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NZDF Surveys Kaikoura's Sea Floor

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 12:07 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has sent eight hydrographers to Kaikoura to survey its sea floor and map the shifts caused by last November’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake. Lieutenant Commander Philip Davies, who leads the Military Hydrographic ... More >>

Launch Of Pega Self-Service Advisor

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 11:49 am | Pegasystems

First AI-powered capability to sense customer intent and deliver tailored customer service to existing web and mobile channels More >>

Brain health team visits Hawkes Bay

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 10:44 am | University of Auckland

Brain health research will be the focus of a display at this week’s Te Matatini Kapa Haka festival in Hawkes Bay. More >>

UC physicists take a (nano)chip off the old block

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 10:09 am | University of Canterbury

Computer components can’t just keep getting smaller forever. So how does the computer then continue to become faster, lighter and more energy efficient? A team of University of Canterbury physicists think they have the answer – in the human brain. More >>

How well are we recovering?

Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 10:44 am | AUT University

A look at work limitations four years after mild traumatic brain injury A new study from researchers at the Auckland University of Technology’s National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neuroscience has discovered a dramatic link between people ... More >>

Microsoft Hackathon Information Night THIS FRIDAY

Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 9:30 am | BCC

Ranveer Chandra is the Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and will be coming to Palmerston North on Friday 24 February to talk about Microsoft's move into digital farming. He'll talk about what they've already discovered and what they see the future ... More >>

Cicadas agree: it’s summer

Monday, 20 February 2017, 1:08 pm | MetService

“I’m sitting in the MetService office in the Botanic Gardens, Wellington and can hear a chorus of cicadas which is the first time I have noticed them this loud all year,” said MetService Communications Meteorologist Lisa Murray. More >>

Māori and Pacific more vulnerable to pancreas diseases

Monday, 20 February 2017, 11:23 am | University of Auckland

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of acute pancreatitis in the world with Māori and Pacific people at more than double the risk of developing pancreatitis and post-pancreatitis diabetes than New Zealand Europeans. More >>

UC research targets dozens of incurable diseases

Monday, 20 February 2017, 10:56 am | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury researchers are working on a revolutionary drug-targeting system that could one day be used to treat a range of fatal, inherited diseases caused by genetic enzyme deficiencies. More >>

Adapting to New Zealand’s changing climate

Monday, 20 February 2017, 10:38 am | Victoria University of Wellington

A Victoria University of Wellington and University of Otago project has been awarded almost $400,000 in funding to investigate the impact of climate change on New Zealand’s frozen water resources. More >>

David Flacks chairs Upside Biotechnologies

Monday, 20 February 2017, 10:23 am | Upside Biotechnologies

Regenerative medicine company, Upside Biotechnologies , has appointed lawyer and experienced director David Flacks as Board chair. More >>

Climate change actions should be practical, research-based

Monday, 20 February 2017, 10:01 am | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers supports the need for action to address climate change but says New Zealand’s responses should be practical, cost-effective and based on sound research. More >>

ICT Hui brings Māori, local and global ICT talent together

Monday, 20 February 2017, 9:58 am | National Science Challenges

Some of Aotearoa’s leading Information and Communications Technology experts are being joined by expat Kiwi and top Google executive Craig Neville-Manning in Auckland today at a one day Hui. More >>

Fires ravage Port Hills

Friday, 17 February 2017, 3:29 pm | Science Media Centre

Firefighters have spent much of the week battling fires on Christchurch's Port Hills, which have forces families out of their homes. More >>

First Waikato Technology Showcase a huge success

Friday, 17 February 2017, 3:15 pm | HMC Communications

Waikato Innovation Park was buzzing yesterday with the region’s brightest minds and most innovative businesses at the first annual Waikato Technology Showcase, held to celebrate the launch of Cultivate IT – a new regional cluster group for information ... More >>

NZ to benefit from new science links to China

Friday, 17 February 2017, 1:21 pm | AgResearch

AgResearch intends to form a joint international research centre with China’s largest state–owned food company and largest university research department specialising in food science and nutrition. More >>

Deepwater Group welcomes Kermadec research

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 2:42 pm | Seafood New Zealand

The discoveries of new species made by NIWA on a 20-day scientific voyage to the remote Kermadec region have been welcomed by deep sea fishers, who encourage further scientific exploration of this vast untouched ocean northeast of New Zealand. George ... More >>

Unsettled weekend, and Daisy the cow will be happy.

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 2:32 pm | MetService

Good rainfalls are occurring over the top of the North Island bringing welcome relief to parched areas of Northland and Auckland, especially for farmers and those relying on tank water. Some of the drier areas over the east of the North Island should also ... More >>

It’s time to get tech-savvy with The Mind Lab by Unitec!

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 1:42 pm | Unitec

Auckland, New Zealand – 16 February 2017: Are you a parent or grandparent struggling to keep up with your kids when it comes to technology, or maybe an education professional looking to test out technologies set to transform the classroom? More >>

Bishop delighted at funding for young Hutt scientists

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 1:09 pm | New Zealand National Party

National MP Chris Bishop is delighted by today’s announcement of nearly $60,000 in funding for Hutt Valley projects from the 2017 Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund. More >>

Native forests absorbing more carbon dioxide

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 12:52 pm | NIWA

New Zealand’s forests and other land areas may be absorbing up to 60% more carbon dioxide than has been calculated, with much of this uptake likely occurring in native forests, NIWA scientists have discovered. More >>

New babybot takes on KiwiSaver

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 9:26 am | Commission for Financial Capability

It’s alive! Artificial intelligence is taking over conversations about KiwiSaver with the launch of a new chatbot. More >>

NZ needs to be alert as pest threat growing worldwide

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 9:22 am | Bio-protection

A biosecurity expert is sounding a warning for New Zealand to continue to be vigilant about guarding its borders, with new research showing pests are continuing to spread around the world. More >>

Highly flammable vegetation helps fuel Port Hills fires

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 3:58 pm | Science Media Centre

Firefighters have been battling fires on Christchurch's Port Hills since Monday evening. More >>

2017 Hi-Tech Awards - Entries close in 19 days

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 1:47 pm | NZ Hi-Tech Awards

There are just under three weeks to go until the deadline for entries into this year's Hi-Tech Awards. More >>

UC researchers look into what makes plant communities tick

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 12:29 pm | University of Canterbury

What makes diverse plant communities like New Zealand's iconic grasslands tick? What allows so many competing species to co-exist? A team of University of Canterbury (UC) scientists and overseas collaborators are working to find out. More >>

Explaining New Zealand’s “unusual” growing glaciers

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 10:42 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Newly published research shows regional climate variability caused an “unusual” period in which some of New Zealand’s glaciers grew bigger, while glaciers worldwide were shrinking. More >>

New light cast on past human responses to climate change

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 10:12 am | University of Otago

Researchers from the University of Otago, the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and the University of Oxford are casting new light on past human responses to climate change. More >>

Scientists find new species during Kermadecs research voyage

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 9:05 am | NIWA

A voyage to the Kermadec Islands has resulted in the discovery of many species either new to science or not previously found in the area. More >>

Research: Impact of warming in Antarctica & Southern Ocean

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 12:16 pm | Antarctic Research Institute

The New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI) will support six new projects in 2017 to determine the impacts and implications of current and future warming in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. More >>

Will NZ's future energy be clean? - Expert Q&A

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 10:36 am | Science Media Centre

Approximately 80 per cent of New Zealand's electricity comes from renewable energy sources. But is this the full picture behind NZ's clean and green reputation? More >>

Chinese New Year ball to benefit research

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 10:25 am | Auckland University

A glamorous Chinese New Year ball at SkyCity this week will raise funds for New Zealand researchers working to develop a mid-pregnancy blood test to predict premature birth that could help millions of mothers and babies worldwide. More >>

Crunchy, creamy colours: how colour influences food textures

Monday, 13 February 2017, 4:29 pm | University of Auckland

As you sit down for your next meal, think about this: what are the elements of flavour? More >>

$2 million boost for climate change research

Monday, 13 February 2017, 3:27 pm | NIWA

The Deep South National Science Challenge today announced funding totalling approximately $2 million for five new research projects to help New Zealanders better understand their future climate. More >>

Put insomnia in its place

Monday, 13 February 2017, 1:48 pm | Massey University

Insomnia is a major health care problem globally, with about one-third of Kiwis reporting they regularly have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Twenty-five per cent of New Zealanders are affected by long-term insomnia symptoms. More >>

Wet and windy start but sunshine returns mid-week

Monday, 13 February 2017, 12:28 pm | MetService

After a settled start to the weekend, the weather began to deteriorate yesterday as a front over the Tasman spread warm moist air over central and northern New Zealand. More >>

NASA's Balloon Program Returns to Wanaka, New Zealand

Monday, 13 February 2017, 10:52 am | Wanaka Airport

For a third consecutive year, NASA is returning to Wanaka, New Zealand, to launch a long-duration, heavy-lift super pressure balloon (SPB) into one of the most dynamic and severe flight regimes inside the Earth's atmosphere. More >>

NASA confirms 10-year arrangement for super balloon launches

Monday, 13 February 2017, 10:47 am | Joint Media Statement

Wanaka Airport Operations Manager Ralph Fegan today welcomed the news that NASA will return to Wanaka in 2017 for its third super pressure balloon launch, scheduled for late March/early April, and will be further committing to the site as one of its ... More >>

Change to cannabis approval

Friday, 10 February 2017, 4:10 pm | Science Media Centre

Patients seeking medicinal cannabis will no longer need the approval of a minister, but will go to the Minstry of Health instead. More >>

Study of mutant sheep provides exciting new opportunities

Friday, 10 February 2017, 11:17 am | AgResearch

Research into “mutant” sheep has AgResearch scientists eyeing up a greater understanding of what makes human hair curly or straight, and the potential for innovative new wool products. Commonly known as Felting Lustre mutants, these sheep are rare and ... More >>

Hearing and balance disorders focus for new centre

Friday, 10 February 2017, 11:15 am | University of Auckland

A multidisciplinary collaborative research centre dedicated to research into hearing and balance disorders was launched in Auckland this week. More >>

Southwest Pacific Tropical Cyclone Outlook Update

Friday, 10 February 2017, 10:49 am | NIWA

This update for the latter half of the 2016–17 Tropical Cyclone (TC) season (February to April 2017) suggests near normal activity can still be expected. The 30-year (1981-2010) average number of all (named) storms is 12.4 (10.4) in the Southwest Pacific1 each ... More >>

Local Environmentalist, International Recognition

Friday, 10 February 2017, 9:02 am | Environment Institute of Australia and NZ

Christchurch terrestrial ecologist, Dr Judith Roper-Lindsay, has received international recognition for her contribution to environmental practice. More >>

Researchers awarded funds to tackle diabetes

Thursday, 9 February 2017, 12:19 pm | University of Otago

Diabetes is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing long-term health conditions with enormous costs for individuals, the health care system and society. More >>

Drone swarm to locate people post-disaster

Thursday, 9 February 2017, 10:42 am | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury (UC) researchers are working with Japanese colleagues to develop technologies that will enable swarms of drones to locate and potentially triage people buried in the wreckage and debris of natural disasters. More >>

The impact of our warming world on Earth’s ice

Thursday, 9 February 2017, 10:25 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Top international scholars will gather at Victoria University of Wellington next week to discuss the connections between Earth’s frozen waters and the global climate system. More >>

Change to approval for medicinal cannabis

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 3:25 pm | Science Media Centre

Patients seeking medicinal cannabis will no longer need the approval of a minister, but instead will go to the Ministry of Health. More >>

Taking action against tutsan

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 1:24 pm | Landcare Research

Two insects that will tackle a weed threatening the viability of New Zealand farms are poised to be released into the environment for the first time. More >>

Technology allows 9% of fertiliser to be redeployed

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 11:45 am | Ravensdown

More precise aerial fertiliser spreading has already proven it can deliver environmental gains compared to blanket topdressing, but now fresh research is emerging that it will improve the bottom line of New Zealand’s hill country farmers. More >>

Auckland Museum Recognised As Global Leader

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 2:47 pm | Auckland Museum

Auckland War Memorial Museum has been recognised as an example of best practice in the World Wide Web Consortium’s most recent “ Data on the web ”. Founded by Tim Berners-Lee, the W3C sets and maintains the standards that help make the web ... More >>

Rain for the dry regions

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 2:36 pm | MetService

“The driest regions of the country are finally set to see some useful rain,” said MetService Meteorologist Georgina Griffiths. “Rain spreads into Hawke's Bay late this afternoon, and into Gisborne overnight. And it looks likely to produce ... More >>

College of Anaesthetists celebrates its 25th anniversary

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 12:00 pm | ANZCA

ANZCA (the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists) today celebrates 25 years of leadership in medical research, specialist education and training and the setting of professional standards. The College was founded on this day in 1992, ... More >>

Future sea-level rise from warming of polar ice sheets

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 10:10 am | Victoria University of Wellington

One of the world’s most prominent glaciologists, who is behind a landmark report revealing the unstoppable collapse of a large part of Antarctica, is giving a free public lecture next week at Victoria University of Wellington. Professor Eric Rignot, ... More >>

Pre-schoolers’ daily dose of internet

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 9:34 am | Vodafone NZ

The results from a Colmar Brunton survey[1] released today, reveal that internet safety ranks highest on the list of concerns for Kiwi parents – ahead of education, road safety and childhood obesity. More >>

NZ ‘unites’ for a better internet on Safer Internet Day

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 9:09 am | Netsafe

Safer Internet Day 2017 kicks off with new online safety resources for Kiwis from some of the biggest players in the industry including Netsafe, Google, Trade Me and Twitter. More >>

Kiwi – Back From the Brink

Saturday, 4 February 2017, 2:07 pm | Kiwis for Kiwi

Kiwi – Back From the Brink Kiwi can be saved from extinction by boosting numbers of chicks captured in the wild and releasing them into predator free habitats. That’s the goal of Kiwis for kiwi, the trust that supports hundreds of conservation volunteers ... More >>

Inquiry hears outbreak details

Friday, 3 February 2017, 4:39 pm | Science Media Centre

The Government inquiry looking into last year's Havelock North gastro outbreak has started hearings this week. More >>

HPV vaccine funded for boys

Friday, 3 February 2017, 4:37 pm | Science Media Centre

As students have headed back to school this week, boys, as well as girls, will have funded access to the HPV vaccine Gardasil. More >>

AI technology for automated treatment planning from UHN

Friday, 3 February 2017, 9:47 am | RaySearch Laboratories

University Health Network (UHN) in Canada has exclusively licensed a new artificial intelligence (AI) technology for automated radiation therapy treatment planning to RaySearch, for incorporation* into the RayStation® treatment planning system. The ... More >>

Research cooperation cannot be put at risk

Thursday, 2 February 2017, 3:56 pm | The Royal Society of New Zealand

International research cooperation is critical to addressing the world’s most pressing issues – like climate change, extreme weather events, water and food. We need research grounded in evidence and quality research practices to address these ... More >>

 

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