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SMC Heads-Up: Dawn whales, #shirtstorms and antibiotics

Friday, 21 November 2014, 3:02 pm | Science Media Centre

Ancient NZ whale; Science radar; A 'shirty' situation; Antibiotic awareness; Friday video; Policy news; Quoted; New from the SMC; Sciblogs highlights; Research highlights; Sci-tech events More >>

Scientists celebrate 60 years of radiocarbon measurements

Friday, 21 November 2014, 2:45 pm | NIWA

Scientists will next month celebrate the diamond anniversary of the world’s longest continuous record of atmospheric radiocarbon measurements. More >>

Innovative Technology Designed in the Hutt Valley

Friday, 21 November 2014, 10:14 am | Weltec

Fraser Engineering in Lower Hutt is world famous for producing sophisticated yet rugged fire engines. More >>

The Art of Maths takes centre stage at lecture

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 1:58 pm | Cawthron Institute

Cawthron Institute in association with the Royal Society of New Zealand is proud to announce Professor Marcus du Sautoy as distinguished speaker for the 2014 Thomas Cawthron Memorial Lecture in Nelson on 10 December. More >>

More wind on the menu

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 1:36 pm | MetService

It has been a windy spring so far and it looks like there's more of the same on the menu for the next few days. MetService has issued a Severe Weather Watch for northwest gales in eastern parts of the South Island and lower North Island today and Friday. ... More >>

Have your say on fungi to protect cereal crops

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 11:53 am | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority is inviting submissions on an application to release non-toxic Epichloë fungi. Epichloë endophytes could improve the resistance of cereal plants to insect pests, fungal diseases and droughts. More >>

Education essential to prevent antimicrobial resistance

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 4:28 pm | NZVA

Veterinarians say working closely with doctors and farmers is essential to address antimicrobial resistance – one of the greatest potential risks to animal and human health – and this week’s Antimicrobial Awareness Week (17-21 November) is a timely ... More >>

Ancient NZ ‘Dawn Whale’ identified by Otago researchers

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 10:44 am | University of Otago

University of Otago palaeontologists are rewriting the history of New Zealand’s ancient whales by describing a previously unknown genus of fossil baleen whales and two species within it. More >>

Defence Works with New Tech Programme to Enhance Capability

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 10:28 am | New Zealand Defence Industry Association

Wellington – The NZ Defence Force is seeking to enhance its understanding of new technologies in its daily work with the help of a programme devised by a New Zealander living in the United States. More >>

NASA Planetary Scientists Come to New Zealand

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 10:20 am | Astrobiology Group

New Zealand teachers and students will join NASA Astrobiologists and New Zealand scientists in the North Island this January, 2015, to explore extreme environments and conduct scientific experiments that might one day provide insight for the search ... More >>

Lincoln’s wildlife warriors take fight to pests

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 4:09 pm | Lincoln University

A unit of researchers engaged in the war to save our threatened native birds are outlining their cutting-edge battle plans at the New Zealand Ecological Society Conference at Massey University today. More >>

Reassessment of PredaSTOP baits for stoats

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 11:55 am | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on its reassessment of PredaSTOP baits. PredaSTOP is a Vertebrate Toxic Agent (VTA), containing para-aminopropiophenone (PAPP), used to control stoats and feral cats. More >>

Conference on meteorological and climate forecasting

Monday, 17 November 2014, 3:28 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

Conference on meteorological and climate forecasting An upcoming conference at Victoria University of Wellington will explore aspects of meteorological and climate forecasting, and the research underpinning weather prediction. More than 80 research papers and ... More >>

SIT Hosts Lego Workshop

Monday, 17 November 2014, 2:46 pm | Southern Institute Of Technology

The Southern Institute of Technology hosted Science and Technology teachers on Friday 14 November for the Introductory Lego Education EV3 Hands-On Workshop. The workshop was run by Joanna Burk Business Development Manager at Lego Education resources. More >>

Monday blues

Monday, 17 November 2014, 1:46 pm | MetService

The weather isn't going to help out much if you are suffering from a bout of post weekend sunshine blues. It is a wet and windy start to the week for the North Island as an area of low pressure barrels across the country from the Tasman Sea. This low ... More >>

‘Game-Changing Visual Record’ of Great Barrier Reef

Friday, 14 November 2014, 5:36 pm | Catlin Seaview Survey

• More than 100,000 images spanning the 2,300 kilometre reef system now available to scientists on the Catlin Global Reef Record More >>

Keeping crucial carbon in soils

Friday, 14 November 2014, 11:29 am | Bala Tikkisetty

Recent research has been showing that some pastoral soils are losing more crucial carbon and nitrogen than others. More >>

Bionic arm to be developed under NZ-Germany collaboration

Friday, 14 November 2014, 11:10 am | University of Auckland

Scientists from the University of Auckland’s Bioengineering Institute (ABI) are collaborating with the Fraunhofer Institute in Stuttgart, Germany to create human exoskeletons that will reduce workplace injury and assist stroke patients. More >>

Massey scientist contributes to animal welfare research

Friday, 14 November 2014, 10:28 am | National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee

A Massey University scientist has been honoured for his work in refining the ways animals are used in scientific research, testing and teaching. The 2014 National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee (NAEAC) Three Rs Award, sponsored by the Royal New ... More >>

Atomically Thin Semiconductors for Use in Flexible Devices

Friday, 14 November 2014, 9:58 am | NC State News

Researchers Find New Way to Move Atomically Thin Semiconductors for Use in Extremely Flexible Devices More >>

Crowdsourcing science to beat Psa

Thursday, 13 November 2014, 2:54 pm | Plant and Food Research

Scientists are hoping that crowdsourcing knowledge from the international science community will help them find the answer to a lethal kiwifruit disease. More >>

Touchdown! Rosetta's Philae Probe Lands on Comet

Thursday, 13 November 2014, 12:47 pm | European Space Agency

ESA’s Rosetta mission has soft-landed its Philae probe on a comet, the first time in history that such an extraordinary feat has been achieved. More >>

Clean Sweep of scientist awards

Thursday, 13 November 2014, 10:17 am | University of Auckland

The University of Auckland has been recognised in every category at this year’s New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS) Awards. Professor Mick Clout from the Faculty of Science has been jointly awarded the Marsden Medal for his contribution ... More >>

Awards reward scientists with an eye to the future

Thursday, 13 November 2014, 10:00 am | New Zealand Association of Scientists

The New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS) is pleased to announce its annual medals to New Zealand scientists for 2014. The Marsden medal is awarded jointly to Professor Mick Clout, of the University of Auckland, and Professor Keith Hunter, ... More >>

Rosetta's 'Philae' Makes Historic First Landing on a Comet

Thursday, 13 November 2014, 9:45 am | NASA

After more than a decade traveling through space, a robotic lander built by the European Space Agency has made the first-ever soft landing of a spacecraft on a comet. More >>

Research medal for palliative care research specialist

Thursday, 13 November 2014, 9:15 am | University of Auckland

Palliative care and gerontology research specialist, Professor Merryn Gott from the University of Auckland was (jointly) awarded this year’s Research Medal from the NZ Association of Scientists. More >>

When the last possum dies

Thursday, 13 November 2014, 9:14 am | University of Auckland

A New Zealand where native wildlife live without fear of predators is the vision of one of the country’s foremost conservation scientists who was awarded the Marsden Medal for 2014 at a ceremony in Wellington. Professor Mick Clout from the University ... More >>

Top engineering scientist wins major award

Thursday, 13 November 2014, 9:12 am | University of Auckland

A leading and internationally renowned engineering researcher from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Auckland has won this year’s Shorland Medal, awarded by the New Zealand Association of Scientists. More >>

‘Nanogirl’ wins science communication award

Thursday, 13 November 2014, 9:11 am | University of Auckland

One of the country’s most recognisable scientists has been awarded one of the year’s top honours for her work in making science accessible to a wide range of New Zealanders. Dr Michelle Dickinson, who uses the popular twitter handle ‘Nanogirl’ ... More >>

Smartphone users needed for nutrition trial

Wednesday, 12 November 2014, 3:07 pm | University of Auckland

An exciting five-week study on nutrition labelling is underway at the National Institute for Health Innovation at the University of Auckland. More >>

Government Freeze On Toxic Biotech Crops Urgently Needed

Wednesday, 12 November 2014, 2:28 pm | GE Free NZ

GE Free NZ is calling on the government to place a moratorium on all new GE food applications, withdraw all existing GE foods and conduct studies on their safety, following tests showing toxicity to animals and humans. More >>

Neuroscientists reveal mechanism crucial to male brains

Wednesday, 12 November 2014, 11:57 am | University of Otago

University of Otago researchers have discovered that neural circuitry they previously showed was vital to triggering ovulation and maintaining fertility also plays a key role in moulding the male brain. More >>

‘One Health’ approach to infection

Tuesday, 11 November 2014, 3:27 pm | University of Otago

Infectious diseases and other health concerns arising at the interface between people, animals, and the environment, are the focus of the 7th annual conference of the Otago International Health Research Network (OIHRN) that begins tomorrow. Hosted by the ... More >>

An unusually late cold spell

Monday, 10 November 2014, 4:22 pm | MetService

After the fine and sunny weekend, there is a busy start to the weather week, with a number of volatile fronts moving over New Zealand. These fronts will herald an unusually late cold spell as we move through the week. "The temperatures this ... More >>

Wanted! Eyes and ears for Coast Watch

Monday, 10 November 2014, 3:56 pm | Department of Conservation

The Friends of Taputeranga Marine Reserve, with support from the Department of Conservation, is recruiting for a Coast Watch group on Wellington’s south coast. More >>

New Variant of Cryptolocker Virus

Monday, 10 November 2014, 3:36 pm | Loud in Public

There is a new variant on the Cryptolocker virus, or ransomware, hitting computer networks as we speak. More >>

Meridian cut casts a shadow over solar plans

Monday, 10 November 2014, 11:01 am | Econergy Limited

Meridian Energy’s slashing of solar buy back rates has messed with my plans for installing solar power – big time. More >>

Moa were exterminated by a low-density human population

Monday, 10 November 2014, 10:45 am | University of Otago

A new study involving University of Otago researchers suggests that moa were completely extinct by the time New Zealand’s human population had grown to two and half thousand people at most. More >>

Canterbury researcher looking at Antarctic glacier behaviour

Monday, 10 November 2014, 9:31 am | University of Canterbury

Canterbury researcher looking at Antarctic glacier behaviour in critical areas November 9, 2014 A University of Canterbury researcher is heading a project which has received a $345,000 Marsden grant to look at short-term glacier behaviour in critical areas ... More >>

Shape-shifting molecules may provide new diagnosis methods

Monday, 10 November 2014, 9:22 am | University of Canterbury

A new University of Canterbury research project is investigating the impact of large molecular cages trapping small molecules within them to help improve drug delivery methods and medical diagnoses. More >>

Battle for our Birds protecting Catlins mōhua

Friday, 7 November 2014, 5:31 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation tomorrow (Saturday 8 November) begins its Battle for our Birds pest control in the Catlins to protect an important at risk population of mōhua/yellowhead in the beech forest. More >>

Scientists reveal secrets of insect evolution

Friday, 7 November 2014, 1:40 pm | CSIRO

SCIENTISTS REVEAL SECRETS OF INSECT EVOLUTION Using genetic analysis, scientists have been able to conclusively establish that insects originated about 480 million years ago, and that they developed the ability to fly some 80 million years later. More >>

Research to enhance fertility of New Zealand dairy cows

Friday, 7 November 2014, 10:48 am | Victoria University of Wellington

A Victoria University of Wellington researcher is aiming to discover why some dairy cows are less fertile than others and how to overcome the disparity. More >>

US water quality expert to speak at Science Evening

Friday, 7 November 2014, 10:23 am | Bay of Plenty Regional Council

An American water quality expert who has studied and modelled the effects of nutrients in USA lakes will be sharing his knowledge at a public forum in Rotorua on Thursday 20 November. More >>

The origins of multicelluar life

Thursday, 6 November 2014, 5:24 pm | Massey University

The biological world around us is dominated by multicellular plants and animals. All of these intricate forms have evolved from far simpler, single celled ancestors. More >>

Thousands of species undiscovered

Thursday, 6 November 2014, 5:09 pm | Landcare Research

Thousands of species in New Zealand are yet to be discovered. But it’s not just scientists who could uncover them. It could be you. More >>

DNA tests complete Kakabeak jigsaw

Thursday, 6 November 2014, 3:21 pm | Forest Lifeforce

DNA tests on newly-discovered, nearly extinct plants have given researchers the most complete picture yet of how the critically-endangered kakabeak (Clianthus maximus, or ngutukākā in te reo) is clinging to survival on the inaccessible cliffs, bluffs ... More >>

Ending the week on a high

Thursday, 6 November 2014, 2:00 pm | MetService

What a week for the weather! Last Sunday, the temperatures across many parts of the country reached the high twenties before falling with a bump on Monday. The return of the cold air brought some snow flurries about the higher ground of both Islands ... More >>

Ozone depleting substance found to be rising

Thursday, 6 November 2014, 10:40 am | NIWA

NIWA researchers have made a prominent contribution to new research showing the international treaty to protect the ozone layer is working -- despite the discovery of increased levels of ozone-depleting hydrogen chloride in the Northern Hemisphere. More >>

Strong link between selenium levels and depression

Thursday, 6 November 2014, 10:31 am | University of Otago

A new University of Otago study has found that selenium levels that are both too high in the body, and worse, too low, can place young people at greater risk of depression. More >>

Researcher receives $345,000 to help people who stutter

Thursday, 6 November 2014, 10:19 am | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury researcher has received $345,000 in Marsden funding to investigate the primary deficit in stuttering, which she hopes will pave the way for developing new treatments for stuttering. More >>

Stoat or ferret behind little penguin deaths

Wednesday, 5 November 2014, 4:54 pm | Department of Conservation

The results from autopsies conducted by Wildbase (Institute of Veterinary Animal and Biomedical Sciences,Palmerston North) have found that the lethal wounds on 29 little penguins, found dead along the coast at Doctors Point near Dunedin, were caused ... More >>

Nanotechnology to help in electricity production

Tuesday, 4 November 2014, 4:03 pm | GNS Science

Nanotechnology to help in electricity production New Zealand could tap into a global market worth billions of dollars by using nanotechnology to develop electrical generators that are efficient at converting ‘waste heat’ into electricity. More >>

Climate Summary Oct 2014: A dry month for some

Tuesday, 4 November 2014, 2:05 pm | NIWA

A dry month for some of the country with near average temperatures for most. Rainfall Rainfall was below normal (50-79%) or well below normal ( 149%) for south-western parts of the South Island. Temperature October temperatures were near average (within ... More >>

Creating Neural Bridges

Tuesday, 4 November 2014, 10:48 am | University of Auckland

Novel medical research projects for personalised cancer, treating skin inflammation, diabetes’ impact on the heart, and creating neural bridges were the recipients of Marsden Grants worth $2.16 million this week. More >>

New pastures may be future weed threat

Tuesday, 4 November 2014, 10:04 am | Joint Press Release

Breeding new fast-growing grass varieties that produce more seeds and are resistant to drought, pests, grazing and disease may inadvertently be creating the next generation of invasive weeds, warns an international team of researchers. More >>

Korean Antarctic Programme opens office in Christchurch

Monday, 3 November 2014, 3:43 pm | Antarctica New Zealand

Antarctica New Zealand welcomes the Korean National Antarctic Programme to Christchurch's Antarctic community. Today, the Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) will open their New Zealand-based cooperation office at the International Antarctic Centre ... More >>

Clear message from climate change experts - act now

Monday, 3 November 2014, 2:10 pm | NZ Climate and Health group

The latest report from the world’s leading climate science body sends an unequivocal message to governments – urgent action on climate change is required to avoid catastrophic outcomes for human health and wellbeing. More >>

Cooler but more settled weather for the week ahead

Monday, 3 November 2014, 1:00 pm | MetService

It was a very windy end to the weekend, as a vigorous cold front travelled north across the country bringing heavy rain to the West Coast of the South Island and severe gales to the east. As this front moves away, it will leave some cooler and ... More >>

New Code of Practice to Reduce Quake Risk

Monday, 3 November 2014, 12:22 pm | Morrison McDougall

A new Code of Practice for the seismic design and installation of ceilings and in-ceiling services will reduce the risk of air conditioning, sprinkler systems, and suspended ceiling tiles from swinging and colliding during earthquakes and collapsing onto ... More >>

 

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