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Climate Summary: A persistently dry summer for all

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 5:22 pm | NIWA

A persistently dry summer for all Rainfall Rainfall was below normal (50-79% of normal summer rain) for much of New Zealand during summer. Areas that were particularly affected by the dryness include eastern Otago, Canterbury, Marlborough, Wairarapa ... More >>

Local Species Of Ōrākei to Be Surveyed at Bioblitz Event

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 12:00 pm | Auckland War Memorial Museum

Over the course of 22 hours scientists and volunteers will aim to count and document every species in the Pourewa Reserve and adjacent Kepa Bush area at a BioBlitz event. More >>

Ageing well the focus for National Science Challenge

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 11:58 am | University of Otago

Researchers from across New Zealand are joining forces for the latest National Science Challenge called Ageing Well - Kia eke kairangi ki te taikaumātuatanga More >>

NZ Female Scientists Eligible for Inaugural $25,000 Award

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 11:46 am | Pead PR

Australasia’s premier women in science award is expanding with the addition of a NZ$25,000 fellowship specifically for early-career female scientists in New Zealand. More >>

Carbon dioxide addition can improve quality of wastewater

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 11:25 am | University of Canterbury

A NIWA scientist undertaking doctoral biological research at the University of Canterbury has been exploring how carbon dioxide can improve the quality of wastewater. More >>

New Zealand Cohort Life Tables

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 10:59 am | Statistics New Zealand

New Zealand cohort life tables track the mortality experience of people born in each year from 1876. These complement the more common period life tables , which show the mortality experience in a specific time period. See New Zealand Cohort Life Tables ... More >>

Ice Pilot’s critical mission

Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 3:40 pm | NIWA

A research voyage in Antarctic waters faces the tyranny of distance and ice during every hour of the six-week voyage. More >>

Research on identifying water values wins award

Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 3:08 pm | Lincoln University

How do you measure how much clean freshwater means to you? Lincoln University researcher Dr Sini Miller’s doctoral thesis has earned her a top accolade by identifying how much people are willing to pay for it. Assessing values for multiple and conflicting ... More >>

NIWA Monthly Climate Summary - February 2015

Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 2:10 pm | NIWA

A dry month in the east of both Islands and widespread dry soils. More >>

Sony sets the new mid-range standard with Xperia™ M4 Aqua

Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 11:07 am | Sony Mobile Communications

• Capture more - just point and shoot, with a powerful13MP camera, F2.0 aperture and Sony’s intelligent Superior Auto mode More >>

Huawei Announces New Smart Wearable Devices

Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 10:58 am | Huawei Technologies

Barcelona, Spain, March 1, 2015: Huawei today unveiled a series of wearable devices including the Huawei Watch, TalkBand B2, and TalkBand N1 for consumers to stay connected, on the eve of Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015. More >>

Severe changes in world’s leaf growth patterns revealed

Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 10:39 am | University of Otago

Extensive worldwide changes in the timing of leaf activity over the past few decades—which may have significant ecological and atmospheric consequences—have been revealed by a University of Otago research team analysing satellite data from 1980 – 2012. More >>

2D-to-3D Conversion Software Success for ETRI and NHNZ

Monday, 2 March 2015, 5:47 pm | NHNZ

Global production house NHNZ is now offering highly cost-effective 3D content after completing a 3-year-long collaboration with Korean tech giant ETRI to create new 2D-to-3D conversion software. More >>

Gallagher Introduces New Technology to the Security Market

Monday, 2 March 2015, 4:23 pm | Gallagher Security Management Systems

DATELINE--(Marketwired - March 01, 2015) - The latest product developments from leading security technology manufacturer, Gallagher, have today been released to the global market allowing businesses of all sizes to go mobile, simplify start up security ... More >>

Seasonal Climate Outlook

Monday, 2 March 2015, 3:08 pm | NIWA

Highlights this month include: • Sea surface temperatures across the equatorial Pacific Ocean continued to reflect conditions between neutral and weak El Niño states during February 2015. Atmospheric patterns were mostly indicative of weak El Niño-like ... More >>

A humid start to March

Monday, 2 March 2015, 2:16 pm | MetService

A humid northeasterly flow prevails over the North Island over the next few days as a low just to the north of the country moves away to the east on Wednesday and Thursday. Meanwhile, a front moving up the South Island will bring a period of rain ... More >>

Further expansion of online guide to NZ's environment

Monday, 2 March 2015, 11:42 am | The Environment Foundation

The Environment Foundation* has expanded its recently launched web-based guide to the management of New Zealand’s natural environment ( www.environmentguide.org.nz ). More >>

NZARI to support new research into Antartic ice cover

Monday, 2 March 2015, 11:27 am | NZARI

The New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI) will provide $500,000 in funding to six new research projects to investigate how Antarctica’s ice cover will change as the world warms. More >>

NASA to launch scientific space balloon from Wanaka NZ

Monday, 2 March 2015, 11:04 am | Queenstown Airport

Residents in the Southern Hemisphere’s mid-latitudes, such as Argentina and South Africa, may catch a glimpse of a large NASA heavy-lift scientific balloon as it travels around the globe on a potentially record-breaking flight. More >>

Research into students’ mental health in Karachi

Monday, 2 March 2015, 10:41 am | University of Canterbury

A PhD student at the University of Canterbury is investigating factors impacting on university students’ mental health in Karachi, Pakistan. More >>

Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 edge define what’s next in mobility

Monday, 2 March 2015, 10:22 am | Samsung New Zealand

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge define what’s next in mobility Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge – smart invents beautiful – the most advanced mobile devices in the market Auckland, New Zealand, March 2nd 2015 – Samsung Electronics New Zealand ... More >>

Study of leaf pores may help scientists predict climate

Monday, 2 March 2015, 9:01 am | University of Auckland

A major global research project to help build better climate models is using data collected from plants at 56 sites around the world including kauri trees at Auckland’s Waitakere Ranges. More >>

March 2015 - The Highs take a break

Friday, 27 February 2015, 4:32 pm | MetService

"The Highs which have had a tight grip on the country recently look likely to take a break as we start March" said MetService Meteorologist Georgina Griffiths. "This is the best shot at getting some rain that we have seen for a long time." More >>

Q-fly, scientists on screen and fluoride study questioned

Friday, 27 February 2015, 3:42 pm | Science Media Centre

In the News: What can NZ learn from Japanese earthquakes? In the News: No link found between brain cancer and mobile use Expert Reaction: Water fluoridation and underactive thyroid Expert Reaction: Fruit fly incursion More >>

OYSTERS AHEAD: Bluff season begins

Friday, 27 February 2015, 3:34 pm | NIWA

Each March, oyster lovers descend on the catch of Bluff’s best bivalves – a seasonal delicacy from one of the last remaining wild oyster fisheries on the planet. More >>

Robotics and automation take off for farmers

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 5:36 pm | Mobile Technology

New research released last week by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is predicting that advanced robotics will boost productivity by up to 30% in many industries by 2025. Robotics will also lower total labour costs by 18% or more in countries like ... More >>

Sports-filled weekend

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 12:49 pm | MetService

An active southerly change that moved across the South Island and lower North Island on Wednesday continues to move northwards during Thursday, bringing some showers and cooler weather to the east of the North Island. Meanwhile, a ridge of higher ... More >>

Kiwi Encounter welcomes 100th kiwi chick for the season

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 11:33 am | Rainbow Springs

Rotorua, 26 February 2015: The 100th kiwi chick for the season has just hatched at Rainbow Springs' Kiwi Encounter. More >>

International brain injury expert to present in Christchurch

Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 3:42 pm | Laura Fergusson Trust

Dr Nathan Zasler will present ‘Current Concepts in Brain Injury Update 2015’ at a seminar and workshop in Christchurch on 9 and 10 March 2015. The event is organised by Laura Fergusson Trust Canterbury and will be of interest to primary, secondary ... More >>

NZ-Singapore Study Uses Hair to Research Diet and Pregnancy

Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 1:21 pm | Gravida

Can you eat a better diet to avoid complications in pregnancy? There is increasing evidence that the diet of pregnant women is associated with the health of both mother and baby, and some pregnancy complications. More >>

Symposium on e-cigarettes for Auckland

Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 12:41 pm | University of Auckland

A visiting expert on the effects of stimulant drugs will be the key speaker at a symposium on e-cigarettes next month. The symposium, “E-cigarettes: Opportunity or threat?” is hosted by the University of Auckland’s Centre of Addiction Research ... More >>

Pests may help spread wilding pines

Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 11:30 am | Landcare Research

New research has found pests may be assisting the spread of wilding pines which have invaded more than 1.5 million hectares in New Zealand. More >>

When it comes to N in effluent – fresher is better

Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 10:16 am | Ballance Agri-Nutrients

The fresher the better – that’s one of the findings of new research which shows available nitrogen from farm dairy effluent diminishes the longer the effluent is stored. The study by AgResearch for Ballance Agri-Nutrients as part of their Clearview ... More >>

Bumper whio breeding season boost population

Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 10:14 am | Department of Conservation

It’s been a bumper whio/blue duck breeding season both on and off the rivers throughout New Zealand. More >>

Research on children with ADHD will soon help NZ teachers

Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 9:44 am | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury international education PhD student’s survey of Ethiopian children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder will soon be helpful to New Zealand teachers and teacher trainers. More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Monday, 23 February 2015, 4:04 pm | NIWA

For the North Island, soil moisture levels remain much drier than normal for this time of year for nearly the whole of the island. Sizeable areas of severely to extremely drier than normal soil moisture persist in the Waikato, southern Taranaki, Wellington, ... More >>

A front brings rain for some mid-week

Monday, 23 February 2015, 1:47 pm | MetService

A weak area of low pressure that covered the country over the weekend brought showers to many places with some building into thunderstorms during the afternoons and evenings. Nelson, Ashburton and Roxburgh received around 20mm of rain, which though useful, ... More >>

“Stoked to See Spotlight on Shooting Blanks”

Monday, 23 February 2015, 12:55 pm | Aaran Gascoigne

An Auckland Fund Manager who cured his own infertility says a ground-breaking Otago University study could be the game-changer for thousands of kiwi couples trying to conceive. More >>

Public Seminar on cancer immunotherapy

Monday, 23 February 2015, 9:27 am | University of Auckland

The Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery at the University of Auckland will host Dr Jill O’Donnell-Tormey from the New York-based Cancer Research Institute at a public seminar tomorrow More >>

Further fruit fly found in Auckland

Saturday, 21 February 2015, 11:15 am | Ministry of Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) confirms that an isolated population of the Queensland fruit fly has been found in the Auckland suburb of Grey Lynn. More >>

Ozone gains under threat

Friday, 20 February 2015, 3:18 pm | Science Media Centre

An unregulated class of ozone-depleting chemicals could undermine international ozone recovery efforts, say UK researchers. More >>

Lake sediments reveal frequency of Hawke’s Bay quakes

Thursday, 19 February 2015, 3:15 pm | NIWA

An international team of scientists has analysed 7000 years’ worth of lake-bottom mud from central Hawke’s Bay to work out how often the region might expect earthquakes of at least moderate (ground shaking intensity MMI 7) strength, such as the recent ... More >>

Auckland contributes to TB drug development

Thursday, 19 February 2015, 2:20 pm | University of Auckland

University of Auckland researchers were crucial in the development of a potential tuberculosis drug that is the first to advance to Phase one clinical trial in six years. More >>

Short-lived chemicals threaten ozone progress

Thursday, 19 February 2015, 12:56 pm | Science Media Centre

19 February, 2015 Scientists report that chemicals that are not controlled by a United Nations treaty designed to protect the Ozone Layer are contributing to ozone depletion. More >>

Sunshine and a sprinkling of showers

Thursday, 19 February 2015, 12:54 pm | MetService

A sunny weekend is forecast for the majority of New Zealand due to high pressure remaining over the country. However, a front moves over southern and eastern parts of New Zealand on Saturday and early Sunday bringing showers that diminish as the ... More >>

Let’s encourage drone technology, not stifle it

Wednesday, 18 February 2015, 10:00 am | Max Whitehead

Recreational drone flyer Max Whitehead says the proposed new laws on drone technology will stifle New Zealand’s progress. More >>

10 Years of Hihi in mainland New Zealand

Tuesday, 17 February 2015, 3:02 pm | Zealandia

Wellington, NZ – This February marks the 10-year anniversary of the Hihi (Stitchbird) being reintroduced into mainland New Zealand. Hihi were extinct from the wild for 120 years until 2005 when 60 Hihi were transferred from Tiritiri Matangi Island to ... More >>

Blue Whale encounters with Tangaroa captured on film

Tuesday, 17 February 2015, 10:33 am | NIWA

Travelling through the icy Southern Ocean with blue whales is helping scientists discover whether the population is really recovering from the devastating effects of industrial whaling. More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch 16/2/15

Monday, 16 February 2015, 4:49 pm | NIWA

For the North Island, soil moisture levels remain much drier than normal for this time of year for most of the island. Areas of severely to extremely drier than normal soil moisture persist in the Waikato, southern Taranaki, Wellington, Wairarapa, Hawke’s ... More >>

Sun and summer for the Cricket World Cup

Monday, 16 February 2015, 1:55 pm | MetService

A ridge of high pressure covers New Zealand for much of the week ahead however, a weakening front will make its way northwards over the country towards Friday, followed by another ridge of high pressure. More >>

New supercapacitor surge protector hits the market

Monday, 16 February 2015, 11:55 am | University of Waikato

A supercapacitor-based surge protector, the S-TViQ, invented by University of Waikato Electrical Engineering Senior Lecturer Nihal Kularatna, has made it to commercialisation. More >>

Sea Shepherd Ship, Sam Simon, Resupplies Bob Barker

Sunday, 15 February 2015, 12:17 pm | Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Sea Shepherd Ship, Sam Simon, Resupplies Bob Barker For High Seas Stand-Off With Poacher More >>

Fat debate, TPPA medical fears and $1.9M fund for engagement

Friday, 13 February 2015, 5:10 pm | Science Media Centre

SMC Science Deadline: Fat debate, TPPA medical fears and $1.9M fund for science engagement More >>

Bright sparks help fight fires

Friday, 13 February 2015, 3:03 pm | Scion

The recent Onamalutu forest fire in Marlborough was brought under control by firefighters, aircraft and one scientist. Veronica Clifford from Scion’s Rural Fire Research Group, is an expert at predicting fire behaviour as well as being a rural volunteer ... More >>

Protecting peat soils

Friday, 13 February 2015, 2:53 pm | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

Protecting peat soils Bala Tikkisetty Peat soils, in their natural state, have high organic matter content, low nutrient levels and water table fluctuations, so they behave differently from mineral soils in terms of nutrient transformations and cycling. ... More >>

Study provides individual risk estimates for stomach cancer

Friday, 13 February 2015, 10:28 am | University of Otago

A University of Otago researcher who helped discover a key genetic mutation that causes familial stomach cancer is part of an international team that has now provided the first accurate risk estimates for those who carry it. More >>

Coral-devouring seastar thrives in warming ocean

Friday, 13 February 2015, 10:26 am | University of Otago

An Australasian research team that includes a University of Otago marine scientist has found that rising sea surface temperatures could help promote outbreaks of crown-of-thorns seastars (COTS) that have devastated much of the coral on the Great Barrier Reef. ... More >>

Oldest fur seal identified

Thursday, 12 February 2015, 10:27 am | University of Otago

The oldest known fur seal has been discovered by a University of Otago Geology PhD student, providing a missing link that helps to resolve a more than 5-million-year gap in fur seal and sea lion evolutionary history. More >>

Great lesser wanderer wonder!

Thursday, 12 February 2015, 9:44 am | Moths and Butterflies NZ Trust

Have you noticed any unusual caterpillars on your swan plant this season? Many people have found what looks like a monarch caterpillar but it has a ‘a third set of antennae’. More >>

New Zealand scientist appointed to global think tank

Wednesday, 11 February 2015, 4:03 pm | Riddet Institute

The world's leading science academy body has set up a four-person think tank to report on ways to reduce the number of chronically malnourished people and address the challenge posed by the planet's rapidly growing human population. The Global Food and Nutrition ... More >>

 

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