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New Study Busts Myths Around Undersize Snapper Catch

Saturday, 29 August 2015, 10:46 am | Aotearoa Fisheries

New Zealand fishing industry leaders say an unprecedented 12 month monitoring programme has dispelled the myths around how many undersize snapper are being caught and returned to the sea. More >>

New information on important fishery

Friday, 28 August 2015, 4:44 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

A new study into under-size snapper caught in the Snapper 1 area shows encouraging results, but there is more work to be done. More >>

Aurecon shines a limelight on student engineering

Friday, 28 August 2015, 2:20 pm | Aurecon

Aurecon shines a limelight on student engineering talent uncovered at annual bridge building competitions, Australia and New Zealand More >>

Maize Performance Trials

Friday, 28 August 2015, 1:45 pm | Foundation for Arable Research

New Zealand’s first Maize Hybrid Performance Trials (MPT) have been completed, and the analysed results for the 2014-15 pilot season are out now. More >>

Winners of Wellington Science Fair Announced

Friday, 28 August 2015, 12:26 pm | NIWA

The 2015 NIWA Wellington Regional Science and Technology Fair has again been a resounding success, with more than 500 intermediate and secondary school students taking part. More >>

Spirituality on the psychology map

Friday, 28 August 2015, 9:46 am | Massey University

Spiritual experiences are not often talked about in psychology. But two Massey University researchers are looking to change that. More >>

Firstborn women more likely to be overweight or obese: study

Friday, 28 August 2015, 8:47 am | University of Auckland

Firstborn women are more likely to be overweight or obese than their second-born sisters, according to the largest study of its kind in women. The study led by New Zealand’s Liggins Institute, in collaboration with Swedish scientists, is published ... More >>

A Tale of Two Lows

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 12:55 pm | MetService

While most of New Zealand has enjoyed a couple of days of fine weather,thanks to a ridge of high pressure sitting over the country, this is not set to last. A low pressure system is approaching from the Tasman Sea, bringing rain to most places ... More >>

No-take marine reserves best hope for world’s oceans

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 9:55 am | University of Auckland

Global efforts to protect the world’s oceans from over-fishing and biodiversity loss are not enough and it is time for a re-think on marine conservation, scientists say. More >>

HPV infection of placentas linked to pregnancy complication

Wednesday, 26 August 2015, 9:09 am | University of Otago

In a landmark study, University of Otago researchers have found that human papilloma virus (HPV) can infect the placenta and is linked to several pregnancy complications, including the potentially fatal disorder pre-eclampsia. More >>

Local Community Seeks Remediation of Defunct Mercury Mine

Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 8:21 am | Puhipuhi Mining Action Group

A Northland community is asking the Northland Regional Council to fix up the old mercury mine at Puhipuhi. More >>

Wellington’s next young scientists step up

Monday, 24 August 2015, 2:43 pm | NIWA

Budding scientists from all over the Wellington region are displaying their ingenuity, creativity and analytic skills at the annual NIWA Wellington Regional Science and Technology Fair at Victoria University of Wellington this week. More >>

A touch of spring for many

Monday, 24 August 2015, 12:56 pm | MetService

This week we'll see the full spectrum of weather across New Zealand (how very spring-like) and there are some warmer temperatures in the forecast too. More >>

Science close to unlocking velvet’s secret

Monday, 24 August 2015, 12:21 pm | Deer Industry NZ

New Zealand and South Korean scientists believe they will soon be able to identify the compounds that give deer antler velvet its immune-boosting properties. More >>

What If... Computers Could Save Lives?

Monday, 24 August 2015, 10:06 am | University of Canterbury

By winning the TV quiz show Jeopardy in 2011, the IBM Watson supercomputer set a new standard for the use of computers in data analytics. Today, the amount of data created about our health is growing at a massive rate. But should we leave crucial ... More >>

Hurricane Katrina 10 years on – the science connection in NZ

Monday, 24 August 2015, 9:24 am | Malaghan Institute

The world-first discovery in cell biology made by scientists based in New Zealand and Australia in 2015 might have been made a decade earlier if not for Hurricane Katrina; according to a researcher who watched as rising water and eventual power ... More >>

Saving Kiwi From Extinction Achievable

Monday, 24 August 2015, 8:47 am | Kiwis for Kiwi

A ground-breaking study has identified for the first time a roadmap to save the kiwi from extinction. More >>

Showcasing southern science, bowel screening, emissions

Friday, 21 August 2015, 4:56 pm | Science Media Centre

SMC Science Deadline: Showcasing southern science, bowel screening and emissions trade-offs Issue 342, 21 Aug 2015 Quick Links SMC Alerts Calendar Briefings Media Registration About us Contact the SMC New from the SMC In the News: Bowel cancer ... More >>

Southern hemisphere science goes on show

Friday, 21 August 2015, 1:45 pm | AUT University

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) has unveiled a new science webcast series today. The online Sci21 talks are the brainchild of Professor Steve Pointing, and put the spotlight on life-changing science developments of the 21st Century. More >>

Students’ renewable energy designs assist Tonga

Friday, 21 August 2015, 8:50 am | University of Canterbury

Five University of Canterbury (UC) electrical engineering students have returned from Tonga after assisting the local power company to investigate various renewable energy projects. More >>

DOC halts pukeko cull after takahe deaths

Friday, 21 August 2015, 7:49 am | Department of Conservation

DOC has put an immediate halt to pukeko culling operations near threatened takahe populations after the discovery of four dead takahe on Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf. More >>

A Dirty High

Thursday, 20 August 2015, 1:45 pm | MetService

A broad high moves slowly over New Zealand on Friday andSaturday,followed by a front advancing over the country from Sunday night into early next week. While the high will bring more settled conditions than we've seen over the past few weeks, it will ... More >>

Value of Medicines Award Winner

Thursday, 20 August 2015, 12:37 pm | Medicines New Zealand

Dr Swee Tan, the Founder and Executive Director of the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute (GMRI), has continued the remarkable work that saw him win the Value of Medicines Award in 2014, funded by Medicines New Zealand. Applications for the ... More >>

New Zealand to send seven delegates to global ag-summit

Thursday, 20 August 2015, 10:51 am | The PR Shop

Auckland, 2015 – Seven forward-thinking and passionate young people have been selected to represent New Zealand at a summit focused on solving one of the world’s most important issues – how to feed a growing population. Hamish Clarke, James ... More >>

New mechanism discovered for depression

Thursday, 20 August 2015, 10:20 am | University of Auckland

Media Release – University of Auckland Research into the action of ketamine on the brain has revealed neural pathways that will help scientists develop fast-acting medications for treating depression. More >>

Survey to comb NZ beehives

Thursday, 20 August 2015, 9:17 am | Landcare Research

A national survey of beekeepers will provide a “starting point” to explore the potential causes behind colony losses in New Zealand. More >>

Research backs belief that tomatoes can be a gout trigger

Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 2:15 pm | University of Otago

People who maintain that eating tomatoes can cause their gout to flare up are likely to welcome new University of Otago research that has, for the first time, found a biological basis for this belief. More >>

Probing the past to explain explosive eruptions

Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 9:33 am | Victoria University of Wellington

A Victoria University of Wellington volcanologist will next week give a talk on the forensics of large-scale volcanic eruptions, following his recent election to Fellowship of the Royal Society in London—one of the highest international honours ... More >>

Treasured lakes get some special attention

Tuesday, 18 August 2015, 5:07 pm | NIWA

NIWA scientists and Northland Regional Council staff are uncovering more of the mysteries of the North’s prized dune lakes using a canoe and some specialist hydro-acoustic surveying equipment. More >>

Changeable week but settled weekend

Monday, 17 August 2015, 2:02 pm | MetService

The complex low and associated fronts which meandered over the country through the weekend brought rainfall to the whole country. The most significant accumulations over the weekend were along eastern ranges of the North Island, where 40-80mm was ... More >>

Indonesian geothermal energy conference to attract experts

Saturday, 15 August 2015, 11:00 am | IESE

Alan Lucas is heading to Jakarta for the third Indonesia International Geothermal Convention and Exhibition. More >>

Science Deadline

Friday, 14 August 2015, 2:50 pm | Science Media Centre

Tianjin explosion investigated The exact cause of the huge explosions that rocked the Chinese port city of Tianjin remains a mystery for now, but chemical experts are assessing the situation. More >>

Relentless Winter

Thursday, 13 August 2015, 3:42 pm | MetService

El Nino conditions in the Pacific Ocean typically mean an increased likelihood of stormy southerlies over New Zealand. This El Nino winter has been no exception, and the trend is set to continue as long range forecasts indicate colder than average ... More >>

Partnerships to recycle soft plastic bags gain momentum

Thursday, 13 August 2015, 11:12 am | The Packaging Forum

In July the Packaging Forum announced a new initiative to introduce recycling bins so that shoppers can take back their used soft plastic bags to supermarkets and retail premises. The project is funded by industry with matched funding from the Government’s ... More >>

Addressing terrestrial, freshwater and marine biodiversity

Thursday, 13 August 2015, 9:34 am | Environmental Defence Society

The EDS Wild Things Conference is off to a flying start. The day has been challenging and invigorating, with an incredible line-up of international and domestic speakers. More >>

NIWA flexes its mussels

Wednesday, 12 August 2015, 11:17 am | NIWA

NIWA researchers have designed and built a machine that measures the strength of mussel shells that is partly based on the same technology used to open and close irrigation gates. More >>

Molecular discovery paves way for new diabetic treatments

Wednesday, 12 August 2015, 9:12 am | University of Otago

University of Otago researchers have discovered why heart disease is the number-one killer of people with diabetes, a breakthrough finding opening the way for new treatments to combat the disease in diabetic patients by targeting a key protein. More >>

In search of the heaviest element

Tuesday, 11 August 2015, 3:59 pm | The Royal Society of New Zealand

Like absolute zero on the temperature scale, what is the heaviest element that could possibly exist? That’s the question 2015 Rutherford LecturerDistinguished Professor Peter Schwerdtfeger would love to know the answer to. More >>

Windows 10 to take centre stage at Ignite NZ 2015

Tuesday, 11 August 2015, 12:12 pm | Microsoft New Zealand

Windows 10 to take centre stage at Ignite NZ 2015 as Microsoft NZ announces full schedule of sessions More >>

The only survivors – Great Barrier Islanders

Monday, 10 August 2015, 4:08 pm | Rural Women

Imagine a global pandemic that swept the world, killing everyone in its wake. Imagine if Great Barrier Island was the only place to be successfully isolated from the virus, leaving the 900 residents to rebuild humanity. More >>

NIWA trials new generation air quality sensors

Monday, 10 August 2015, 3:46 pm | NIWA

A new method of testing air quality in towns around New Zealand has been developed by NIWA scientists that could revolutionise the way communities can measure and control pollution. More >>

South Island ski fields turning it on

Monday, 10 August 2015, 1:34 pm | MetService

The southerly flow which brought another decent dumping of snow to New Zealand's ski fields during the weekend is dying out over the South Island today, making conditions excellent for skiers and snowboarders for the first half of this week. "A ridge ... More >>

Ruapehu – an Explosive Past Makes for a Safer Future

Monday, 10 August 2015, 11:22 am | GNS Science

later this week for an event to mark the 20-year anniversary of Mt Ruapehu's 1995-96 eruptions. More >>

Protecting our crucial soils

Friday, 7 August 2015, 4:13 pm | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council’s soil quality monitoring programme measures soil properties such as soil compaction, nutrient status, biological activity, soil carbon and organic matter at 152 sites, with about 30 sites sampled annually. The sites cover a range ... More >>

Winter Continues

Friday, 7 August 2015, 9:02 am | MetService

After the front which brought heavy rain and strong northerly winds across much of the upper North Island during Thursday morning, with 105mm of rain in 12 hours recorded at Cape Egmont, the trend through to the weekend is for a change to cold, showery ... More >>

Joint research programme focuses on rumen development

Thursday, 6 August 2015, 4:03 pm | Shine PR

AgResearch and Fiber Fresh feeds have recently released their first trial results on rumen development in calves, as part of an ongoing research collaboration. Fiber Fresh is a world-leading, progressive, family-owned calf and equine nutrition company ... More >>

Winter Continues

Thursday, 6 August 2015, 3:30 pm | MetService

After the front which brought heavy rain and strong northerly winds across much of the upper North Island during Thursday morning, with 105mm of rain in 12 hours recorded at Cape Egmont, the trend through to the weekend is for a change to cold, showery ... More >>

Destructiion of our soil is more serious than climate change

Thursday, 6 August 2015, 10:41 am | Dr John Baker

An international soil scientist says restocking the world’s arable soil with carbon is more important than climate change. Dr John Baker says too many people around the world treat soil like dirt when it should be revered because “our lives depend ... More >>

ARANZ Geo launches insider’s guide to 3D implicit modelling

Wednesday, 5 August 2015, 4:51 pm | ARANZ

CHRISTCHURCH, 5 August 2015 – ARANZ Geo Limited, a 3D modelling pioneer and world leader in the interpretation and visualisation of geological data, has launched , an insider’s guide to 3D implicit modelling. The website shares world leading ... More >>

Global index proposed to avoid delays on climate policies

Tuesday, 4 August 2015, 4:39 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

Global index proposed to avoid delays on climate policies A Victoria University of Wellington climate change expert is calling for an overhaul of the way climate change pledges are assessed, to avoid ‘indefinite procrastination’ on the design ... More >>

A cold weekend on the way

Tuesday, 4 August 2015, 2:28 pm | MetService

After a relatively warm start to the week for many, thanks to warmer subtropical air, a colder southerly flow will soon make its presence felt and the weekend will see a return to winter. More >>

Careful management reduces nutrient losses

Tuesday, 4 August 2015, 12:44 pm | Dairy NZ

Recent results from Ag Research trials undertaken in South Otago as part of the Pastoral 21 project have shown that grazed winter forage crops contribute significantly to the risk of nutrient losses to water but that with careful management, sediment and ... More >>

Volcanic bacteria take minimalist approach to survival

Tuesday, 4 August 2015, 11:01 am | Otago University

New research by scientists at the University of Otago and GNS Science is helping to solve the puzzle of how bacteria are able to live in nutrient-starved environments. It is well-established that the majority of bacteria in soil ecosystems live in dormant ... More >>

50th engineering excellence awards

Tuesday, 4 August 2015, 8:15 am | Make Lemonade

Major engineering projects from all four corners of the country are in contention for national recognition at the 50th anniversary annual Association of Consulting and Engineering Professionals of New Zealand (ACENZ) awards in Christchurch on Saturday ... More >>

Vice Chair of the IPCC to visit Wellington

Monday, 3 August 2015, 5:23 pm | Delegation of the European Union to New Zealand

On Monday 10 August 2015, Prof. Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Vice Chair and Candidate Chair of the IPCC, will visit Wellington. He will speak publicly on the topic of: "Key messages from the IPCC 5th Assessment Report - Challenges and Opportunities ... More >>

Otago’s international TB research efforts gain major support

Monday, 3 August 2015, 12:22 pm | University of Otago

University of Otago researchers have been awarded $450,000 for research into the genetics of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) in Indonesia and Myanmar. The Health Research Council of New Zealand announced the e-ASIA HRC Joint Research Programme ... More >>

A cold August with severe weather to start

Monday, 3 August 2015, 11:18 am | MetService

"A colder than usual August is expected for all regions of the country.While this is likely good news for skiers, it will mean larger power bills for many of us," said MetService Meteorologist Georgina Griffiths. "The month starts ... More >>

NIWA’s new hi-tech tool helps identify what’s in your stream

Monday, 3 August 2015, 9:27 am | NIWA

Identifying creepy crawlies in your local stream just got a whole lot easier and faster, thanks to a new 3D identification system developed by a NIWA researcher. More >>

The future of NZ science

Friday, 31 July 2015, 3:16 pm | Science Media Centre

The country’s brightest minds ponder the future of science in a special issue of theJournal of Royal Society of New Zealand, published today. More >>

Niwa: Regional predictions for the next three month

Friday, 31 July 2015, 3:04 pm | NIWA

El Niño conditions continued to strengthen during July 2015. Sea surface temperature anomalies in the eastern and central Equatorial Pacific have been exceeding +1oC for the past two months. The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) was strongly negative ... More >>


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