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The Tuataras Present 'Inner Space'

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 1:11 pm | Carter Observatory

‘Inner Space’ is a psychedelic musical journey from the third planet outwards to the far reaches of the galaxy - and beyond. More >>

NPG Forum Revisits Links between Sustainability and Growth

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 9:37 am | Negative Population Growth

Alexandria, VA (February 9, 2016) – Following the January 1st launch of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development , Negative Population Growth (NPG) will release a new Forum paper today. The piece includes analysis of today’s commonly ... More >>

Machine Understanding as the future of Computing

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 9:32 am | Multicore World

A number of the World's leading authorities in the areas of Advanced Computing are converging on Wellington to attend the 5thMulticore World conference – an annual conference that promotes networking and the exchange of ideas in all aspects of High ... More >>

Some blue sky for everyone

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 4:56 pm | MetService

A weak ridge extends across New Zealand meaning the warm summer weather will continue for a few days. However, it is briefly interrupted by a cold front that is moving briskly up the South Island, reaching Cook Strait tonight and then quickly dissolving. ... More >>

Promising advances in prevention of rheumatic fever

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 12:42 pm | University of Otago

Leading health researchers and practitioners are meeting today to work towards preventing and controlling rheumatic fever across New Zealand and Australia. The experts are gathering at a one-day seminar at the 20th Public Health Summer School run by the ... More >>

Safer Internet Day partners work to tackle internet harms

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 10:07 am | Netsafe

29 organisations are joining forces to mark 2016’s Safer Internet Day (9th February 2016) in New Zealand as Kiwis report an increasing number of incidents involving internet harms. More >>

This week in sci-tech

Friday, 5 February 2016, 3:24 pm | Science Media Centre

The WHO has declared an international emergency as Zika virus continues to spread - and dominate international media coverage. More >>

Hawke's Bay Trends

Friday, 5 February 2016, 12:25 pm | Hawkes Bay Regional Council

We seem to have an El Niño with an identity crisis. It lives up to its name for a time and then it suddenly adopts a warm, drenching, vaguely La Niña persona. But in this case, the wetter than usual January was courtesy of a couple of ex-tropical ... More >>

A tilt in the right direction

Friday, 5 February 2016, 12:16 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

A group of Victoria University of Wellington alumni has developed an interactive gaming system to help take the chore out of physiotherapy exercises. More >>

Mouth breathing while sleeping may increase tooth decay risk

Friday, 5 February 2016, 11:39 am | University of Otago

Mouth breathing during sleep is linked to a more acidic oral environment that may promote tooth enamel erosion and caries, new University of Otago research suggests. More >>

Submissions sought on fungicide for wheat crops

Friday, 5 February 2016, 11:34 am | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is calling for submissions on an application to import for release Elatus Plus fungicide. This fungicide contains the active ingredient benzovindiflupyr and is intended to be used to control a number of fungal diseases ... More >>

How and who you exercise with affects your mental wellbeing

Friday, 5 February 2016, 9:52 am | Sovereign

How and who you exercise with affects your mental wellbeing • Exercising with others improves happiness, energy and wellbeing • Getting active in natural settings improves overall wellbeing • High energy levels yet depressed mood for people who ... More >>

Waitangi Weekend Weather

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 3:47 pm | MetService

Just as New Zealand is divided into North and South Island, so too is the weather story for Waitangi weekend. As plans are made for the long weekend a low over the north Tasman Sea is expected to move slowly eastwards and passes north of the country, ... More >>

February 2016 - Volatile rainfall for northeast of country

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 1:03 pm | MetService

“The 2015/2016 El Nino peaked in late 2015, as expected. It remains a strong event in the tropical Pacific Ocean, but continues its gradual decline. During autumn, conditions in the tropical Pacific Ocean are forecast to return to near neutral levels,” ... More >>

LCT receives ethics approval for Phase IIb Parkinson’s trial

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 4:47 pm | Living Cell Technologies

3 February 2016 – Sydney, Australia & Auckland, New Zealand – Living Cell Technologies has received approval from the Northern A Health and Disability Ethics Committee for the Phase IIb clinical trial of NTCELL® for Parkinson’s disease. ... More >>

Brain health Expo in Tāmaki this year

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 3:14 pm | University of Auckland

A dynamic brain health expo – Brain Day Auckland 2016 - showcasing the latest in brain research and wellbeing will be held at the University of Auckland’s Tāmaki Innovation Campus next month.. More >>

Herbicide approved to control broadleaf weed in maize

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 2:40 pm | Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved an application from ETEC Crop Solutions Limited to import the herbicide Cadet, for use to control broadleaf weed in maize crops. Cadet contains fluthiacet-methyl, an active ingredient that ... More >>

NZ’s little penguins are recent Aussie invaders

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 1:52 pm | University of Otago

The little penguin species (popularly known as little blue penguins) found in southern New Zealand is a surprisingly recent invader from Australia, according to a new study led by University of Otago researchers. More >>

Lead poisoning in children associated with lead-based paint

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 11:42 am | Massey University

Lead poisoning notifications for children in 2014 continue to highlight the risk from exposure to lead-based paint for Kiwi kids. More >>

Weta Workshop to international space station

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 10:47 am | Weta Workshop

When Weta Workshop General Manager, Dave Wilks answered a phone call on a Saturday morning back in September, the last person he expected would be on the other end was an astronaut, let alone one aboard the International Space Station. Fortunately ... More >>

Neuroscientist makes the finals again

Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 3:11 pm | University of Auckland

A neuroscientist committed to promoting brain health and awareness of neurodegenerative diseases is one of three finalists for the 2016 Young New Zealander of the Year award, to be announced on February 17. More >>

Covering risk from abortion losses

Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 1:24 pm | MSD

Losing healthy sets of twins through abortion when you’ve worked so hard to get them safely to this point is “heart-breaking”, says Southland farmer Shane Roy. More >>

Mighty Dash - 1,500th kiwi chick's new name

Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 1:14 pm | Rainbow Springs Kiwi Encounter

Rotorua, 2 February 2016: Kiwi chick lovers have spoken and Kiwi Encounter's milestone 1,500th kiwi chick now has a name. More >>

Living Water And Fonterra Farmers Protect Rare Plant

Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 12:20 pm | Living Water

Living Water And Fonterra Farmers Protect Rare Plant The Fonterra and Department of Conservation (DOC) Living Water partnership is working with farmers to save a rare native plant on Northland’s Hikurangi flood plain. The floodplain is home ... More >>

Support the habitat stamp – and help our wetlands

Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 9:28 am | Fish and Game New Zealand

Support the habitat stamp – and help our wetlands New Zealanders who want to help protect some of the country’s most important environmental areas are urged to buy the latest Fish & Game habitat stamp being launched today (Tuesday 2 Feb, 2016) ... More >>

Sauvignon researcher to speak at Celebration

Monday, 1 February 2016, 1:40 pm | Lincoln University

The inaugural International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration 2016, to be held in Marlborough on 1-3 February, provides an opportunity for Lincoln University’s research in the viticulture and oenology (wine science) fields to be presented to a distinguished ... More >>

Wet and humid to end the week

Monday, 1 February 2016, 1:09 pm | MetService

This week will be warm and sunny for most, with temperatures expected to get into the thirties for central and eastern New Zealand. However, an area of low pressure is expected to bring wet and windy weather to the North Island by Friday. More >>

Rigorous tests for potential wasp biocontrol

Monday, 1 February 2016, 10:43 am | Landcare Research

Tests will soon begin to ensure a mite, that looks a promising biocontrol agent against wasps, isn’t a threat to bees. More >>

Zika fears, breastfeeding benefits and Albatross TV

Friday, 29 January 2016, 4:26 pm | Science Media Centre

SMC Science Deadline: Zika fears, breastfeeding benefits and Albatross TV Issue 359, 29 Jan 2016 More >>

Lincoln professor ranks amongst world's top science minds

Friday, 29 January 2016, 2:51 pm | Lincoln University

A Lincoln University Professor has been listed as one of the world’s Most Influential Scientific Minds for the second year running. Professor of Plant Biosecurity Philip Hulme also made it on to the prestigious list in 2014. Professor Hulme was recognised ... More >>

Waiariki teams up with the University of California Davis

Friday, 29 January 2016, 2:48 pm | Waiariki Institute Of Technology

Most runners will agree that a massage following a race makes them feel better, but what they don’t know is whether that post-performance treatment translates to faster, if any, recovery and repair of the muscles. More >>

Environment Group Backs Plan For 1000s of Traps

Friday, 29 January 2016, 2:38 pm | Upper Coromandel Landcare Association

A Coromandel conservation group is promoting a peninsula-wide pest control plan whereby rural property owners of both covenanted and uncovenanted land could partner with regional council to achieve improved environmental outcomes the toxin-free way. The ... More >>

Winners in the digital economy will place people first

Friday, 29 January 2016, 12:02 pm | Accenture

Winners in the digital economy will place people first, forecasts Accenture Technology Vision 2016 Annual technology outlook predicts fundamental shift in how businesses apply key innovations AUCKLAND, Jan. 29, 2016 – Leading companies that develop ... More >>

Survival of the oldest

Friday, 29 January 2016, 11:42 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Scientists from Victoria University of Wellington and GNS Science have for the first time determined how and when over 2000 species of ancient marine plankton became extinct, and a potential indicator for which current species may be vulnerable to ... More >>

‘Threatened whitebait’ infographic goes viral

Friday, 29 January 2016, 10:59 am | Stella McQueen

An infographic showing that four of the five species eaten as whitebait are threatened has gone viral on social media, raising awareness about the plight of New Zealand’s most popular freshwater fish. More >>

Summer students trial wearable fitness technology

Friday, 29 January 2016, 9:35 am | University of Otago

Trialling whether data from a wearable sports monitor could predict a patients’ decline and assessing a new crisis mental health service were two of the research projects tackled by this year’s University of Otago, Christchurch’s Summer Students More >>

Rare Skinks Released at ZEALANDIA

Thursday, 28 January 2016, 5:00 pm | Zealandia

Wellington, NZ - Wellington's newest reptilian residents settled down into their new home at ZEALANDIA today, as 45 rare spotted skinks were transferred from Matiu/Somes Island. More >>

What is in store for rivers this year?

Thursday, 28 January 2016, 3:59 pm | Morgan Foundation

A big challenge for the Government this year is to decide who owns water, or at least confirm for Maori the extent of their proprietary rights to water. The Government’s initial stance was that nobody owns water. This might turn out to be the case in ... More >>

Rural Technology Partnerships Key Theme for MobileTECH

Thursday, 28 January 2016, 3:07 pm | MobileTech

MobileTECH has established itself as a major technology event for New Zealand’s primary industries. Since the inaugural event ran back in 2013, the goal has always been to showcase and promote, direct to the user, the latest mobile technologies ... More >>

EPA seeks submissions to control field horsetail weed

Thursday, 28 January 2016, 12:08 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) opens submissions on an application to introduce the horsetail weevil (Grypus equiseti) as a biological control agent for the weed field horsetail ( Equisetum arvense ) today (28 January 2016). More >>

World spotlight on Canterbury’s ADHD micronutrient research

Thursday, 28 January 2016, 11:57 am | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury (UC) PhD graduate’s study on the treatment of ADHD has been published in the international peer-reviewed Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology and presented at prestigious international conferences, including ... More >>

Eliminate Waste with Upcycling And Recycling Programme

Thursday, 28 January 2016, 10:16 am | TerraCycle

A national innovative programme launches in New Zealand to upcycle or recycle ‘un-recyclable’ plastic food storage waste such as sandwich bags into sustainable items. More >>

Fishing for a complementary use of fire reservoir ponds

Thursday, 28 January 2016, 9:20 am | sticK

Years ago for a farm management report at Lincoln University, I wrote a tongue-in-cheek plan around the integration of goldfish in troughs on dairy farms (we'd spotted the use of such technology to help keep the troughs clean). More >>

Cook Strait white whale confirmed as Migaloo

Thursday, 28 January 2016, 9:18 am | Department of Conservation

A white humpback whale spotted in Cook Strait last winter has been confirmed as Migaloo, a famous white whale usually seen off Australia. More >>

Fire on Mauao

Wednesday, 27 January 2016, 12:54 pm | Mauao Area Wildlife Trust

The January 2016 fire on Mauao (Mount Maunganui) put at risk an important colony of grey-faced petrels which has been one of New Zealand's longest running mainland seabird project [1990-2013]. The grey-faced petrel is about the size of a gull but ... More >>

Our Land and Water National Science Challenge launched

Wednesday, 27 January 2016, 9:29 am | National Science Challenges

Our Land and Water National Science Challenge launched Enhancing New Zealand’s primary sector economic contributions while improving our environment is the aim of the newest National Science Challenge, Our Land and Water – Toitū te Whenua, ... More >>

Kākāpō Nesting on Anchor Island

Tuesday, 26 January 2016, 2:38 pm | Kakapo Recovery

The most genetically-important female kākāpō, Kuia, has mated for the first time, but Kākāpō Recovery rangers, on Anchor Island, won’t know if she’s laid eggs for another few days. More >>

Are Kiwi men getting enough iodine?

Tuesday, 26 January 2016, 12:06 pm | Massey University

Do Kiwi men who sweat a lot suffer from iodine deficiency? That is the question researchers from Massey University’s School of Food and Nutrition want to answer as they kick off a new study investigating the iodine levels of very active men compared to non-active ... More >>

Weevils to wage war on weed

Tuesday, 26 January 2016, 11:53 am | Landcare Research

Hundreds of Chilean weevils will be released over the coming weeks to control the widespread weed Darwin’s barberry. Around 100 Darwin’s barberry seed weevils were released for the first time in New Zealand in March last year. Landcare Research ... More >>

Weevils with a big job to do

Tuesday, 26 January 2016, 10:41 am | Environment Southland

Two hundred tiny weevils on a big mission are being released in Southland this week. The Darwin’s barberry seed weevils are being released as part of a biocontrol trial aimed at reducing the spread of Darwin’s barberry, a pest plant with the potential ... More >>

‘Story of Stuff’ speaker provides international flavour

Tuesday, 26 January 2016, 9:29 am | NZAEE

US-based digital director at the Solutions Project and until recently director of community engagement at the Story of Stuff, Allison Cook will bring an international flavour and expertise in online education to the 2016 New Zealand Association for ... More >>

Blue whale survey begins off the Taranaki coast

Tuesday, 26 January 2016, 9:25 am | Department of Conservation

An international research team, working in collaboration with the Department of Conservation (DOC), has begun work on an extended survey to learn more about blue whales feeding in the South Taranaki Bight off the Taranaki coast. The research covers ... More >>

Scholar investigates future of touch-screen nanotechnology

Friday, 22 January 2016, 12:09 pm | University of Canterbury

Ever wondered how touch screens work? Part of the answer lies in transparent crystals that conduct electricity. Most touch-screen technology uses the compound indium tin oxide for this purpose, however indium is expensive and running out. More >>

More rain for some and dry for most

Thursday, 21 January 2016, 4:14 pm | MetService

A ridge over the North Island directs a northwesterly flow over the South Island today bringing rain to Fiordland. This situation continues over the weekend, and the start of next week sees a low approaching the west coast of the South Island. More >>

2015 hottest year on record - Expert reaction

Thursday, 21 January 2016, 3:05 pm | Science Media Centre

Earth's 2015 surface temperatures were the warmest on record, according to independent analyses by NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) , and the UK Met Office. More >>

Geologists to Probe Quake History of Northern Alpine Fault

Thursday, 21 January 2016, 2:11 pm | GNS Science

Geologists are planning to dig two trenches across the Alpine Fault at Springs Junction next week to study the rupture behaviour of the northern section of the fault. More >>

Pacific Scientist in China to Present Taro Supply Breakthrou

Thursday, 21 January 2016, 1:56 pm | Secretariat of The Pacific Community - SPC

Pacific Scientist in China to Present Taro Supply Breakthrough 21 January 2016 Nanning Guangxi, China – A scientist from the Pacific Community (SPC) is in Nanning Guangxi, China, this week to present important research on new methods for improving the supply ... More >>

NASA announcement indicates NZ faces extreme weather events

Thursday, 21 January 2016, 9:30 am | Greenpeace New Zealand

January 21, 2016: 2015 is officially the hottest year on record according to NASA, news which the executive director of Greenpeace calls “disturbing” for an island nation like New Zealand. More >>

NASA, NOAA: Record-Shattering Global Temperatures in 2015

Thursday, 21 January 2016, 9:25 am | NASA

Earth’s 2015 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). More >>

FUJIFILM launches the X-Pro2 camera

Wednesday, 20 January 2016, 1:34 pm | FUJIFILM

The FUJIFILM X-Pro2 effortlessly switches between optical and electronic viewfinders with the world's only Advanced Hybrid Multi Viewfinder More >>

 

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