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Front on Saturday brings rain to much of the country

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 1:12 pm | MetService

An active front is set to cross the country during Saturday, bringing a period of rain for most people and the risk of some heavy falls for the west. However, it should be well to the east by early Sundayleaving a strong disturbed southwest flow in its ... More >>

Entries open for 2017 NZ Hi-Tech Awards

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 11:16 am | NZ Hi Tech Awards

Thursday 8 December 2016, Auckland – Entries are now open for the 2017 NZ Hi-Tech Awards, New Zealand’s premier technology event. More >>

Season Ends: Is whitebaiting sustainable?

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 1:00 pm | Science Media Centre

The whitebait season closed around most of the country last week, with several regions reporting 'lacklustre' catch this year. More >>

Mac users benefit from Nuance PDF Converter

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 12:38 pm | Nuance Communications

SYDNEY, Australia, 7 December, 2016 – Nuance Communications, a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions, today announced PDF Converter for Mac version 6, an intelligent solution that empowers Apple users in New Zealand to easily convert, ... More >>

New international science links to benefit New Zealand

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 11:37 am | AgResearch

New relationships forged between AgResearch and key overseas science organisations will provide a host of valuable opportunities for New Zealand, says Chief Executive Tom Richardson. More >>

Spring Climate Summary: Wet and Warm for Many

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 4:41 pm | NIWA

A wetter and warmer than normal spring for many Rainfall Rainfall was well above normal (> 149%) in the Wellington region and eastern parts of Otago. Rainfall was above normal (120-149%) in parts of Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Nelson, Tasman ... More >>

Smoking to self-medicate

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 11:07 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Smoking to self-medicate New research from Victoria University of Wellington into high rates of smoking among people with schizophrenia has found that patients may be using it to alleviate symptoms of the disorder. The smoking rate among individuals ... More >>

New Zealand Climate Summary: November 2016

Monday, 5 December 2016, 5:24 pm | NIWA

New Zealand Climate Summary: November 2016 Issued: 5 December 2016 A wet and cloudy month for many. Rainfall Rainfall was above normal (120-149% of normal) for large parts of the North Island with the exception of coastal Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay ... More >>

Warm then Wet

Monday, 5 December 2016, 1:56 pm | MetService

With the arrival of Summer, temperatures are gradually getting warmer and many places around New Zealand got a glimpse of barbecue weather over the weekend. This little taste of Summer saw Gisborne reach 24.6C on Sunday, and Marsden Point just south ... More >>

Rare butterfly becomes a target

Monday, 5 December 2016, 9:30 am | Moths and Butterflies NZ Trust

The search is on for the endangered native forest ringlet butterfly. More >>

Science Deadline: science sector, organ donors, earthquakes

Friday, 2 December 2016, 4:36 pm | Science Media Centre

Science Deadline: How is the science sector tracking, organ donors compensated and earthquake's psychosocial effects More >>

SouthSci Fund Extended for 2017 in South Auckland

Friday, 2 December 2016, 4:10 pm | COMET Auckland

COMET Auckland and The Auckland STEM Alliance are pleased to announce that the Participatory Science Platform: South Auckland pilot (known locally as SouthSci), is open again in 2017: and accepting applications for projects until the 3rd March. More >>

Te Papa and Weta Workshop open blockbuster exhibition

Friday, 2 December 2016, 2:00 pm | Te Papa

Spectacular science exhibition Bug Lab opens at Te Papa on Saturday 10 December 2016. More >>

Huge savings for economy from humble wasp

Friday, 2 December 2016, 1:05 pm | AgResearch

A humble Irish wasp has saved New Zealand almost half a billion dollars, AgResearch estimates. More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 4:47 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 >>

December 2016 – Some barbecue weather in the mix

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 1:06 pm | MetService

Most of New Zealand experienced a very wet November, due to frequent lows on the weather map. It was the wettest November on record for Wellington, and the third wettest November for Dunedin. “Kelburn recorded 239mm of rainfall last month, a ... More >>

Tūtira Restoration Options Presented

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 12:54 pm | Hawke's Bay Regional Council

Media Release 1 December 2016 Tūtira Restoration Options Presented Scientific modelling of Lake Tūtira has not only given Hawke’s Bay Regional Council a better understanding of how the lake works, it has also highlighted some options for improving water quality ... More >>

Are you willing to give up the steering wheel?

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 1:32 pm | Aurecon

Imagine, in a few years’ time, you’re standing on a street corner waiting for your Uber to arrive. It turns up, exactly when it said it would, but there’s no driver. Would you climb in? Are you ready to put your faith in driverless technology? More >>

Security in 2017 and Beyond

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 12:53 pm | Symantec

Each year, the security industry faces new types of threats as cybercriminals evolve their approach toward accessing organisations’ data. As we approach 2017, the security experts at Symantec have taken a close look at the trends we can expect to see this ... More >>

Science and Innovation System Performance Report

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 11:56 am | Science Media Centre

A snapshot of New Zealand's science and innovation system has laid out where we are doing well and where there is room for improvement compared to other small advanced economies. More >>

EPA keeps watching brief on Canada’s neonicotinoid decision

Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 12:33 pm | Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA is keeping a watching brief on international developments following Health Canada’s proposed re-evaluation decision of agricultural use of the neonicotinoid imidacloprid, which it states is unsustainable. More >>

Public help sought for fish research

Monday, 28 November 2016, 3:02 pm | NIWA

NIWA scientists are asking for help from people who have had a long association with East Northland, Hauraki Gulf or Marlborough Sounds. More >>

Weather settles down for the start of summer

Monday, 28 November 2016, 1:37 pm | MetService

Wild weather at the weekend saw strong winds up and down the country, downing powerlines and cutting electricity to homes in Dunedin and Central Otago. A gust of 198km/h was recorded in the Foveaux Strait on Saturday night. Heavy rain lashed western parts, ... More >>

UC Pro-Vice-Chancellor wins geospatial award

Friday, 25 November 2016, 3:55 pm | University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury’s College of Science Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Wendy Lawson has received national recognition for her longstanding commitment to growing the geospatial sector in New Zealand, advocacy and partnership building. More >>

Quake unravelling continues

Friday, 25 November 2016, 3:46 pm | Science Media Centre

Though the aftershocks from last week's Kaikoura earthquake have been quieter this week (knock on wood), science behind the quake continues apace. More >>

New CEO to lead the transformation of science into success

Friday, 25 November 2016, 1:22 pm | KiwiNet

A new champion of research commercialisation, Dr James Hutchinson, has taken the helm of the Kiwi Innovation Network Ltd (KiwiNet) - New Zealand’s national network of universities and Crown Reserch Institutes working together to take great science ... More >>

Adult stem cell types’ heart repair potential probed

Friday, 25 November 2016, 10:41 am | University of Otago

New University of Otago research is providing fresh insights into how a patient’s adult stem cells could best be used to regenerate their diseased hearts. The study, led by Department of Physiology researcher Dr Rajesh Katare, is the first to compare ... More >>

No Tsunami Threat to New Zealand

Friday, 25 November 2016, 9:30 am | Civil Defence Emergency Management

More Detail: An earthquake has occurred with these parameters: More >>

Windy westerlies this weekend

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 1:38 pm | MetService

A front moves across New Zealand tomorrow, bringing rain to the western areas, followed by strong winds that will be a feature of the weather into the weekend. Rain will be heavy in the west of the South Island on Friday and through the weekend, and Watches ... More >>

Hottest November temperature in 15 years

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 1:13 pm | NIWA

The hottest November temperature in New Zealand in at least the last 15 years occurred yesterday, when Gisborne reached a sizzling 34.8°C at 4.00 pm. The previous November record, in the last 15 years, happened at Waione on 24 November 2009 when the maximum ... More >>

Professor Mike Berridge awarded the 2016 Liley Medal

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 12:30 pm | Malaghan Institute

Malaghan Institute’s Research Professor Mike Berridge awarded the 2016 Liley Medal for major discovery in Cancer Research More >>

UC academic awarded for biomolecular imaging work

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 12:05 pm | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury Professor Rick Millane has been awarded the TK Sidey Medal by the Royal Society of New Zealand for his contributions to methods for imaging biological molecules. University of Canterbury PhD student Michelle Goodman also ... More >>

Bruce Campbell honoured by Royal Society of New Zealand

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 10:35 am | Plant and Food Research

Congratulations to Dr Bruce Campbell, Chief Operating Officer of Plant & Food Research, on being awarded the prestigious Thomson Medal for 2016. More >>

Global mindset drives Kiwi ‘stamp of approval’ enterprise

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 9:34 am | sticK

How does an organisation from the bottom of the world, excell internationally in verifying and stamping its approval on food quality and safety? More >>

Global influence hat trick for Lincoln professor

Wednesday, 23 November 2016, 3:39 pm | Lincoln University

Lincoln University Professor of Plant Biosecurity Philip Hulme has been named on the annual list of Highly Cited Researchers for the third year running. Every year, over 1000 scientific publications refer to Professor Hulme’s research. Professor ... More >>

Soul Machines raises Series A investment led by

Wednesday, 23 November 2016, 12:51 pm | Soul Machines

Soul Machines, a developer of intelligent, emotionally responsive avatars, today announced it has raised $7.5 million USD in a Series A financing round led by Horizons Ventures with Iconiq Capital. More >>

Artificial Intelligence deal biggest yet

Wednesday, 23 November 2016, 11:37 am | University of Auckland

Intelligent computers that look, think and react like humans are the latest technology being developed at the University of Auckland to become a commercial venture. More >>

Satellite observations provide new insight into sea levels

Wednesday, 23 November 2016, 10:52 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Parts of New Zealand are sinking at faster rates than others and will be subjected to higher levels of future sea level rise, new research from Victoria University of Wellington suggests. More >>

Skin is the game for Kiwi regenerative medicine spinoff

Wednesday, 23 November 2016, 9:41 am | Upside Biotechnologies

AUCKLAND: Patients suffering major burns may eventually benefit from the launch of a new regenerative medicine company, Upside Biotechnologies , which is developing an advanced, world-class skin replacement treatment in Auckland. More >>

Scientists detect huge fault rupture offshore from Kaikoura

Tuesday, 22 November 2016, 4:33 pm | NIWA

Scientists surveying the seabed in areas affected by last week’s earthquake have confirmed a 34km rupture in the offshore continuation of the Kekerengu Fault, known as the Needles Fault. More >>

Bacteria communicate to ramp up collective immune response

Tuesday, 22 November 2016, 1:37 pm | University of Otago

Bacteria can boost their own immune systems by “talking” to each other, surprising new research from the University of Otago shows. More >>

Breakthrough for the bees

Tuesday, 22 November 2016, 1:30 pm | Plant and Food Research

Our small but hardy honey bees are under siege from a range of pests and diseases. However, some relief may be in sight for these important insects from a particularly dangerous disease – one that can destroy entire hives. More >>

NZ ISPs lead a major Australian ISP

Tuesday, 22 November 2016, 12:45 pm | TrueNet

Our Australian based TPG panelists lines on ADSL in Melbourne and Sydney are worse at downloading Australian and USA websites than any NZ ISP we measure. More >>

Scientists looking for answers as pests fight back

Tuesday, 22 November 2016, 11:36 am | Agresearch

As concern grows worldwide about bacteria developing resistance against antibiotics, AgResearch scientists are looking into how common pests in New Zealand are also fighting back against traditional measures to control them – and whether it all comes back ... More >>

UC geologists survey fault traces, rescue lamb

Tuesday, 22 November 2016, 11:20 am | University of Canterbury

Staff and doctoral students from the University of Canterbury’s Department of Geological Sciences have been carrying out reconnaissance investigations of the surface faulting from the 14 November M7.8 Kaikoura earthquake. More >>

Director of GeoNet needs to be heard

Monday, 21 November 2016, 3:00 pm | New Zealand Association of Scientists

The New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS) is alarmed at reports[1] that the Acting Civil Defence Minister, Gerry Brownlee, is “furious with GeoNet comments” made by the service’s Director, Dr Ken Gledhill[2]. More >>

Familiarity breeds versatility

Monday, 21 November 2016, 2:45 pm | Plant and Food Research

If you find yourself purchasing the same chocolate or wine at the supermarket, then your habit may have a scientific explanation. More >>

Batting around Banks Peninsula

Monday, 21 November 2016, 2:43 pm | Lincoln University

Lincoln University summer scholar Karina Hadden is preparing to comb Banks Peninsula for long-tailed bats and hopes members of the public can help with possible sightings. More >>

Hot temperatures and sunshine for many this week

Monday, 21 November 2016, 2:05 pm | MetService

Sunshine is expected for most parts of New Zealand during the first half of this week, with hot temperatures for many. Maximums in the high twenties, and possibly even thirty degrees, are expected for eastern parts of New Zealand on Tuesday and ... More >>

New project to be key demo platform for Microsoft HoloLens

Monday, 21 November 2016, 1:29 pm | Microsoft New Zealand

Microsoft NZ announces strategic partnership with AV/VR Garage to build Kiwi investment in Mixed Reality technology innovation More >>

Partnership to provide wireless to underserved regions

Monday, 21 November 2016, 1:16 pm | D-Link

AUCKLAND, 21 November 2016 – D-Link will partner with Microsoft in a landmark project aiming to deliver the next generation of Wi-Fi, known as "Super Wi-Fi," to rural communities across the globe, announced D-Link Chairman John Hsuan as part ... More >>

Antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance - Expert Q&A

Monday, 21 November 2016, 12:49 pm | Science Media Centre

Growing rates of antimicrobial resistance could leave us without effective drugs to treat serious infections - "the end of modern medicine as we know it", according to the WHO's Margaret Chan. More >>

Android banking malware whitelists itself to stay connected

Monday, 21 November 2016, 12:11 pm | Symantec

New Android.Fakebank.B variants use social engineering to bypass battery-saving process and stay active in background More >>

Putting New Zealand on the front page

Monday, 21 November 2016, 11:43 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington scientists have featured on the cover of a leading international journal with an image of bacteria grown in the shape of New Zealand. More >>

Farmer assists in near-eradication of methane from cow farts

Monday, 21 November 2016, 11:10 am | Canadian Broadcasting Corporation CBC

A Canadian farmer has helped lead to a researcher's discovery of an unlikely weapon in the battle against global warming: a seaweed that nearly eliminates the destructive methane content of cow burps and farts. More >>

SMC ALERT: Kaikoura earthquake (GeoNet Q&A)

Sunday, 20 November 2016, 8:17 pm | Science Media Centre

We're gathering expert commentary on various aspects of Monday'smagnitude 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake and the resulting aftershocks and landslides. We'll send comments through as they become available. Please feel free to use these comments in your reporting ... More >>

Kaikoura earthquake - Expert reaction 8

Friday, 18 November 2016, 5:11 pm | Science Media Centre

We're gathering expert commentary on various aspects of Monday'smagnitude 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake and the resulting aftershocks and landslides. We'll send comments through as they become available. Please feel free to use these comments in your reporting ... More >>

Earthquake and tsunami, genes, and spin off to science

Friday, 18 November 2016, 5:01 pm | Science Media Centre

In this issue: Kaikoura earthquake and tsunami confusion,gene editing and spin off to science. More >>

Marsden fund success for Lincoln researcher

Friday, 18 November 2016, 2:12 pm | Lincoln University

Lincoln University lecturer Dr Amanda Black has been awarded a three-year grant from the Marsden Fund to explore how Māori knowledge can improve New Zealand biosecurity. Biosecurity is a worldwide issue. Invasions of unwanted organisms are rising through ... More >>

Unitec calls for interest in Borneo jungle experience

Friday, 18 November 2016, 2:00 pm | UNITEC

Wanting a chance to work and study in Borneo? Unitec Institute of Technology is inviting the general public to sign up for a tropical rainforest field trip. More >>

 

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