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Cawthron Institute welcomes proposal to ban microbeads

Monday, 16 January 2017, 5:18 pm | Cawthron Institute

The Cawthron Institute has welcomed today’s announcement by the Minister for the Environment to ban the sale of personal care products containing plastic microbeads. More >>

Proposal to ban microbeads

Monday, 16 January 2017, 4:05 pm | Science Media Centre

Cosmetic products containing microbeads will be banned under a proposal announced by the Minister for the Environment today. More >>

'Bomb' Low brings Wind, Rain & Cold

Monday, 16 January 2017, 2:04 pm | MetService

Last weekend New Zealand continued in the southwest weather pattern that has lingered around since December. This means that the South Island west coast got most of the rain at the weekend while parched regions in the north and east hardly saw a drop. More >>

White-capped albatross census at the Auckland Islands

Monday, 16 January 2017, 1:43 pm | Seafood New Zealand

Scientists are heading to the Auckland Islands on Wednesday to complete an annual census of the white-capped albatross. More >>

Summer Series #5 Life’s a beach

Monday, 16 January 2017, 9:20 am | NIWA

Summer Series #5 Life’s a beach Six scientists reveal their favourite beaches but also observe how they’re changing. More >>

Science Deadline: Alcohol ads, record year for climate

Friday, 13 January 2017, 2:18 pm | Science Media Centre

TV sport prime time for booze New research adds to a call to ban alcohol marketing and sponsorship from sports. More >>

Still Searching for Summer?

Thursday, 12 January 2017, 2:56 pm | MetService

It is hot and dry in the east and north of the North Island, with fire bans and brown paddocks a sign of summer-like weather. Plus the east of The Divide has had a dry start to the year in the South Island. In contrast western facing regions of the ... More >>

Taking on obesity with science and education

Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 11:14 am | University of Auckland

We all know simply telling teenagers what’s good for them seldom gets through (and the same goes for adults). That’s why a unique science education programme developed in New Zealand is giving teenagers the knowledge and tools to figure out for themselves ... More >>

800th kaka banded at ZEALANDIA

Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 5:03 pm | Zealandia

Volunteer kaka bander Linton Miller bands kaka nestling “W-YG”, the 800th kaka to be banded by ZEALANDIA, held steady by volunteer kaka monitor Bill Beale. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Ridder More >>

Another windy week ahead

Monday, 9 January 2017, 1:22 pm | MetService

Most places are in for more windy days this week, due to a large high north of New Zealand directing a prevailing westerly flow over the country. On Wednesday and Thursday, winds are expected to rise to gale in parts of the South Island and lower North Island ... More >>

Climate Summary: New Zealand’s warmest year on record

Monday, 9 January 2017, 12:37 pm | NIWA

Annual temperatures were above average (0.51°C to 1.20°C above the annual average) throughout the country, with very few locations observing near average temperatures (within 0.5°C of the annual average) or lower. The year 2016 was the warmest on ... More >>

2016 another scorcher year

Monday, 9 January 2017, 12:08 pm | Science Media Centre

2016 was the hottest year in New Zealand in over a century, surpassing the previous warmest year on record, 1998. More >>

Study finds babies are relatively safe in Wahakura

Monday, 9 January 2017, 12:03 pm | University of Otago

Monday 9 January 2017 Study finds babies are relatively safe in Wahakura, woven flax bassinets More >>

Mining land can be returned to glory

Monday, 9 January 2017, 9:39 am | UNITEC

Findings from researchers at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand show a new way of managing land restoration could revolutionise how mining areas are restored worldwide. More >>

SUMMER SERIES #4 Scientist keeps cool head on the ice

Monday, 9 January 2017, 9:13 am | NIWA

Top of Natalie Robinson’s to-do list right now is to work out exactly what she’s brought back from Antarctica. More >>

NIWA Outlook: January – March 2017

Friday, 6 January 2017, 4:59 pm | NIWA

Overview The tropical Pacific continues to exhibit mainly ENSO-neutral conditions. Sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in the central Equatorial Pacific Ocean remain marginally below average. In the sub-surface ocean, the pockets of cooler than average temperatures ... More >>

Hotspot Watch

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 6:58 pm | NIWA

A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing these soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions ... More >>

Rentokil Aims to Break the Mosquito Life Cycle

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 9:55 am | Rentokil

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, January 04, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Acting as Aedes Fighters, dedicated volunteers from Rentokil Initial Malaysia have worked together on a mission to eradicate mosquito breeding grounds, reducing the mosquito population, and to ... More >>

World Science Festival Brisbane is returning in March 2017

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 9:46 am | World Science Festival Brisbane

Running from 22-26 March, topics over the four day festival will run the gamut from deep space to deep oceans, music to madness, aliens to Einstein. There will be some amazing speakers at the festival including 14 year old New Zealand whiz kid Tristan ... More >>

Unusual whale strandings prompt urgent call

Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 12:25 pm | Sea Shepherd NZ

Unusual whale strandings prompt urgent call for autopsies During the height of Kiwi Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations there have been several whale strandings and unusual sightings. Unusual because: these incidents involve multiple species ... More >>

Above and beyond - a voyage in the Pacific

Monday, 2 January 2017, 2:04 pm | NIWA

A NIWA technician spends four days and three nights on a crowded boat heading to one of the most remote places in the Pacific to help install a weather station. Conditions are so arduous he decides to quit his job - but how do you do that in the middle ... More >>

Scientists set up offices in great outdoors

Monday, 26 December 2016, 2:08 pm | NIWA

Summer is for scientific fieldwork. Three NIWA scientists are heading into the wild blue yonder, some with fancy technology and others with a coffee cup and a bag of party balloons. More >>

VDSL Performance Competes with Fibre

Friday, 23 December 2016, 1:11 pm | TrueNet

Speeds from Australia have improved since a special August study by TrueNet VDSL average speed continues to improve, it is now showing an average 9pmspeed of 40Mb/s (up from 35Mb/s in October). This continues a trend for VDSL, now exceeding the base ... More >>

3 More Sleeps...

Thursday, 22 December 2016, 3:17 pm | MetService

There is just one more weather front to worry about tomorrow before a high sitting out in the Tasman directs a southwest flow across the country for Christmas. More >>

Group 2 Parkinson’s trial patients’ treatment completed

Thursday, 22 December 2016, 2:57 pm | Living Cell Technologies

22 December 2016 – Sydney, Australia & Auckland, New Zealand – Living Cell Technologies Limited has completed treatment of all six patients in group 2 of the Phase IIb clinical trial of NTCELL® for Parkinson’s disease, at Auckland City ... More >>

Take the weather with you - and happy holidays

Thursday, 22 December 2016, 12:37 pm | NIWA

With Christmas on the doorstep it’s time to look ahead to what the weather is doing for the holidays - inlcuding a sneak peek all the way to New Year’s Day. More >>

Kauri Rescur Project Awarded Funding

Wednesday, 21 December 2016, 4:29 pm | Kauri Rescue

A new project team comprising scientists, social scientists, iwi and community groups has gained two-year funding from the Government's Biological Heritage National Science Challenge http://www.biologicalheritage.nz/ one of only six successful projects out ... More >>

Biological Heritage Science Challenge funding results

Tuesday, 20 December 2016, 2:00 pm | Biological Heritage National Science Challenge

Research funding for: groundwater and waterway health, fighting kauri dieback disease and other biosecurity threats, and understanding public attitudes to novel pest eradication strategies More >>

Collaboration key to sustainable future

Monday, 19 December 2016, 3:29 pm | Ballance Agri-Nutrients

Nuffield scholar Rebecca Hyde is aiming to simplify sustainability for Kiwi farmers and find ways to promote greater industry collaboration to benefit agriculture. More >>

Dreaming of a dry Christmas

Monday, 19 December 2016, 1:39 pm | MetService

Over the last few weeks the atmospheric ‘Scrooges’ have sent a succession of fronts over New Zealand, with changeable weather as a consequence. There have been a number of fine days sandwiched between spells of rain, wind and cloud - and this ... More >>

UC scientist bugs out for Te Papa exhibition

Monday, 19 December 2016, 11:56 am | University of Canterbury

From shaving the eye of a bee to zombie cockroaches, University of Canterbury Adjunct Professor Simon Pollard has spent the last year advising Te Papa and Weta Workshop on the new science exhibition, Bug Lab. More >>

Summer Series #1: The year's top science findings

Monday, 19 December 2016, 9:12 am | NIWA

A year is a short time in science but a lot happened in 2016. NIWA highlights its top scientific endeavours of the past 12 months and reveals we know a lot more about a whole range of things than we did this time last year. MARCH Scientists pinpointed ... More >>

Bowel cancer, cyber security, Dunedin Study

Friday, 16 December 2016, 5:19 pm | Science Media Centre

Science Deadline: Bowel cancer risk, cyber security, the Dunedin Study's new findings and Gluckman on social licence More >>

Christmas forecast: a plethora of possibilities

Friday, 16 December 2016, 3:13 pm | NIWA

Tropical Depression 04F is set to become the first Tropical Cyclone of the season in the Southwest Pacific, about 300km north-west of Nadi, Fiji. More >>

Kiwi scientists make breakthrough

Friday, 16 December 2016, 9:24 am | Landcare Research

A group of New Zealand and American scientists have discovered a new way of chemically converting reactive nitrogen common in soil before it turns into a harmful greenhouse gas. The discovery, which will be published in the latest edition of the prestigious ... More >>

More than one billion Yahoo accounts breached

Thursday, 15 December 2016, 5:05 pm | Yahoo

Following a recent investigation, we’ve identified data security issues concerning certain Yahoo user accounts. We’ve taken steps to secure those user accounts and we’re working closely with law enforcement. More >>

Yahoo Announces Breach of One Billion Accounts

Thursday, 15 December 2016, 4:56 pm | Symantec Security Response

Hot on the heels of Yahoo announcing a data breach of 500 million users in September, the company has announced that it has suffered another breach of one billion accounts. Yes, you read that correctly - one BILLION accounts. More >>

Yahoo! 1B breach sounds death knell for passwords

Thursday, 15 December 2016, 2:48 pm | Centrify

Centrify Senior Director Products and Marketing Corey Williams has warned Yahoo! users to “buckle up” after news that details from more than one billion Yahoo! accounts were hacked in 2013 - reportedly the largest data breach in history! More >>

Biomedical sector to benefit from Australian initiative

Thursday, 15 December 2016, 2:25 pm | MRCF

Wellington, 15th December, 2016 – The Australian Government’s launch of the AUD$500 million Biomedical Translation Fund (BTF) this week, an initiative to make Australia a global leader in the commercialisation of biomedical discoveries, will benefit ... More >>

Power to the people

Thursday, 15 December 2016, 1:02 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

A micro-grid system that could potentially provide power to the world’s most remote communities has been designed by a Victoria University of Wellington student, who was inspired by the situation in his home country of Nigeria. More >>

Next-generation mobile technology comes to Silverdale

Thursday, 15 December 2016, 11:53 am | Spark NZ

Spark leads the way, launching New Zealand’s second 4.5G mobile site to “hyper-connect” one of the fastest-growing Auckland suburbs More >>

Cyber defense training for government agencies in Thailand

Wednesday, 14 December 2016, 4:41 pm | NEC Corporation

Tokyo, Japan – December 14, 2016 – NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) today announced that its subsidiary NEC Corporation (Thailand) provided the Thailand Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA) with hands-on cyber defense training for government agencies ... More >>

NZ’s Internet skyrocketing but digital divide still evident

Wednesday, 14 December 2016, 4:25 pm | InternetNZ

InternetNZ has welcomed a new report showing Internet trends over the last nine years. The trends report has been released by the Auckland University of Technology and is a collation of the biennial NZ World Internet Project surveys from 2007-2015. More >>

The Grass is Always Greener

Wednesday, 14 December 2016, 3:16 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

New Zealand’s pastures could become more tolerant to disease, pests and drought if an application to release 18 new grass species wins approval. This could improve productivity, increase returns to farmers and enhance the environment. More >>

The most significant emerging digital trends

Wednesday, 14 December 2016, 12:13 pm | Accenture

Fjord Trends 2017 takes a provocative look at the digital developments to watch in the year ahead, according to Fjord, design and innovation from Accenture Interactive More >>

December 2016 research grant round recipients announced

Wednesday, 14 December 2016, 11:49 am | Neurological Foundation

The Neurological Foundation is pleased to announce that funding of $1,382,529 for neurological research projects, two postgraduate scholarships, three postdoctoral fellowships, and two summer studentships has been approved in its December 2016 grant ... More >>

New Zealand seafloor needs protection from deep-sea mining

Wednesday, 14 December 2016, 11:34 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Seafloor communities within New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) need better protection against deep-sea mining, according to a Victoria University of Wellington researcher working with NIWA scientists to investigate the environmental effects ... More >>

Top Ten Science Stories of 2016

Tuesday, 13 December 2016, 3:34 pm | Science Media Centre

Nature's made herself well known in science this year, with the recent Kaikoura earthquake dominating media attention for the past month. More >>

2016 set to become New Zealand’s warmest on record

Tuesday, 13 December 2016, 1:24 pm | NIWA

With just under three weeks until the end of the year, NIWA climate scientists say 2016 is set to be New Zealand’s hottest on record, breaking the previous record set in 1998. More >>

Former US presidential advisor to talk on genetics

Tuesday, 13 December 2016, 10:37 am | Make Lemonade

US national security and biotechnology expert Jamie Metzl will deliver a talk in Auckland next week on the human genetic engineering revolution and the future of the human species. More >>

Childhood disadvantage strongly predicts costly outcomes

Tuesday, 13 December 2016, 9:21 am | University of Otago

A small segment of the population accounts for a disproportionate share of costly service use across a society’s health care, criminal justice, and social welfare systems – and paediatric tests of brain health can identify these adults as young ... More >>

New report on animal research, testing & teaching in NZ

Monday, 12 December 2016, 4:05 pm | NZ Anti-Vivisection Society

Today the 2015 figures on the animals used for research, testing and teaching (RTT) were released by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). More >>

Where is Summer?

Monday, 12 December 2016, 3:53 pm | MetService

A large high over the north Tasman Sea directs a southwesterly flow over the country to start the week. This southwest flow brings showers and slightly cooler temperatures. More >>

Young Farmers join fight to boost kiwi numbers in Taranaki

Monday, 12 December 2016, 3:27 pm | Young Farmers

Taranaki’s Young Farmers are playing a vital role in helping rebuild the region’s dwindling kiwi population. More >>

Waikato academic to speak at TEDxScottBase

Monday, 12 December 2016, 3:22 pm | Waikato University

University of Waikato Professor Craig Cary is one of 10 influential people who will speak at TEDxScottBase in January 2017. Professor Cary is a microbial ecologist from the University’s School of Science . He researches bacteria that live in extreme ... More >>

Report reveals drop in 1080 use

Monday, 12 December 2016, 1:08 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The total land area treated with 1080 during 2015 was almost two-thirds less than that of 2014. More >>

Citizen science monitoring of water a win-win: research

Monday, 12 December 2016, 12:17 pm | NIWA

New research has revealed that citizen science monitoring of water is a win-win for scientists and volunteers – one gains access to new data, and the other the skills and confidence to become involved in discussions over what is happening to their ... More >>

2015 figures released on animals used for research

Monday, 12 December 2016, 10:08 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries has released the latest figures for the use of animals in research, testing and teaching. More >>

Premature baby girls shorter as adults: study

Sunday, 11 December 2016, 7:51 pm | Joint Press Release

Baby girls born very premature could be almost three times more likely to grow into very short adults than female babies born at term, according to a new international study. The study, by researchers from the Liggins Institute at the University of ... More >>

Te Papa and Weta Workshop open Bug Lab

Saturday, 10 December 2016, 3:24 pm | Te Papa

Te Papa and Weta Workshop open blockbuster science exhibition Bug Lab The high impact, hands-on experience gives visitors the chance to learn from the genius of bugs. Visitors enter a colourful, magical space, marvel at large-scale bug models, and explore hands-on ... More >>

 

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