, 20 March 2018, 11:47 am | Science Media Centre NZ

A woman has died in Arizona after being hit by an Uber self-driving car - it is reported to be the first time a pedestrian has died as a result of a self-driving car accident. More >>

Rare Footage of Whales Captured in Antarctica

Tuesday, 20 March 2018, 9:17 am | Antarctica New Zealand

Dr Regina Eisert, marine mammal expert at the University of Canterbury, still can’t believe the underwater footage her team captured on a recent Antarctic expedition to study killer whales. More >>

Ridge and front do battle to decide this week’s weather

Monday, 19 March 2018, 2:03 pm | MetService

“A ridge of high pressure manages to confine a cold front to the far south early this week, but from Wednesday the tables turn and the front begins to journey north, spreading rain from the west to the east as it does. The front will also bring a ... More >>

Dr Lisa Connor joins Research For Life

Monday, 19 March 2018, 1:07 pm | Research for Life

Dr Lisa Connor, a lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Biological Sciences and former Senior Research Fellow at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, has joined Research For Life ’s Research Advisory Committee. The Research Advisory ... More >>

NZ produces a world-first AI medical diagnosis platform

Monday, 19 March 2018, 8:23 am | Make Lemonade

A New Zealand company has created a world-first artificial intelligence (AI) medical platform for medical researchers and clinicians to create AI to auto-diagnose a large range of diseases based on a single photograph. More >>

Science Deadline: Tributes to Stephen Hawking flow

Friday, 16 March 2018, 4:08 pm | Science Media Centre

Science Deadline: Tributes to Stephen Hawking flow, lead exposure endangers hearts, 'heat ' tobacco under fire, and the SMC is hiring More >>

Bring back Science Education Community Programmes in Chch

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 8:58 pm | March for Science

Science Alive! started in 1991 as a not-for-profit trust promoting science and technology, through interactive experiences. The Science Centre was lost to earthquakes but have continued their important work with outreach programmes and events within the community. ... More >>

Taranaki to Wellington, the pick of the weekend weather

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 12:37 pm | MetService

It’s an active end to the week for the South Island as MetService forecasters predict the return of heavy rain for the West Coast and stronger winds in the east during Thursday night and through into Friday. For many though, the weekend is looking like ... More >>