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Symantec Security Response to Petya Ransomware Outbreak

Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 10:40 am | Symantec Security Response

Petya ransomware impacting large organisations in multiple countries. This new strain of the Petya ransomware started propagating on June 27, 2017, infecting many organisations. Similar toWannaCry, Petya uses the Eternal Blue exploit to propagate itself. What ... More >>

New ransomware campaign known as Petya

Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 10:11 am | CERT NZ

A new ransomware campaign known as Petya is affecting computer networks using Microsoft Windows. It was first seen affecting systems in the Ukraine, but is quickly spreading across other computer networks in Europe. More >>

Daily walks help lower office workers’ blood lipids

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 9:45 am | University of Otago

Many people spend increasing time sitting during their work days, but breaking things up with regular brisk walks, while also taking daily 30-minute walks, significantly lowers levels of fatty acids that lead to clogged arteries, University of Otago researchers ... More >>

International food safety experts in NZ

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 9:41 am | Food Integrity Conference

Attended by some of New Zealand’s leading food producers, the two-day conference on Wednesday 28 and Thursday 28 June in Auckland brings together international food experts to help local companies navigate the complex international food export market ... More >>

Innovative Technology Proves a Winner for Emirates Team NZ

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 9:16 am | Callaghan Innovation

Callaghan Innovation has today applauded Emirates Team New Zealand’s triumph in the 2017 America’s Cup and the use of innovative technology to give its winning performance the edge. More >>

Next generation of Antarctica scientists celebrated

Monday, 26 June 2017, 8:42 pm | Antarctica New Zealand

Next generation of Antarctica scientists celebrated Media release embargoed until 6pm, 26 June 2017 Understanding what Antarctica's environment was like 3.5 million years ago could prove crucial to preparing New Zealand for the impacts of climate ... More >>

International accolade for director

Monday, 26 June 2017, 3:54 pm | Auckland Bioengineering Institute

The Director of the University of Auckland’s Bioengineering Institute (ABI) has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Sheffield, in the United Kingdom. More >>

Improving trend into the weekend - Thursday 22 June 2017

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 2:20 pm | MetService

It will be been a wet and unsettled end to the working week over the North Island, thanks to a low pressure system over the northern Tasman Sea, while a weak cold front has moved up the South Island. However, it is an improving trend as we get into the ... More >>

Myrtle rust update – Wednesday 21 June 2017

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 1:21 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Incident Controller David Yard says there has been no significant change to the spread of myrtle rust, but work continues to control the fungus. More >>

Changes in garden bird populations over the last 10 years

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 10:08 am | Landcare Research

Landcare Research released research results today that reveal some species counted in the annual New Zealand Garden Bird Survey have declined over the last 10 years. More >>

Spotlight on benefits of pre-lamb drenching

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 2:25 pm | AgResearch

Latest research is challenging the popular belief that drenching ewes around the time of lambing will consistently provide production and financial benefit, AgResearch scientists say. At the recent Beef + Lamb New Zealand AgInnovation conference in ... More >>

Myrtle Rust: Plant Movement Must Stop

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 1:32 pm | The Tree Council Inc

The Tree Council is calling for the Ministry for Primary Industries to use its powers under the Biosecurity Act and implement a temporary ban on all plant movement across New Zealand to prevent the spread of Myrtle Rust. More >>

Updated guidance urgently needed for antipsychotic drug

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 11:30 am | University of Otago

Drug-safety regulators and manufacturers need to take urgent action over serious adverse effects of the valuable antipsychotic drug clozapine, a new study shows. More >>

New funding takes the fight to myrtle rust

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 10:36 am | Plant And Food Research

Plant & Food Research and Scion have been successful in the latest round of MBIE’s Catalyst Strategic Fund with a project addressing the threat of myrtle rust to New Zealand. More >>

New evidence of animal behaviour and tidal clocks

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 9:59 am | University of Auckland

A slater-like crustacean that lives in the sand on Auckland’s Piha beach has provided new evidence that animals have biological clocks influenced by the tide as well as the more familiar circadian clock that follows the day/night cycle and which regulates ... More >>

The Settled Weather Doesn’t Last

Monday, 19 June 2017, 2:32 pm | MetService

The generally dry weather over the weekend carries into the start of this week with just a few showers taking the shine off the sun until Wednesday. More >>

A smidgen of seasonal solstice science

Monday, 19 June 2017, 2:10 pm | NIWA

This year’s winter solstice may start mild, but by the end of the shortest day of the year on Wednesday there will be rain, wind and even some snow. More >>

Science Deadline: Childcare nutrition, Grenfell disaster

Friday, 16 June 2017, 3:32 pm | Science Media Centre

A survey of menus provided by childcare centres found most weren't meeting nutritional guidelines. More >>

Drought-hit mudfish insight into surviving climate change

Friday, 16 June 2017, 3:06 pm | University of Canterbury

Life and death in a Westland rainforest: Drought-hit mudfish give insight into surviving climate change University of Canterbury researchers studying Westland mudfish have witnessed a life and death struggle that sheds new light on how species may survive ... More >>

Settled weather for the weekend

Thursday, 15 June 2017, 1:10 pm | MetService

The strong, cold southerly flow these past two days was a definite winter wakeup call for most of New Zealand. Along with blustery winds, heavy swells affected many western, southern and eastern coasts during Tuesday and Wednesday. More >>

NZ farmers using artificial intelligence to manage animals

Thursday, 15 June 2017, 11:00 am | Teck Labs

A New Zealand made mobile app is being used by local dairy farmers to replace veterinarians. Available on the App Store, the Betty app uses machine learning algorithms to help dairy farmers diagnose sick cows in their herd. More >>

SMC ALERT: Future of Housing - Expert Q&A

Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 2:18 pm | Science Media Centre

There's no place like home, but owning your own home is harder than ever before. Leaky homes, eye-watering prices, an ageing housing stock and a growing population: how can we make sure everyone has an affordable, healthy home? More >>

Questions and answers about oyster disease Bonamia ostreae

Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 5:17 pm | NIWA

NIWA is today issuing some scientific information on the parasite Bonamia ostreae, recently discovered in Big Glory Bay, Stewart Island, and the risk it poses to the Bluff oyster fishery. The information has been compiled by NIWA fisheries scientist ... More >>

Cracking mānuka’s genetic code to mitigate myrtle rust

Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 11:46 am | Plant and Food Research

A nationwide science project that sequenced the mānuka genome and is now exploring its genetic diversity may be instrumental in protecting the indigenous plant from the fungal disease myrtle rust. More >>

Mussels Inherit Ocean Acidification Resilience from Parents

Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 10:09 am | Cawthron Foundation

Cawthron scientists have revealed preliminary findings from their Greenshell Mussel ocean acidification breeding trials. Dr Norman Ragg advised their trials indicate certain mussel families are more likely than others to survive predicted ocean acidity ... More >>

A mostly fine forecast for Fieldays 2017

Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 9:52 am | NIWA

It’ll be a wet and breezy start to Fieldays tomorrow but it’s better and brighter after that. More >>

Climate change threat to native spider

Monday, 12 June 2017, 2:56 pm | Lincoln University

Climate change threat to native spider Climate change may threaten one of our more reclusive native animals, according to Lincoln University research. Trapdoor spiders are found throughout New Zealand, springing out from their concealed burrows to capture ... More >>

What scientists say on fluoridation

Monday, 12 June 2017, 11:47 am | Science Media Centre

As parliament considers a bill to put decision-making about community water fluoridation in the hands of district health boards, fluoridation is likely to remain a polarising issue for some communities. More >>

New Pink and White Terraces Survey Fixes Terrace Locations

Monday, 12 June 2017, 11:36 am | Rex Bunn

On the anniversary of the 1886 Mt Tarawera eruption, a new survey is published this week in the Journal of the Royal Society: More >>

New fund to support science-related journalism projects

Monday, 12 June 2017, 9:50 am | Science Media Centre

The Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund is offering grants of between $500 and $10,000 for projects exploring science-related issues of importance to New Zealand. More >>

New Zealand joins global seabed mapping initiative

Friday, 9 June 2017, 2:13 pm | NIWA

New Zealand has joined a global initiative to map the ocean floor of the entire world by the year 2030. More >>

Research finds flu is a major killer in New Zealand

Friday, 9 June 2017, 11:47 am | University of Otago

New research from the University of Otago, Wellington, shows that influenza kills about 500 New Zealanders each year, and the risk of premature death is much higher for Māori, Pasifika, men, and those living in relative poverty. More >>

Queen’s Birthday honour for surgeon and student mentor

Friday, 9 June 2017, 11:25 am | University of Auckland

Professor Peter Gilling, a top surgeon and mentor to medical students at Tauranga Hospital, has been recognised in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. More >>

Masters student awarded $22,000 Fieldays scholarship

Thursday, 8 June 2017, 11:32 am | University of Waikato

This year’s New Zealand Agricultural Fieldays scholarship winner, Shannon Hunter, is conducting research that will make an important contribution to New Zealand’s growing avocado industry. More >>

World's rarest marine dolphin close to extinction

Thursday, 8 June 2017, 11:17 am | NABU International - Foundation for Nature

Scientists from the Inernational Whaling Commission (IWC) have warned New Zealand over its inaction to protect the world´s rarest dolphin More >>

World´s rarest marine dolphin close to extinction

Thursday, 8 June 2017, 10:35 am | NABU International - Foundation for Nature

Scientists from the Inernational Whaling Commission (IWC) have warned New Zealand over its inaction to protect the world´s rarest dolphin More >>

WWF call for govt action to save Māui dolphins endorsed

Thursday, 8 June 2017, 9:16 am | World Wildlife Fund

For the fifth year in a row, leading international scientists have urged the New Zealand government to remove set netting (also called gillnetting) and conventional trawling from Māui dolphin habitat, to save the world’s smallest and rarest marine ... More >>

The Ultimate GoPro Ecosystem Takes Flight

Wednesday, 7 June 2017, 4:30 pm | GoPro

GoPro has long been celebrated for its ability to literally go anywhere, allowing you to capture imagery from surfboards, motorbikes, canoes or seriously large selfie sticks. You’ve heard the saying the sky’s the limit? Well not for GoPro with ... More >>

The Genius of Bugs nominated for New Zealand book award

Wednesday, 7 June 2017, 2:45 pm | Te Papa Press

Children’s book author and spider expert Simon Pollard has been nominated in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. More >>

#keepitkindonline - a new movement in online kindness

Wednesday, 7 June 2017, 1:49 pm | keepitkindonline

The internet should be a place to share ideas, to meet like minds and debate with perspectives other than your own. It should be a place where we can engage in dialogue and debate without concern for safety. At its best, the internet is a place for everyone. ... More >>

Scientists eavesdrop on endangered dolphins

Wednesday, 7 June 2017, 11:48 am | NIWA

The critically endangered Māui dolphin is getting a helping hand from scientists this month who are beginning a year-long research project to listen in on them. More >>

Autumn summary

Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 5:13 pm | NIWA

Autumn is over but the weather keeps on giving. In the Autumn Climate Summary you will see: More >>

DOC works with Goodnature to protect rare kiwi

Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 4:03 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation is working with conservation techology company Goodnature to install the latest traps at a remote South Westland site to better protect one of our rarest kiwi. More >>

NZDF Completes Hydrographic Survey in Cook Islands

Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 1:45 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

Mariners travelling to the Cook Islands will soon be able to use more accurate nautical charts, which will be updated using findings from a hydrographic survey completed recently by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). More >>

Kiwi student to join leg of Tara expedition

Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 10:03 am | University of Auckland

The famous schooner which once belonged to Sir Peter Blake will pick up a special guest on its way to an historic stopover in Auckland on July 1. More >>

Queen’s birthday honours recognises Dr Rhodes’ services

Monday, 5 June 2017, 12:17 pm | Cawthron Institute

Queen’s birthday honours recognises Dr Rhodes’ services to science and marine farming Source: Cawthron Institute -- Cawthron Institute warmly congratulates Dr Lesley Rhodes , for her appointment as Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit ... More >>

Trump pulls US out of Paris

Friday, 2 June 2017, 4:11 pm | Science Media Centre

In a widely-anticipated and predicted announcement, US President Donald Trump confirmed he will withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. Speaking from the Rose Garden on Friday morning NZ time, Trump said he would withdraw the US from ... More >>

The plight of NZ's native birds

Friday, 2 June 2017, 3:54 pm | Science Media Centre

In her penultimate report, the outgoing Environment Commissioner turned her attention to the threats to our native birds. More >>

Project Crimson Asks Kiwis To Fight Against Myrtle Rust

Friday, 2 June 2017, 1:42 pm | Project Crimson

Project Crimson Asks Kiwis To Support The Fight Against Myrtle Rust For the first time in Project Crimson’s 27 year history, the Trust has temporarily halted the planting and distributing of any pohutukawa or rata trees and is asking New Zealanders ... More >>

Trump pulls out of Paris Agreement - Expert Reaction

Friday, 2 June 2017, 9:17 am | Science Media Centre

News this morning that US President Donald Trump has decided to pull the USA out of the Paris Agreement was widely anticipated. More >>

A cool Queen’s Birthday

Thursday, 1 June 2017, 2:16 pm | MetService

Winter was welcomed in with extensive fog for many parts of the country today, but generally benign weather and mild temperatures are the name of the game today. Things will change over the coming days, as a variety of weather systems affect different ... More >>

Commissioner’s Support for 1080 and GE Labelled Crazy

Thursday, 1 June 2017, 2:15 pm | Bill Benfield

The New Zealand government under siege for its frenzied use of 1080 poison in its “Battle for the Birds” seems headed towards using controversial genetic engineering to attack predators. However the proposal has been strongly debunked by two conservationists ... More >>

Cardiovascular killer protein probed by Otago researchers

Thursday, 1 June 2017, 11:53 am | University of Otago

Probing the molecular breakdown of a little-known “killer” lipoprotein, responsible for many cases of heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions, has given University of Otago scientists new insights into how it is metabolised by the body. More >>

Importance of LongTerm Monitoring for Native Birds

Thursday, 1 June 2017, 10:48 am | Birds New Zealand

A new report released today by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment draws attention to the perilous state of the majority of New Zealand’s native bird species. This comes as no surprise to Birds New Zealand, a society whose members ... More >>

Funding announced for climate resilience research

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 2:48 pm | NIWA

Working out which roads, buildings and railway lines across New Zealand could be affected by flooding due to climate change, is the subject of a new research project being funded by the Deep South National Science Challenge. More >>

Community science has a strong foothold in South Auckland

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 1:25 pm | COMET Auckland

Ten new community science projects are getting underway in South Auckland, involving science fields from dung beetles and juvenile flounder raising, to beehive and rodent activity monitoring. More >>

900 complaints of online bullying & harassment in first 6mo

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 1:10 pm | Netsafe

Hundreds of people have reported personal harm caused by digital communications - but there is still confusion about the service launched under the Harmful Digital Communications Act. More >>

Training science technicians that are ready for the future

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 10:56 am | The Royal Society of New Zealand

Too many graduates applying for science technician roles require significant on the job training as they lack technical aptitude and transferable practical skills, according to a report released today by an expert panel convened by the Royal Society ... More >>

New database sheds light on prehistoric NZ tsunamis

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 10:29 am | NIWA

The scientific records of palaeotsunamis to have affected New Zealand shores can now be accessed in a new one-stop information shop. More >>

Smokers more likely to have babies with teeth abnormalities

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 10:07 am | University of Otago

Women who smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day during pregnancy are much more likely to give birth to babies who will fail to grow all their teeth, new University of Otago research has found. More >>