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EDS calls for urgent action to avoid species extinction

Friday, 28 April 2017, 4:57 pm | Environmental Defence Society

The Environmental Defence Society has released its submission on the Government’s freshwater reform proposals and has called for more urgent action. More >>

Climate change & insurance

Friday, 28 April 2017, 3:40 pm | Science Media Centre

The extent to which climate change threatens New Zealand’s coastal housing will depend on insurance options available to homeowners, according to a new report. More >>

Freshwater pressures rising

Friday, 28 April 2017, 3:38 pm | Science Media Centre

The Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand have released the latest national report about the state of freshwater. More >>

Climate change and insurance - Expert Reaction

Friday, 28 April 2017, 12:32 pm | Science Media Centre

The extent to which climate change threatens New Zealand's coastal housing will depend on insurance options available to homeowners, according to a new report. More >>

AgResearch helping people to breathe easier

Friday, 28 April 2017, 11:29 am | AgResearch

28 April 2017 AgResearch helping people to breathe easier With air quality an increasing concern for people around the world, AgResearch is doing its part in the development of innovative pollution masks that protect the everyday health of users. AgResearch ... More >>

Red Lab Coat Day New Zealand launch

Friday, 28 April 2017, 10:37 am | Multiple Sclerosis Society

The New Zealand Multiple Sclerosis Research Trust (“NZMSRT”) is excited to announce that in partnership with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of New Zealand (“MSNZ”) it will be celebrating Red Lab Coat Day on 1 May 2017. This is a day recognising ... More >>

Cassini's grand finale - Expert reaction

Friday, 28 April 2017, 9:37 am | Science Media Centre

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has begun its 142-day death spiral inside Saturn’s rings, passing through them 22 times over the coming months. More >>

Quake hazard to the South from Akatore Fault hard to assess

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 2:03 pm | University of Otago

One of the closest active geological faults to Dunedin is not giving up its secrets easily. That is worrying when it comes to assessing the potential earthquake hazard the Akatore Fault poses to residents in Dunedin and around the region. More >>

Response to Ministry for freshwater report

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 1:35 pm | Enviroment Canterbury

Environment Canterbury Chairman David Bedford said the comprehensive report provides a marker of New Zealand’s fresh water management and the areas that particularly need addressing. More >>

Where would we be today without WiFi?

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 1:28 pm | Aurecon

Where would we be today without WiFi? No more hotspots. No cool internet cafés. Our ‘mobile’ devices would be far less mobile. Or what would life be like without the microwave? TV dinners would never be the same. What many of us don’t know, ... More >>

Freshwater report shows increasing pressures

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 12:11 pm | Science Media Centre

The Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand have released the latest national report about the state of freshwater. Our fresh water 2017 measures the quality of New Zealand's waterways, including water quality, biodiversity and cultural ... More >>

New report reinforces need for urgent action on rivers

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 12:08 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird is calling for a comprehensive government package to restore our declining rivers and lakes, in the face of overwhelming evidence that they are in serious trouble. More >>

Report confirms serious challenges for rivers

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 11:10 am | Statistics New Zealand

New Zealand’s rivers and lakes are under increasing pressure, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of fresh water. More >>

Scientists go door-to-door in Edgecumbe

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 8:31 am | NIWA

Scientists will be knocking on doors in Edgecumbe next week seeking to survey the damage done to buildings from recent flooding caused when a stopbank on the Rangitaiki River breached. More >>

Whitehead Return Brings Bream Head Bird Song Bonanza

Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 3:33 pm | Bream Head Conservation Trust

Bird and nature lovers are already enjoying the increasing sight and sound of native bird species on this iconic Whangarei Reserve since the Bream Head Conservation Trust’s habitat restoration programmes began there 15 years ago. More >>

Vodafone connections slow to download NZ pages

Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 9:47 am | TrueNet

Vodafone shows a strong decline during the day and into the evening, in stark contrast to all other ISP results on any fixed line technology. The trend in Special Chart 3, has been evident for some time, indicating long standing congestion on the Vodafone ... More >>

More Action Needed on Digital Inclusion

Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 9:12 am | Innovation Partnership

New Zealand has made good progress toward making Broadband accessible, but due to other factors some people are still not able to take advantage of the opportunities created by the Internet. Fellowship research released today by the Innovation Partnership ... More >>

Video of today's balloon launch

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 5:06 pm | NASA

Video of today's balloon launch https://www.dropbox.com/s/v1vstfl242ye6mu/NZ%20SPB%202017_LAUNCH%20SEQ_WEB_04252017.mp4?dl=0 Flight tracker: https://www.csbf.nasa.gov/map/balloon5/flight679NT.htm ends More >>

Airways teams with NASA for super-pressure balloon launch

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 4:56 pm | Airways New Zealand

NASA has successfully launched its super-pressure scientific balloon from Wanaka aerodrome today, with Airways New Zealand safely managing the balloon’s ascent into near space. More >>

NASA's Super Pressure Balloon Takes Flight From NZ

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 1:50 pm | NASA

News Release: NASA's Super Pressure Balloon Takes Flight From New Zealand NASA successfully launched its football-stadium-sized, heavy-lift super pressure balloon (SPB) from Wanaka, New Zealand, at10:50 a.m. Tuesday, April 25 (6:50 p.m. April 24 in U.S. Eastern ... More >>

New Zealand fish and chips hold human DNA clues

Monday, 24 April 2017, 4:53 pm | University of Otago

Before you pop that piece of battered fish in your mouth, be aware it might just hold the key to understanding the origins of a form of DNA memory critical to human development. More >>

Rare Bird Shot in Paraparaumu

Monday, 24 April 2017, 4:38 pm | Department of Conservation

Ranger David Moss with the dead kārearea shot last week in Paraparaumu © Lee Barry/DOC More >>

Fine weather to relinquish its brief hold over the country

Monday, 24 April 2017, 1:57 pm | MetService

This week, a ridge that has been sitting over central New Zealand moves north and eventually gives way to an active front pushing in from the west. The weather remains on the quiet side until the end of the week, when changeable weather muscles in. ... More >>

Veterinarians taking on global health issue

Monday, 24 April 2017, 11:56 am | New Zealand Veterinary Association

New Zealand is joining the world in taking on one of the biggest issues facing our planet - and vets here have a special role More >>

NZ Bird Data highlights vital importance of Yellow Sea

Sunday, 23 April 2017, 7:14 pm | Birds New Zealand

New Zealand Bird Data highlights vital importance of Yellow Sea tidal flats for migrant shorebirds More >>

Celebrating Techweek’17 at MOTAT

Friday, 21 April 2017, 3:50 pm | Museum of Transport and Technology

Celebrating Techweek’17 at MOTAT Techweek’17, a calendar event focused on reshaping our world through design, innovation and technology is back from 6 to 14 May and this year it’s bigger and better. “Our Techweek goal is to stimulate an environment ... More >>

Federated Farmers backs the March for Science

Friday, 21 April 2017, 3:48 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is encouraging its members to join the March for Science on Saturday in Christchurch (10am), Wellington, Palmerston North and Dunedin (11am) and Auckland (1.30pm). More >>

Freshwater remains a focus

Friday, 21 April 2017, 2:55 pm | Science Media Centre

After a week of floods and heavy rainfall, fresh water is still in the headlines. More >>

Marching to defend science

Friday, 21 April 2017, 2:53 pm | Science Media Centre

Hundreds of events held around the world will tomorrow highlight the role science plays in our lives. More >>

Call for applicants for the 2018 Biennial grants programme

Friday, 21 April 2017, 12:33 pm | Earthquake Commission

The Earthquake Commission’s Biennial Research Funding Programme is now open for applications. More >>

April 22 Launch Attempt Scheduled for NASA Balloon

Friday, 21 April 2017, 10:17 am | NASA

NASA is targeting Saturday, April 22 (Friday, April 21 in U.S. Eastern Time (EDT)), to conduct a super pressure balloon (SPB) test flight launching from Wanaka Airport, New Zealand, on a potential 100-day journey. More >>

Monthly vitamin D supplement does not prevent heart disease

Friday, 21 April 2017, 9:18 am | University of Auckland

A major research trial by the University of Auckland’s School of Population Health has found that taking higher doses of vitamin D once a month won’t lower your risk of heart disease. More >>

NASA Balloon Launch Attempt Postponed Again

Friday, 21 April 2017, 9:05 am | NASA

NASA postponed the sixth launch attempt of its super pressure balloon (SPB) from Wanaka, New Zealand, at 6:45 a.m. Friday, April 21 (New Zealand time) due to high surface winds not conducive for launch. More >>

Kōkako Reward Draws New Reports of Credible Encounters

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 4:34 pm | South Island Kokako Charitable Trust

Following the launch of the South Island Kōkako Trust’s $5000 reward in January, and the doubling of the reward earlier this month to NZ$10k, around 50 reports of possible encounters have been reported to the Trust from Marlborough to the outer ... More >>

Pollen from NZ may be altering remote deep-sea ecosystems

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 4:18 pm | NIWA

Pollen from New Zealand pine forests has been shown to travel more than 1500km through wind and ocean currents, and sink thousands of metres into the ocean to reach some of the world’s deepest ecosystems. More >>

Launch Attempt for NASA Super Pressure Balloon 21/4/17

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 1:08 pm | NASA

NASA is targeting Friday, April 21 (Thursday, April 20 in U.S. Eastern Time (EDT)), to conduct a super pressure balloon (SPB) test flight launching from Wanaka Airport, New Zealand, on a potential 100-day journey. More >>

‘Brain fingerprinting’ has crime-solving potential for NZ

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 11:22 am | University of Canterbury

Forensic brainwave analysis – or ‘brain fingerprinting’ – could add a revolutionary new dimension to criminal investigations in New Zealand, a NZ Law Foundation-backed research project led by the University of Canterbury has found. More >>

Extraordinary footage of blue whales in South Taranaki Bight

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 11:01 am | Kiwis Against Seabed Mining

NEWPORT, Ore. – Blue whales didn’t become the largest animals ever to live on Earth by being dainty eaters and new video captured by scientists at Oregon State University shows just how they pick and choose their meals. More >>

MindLabKids.com beaming into a home near you

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 9:09 am | The Mind Lab

Auckland, 18 April 2016 – A new, free video-based learning website where kids can discover science and technology is now beaming into the homes of kids all around New Zealand. More >>

NASA Balloon Launch Attempt Postponed Due to Winds

Monday, 17 April 2017, 8:27 am | NASA

NASA postponed the fifth launch attempt of its super pressure balloon (SPB) from Wanaka, New Zealand, at 7:50 a.m. Monday, April 17 (New Zealand time) due to winds blowing in a direction not conducive for launch. More >>

Launch Attempt Scheduled for NASA Super Pressure Balloon

Sunday, 16 April 2017, 2:18 pm | NASA

Launch Attempt Scheduled for NASA Super Pressure Balloon NASA is targeting Monday, April 17 (Sunday, April 16 in U.S. Eastern Time (EDT)), to conduct a super pressure balloon (SPB) test flight launching from Wanaka Airport, New Zealand, on a potential ... More >>

Round up of this week’s weather

Friday, 14 April 2017, 7:41 pm | MetService

This week we were visited by a low from the Tasman Sea closely followed by Cyclone Cook from the Tropics, bring rain and wind to already saturated regions of New Zealand. More >>

Science Deadline: Another cyclone, freshwater...

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 5:34 pm | Science Media Centre

In this issue: Another cyclone heads to NZ, chief scientist looks at freshwater, and media training for Māori researchers. More >>

UC Pro-Vice-Chancellor wins international geospatial award

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 4:41 pm | University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury’s College of Science Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Wendy Lawson has won the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (APSEA) Professional of the Year 2016 award. More >>

Study shows childhood ‘self control’ key to positive futures

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 4:24 pm | PORSE

Self-control in early childhood is key to predicting positive outcomes later in life, according to a leading academic. Professor Richie Poulton, Director of the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, said self-control was fundamental ... More >>

Cyclone Cook and flood risk - Expert Reaction

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 2:34 pm | Science Media Centre

A mere week after the tail end of Tropical Cyclone Debbie hit the North Island, another cyclone is on its way. More >>

Following the movemet of Cyclone Cook

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 2:05 pm | MetService

Cyclone Cook has arrived in New Zealand coastal waters this morning and MetService is following its movement very closely. Widespread rain continues over large parts of the country, although the heaviest and most significant falls remain closely wrapped ... More >>

Techweek: New Zealand takes on the world

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 11:56 am | Techweek

Science fiction writer Neal Stephenson joins the line-up of more than 100 speakers at Techweek’17 More >>

Rare native buttercup found on Stewart Island

Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 3:59 pm | Department of Conservation

Department of Conservation botanists have found a rare native buttercup on a remote mountain range on Stewart Island/Rakiura. More >>

Batten Down the Hatches for Cyclone Cook

Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 11:11 am | MetService

MetService is advising New Zealanders to prepare for Cyclone Cook which is expected to make landfall in an area from Coromandel Peninsula to Western Bay of Plenty around 6pm Thursday, travelling south through the North Island and is expected to track ... More >>

Electric Vehicle Batteries research released

Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 10:19 am | Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority

New research released today shows electric vehicle (EV) batteries are reliable and long-lived. More >>

The science of New Zealand’s freshwater estate

Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 9:46 am | Sir Peter Gluckman Chief Science Advisor

Sir Peter Gluckman, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, has released a report designed to assist in understanding the complexity of issues surrounding the condition and stewardship of our freshwater. More >>

NZ gets a 'CERT' - What are the big cybersecurity threats?

Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 5:18 pm | Science Media Centre

The Government today launched CERT NZ , a cyber security unit that will track cyber attacks and offer information for internet users and businesses about online threats. CERT NZ, which has been funded to the tune of $22.2 million over four years, will ... More >>

Celebrating a boost to New Zealand cybersecurity

Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 3:51 pm | InternetNZ

New Zealand's new Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT NZ) opens its doors today, and InternetNZ is welcoming the day with open arms. More >>

Low Pressure System Thwarts Super Pressure Launch Efforts

Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 2:00 pm | NASA

Multiple areas of low pressure with associated precipitation and unfavorable winds have settled in over New Zealand preventing NASA from attempting a super pressure balloon launch from Wanaka over the next several days. More >>

Nyriad Creates Groundbreaking Technology for SKA

Monday, 10 April 2017, 7:30 pm | Nyriad

Cambridge, New Zealand, April 10, 2017 — The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is the world’s biggest data problem. Nyriad (a New Zealand startup) has developed a breakthrough technology that promises to be the solution. ICRAR, the International Centre of Radio ... More >>

New paper proposes medical approach to river health

Monday, 10 April 2017, 4:34 pm | Cawthron Institute

Cawthron Institute Freshwater Group Leader Dr Roger Young has published a paper advising there is much to be learned from the medical practice when considering ecosystem management. More >>

200 years closer to a cure for Parkinson’s

Monday, 10 April 2017, 4:28 pm | Parkinsons New Zealand

It’s been 200 years since English physician James Parkinson first described the condition named after him in An Essay on the Shaking Palsy. Since 1817, major advances have been made in Parkinson’s research, including the development of various medications ... More >>

Tropical Cyclone Cook churning across Pacific

Monday, 10 April 2017, 3:10 pm | NIWA

NIWA meteorologist Seth Carrier outlines the likely path of Cyclone Cook, which is gaining strength in the Pacific. More >>

Kaikoura quake produced record ground shaking measurement

Monday, 10 April 2017, 12:08 pm | GNS Science

Last November's magnitude 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake produced the strongest ground shaking ever recorded for an earthquake in New Zealand, according to new research out this week. More >>

 

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