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Hatchet Job on Trout and Salmon Hatcheries?

Monday, 15 October 2018, 5:36 pm | Rex Gibson

A commissioned NZ Fish and Game report by Nelson’s Cawthron Institute decrying trout and salmon hatcheries has been described as a “hatchet job” by a prominent Canterbury ecologist and river advocate. More >>

Solomon Islands to get new seismic monitoring network

Monday, 15 October 2018, 2:27 pm | GNS Science

Staff from GNS Science are in the Solomon Islands for the next month to help set up the country’s first geohazard monitoring network to provide real-time information on earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis. More >>

High Pressure to Set the Scene for the Upcoming Week

Monday, 15 October 2018, 12:09 pm | MetService

A ridge of high pressure building over the Tasman Sea will be the main driver for weather conditions this week. More >>

Alpine Fault Project Launches Coordinated Response Framework

Monday, 15 October 2018, 11:20 am | Alpine Fault Magnitude 8

A coordinated South Island-wide response to the next severe earthquake on the Alpine Fault came a step closer today with the launch of Project AF8’s “SAFER Framework”. More >>

EPA ramps up chemical reassessments programme

Monday, 15 October 2018, 11:01 am | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is making changes to the way some chemicals are managed in New Zealand. More >>

Gene editing upsets the applecart

Monday, 15 October 2018, 10:21 am | Life Sciences Network

“New Zealand will slip behind its competitors and forfeit opportunities to address climate change, water quality, pests and other environmental concerns if we reject the use of gene editing in our primary industries” the chairman of the Life Sciences ... More >>

Tauranga Moana launches biosecurity collective

Monday, 15 October 2018, 10:18 am | Tauranga Moana

National and international biosecurity experts will converge on Tauranga this week, for a series of biosecurity-related events and the launch of a new initiative. More >>

Great science and good food makes million dollar business

Monday, 15 October 2018, 9:44 am | University of Auckland

A New Zealand start-up making apple, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir flour has received a $NZ1.2 million injection from the home of gastronomy, France. More >>

Icy delay to Antarctica

Sunday, 14 October 2018, 11:39 am | Antarctica New Zealand

Antarctica is dealing her icy hand, delivering a series of storms that have caused the longest delay in decades for the start of the season. More >>

SMC Bulletin - Limiting warming to 1.5C

Friday, 12 October 2018, 3:39 pm | Science Media Centre

Limiting warming to 1.5C The world needs to get to net zero carbon by 2050 to avoid warming by more than 1.5C, according to the IPCC. More >>

New study links common herbicides and antibiotic resistance

Friday, 12 October 2018, 2:36 pm | University of Canterbury

A new study finds that bacteria develop antibiotic resistance up to 100,000 times faster when exposed to the world’s most widely used herbicides, Roundup (glyphosate) and Kamba (dicamba) and antibiotics compared to without the herbicide. More >>

Japanese inventor wins the 2018 Ryman Prize

Friday, 12 October 2018, 1:55 pm | Ryman Healthcare

Professor Takanori Shibata has been awarded the 2018 Ryman Prize in recognition of his more than 25 years of ground-breaking research into new technology to help older people. More >>

Mice bred with two mums - Expert Reaction

Friday, 12 October 2018, 9:45 am | Science Media Centre

Researchers from China have bred healthy mice with two mums (and no dad) that went on to have normal pups of their own. More >>

Last gasp of winter for the end of the School Holidays

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 2:02 pm | MetService

A low pressure system with a series of associated fronts brings heavy rain, thunderstorms, snow and strong winds to many areas across the country today through until Saturday. A southerly change in the wake of this system drops the temperatures down to the ... More >>

Diet has little influence on precursor to gout

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 11:54 am | University of Otago

Dietary factors have a far smaller influence on urate levels (a precursor to gout) than previously envisaged, new University of Otago research reveals. More >>

Southwest Pacific Tropical Cyclone Outlook

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 11:25 am | NIWA

Near normal tropical cyclone activity overall during November-April, but increased east and reduced west of the Date Line; multiple severe tropical cyclones expected. More >>

Link between iron and vitamin D deficiency?

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 1:35 pm | Massey University

Approximately 12 per cent of pre-menopausal women in New Zealand are diagnosed with iron deficiency. Previous research from Massey University has identified women of Asian origin are five times more likely to be iron deficient, and researchers are ... More >>

Heat seeking drones could help protect and save dolphins

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 9:20 am | Maui and Hector's Dolphin Defenders

A scientific study recently conducted in New Zealand and the UK, has suggested unmanned drones equipped with a thermal imaging cameras, could be used to seek out, and help protect endangered Maui and Hector’s dolphins in New Zealand, and other marine ... More >>

Freshwater agenda – Expert Reaction

Monday, 8 October 2018, 5:20 pm | Science Media Centre

A blueprint for the Government's freshwater agenda , which sets out key objectives for improving water quality over the next two years, has been released today. More >>

IPCC report ‘end of magical thinking’ about climate change

Monday, 8 October 2018, 5:03 pm | University of Canterbury

Limiting global warming to 1.5C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the IPCC said in a new assessment released today (2pm Monday 8 October NZTime). With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, ... More >>

Have prehistoric eruptions being lying about their age?

Monday, 8 October 2018, 3:55 pm | University of Canterbury

Volcanic lies: Have prehistoric eruptions being lying about their age? Some volcanic eruptions, including the most recent large Taupo eruption in New Zealand, may be lying about their age, according to new University of Canterbury research. A study ... More >>

World-renowned space company partners with NZ institute

Monday, 8 October 2018, 2:16 pm | Centre for Space Science Technology

The Centre for Space Science Technology (CSST) and Airbus Defence and Space today announced a partnership agreement, which will give New Zealand businesses, industry, government and the research community access to an even wider selection of high resolution, ... More >>

IPCC 1.5C report - Expert Reaction

Monday, 8 October 2018, 2:06 pm | Science Media Centre

The IPCC's latest special report - Global Warming of 1.5C - has been released at a press conference in Incheon, South Korea. More >>

Disruptive Weather Following a Mild Start

Monday, 8 October 2018, 12:58 pm | MetService

MetService are forecasting disruptive weather, following a mild start to the week. Development of a significant system from the south is likely to see strong winds, heavy rain and possible heavy snow to some parts of New Zealand. This is set to contrast ... More >>

PGG Wrightson Seeds development at Lincoln

Monday, 8 October 2018, 12:08 pm | AgResearch

A new building development by PGG Wrightson Seeds at AgResearch’s Lincoln campus is a significant step forward for both parties, and for the burgeoning research and innovation hub in the Canterbury town, leaders of the two organisations say. More >>

Analysis of breast milk nutrient composition

Monday, 8 October 2018, 10:23 am | Plant and Food Research

Scientists have investigated the differences in breast milk produced by women from the three main ethnic groups in New Zealand. The findings may help researchers develop a product for breastfeeding mothers that would support their nutrition and therefore ... More >>

University of Otago to develop Education Centre

Friday, 5 October 2018, 5:45 pm | University of Otago

The University of Otago is developing a new $1.5 million education and research centre at its Southland campus in Invercargill, in partnership with the Southern District Health Board. More >>

Gene Editing Drives into Dangerous Unknown Territory

Friday, 5 October 2018, 5:32 pm | GE Free NZ

The Royal Society Te Apārangi is inviting feedback on scenarios for the use of gene editing in the primary industry sector [1]. Are they leading New Zealand agriculture and horticulture into dangerous unknown territory when they promote genetically engineered ... More >>

SMC Bulletin - Should we use GE in plants?

Friday, 5 October 2018, 4:18 pm | Science Media Centre

A new discussion paper evaluates the potential uses and risks of gene editing for New Zealand’s primary industries. More >>

International research about NZ’s largest fault

Friday, 5 October 2018, 2:37 pm | GNS Science

An international team of scientists sets off this weekend to place earthquake monitoring instruments along New Zealand’s largest fault, the Hikurangi subduction zone. More >>

All New Nanogirl Live Science & Engineering Show Tour

Friday, 5 October 2018, 1:52 pm | Nanogirl

All New Nanogirl Live Science & Engineering Show New Zealand Tour 2018 - Tickets on Sale Now The world's only female-led live science show - Nanogirl Live! - is touring New Zealand for the third year running. This year, the Nanogirl team will present ... More >>

Otago researchers win Fellowships worth $3.2 million

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 12:44 pm | University of Otago

Three highly-promising University of Otago researchers and another recently departed from the university, have been awarded Rutherford Discovery Fellowships worth $3.2 million by the Royal Society Te Apārangi. More >>

DreamLab users help accelerate cancer research

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 12:37 pm | Vodafone NZ

The Vodafone Foundation announced today users of the DreamLab app have helped cancer researchers finish Project Genetic Profile, focused on calculating genetic similarities between brain, lung, melanoma and sarcoma cancers well ahead of schedule. Researchers ... More >>

Support Women in STEM by buying an experience

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 12:29 pm | Association for Women in the Sciences

If you’ve ever wanted to do kitchen science with Nanogirl Michelle Dickinson, talk microbiology with Dr Siouxsie Wiles, go bug hunting with the Bug Man Ruud Kleinpaste, hang out on the set of TVNZ Breakfast with Jack Tame, or tour a scientific research ... More >>

MetService Forecasts a Mostly Fine Weekend

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 11:57 am | MetService

The middle weekend of the school holidays is shaping up to be “not too bad” weather-wise, says MetService. More >>

River water quality report – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 11:50 am | Science Media Centre

A river quality report and interactive from Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) has measured the health of our rivers through data on 10-year trends from sites around the country. More >>

Gene editing in primary industries – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 11:47 am | Science Media Centre

A new discussion paper evaluates the potential uses of gene editing for New Zealand’s primary industries. More >>

2018 Rutherford Discovery Fellowships announced

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 11:33 am | Royal Society

Ten early¬ to mid-career researchers have been awarded Rutherford Discovery Fellowships that support them to accelerate their research careers in New Zealand. More >>

River macroinvertebrates are under pressure

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 9:38 am | LAWA

Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) has analysed and released 10-year trends for river macroinvertebrates for the first time and the results are publicly available on the LAWA website . The Macroinvertebrate Community Index (MCI) is an important biological ... More >>

Potential uses of gene editing for primary industries

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 9:26 am | Royal Society

Removing allergens from milk, making mānuka disease-resistant and preventing wilding pines are some potential future uses of gene editing in New Zealand if we choose to utilise this new technology. More >>

Scion Annual Report showcases many successes

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 4:34 pm | Scion

Scion Annual Report showcases many successes Scion has issued its annual report for the 12 months ending 30 June 2018 presenting a successful year for the Rotorua-based Crown research institute. Recently appointed Chair Dr Helen Anderson says the Scion ... More >>

NIWA Outlook: October – December 2018

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 1:25 pm | NIWA

For the sixth consecutive month, ENSO-neutral conditions persisted across the tropical Pacific. In September 2018 however, the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) continued to trend down and is now in the El Niño range with a value of –1. On the other ... More >>

2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 9:52 am | The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet

Cancer kills millions of people every year and is one of humanity’s greatest health challenges. By stimulating the inherent ability of our immune system to attack tumor cells this year’s Nobel Laureates have established an entirely new principle for ... More >>

Revolutionary 3D colour X-ray for medicine

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 9:33 am | University of Canterbury

Invented in Christchurch, the MARS spectral x-ray scanner will revolutionise medical imaging globally, and the diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as cancer and heart disease, because it provides far greater detail of the body’s chemical components. ... More >>

Nobel Prize in Physics 2018: Tools made of light

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 9:33 am | The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 More >>

Nobel Prize recognises growing relevance of immunotherapy

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 3:02 pm | Malaghan Institute

The decision to award a Nobel Prize to two leading immunotherapy researchers is well deserved recognition of the major impact immunology and immunotherapy is having in the fight against cancer says the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research. More >>

Handwritten files provide sediment treasure chest

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 1:39 pm | NIWA

A NIWA scientist who spent years poring over handwritten scientific notes stored in about 50 large wooden drawers, has seen the fruits of her labour now being used in ways she never imagined. More >>

Sulawsi quake and tsunami – Expert Reaction v2

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 12:06 pm | Science Media Centre

On Friday Evening, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck near the city of Palu on the island of Sulawesi. The quake and resulting tsunami killed at least 800 people and displaced more than 50,000. More >>

Sulawsi quake and tsunami – Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 11:50 am | Science Media Centre

On Friday Evening, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck near the city of Palu on the island of Sulawesi. The quake and resulting tsunami killed at least 800 people and displaced more than 50,000. These numbers are expected to grow as the rescue teams ... More >>

Whale footage and research from sub-Antarctic Islands

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 10:41 am | University of Otago

A University of Otago research team led by Professor Steve Dawson and Dr Will Rayment, have recently returned from a month-long expedition to the sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands where they have been collecting data on a recovering population of southern ... More >>

Quantum Shorts is open for entries

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 10:21 am | Quantum Shorts

Lights, camera, action! The Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies is calling for entries to the celebrated Quantum Shorts film festival. The festival is free to enter, and open to amateur and professional film-makers who want to tell ... More >>

Key Dairy Areas Forecast to Have a Drier Than Normal October

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 10:04 am | CLIMsystems

Hamilton, New Zealand, 3 August 2018. The relatively benign seasonal forecast issued by ExtendWeather in August for the early part of the dairy season has largely been experienced. The three times a month update does however offer insights into occasionally ... More >>

Kiwi’s made kererū count this week

Monday, 1 October 2018, 4:58 pm | Kereru Discovery Trust

Kiwi’s made kererū count this week in NZ’s biggest citizen science project This week hundreds of New Zealand citizen scientists made just over 8,800 observations of kererū, from as far north as Mangonui and south as Pikaroro Bay, Stewart Island, ... More >>

Meg Matthews appointed Cawthron chair

Monday, 1 October 2018, 1:10 pm | Cawthron Institute

Media Release: 1 October 2018 Meg Matthews brings considerable governance experience to role as Chair of Cawthron Institute Board of Directors Meg Matthews has been appointed chair of the Cawthron Institute Board of Directors. She replaces Ian Kearney who ... More >>

Dry weather wins battle over weakening fronts

Monday, 1 October 2018, 1:00 pm | MetService

Several fronts weaken as they move over New Zealand this week, resulting in plenty of fine weather for the first week of the school holidays. More >>

October is the time to search for the South Island kōkako

Monday, 1 October 2018, 12:23 pm | South Island Kokako Charitable Trust

If you’re planning to get out and about this spring, please take a camera as the search continues for the elusive and secretive South Island kōkako. More >>

New technique to test NZ foods that promote healthy bacteria

Monday, 1 October 2018, 11:47 am | High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge

At birth a baby’s digestive system is pristine and waiting to be rapidly colonised by millions of bacteria (microbiome). We know the health of a baby is linked to the health of its microbiome. More >>

SMC Bulletin - Get on board with blockchain

Friday, 28 September 2018, 3:56 pm | Science Media Centre

Get on board with blockchain New Zealand should get on board with blockchain, including cryptocurrency, according to a report funded by the Law Foundation. More >>

Harnessing science to support Mycoplasma bovis eradication

Friday, 28 September 2018, 2:44 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

This week in Wellington, the Mycoplasma bovis Strategic Science Advisory Group (SSAG) brought together around 75 key people for a workshop to develop the science plan that will prioritise Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) eradication research and help inform ... More >>

Nanogirl Labs Donating Kitchen Science Cookbook to Schools

Friday, 28 September 2018, 12:30 pm | Nanogirl

Nanogirl Labs Are Donating the Kitchen Science Cookbook to Every Decile 1 & 2 Primary School in New Zealand More >>