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Short gestation genetics breakthrough

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 9:44 am | LIC

A major breakthrough in shortening gestation length – the gap between conception and birth – has occurred in the dairy industry this spring. More >>

International conference tackles harmful algae threats

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 2:55 pm | Cawthron Institute

The world’s experts in harmful algal blooms and marine biotoxins will descend on Wellington next week for the 16th International Conference on Harmful Algae (ICHA), hosted this year by Cawthron Institute . More >>

Plans to be Outdoors? Saturday Looks to be the Best

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 1:36 pm | NIWA

The first long weekend in more than four months is set to start off on a great note for much of the country, with more of a mixed bag thereafter, say NIWA climate scientists. More >>

CRP Say Second Staff Report Has No Bearing on Final Decision

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 12:44 pm | CRP

Chatham Rock Phosphate is pleased the second staff report, released by the Environmental Protection Authority today, contains no conclusions or recommendations, managing director Chris Castle said today. More >>

Dolphin Capture Shows Greater Range, More Risk

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 5:13 pm | Maui's and Hector's Dolphin Education Action

Dolphin advocates say the capture of an endangered Maui or Hector’s dolphin in a recreational set net this year shows more protection is needed. Maui and Hector’s dolphins are the world’s smallest and rarest marine dolphins, found only in New ... More >>

What Antarctica’s past reveals about future climate

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 3:20 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

What Antarctica’s past reveals about future climate A PhD student at Victoria University of Wellington’s Antarctic Research Centre is looking to the distant past to discover what’s ahead for the world’s climate. Bella Duncan is researching Antarctica’s ... More >>

Waikato scientists uncovering the secrets of mānuka trees

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 2:06 pm | University of Waikato

The results of a University of Waikato study surveying the flowers of mānuka trees around the North Island has been published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. More >>

Dairy SolutioNZ develops new heat tolerant cow

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 12:30 pm | Dairy SolutioNZ

Hamilton, New Zealand-based Dairy Solutionz Ltd has led an expert genetics team to develop a new dairy cow breed conditioned to thrive in lower elevation tropical climates and achieve high milk production under heat stress. More >>

NZ can be world leader in biology-based clean technology

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 9:14 am | University of Auckland

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French Embassy illuminates science in Wellington

Monday, 20 October 2014, 4:58 pm | French Embassy in New Zealand

The Embassy of France in New Zealand is pleased to support a science evening presented by Professor Graham Le Gros, Director of the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, at the Residence of France in Wellington on October 22nd. More >>

Technology and robotics still transforming medicine

Monday, 20 October 2014, 2:46 pm | University of Auckland

Technology is taking over in surgical medicine and leads the next wave of discovery, says a visiting expert on surgical robotics and innovation. More >>

Yo yoing temperatures for some

Monday, 20 October 2014, 1:44 pm | MetService

Temperatures over the South Island are expected to fluctuate significantly this week, with spells of fine weather interrupted by several showery, cold southerly changes. "Choosing what to wear this week will be tough for those in the South Island, ... More >>

Volunteers needed for nutrition study

Monday, 20 October 2014, 10:45 am | University of Auckland

An exciting new study on nutrition labelling is underway at the National Institute for Health Innovation at the University of Auckland, and volunteers are needed to take part. Adult smartphone owners from across New Zealand are invited to take part ... More >>

Geothermal has big potential for NZ

Monday, 20 October 2014, 10:42 am | University of Auckland

New Zealand is a world leader in geothermal energy technology which has significant potential for the country’s energy supply, says Professor Rosalind Archer who will lead tonight’s third lecture in the University of Auckland’s Vice-Chancellor’s ... More >>

Alpine Fault Drilling Project Moves into New Phase

Sunday, 19 October 2014, 1:43 pm | GNS Science

The multi-national Alpine Fault drilling project has moved to a new phase with a new drilling rig positioned over the borehole to take the probe to its target depth of 1.3km. More >>

SMC Heads-Up: Stomach bugs, communicating disasters

Friday, 17 October 2014, 4:59 pm | Science Media Centre

Science fails to settle food stoush Following public pressure, the Ministry for Primary Industries has released reports investigating the source of the outbreak of gastroenteritis caused by Yersinia pseudotuberculosis , but admits it hasn't nailed ... More >>

ESR Reports No Help to Gastro Bug Investigation

Friday, 17 October 2014, 2:33 pm | Horticulture NZ

Horticulture New Zealand is not surprised the ESR reports released today into the recent outbreak of Yersinia pseudo tuberculosis do little to fur ther the discovery of the source of the illness. More >>

Settled warmer weather taking a short break

Friday, 17 October 2014, 2:00 pm | MetService

The high pressure system that brought fine weather for most of New Zealand this past week, has moved off to the east of the country today and is being replaced by an area of low pressure. "This should see a change in the weather for many places ... More >>

AVG Wi-Fi Assistant Protects Against Hacking and Tracking

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 12:55 pm | AVG

AVG is proud to announce a great step forward in its Wi-Fi security offerings. Today we are introducing the brand new version of AVG Wi-Fi Assistant, an Android app that protects you from Wi-Fi tracking and Wi-Fi hacking. More >>

Fishing Innovation Recognised

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 11:57 am | Seafood New Zealand

Precision Seafood Harvesting (PSH), a revolutionary fishing method, was presented with the Supreme New Zealand Innovator award, chosen from all categories and given to the best overall entry. PSH also won the Innovation in Sustainability and Clean ... More >>

Exciting development which protects New Zealanders

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 11:11 am | Cloud M

CLOUD M and Tsunado NZ are delighted to announce a new joint approach to public alerting solutions which will see the development of an innovative relationship to help promote resilience and safety for all New Zealanders. More >>

Primitive microbes stole bacterial genes on surprising scale

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 10:03 am | University of Otago

A University of Otago researcher is part of an international team that has discovered that horizontal gene transfer (HGT) played a surprisingly large role in the evolution of primitive microbes known as archaea. More >>

Anticipating a fruitful show

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 10:03 am | o.k.media

Hamilton, 16 October, 2014 - Exhibiting at a leading United States trade show is expected to deliver returns for fresh produce sorting and packaging specialists BBC Technologies which says the event has borne fruit for the company in the past. More >>

Supreme award for innovation

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 9:55 am | Plant and Food Research

Plant & Food Research has been recognised for its innovation, winning the Supreme Innovator Award and the Sustainability & Cleantech category in this year’s New Zealand Innovators Awards, for research that will change the way the world fishes. More >>

Submissions sought on new seed treatment

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 3:37 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

Public submissions are invited on an application to import Poncho Votivo, an insecticide for use as a seed treatment in wheat, maize, forage brassicas and grass seed. More >>

National Whale Centre launching with heart

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 3:13 pm | National Whale Centre

October 15, 2014: A colossal life-size replica of a blue whale (the largest mammal on the planet) heart is heading for the Picton Ferry Terminal soon. More >>

Team effort for turtle trio in trouble

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 1:44 pm | Auckland Zoo

Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium and Auckland Zoo are hoping three sea turtles that came into their care in critically ill conditions after being rescued off Northland’s west coast in late September will get the second chance at life they deserve. More >>

Southwest Pacific Tropical Cyclone Outlook

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 12:24 pm | NIWA

Meteorological forecasting centres across the Southwest Pacific are predicting near average numbers of tropical cyclones (TC) for the 2014–15 season (November 2014 to April 2015). The 30-year average number of all (named) of TCs from 1981-2010 is ... More >>

Regional effort to improve soil quality

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 9:41 am | Landcare Research

Arresting the widespread decline in soil quality is the goal of a new regional soil partnership formed by 17 Pacific countries. More >>

Coronary atlas for better stent design

Tuesday, 14 October 2014, 4:08 pm | University of Auckland

A project to create the world’s first statistical atlas of the anatomy of coronary arteries will result in improved design of coronary stents. More >>

Otago University student named Eureka! award winner

Tuesday, 14 October 2014, 11:43 am | Paul Callaghan Awards

Third year neuroscience student, Sam Hall-McMaster, has taken out the third Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka Awards, held in Wellington on Friday. Sam, a student at the University of Otago, delivered a twelve minute presentation about how nanoparticles could solve ... More >>

Why we have difficulty recognising people who look different

Tuesday, 14 October 2014, 10:02 am | University of Auckland

When Professor Will Hayward, now Head of the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland, moved to Hong Kong in the late 1990s he loved the city and all its excitement but found one thing very hard to get used to. More >>

Council ecologist wins prestigious science award

Monday, 13 October 2014, 2:58 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council ecologist Dr Bruno David has won a prestigious science award for innovative projects to protect native fish and control populations of invasive species. The Kudos – Hamilton Excellence Awards were held in Hamilton last Thursday ... More >>

A benign start to the school term

Monday, 13 October 2014, 2:13 pm | MetService

The ridge of high pressure that provided a fine end to the school holidays across much of the country remains in charge for most of this week. More >>

High-tech ‘jackets’ to help regulate energy use

Monday, 13 October 2014, 2:12 pm | Auckland University

New research at the University of Auckland developing retrofit technology for the production of aluminium would be the first in the world to allow the industry to more easily regulate electricity use. More >>

Spider prefers mosquitoes for dinner

Monday, 13 October 2014, 12:15 pm | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury scientists Professor Robert Jackson and Dr Fiona Cross (Biological Sciences), along with colleagues from Singapore, China and Malaysia, have discovered that a Malaysian jumping spider, Paracyrba wanlessi , specialises at dining on mosquitoes. More >>

Blackout 2030: What will be different?

Sunday, 12 October 2014, 11:25 am | University of Auckland

By 2030 consumers may have more control and ability to manage their power during a blackout but the downside is that householders are also going to have to be more knowledgeable about how electricity systems work. More >>

Is DoC Responsible for Causing Rat Plagues?

Sunday, 12 October 2014, 9:42 am | Clyde Graf

The Department of Conservation claims it needs to aerially spread New Zealand forests with the deadly pesticide 1080, to kill plagues of rats. However, their own research contradicts their claim. In this short video clip http://youtu.be/ZMvdXlFSbRY a DoC ... More >>

International Archeoastronomer comes to Carter Observatory

Friday, 10 October 2014, 4:17 pm | Carter Observatory

In association with Victoria University and the Society for Māori Astronomy, Research and Traditions (SMART), Carter Observatory hosts acclaimed British Archeoastronomer Clive Ruggles in a unique talk about Ancient Solar Observatories in two very different ... More >>

Extra vitamin D benefits infants

Friday, 10 October 2014, 2:10 pm | University of Auckland

Infants whose mothers take vitamin D supplements during pregnancy and infancy are less likely to get respiratory infections, according to research from the University of Auckland. More >>

Southlanders Promote Positive Dairying in Environment Awards

Friday, 10 October 2014, 1:44 pm | Ballance Farm Environment Awards

Southland farmers Mark and Deborah Hamill entered the Ballance Farm Environment Awards because they wanted to tell a ‘good news story’ about dairy farming. More >>

Kia Showcases Turbo Diesel Hybrid Optima

Friday, 10 October 2014, 1:26 pm | Kia Motors

A new type of emissions reducing, fuel-saving technology unveiled by Kia Motors at the just-held Paris Motor Show, marries diesel and electric power with an electric supercharger and a turbo, which could make hybrid cars of the future more efficient ... More >>

Community event to bring back the butterflies

Friday, 10 October 2014, 12:29 pm | Lincoln University

A special community event to raise awareness of the plight of New Zealand’s butterflies and moths is to be held at the Biological Husbandry Unit (BHU) at Lincoln University on Sunday October 19 (1pm to 4pm). More >>

NZ horticultural science helps Kenyan avocado farmers

Friday, 10 October 2014, 10:39 am | Plant and Food Research

Plant & Food Research has recently completed the first year of a 5-year project, funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme, working with small scale avocado growers in Kenya alongside New Zealand company, Olivado. More >>

DOC welcomes food safety assessment on trout

Thursday, 9 October 2014, 4:47 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation has welcomed an initial assessment by Ministry for Primary Industry which indicates that trout caught from areas following 1080 pest control operations do not pose a food safety risk to anglers. More >>

NAEAC Annual Report released

Thursday, 9 October 2014, 10:48 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

The number of animals used in research, testing, and teaching in 2013 was the lowest it’s been since 1997, according to the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee (NAEAC) Annual Report released today. More >>

Lincoln Agritech’s 50th Jubilee

Wednesday, 8 October 2014, 3:50 pm | Lincoln University

Lincoln Agritech Ltd celebrated its 50th anniversary on Thursday 2 October 2014. The occasion acknowledged the company’s many talented staff and their substantial contribution to New Zealand’s primary industries over the past decades, as well ... More >>

New fault found in Wellington Harbour

Wednesday, 8 October 2014, 3:24 pm | NIWA

NIWA scientists have found a new active fault in Wellington Harbour after analysing data from a recent marine survey. More >>

Creating low-cost solar energy

Wednesday, 8 October 2014, 11:43 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington researchers are part of a worldwide effort to design cheaper and more efficient solar energy materials. Work by PhD student Alex Barker, under the supervision of Dr Justin Hodgkiss, a senior lecturer in the School of Chemical ... More >>

Lunar Eclipse – the Sequel

Wednesday, 8 October 2014, 10:59 am | Stardome Observatory

If cloud hampered your last opportunity to watch the Moon disappear, you’re in luck. The Solar System is providing Kiwis with another spectacular view of a lunar eclipse, weather permitting of course. More >>

Does 1080 Poison Increase Bird Populations or Kill Them

Tuesday, 7 October 2014, 11:33 am | The Graf Boys

The Department of Conservation says it needs to use 1080 poison to kill rats and stop rat plagues. Rats have been present in New Zealand forests for over 700 years, and birds populations continue to flourish in some areas, despite the presence of ... More >>

Scientific Drilling Project Underway on Alpine Fault

Monday, 6 October 2014, 5:15 pm | GNS Science

An international team of scientists has started drilling a 1.3km-deep borehole into the Alpine Fault in the South Island to find out more about the nature of the fault and the earthquakes it produces. More >>

NIWA scientists working under the ice in Antarctica

Monday, 6 October 2014, 2:55 pm | NIWA

NIWA marine ecologists, including specialist divers, are heading south shortly for the second stage in a range of experiments that take place under the ice in Antarctica. More >>

A typical spring week

Monday, 6 October 2014, 2:15 pm | MetService

It's shaping up to be another week of fast changing weather as strong winds run across New Zealand from the north, then changing to the south before finally easing off towards the end of the week. More >>

Human Replicant Helps Prevent Bodies Cooking

Monday, 6 October 2014, 12:14 pm | University of Waikato

It may just look like a clear acrylic human-shaped box, but it is hoped this replicant – or phantom case - will play a vital role in the future of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning. More >>

Asthma vaccine discovery

Monday, 6 October 2014, 11:58 am | Malaghan Institute

A team of New Zealand researchers has discovered new vaccine technology that can be used to treat asthma and other allergic diseases. With asthma now affecting up to one in four New Zealand children, the researchers say this is a promising step ... More >>

Studying ancient landforms using new technology

Monday, 6 October 2014, 10:07 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Teetering along precarious pathways high in some of Papua New Guinea’s most remote mountains is all part of the job for a pair of Victoria University of Wellington geologists. More >>

Large flocks of kererū show up in annual survey

Sunday, 5 October 2014, 2:50 pm | Forest And Bird

The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird says a kererū (wood pigeon) survey that has received reports of flocks of as many as 170 birds, could indicate the kererū population is recovering – thanks to good predator control. More >>

When could life have existed on Mars?

Sunday, 5 October 2014, 1:34 pm | University of Auckland

When could life have existed on Mars? A volcanic approach to studying the red planet More >>

September 2014 climate summary

Friday, 3 October 2014, 5:35 pm | NIWA

Rainfall Below normal (50-79%) rainfall was recorded for much of the South Island with pockets of well below normal ( Temperature A mild September for the majority of the North Island and parts of the West Coast. Below average temperatures (-1.20 ... More >>

 

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