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Science Deadline: SMC seeks a new director, coastal hazards

Friday, 15 December 2017, 4:44 pm | Science Media Centre

Science Deadline: SMC seeks a new director, coastal hazards report released, and NZ's ancient giant penguin More >>

Warning to plan now for sea level rise - Expert reaction

Friday, 15 December 2017, 3:20 pm | Science Media Centre

A report from the Ministry for the Environment has warned that New Zealand lacks a coordinated plan to deal with future climate change. More >>

Christmas Day forecasts

Friday, 15 December 2017, 3:00 pm | MetService

Initial forecasts for Christmas Day will appear on the MetService website tomorrow (Saturday), offering a first glimpse of the expected weather for festivities around the country. However, MetService meteorologists caution that there’s still some ... More >>

Wildlife benefit from road reopening

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 5:18 pm | Forest and Bird

A group of international seabird scientists will be among the first using the reopened highway to Kaikoura tomorrow. More >>

NZ 'monster bird' bones reveal an ancient penguin

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 4:40 pm | Alan Tennyson

An artist’s reconstruction of Kumimanu biceae , a giant ancient penguin, from fossils found in New Zealand. Reconstruction by G Mayr/Senckenberg Research Institute , CC BY-ND More >>

New discovery finds starving white dwarfs are binge eaters

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 2:21 pm | University of Canterbury

Embargoed until 14 December 2017 New Zealand Time (1800 London time / 1300 US Eastern Time on 13 December 2017). More >>

Was this the world’s biggest penguin?

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 11:51 am | Te Papa

It’s not every day you get to name a giant prehistoric penguin after your mother. But that was the rare privilege enjoyed by Te Papa curator Alan Tennyson, as reported today in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Communications . More >>

Ancient NZ Penguin as Big as a Human - Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 10:42 am | Science Media Centre

A fossil penguin discovered in New Zealand has been identified as a new species and it was so tall it was about the height of an adult man. The New Zealand and German researchers who identified the species - dubbed Kumimanu biceae - say it is about ... More >>

Registrations open for ‘What On Earth’ 2018

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 3:42 pm | Joint Press Release

What does the latest satellite Earth observation technology mean for New Zealand industry, environment and climate? March’s ‘What On Earth’ Colloquium in Wellington is the perfect place to answer that question. More >>

Top Ten Science Stories of 2017

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 1:25 pm | Science Media Centre

Alongside the tragic deaths from synthetic drugs, freshwater, biosecurity, earthquakes and volcanoes have all made a show in the year's top science stories. More >>

Green Light for More Taranaki Community Science Projects

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 10:11 am | Venture Taranaki

Taranaki’s curious minds will be able to explore more ideas with science, thanks to an extension to the popular Participatory Science Platform. The programme has already supported almost two dozen projects in Taranaki, and has been renewed until ... More >>

Transpower Releases Research on Solar Photovoltaic Panels

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 10:01 am | Transpower

Transpower today released research that finds New Zealand’s power system is in a good position to enable a significant increase in renewable electricity generated from solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. More >>

Treatment for Huntington’s could be step closer

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 9:13 am | University of Auckland

Scientists believe they have identified one of the very earliest changes in the brain that results in Huntington’s Disease and that the discovery holds a vital clue to developing the first-ever treatment for the disease. Scientists believe they ... More >>

Geneious Biologics Gives Deeper Insight into Big Data

Monday, 11 December 2017, 4:53 pm | Geneious Biologics

AUKLAND – December 11, 2017 – Geneious Biologics, an enterprise software as a service (SaaS) solution used by companies engaged in commercial antibody screening and discovery, today released major new capability that will allow developers of ... More >>

Unsettled for the first half of the week

Monday, 11 December 2017, 2:56 pm | MetService

MetService Meteorologist Andy Best confirmed that as of this morning, “46 consecutive dry days have now been recorded at Christchurch Airport, beating the previous record of 45 days which was held since October/November 1954”. He went on to say, “Christchurch ... More >>

The climate of Christmases past

Monday, 11 December 2017, 2:05 pm | NIWA

If history is anything to go by, Wellington and Christchurch are the main centres most likely to experience a dry Christmas Day, while Auckland and Hamilton are the least likely. That’s according to a new climate study undertaken by NIWA meteorologist ... More >>

SMC: Water Inquiry reports back

Friday, 8 December 2017, 4:41 pm | Science Media Centre

Water Inquiry reports back The second stage of the Havelock North Inquiry has recommended universal treatment of drinking water to protect public health. More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch 7/12/17

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 4:54 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 >>

Warm, dry weather continues for many

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 2:04 pm | MetService

The hot temperatures experienced this week are expected to continue, although there is some rain for the west of the South Island to come in time for the weekend. Maximum temperatures have exceeded 25°C for many urban areas and some saw temperatures greater ... More >>

We need to stop losing it

Wednesday, 6 December 2017, 2:52 pm | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

We’re losing it. Soil that is. And we need to do more to stop the slide of this precious asset into waterways and, ultimately, the ocean. More >>

Understanding the autonomic nervous system

Wednesday, 6 December 2017, 12:19 pm | University of Auckland

The University’s Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI) is part of a major international effort to understand and use the autonomic nervous system to treat disease. More >>

Green chemistry conference to be held in Auckland

Wednesday, 6 December 2017, 11:42 am | University of Auckland

New methods to clean polluted water, creating useful materials from fishing waste and developing non-flammable rechargeable batteries are just some of the topics that will be discussed at the first international green chemistry conference to be held ... More >>

Seasonal Climate Summary: Spring 2017

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 5:00 pm | NIWA

Equal second-warmest spring on record for New Zealand Temperature Spring temperatures were well above average (> +1.20°C) in Central Otago, the Southern Lakes and Fiordland, and above average (+0.51°C to +1.20°C) for most remaining areas of the country. ... More >>

Monthly Climate Summary: November 2017

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 4:52 pm | NIWA

Hot in the south and dry countrywide to end spring More >>

Warming ocean to affect fisheries by end of century

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 8:16 am | NIWA

Rapid warming of the ocean near Tasmania may provide a good indication of how the water around New Zealand will change as the planet warms, say NIWA scientists. More >>

Another week of warm and dry

Monday, 4 December 2017, 1:47 pm | MetService

The ridge of high pressure that has dominated New Zealand’s weather of late continues to affect the country this week. More >>

New study finds acupuncture claims overstep the mark

Saturday, 2 December 2017, 11:46 am | Society for Science Based Healthcare

A new study titled “Acupuncture, ACC and the Medicines Act” by Society for Science Based Healthcare member Daniel Ryan, published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, exposes the surprising extent of misleading medical claims made on over a hundred ... More >>

CRV Ambreed nitrogen genetic discovery basis of govt funding

Friday, 1 December 2017, 9:06 pm | CRV Ambreed

CRV Ambreed nitrogen genetic discovery basis of government funding for further research CRV Ambreed’s genetic discovery that led to the launch of LowN Sires™ this year around reducing nitrogen leaching, has been the cornerstone of a successful bid to ... More >>

SMC: Emergency Mobile Alert Test

Friday, 1 December 2017, 4:36 pm | Science Media Centre

It was a busy week for hazards experts with testing of emergency mobile alerts, warnings about a future Hikurangi subduction zone rupture and lessons in volcano monitoring from Mt Agung. More >>

UC CAREX team wins freshwater conservation award

Friday, 1 December 2017, 11:00 am | University of Canterbury

The Canterbury Waterway Rehabilitation Experiment (CAREX), of the University of Canterbury’s School of Biological Sciences, has been recognised for “improving freshwater biodiversity and ecosystem health in agricultural waterways” with a prestigious award. More >>

Effectiveness of Medicine for Kiwis with Asthma

Thursday, 30 November 2017, 3:51 pm | GSK New Zealand

A new study has found that a recently funded asthma medicine is almost twice as likely to control the symptoms of the disease than the usual medications3 taken by patients each day. More >>

Ross Sea region Marine Protected Area - Expert reaction

Thursday, 30 November 2017, 1:32 pm | Science Media Centre

Sweeping new protections for Antarctica's Ross Sea will come into effect on Friday 1 December. More >>

Master of measurement receives top international award

Thursday, 30 November 2017, 10:23 am | Callaghan Innovation

30 November 2017 – New Zealand scientist Dr Chris Sutton has been awarded one of the world’s top honours in the field of metrology, the science of measurement. More >>

Rise in “unpaid consultants” conceals conflicts of interest

Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 12:56 pm | University of Auckland

Are authors of articles in leading medical journals playing down the extent of ties to drug and other for-profit companies? That appears to be the case, according to a new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine by Associate Professor David ... More >>

Mt Agung Eruption - Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 11:04 am | Science Media Centre

After months of unrest, Mt Agung on the Indonesian island of Bali is finally erupting. The island was elevated to the highest level of volcanic alert on Monday morning. The volcano has been spewing ash for several days, eventually leading to the closure ... More >>

Geneious Biologics presents at conference in San Diego

Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 10:57 am | Geneious Biologics

AUCKLAND, NZ – November 29, 2017 – Biomatters Vice President of Technology Services, Jannick Bendtsen, PhD, will present at the Antibody Engineering & Therapeutics conference on December 13, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, CA. More >>

US approves groundbreaking NZ eczema cream

Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 8:52 am | Bionona

A cream made from natural New Zealand ingredients clinically proven to treat eczema is set to help millions of American sufferers, after receiving a coveted tick of approval by US lawmakers. More >>

New solar forecasts shed light on sun’s power potential

Tuesday, 28 November 2017, 3:45 pm | MetService

With over 3,400- households in the Auckland region already powered by sustainable energy from the sun, MetService and HRV Solar have joined forces to produce a new forecast for the daily energy potential of the sun for the Auckland region. More >>

Trial finds aspirin does not speed leg ulcer healing

Tuesday, 28 November 2017, 3:29 pm | University of Auckland

Suggestions that aspirin may help treat venous leg ulcers have been rebutted by University of Auckland research, leaving the sufferers with compression therapy, a treatment known since the 17th Century. Venous ulcers are chronic wounds of the ... More >>

Rinse and repeat

Monday, 27 November 2017, 2:18 pm | MetService

A static weather pattern over New Zealand sees the forecasts for the coming week similar for several consecutive days. More >>

New research findings to feature at Ecotain industry event

Monday, 27 November 2017, 1:30 pm | Agricom

Scientists and industry experts will hold an event in late November to discuss the latest research findings about Ecotain, a plantain cultivar that research has found acts environmentally to significantly reduce nitrogen leaching. More >>

Lincoln Hub Hosts Feeding the World 2030 Hackathon

Monday, 27 November 2017, 10:45 am | Lincoln Hub

How can we innovate to create New Zealand’s future agricultural and food industries? Are plant-based protein solutions part of the answer? More >>

Fertility study shows cheaper treatment is effective

Monday, 27 November 2017, 10:07 am | University of Auckland

New University of Auckland research has found couples may not need to undergo invasive and expensive IVF to get pregnant, with other less-invasive procedures proving more effective. The study, which compared intrauterine insemination with expectant management ... More >>

Workforce robots on the horizon

Monday, 27 November 2017, 9:36 am | Lincoln University

Primary sector and manufacturing employees may find themselves with some interesting new colleagues in the next few years as researchers develop robots that can be trained to work alongside people in factories and the great outdoors. More >>

SMC ALERT: Emergency Mobile Alert Test - Expert reaction

Sunday, 26 November 2017, 9:51 pm | Science Media Centre

Earlier today, the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) sent out a nationwide test of their new Emergency Mobile Alert. The mobile alert will have appeared automatically on your phone's screen, accompanied by a unique ... More >>

Study of artist’s toilet tissues sheds light on gut bugs

Sunday, 26 November 2017, 11:16 am | University of Auckland

In an intriguing collaboration between art and science, New Zealand scientists have compared the bacteria on artist, Billy Apple’s 46-year-old used toilet tissues to 2016 samples from the artist. Their findings substantiate growing evidence that ... More >>

SMC Bulletin: More earthquakes in 2018?

Friday, 24 November 2017, 3:01 pm | Science Media Centre

More earthquakes in 2018? A report makes headlines around the world, with scientists saying we could be set for more intense earthquakes from next year. More >>

Geospatial standards Organisations to meet in NZ

Friday, 24 November 2017, 12:28 pm | Landcare Research

Open Geospatial Consortium and International Standards Organisations to meet in NZ for the first time More >>

Scientists explores the deepest depths of Kermadec Trench

Friday, 24 November 2017, 10:25 am | NIWA

A team of international researchers leaves Wellington this weekend to explore the bottom of the Kermadec Trench – one of the deepest places in the ocean. More >>

NZVRARA Student Chapter Inaugural Exhibition Planned

Thursday, 23 November 2017, 5:26 pm | NZVRARA

The New Zealand VR/AR Association will be hosting its first NZVRARA Student Chapter Exhibition at PROJECTR® Wellington on Wednesday 6th December 2017. More >>

Heat and humidity to headline this weekend

Thursday, 23 November 2017, 2:15 pm | MetService

This week’s weather theme has been generally settled, thanks to a large area of high pressure. Patchy cloud and showers have been easing while temperatures have risen gradually during the week, with Wanaka reaching 29.5°C and Alexandra 27.3°C ... More >>

WAI NZ Set to Revolutionise E-coli Freshwater Management

Thursday, 23 November 2017, 12:00 pm | WAI NZ

The real risk of E. coli freshwater contamination is under the New Zealand spotlight, and now there’s a new game-changer solution on the way to revolutionise how Kiwis can take action in the national freshwater emergency. More >>

Operation to protect Northern Ruahine species complete

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 1:46 pm | Department of Conservation

A pest control operation to protect at-risk native species in the Northern Ruahine Ranges has been completed. More >>

Let’s turk about Cape Adare

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 8:36 am | Antarctica New Zealand

Some good old-fashioned kiwi ingenuity is in hot demand for the coldest place on earth. More >>

UK research mirrors New Zealand stillbirth findings

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 2:38 pm | University of Auckland

University of Auckland research that showed that women who go to sleep on their side have a lower risk of a still birth has been repeated in the UK with similar results. The Midlands and North of England Stillbirth Study (MiNESS) found that women who ... More >>

Plants Release up to 30% More CO2 than Previously Thought

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 11:34 am | Canterbury University

New research co-authored by a University of Canterbury scientist and academics from around the world, suggests that plant respiration is a larger source of carbon emissions than previously thought, and warns that as the world warms, this may reduce the ability ... More >>

Expedition to study NZ’s largest earthquake fault

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 11:07 am | NIWA

An ambitious scientific expedition involving 30 scientists from around the world leaves Perth next week bound for the East Coast of the North Island. The expedition, jointly led by NIWA and the University of Auckland, is the first of two aboard the ... More >>

Older men need more protein to maintain muscles

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 9:46 am | Liggins Institute

The amount of protein recommended by international guidelines is not sufficient to maintain muscle size and strength in older men, according to a new study. More >>

Warmer temperatures but not all clear skies with the High

Monday, 20 November 2017, 1:48 pm | MetService

This is the second week that the country will be dominated by high pressure, bringing settled conditions with no severe weather expected. More >>

Reports of increased earthquakes in 2018 - Expert reaction

Monday, 20 November 2017, 1:18 pm | Science Media Centre

A media report from the weekend suggests a link between the Earth's rotation and an increase in intense earthquakes. More >>