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In search of mussels

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 10:24 am | University of Waikato

What’s happening with Waikato’s freshwater mussels? University of Waikato student Michele Melchior’s 10-week summer research project looked at two species of native freshwater mussels to find out. More >>

New tech improves outcomes for Canterbury cancer patients

Monday, 23 May 2016, 4:12 pm | St George's Hospital

Canterbury cancer patients now have access to ground-breaking radiation treatment, in what is being described by medical professionals as a ‘quantum step forward’ in terms of tumour control. More >>

Heart energetics research gains funding

Monday, 23 May 2016, 12:23 pm | University of Auckland

The response of heart muscle in heart failure will come under closer scrutiny with the award of an emerging researcher grant by the Health Research Council. More >>

Vineyard device saves back, wet feet and time

Monday, 23 May 2016, 11:40 am | Lincoln University

Lincoln engineering student Mike Liao has designed a machine to make work easier and more efficient in vineyards. More >>

Weather to remain unsettled - 22 May 2016

Monday, 23 May 2016, 11:17 am | MetService

It’s been a tumultuous week of weather, with thunderstorms, tornadoes, snow, heavy rain and severe gales affecting the country. Since Monday, thunderstorms have generated over 60,000 lightning strikes in the New Zealand region, around half of those occurring ... More >>

Researchers develop tool to assess athlete diet

Thursday, 19 May 2016, 4:12 pm | Massey University

Researchers from Massey University and the University of Sydney are working together to develop a tool to assess the quality of dietary intake in high-performing athletes. More >>

Curious minds and the science of the spud

Thursday, 19 May 2016, 3:16 pm | Plant and Food Research

The potato may not be the obvious choice as a means of inspiring young minds about science, but that’s precisely the point for Plant & Food Research soil scientist Dr Trish Fraser. More >>

Low pressure brings rain, wind and more for the weekend

Thursday, 19 May 2016, 12:48 pm | MetService

A weekend of unsettled weather lies ahead as a low pressure system moves up the country bringing periods of heavy rain, strong winds and cooler temperatures. More >>

Doctors, nurses and public health professionals call on G7

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 5:00 pm | OraTaiao

More than 300,000 health professionals from 30 countries are asking G7 nations to speed up the move away from coal, in the interests of health and climate protection. More >>

Parasitic infection helps sea snails survive acidified water

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 4:23 pm | University of Otago

Flatworm-infected sea snails survive better in more acidified seawater than non-infected ones, surprising new University of Otago research has found. More >>

Moth and beetle join forces in the fight against tutsan

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 3:11 pm | Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved a moth and beetle to help stamp out tutsan, a highly visible and widespread weed in the central North Island. More >>

Next generation of scientists supported through scholarships

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 12:05 pm | Antarctica New Zealand

18 May 2016 Next generation of scientists supported through Antarctic scholarships One hundred years ago the Antarctic challenge was a race to reach the South Pole. Today the challenge is one of science and stewardship as the planet warms to levels ... More >>

RaySearch Laboratories AB (publ) Annual Report 2015

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 10:29 am | RaySearch Laboratories

RaySearch Laboratories AB (publ) Annual Report 2015 is now available at RaySearch's website www.raysearchlabs.com . More >>

Turning trash into treasure

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 10:26 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Research by a Victoria University of Wellington Master’s graduand is revealing innovative new ways to recycle waste in the Pacific using 3D printing. More >>

Universities applaud $97m extra funding for health research

Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 4:30 pm | Universities New Zealand - Te Pokai Tara

Universities New Zealand has applauded the Government’s decision to increase funding for health research by 56% over four years. More >>

What drives urban change in Dunedin and other NZ cities?

Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 3:13 pm | University of Otago

The first of five public seminars around the country will be held in Dunedin this Wednesday to present research and views on what drives urban change in New Zealand — problems and solutions. More >>

Poorer countries experiencing more heat extremes

Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 3:07 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

Many of the world’s poorest people are already experiencing more extremely hot days due to climate change, with the world’s wealthiest less affected, according to just-published Victoria University of Wellington research. More >>

Philip Duncan Announced As Provider of Rainfall Reports

Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 1:47 pm | Country TV

Country TV Weather Analyst Philip Duncan From weatherwatch.Co.Nz Announced As Provider Of Rainfall & Soil Reports From M.P.I. More >>

Building the health capabilities of berries

Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 1:04 pm | Plant and Food Research

Building the health capabilities of berries Science and business strategies for developing the health-promoting benefits of berry fruits was a key theme at a workshop held this month between representatives of Plant & Food Research and the North Carolina ... More >>

Autumn is moving into winter

Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 11:48 am | MetService

A sequence of fronts crossing the country is set to bring cooler temperatures to New Zealand, with a dusting of early season snow to the ski fields. Yesterday’s front brought over 31,000 lightning strikes to the New Zealand area, with strikes ... More >>

Novel nicotine inhaler doubles smoking quit rates

Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 9:38 am | University of Otago

A study by researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington shows that smokers who used a nicotine inhaler were twice as likely to quit smoking as smokers using a placebo inhaler. More >>

Increased support for PreSeed Accelerator Fund welcomed

Monday, 16 May 2016, 3:27 pm | KiwiNet

Hamilton, NZ, 16 May 2016 – The Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet) enthusiastically welcomes the announcement by Hon Steven Joyce, Minister of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to boost funding into the commercialisation of publicly funded ... More >>

The start of a wild week

Monday, 16 May 2016, 11:47 am | MetService

A mixed weather week kicks off today with a brace of hazardous and potentially damaging weather conditions across New Zealand. An active front is sweeping up the country, bringing a risk of thunderstorms and heavy rain to Auckland, Wellington and the west ... More >>

Fisheries catch under-reported - Expert reaction

Monday, 16 May 2016, 10:28 am | Science Media Centre

"The question of how big the unreported catch may be is difficult. It sounds as if much of the information in the new report comes from interviews with fishers. Having used interviews in the past, I know these kinds of data are particularly uncertain, ... More >>

Fast tempo weather for the middle of NZ Music Month

Monday, 16 May 2016, 10:06 am | MetService

A rapid succession of troughs from the south, marching over New Zealand in perfect 2/4 time give the weather this coming week a distinctly rhythmic feel. Trough days on Monday, Wednesday and Friday will bring rain to the west – heavy and thundery ... More >>

NZ fishery catch estimated at 2.7 times more than reported

Monday, 16 May 2016, 9:44 am | University of Auckland

The total amount of marine fish caught in New Zealand waters between 1950 and 2010 is 2.7 times more than official statistics suggest, according to the best estimate to date. More >>

Overfishing denier fails to disclose industry millions

Monday, 16 May 2016, 9:39 am | Greenpeace New Zealand

Auckland, 16 May 2016 – Documents obtained by Greenpeace USA through two Public Records Act requests reveal that University of Washington fisheriesbiologist Ray Hilborn has received at least $3.56 million from 69 fishing, seafood and other industry ... More >>

Dietary intake differs in baby-led weaned infants

Friday, 13 May 2016, 9:58 am | University of Otago

University of Otago researchers have undertaken the first-ever study looking at what infants eat when they follow baby-led weaning and found that they have a lot of healthy eating habits, but also some less healthy ones. More >>

Public say in development undermined by RMA Bill

Thursday, 12 May 2016, 12:37 pm | Forest and Bird

Proposed changes to the Resource Management Act will reduce the ability of the public to have their say on development and protecting nature in their areas, Forest & Bird submitted today. More >>

Kerepehi Fault more complex than previously thought

Thursday, 12 May 2016, 11:32 am | GNS Science

New research on the Kerepehi fault, which runs for about 80km between Matamata and north into the Firth of Thames, has revealed the fault is more complex than previously thought. More >>

Curiosity on Mars - The Adventures of a Planetary Rover

Thursday, 12 May 2016, 11:26 am | University of Canterbury

Over 300 Cantabrians, who were quick enough to snap up free tickets, will be able to see Martian scenery and learn about NASA rover Curiosity's most interesting discoveries along its traverse from the landing site toward the central resurgent dome, Mount ... More >>

Fasting and probiotics may help prevent diabetes

Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 2:40 pm | University of Auckland

Very low calorie diets and probiotics may both help prevent Type 2 diabetes and a scientific trial to investigate this will be underway in Auckland this year. University of Auckland diabetes researcher, Dr Rinki Murphy has received a Health Research Council ... More >>

Dr Paul Blatchford awarded Emerging Researcher Grant

Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 11:29 am | Plant and Food Research

Dr Paul Blatchford has been awarded an Emerging Researcher Grant by the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) to examine how bacteria and microorganisms in the gut may be improved using enteral nutrition and curcumin, a bright yellow naturally occurring ... More >>

Study looks to fish eyes to help solve donor cornea shortage

Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 10:44 am | Health Research Council

Fish eyes are currently a low-value by-product of the New Zealand fishing industry. But a new study that aims to manufacture human corneal replacements from proteins found in fish eye lenses could mean fish eyes go from being ‘scraps’ to highly-valued ... More >>

Old salts may have tickets preserved

Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 10:43 am | Maritime New Zealand

Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is proposing to make some changes that will preserve some of the romance of the sea by allowing seafarers to continue to use certificates (tickets) with such names as Master Small Home Trade Ship, Master River Ship, and ... More >>

‘Spider man’ honoured for arachnology career

Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 10:34 am | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury Professor Robert R. Jackson and his productive and successful career in arachnology is being honoured in a special edition of The New Zealand Journal of Zoology . More >>

Huge rain event forecast for the West Coast

Monday, 9 May 2016, 11:58 am | MetService

There’s going to be some huge rainfall amounts for the west of the South Island this week. Several weather fronts will be hitting the region over a period of a few days, which means that the prolonged period of rain could generate a massive total ... More >>

Solarcity files legal complaint against

Monday, 9 May 2016, 11:45 am | SolarCity

Solarcity today filed a series of legal complaints with the Electricity Authority (EA), asking it to stop Hawke’s Bay lines company Unison Energy’s solar tax, on the grounds that it wrongfully disadvantages customers and is in clear breach ... More >>

New Zealand Can Expect a Megathrust Earthquake

Monday, 9 May 2016, 11:39 am | Geomarine Research

Research published this week in the Bulletin of the Geological Society of America has found evidence that at least ten huge earthquakes have impacted Hawkes Bay in the last 7500 years. Research leader, Dr Bruce Hayward of Geomarine Research, Auckland, ... More >>

Concerns for Reduced Science Content at Radio NZ

Monday, 9 May 2016, 10:53 am | New Zealand Association of Scientists

8 May 2016 Concerns for Reduced Science Content at Radio NZ The New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS) is troubled by news of changes to science content at New Zealand public broadcaster RNZ. NZAS Past-President Associate Professor Nicola Gaston says ... More >>

More Severe Weather Imminent

Monday, 9 May 2016, 10:17 am | MetService

Heavy downpours in the Wellington and Kapiti regions and also Palmerston North caused havocon Thursday, with reports of flooding for many parts of the region. Luckily, the rain was fairly short-lived, allowing the flooding to subside, and leading into ... More >>

New ‘i-belt’ invention a breakthrough for Deaf community

Friday, 6 May 2016, 1:48 pm | Auckland Deaf Society

A new prototype device unveiled at an international engineering design competition held in Auckland not only helps Deaf people in emergency situations but also in their everyday life. More >>

Weather forecasting crucial in Polar Regions

Friday, 6 May 2016, 11:49 am | Lincoln University

With all eyes on the Polar Regions as the world looks to remote areas for resources and new tourist destinations, we must develop a greater understanding of polar weather patterns and sea ice conditions, says a Lincoln University researcher. More >>

Could vitamin C treat intensive care patients with sepsis?

Friday, 6 May 2016, 9:19 am | University of Otago

A Christchurch researcher is doing New Zealand’s first study of vitamin C's potential as a treatment for intensive care patients with sepsis. More >>

TEMP Forum II

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 5:29 pm | TEMP

TEMP: an art science experience that aims to change the way you think about climate change. More >>

A sunny Mother's Day for most

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 1:08 pm | MetService

Heavy rain affected the Wellington region on Thursday morning, where a Severe Weather Warning had been in place, easing in the afternoon. The front causing the heavy rain moves northwards during Thursday, weakening as it goes. A ridge of high pressure ... More >>

Could ‘cannabis clubs’ work in New Zealand?

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 11:50 am | Massey University

Leading drug researcher Dr Chris Wilkins from Massey University’s SHORE and Whariki Research Centre is calling for the adoption of a not-for-profit club model for cannabis, allowing regulated cannabis products to be sold legally. His proposal foreshadows ... More >>

Fighting on the frontline against rheumatic fever

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 10:48 am | University of Auckland

Kaitaia doctor Dr Lance O’Sullivan will be in Auckland on Friday 13 May to talk about his experience in the fight against rheumatic fever. More >>

Fiat Chrysler And Google to Develop Self Driving Cars

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 12:22 pm | Joint Press Release

The Google Self-Driving Car Project and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have announced, in a first-of-its-kind collaboration, that they will integrate Google’s self-driving technology into all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid people movers to expand Google’s ... More >>

Lost 1859 Survey Solves 130 Year Old Mystery

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 11:32 am | Rex Bunn

Lost 1859 Survey Leads Searchers to Pink and White Terraces Locations: Solves 130 Year Old Mystery More >>

UC student finds high levels of microplastics on NZ coasts

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 10:32 am | University of Canterbury

In the first dedicated study to investigate the quantities and types of microplastics in New Zealand coastal environments, a University of Canterbury student has identified that our shores have comparable concentrations of microplastics to overseas. The ... More >>

Powerful waves for the west coast of New Zealand

Tuesday, 3 May 2016, 4:44 pm | MetService

Storm force winds south of Australia in the last week have generated exceptionally powerful waves which are heading to New Zealand. These large long period waves will arrive on the southwest of the South Island Wednesday evening and then will sweep ... More >>

Prototype Invention Sees Cat’s Miaow Turned into Speech

Tuesday, 3 May 2016, 1:41 pm | Impact PR

A new tech innovation based on a unique mathematical algorithm is set to offer Kiwi cat owners the chance to ‘speak’ with their feline companions. More >>

Marijuana use increases risks in pregnancy

Monday, 2 May 2016, 1:52 pm | University of Auckland

Women using marijuana during pregnancy have an increased risk of spontaneous pre-term birth, according to new research. More >>

NZ weather sticking to its stereotypes

Monday, 2 May 2016, 12:20 pm | MetService

The weather this week typifies local stereotypes for New Zealand regions; wet on the West Coast, windy in Wellington, dry in the east, and warm in the North. It’s the meteorological equivalent of sticking to what you’re good at. More >>

Unseasonably warm start to May

Monday, 2 May 2016, 11:23 am | MetService

We could see one or two May maximum temperature records being broken this week due to a moist northwesterly flow spreading across the country. The whole of New Zealand will benefit from the warmer air, which is coming down from the sub-tropics. “Even ... More >>

Kiwis undergo Challenge to save the last 55 Māui dolphins

Friday, 29 April 2016, 3:39 pm | WWF

Whether it’s running 55km, picking up 55kg of rubbish or baking 55 cakes, New Zealanders are helping to save one of New Zealand’s most endangered animals. More >>

Calving events equip farmers with skills and knowledge

Friday, 29 April 2016, 3:25 pm | Dairy NZ

DairyNZ is launching two training events to provide dairy farmers with a road map for a successful, risk-free calving season. More >>

Settled weather for the remainder of the school holidays

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 12:31 pm | MetService

A stubborn ridge of high pressure, which has brought fine weather to much of New Zealand this week, continues to deliver sunshine and mild temperatures to many places for the last few days of the school holidays. By the end of the weekend, the high ... More >>

Wellington Zoo leading the way to save White Cheeked Gibbons

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 11:24 am | Wellington Zoo

Wellington Zoo leading the way to save critically endangered White-Cheeked Gibbons in the wild Wellington Zoo is helping to save critically endangered White-Cheeked Gibbons in the wild by taking a pivotal role in a new partnership with the Fauna ... More >>

 

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