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New funding to send apples to Asia

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 2:38 pm | Plant and Food Research

New research funding will support the pipfruit industry in opening the door for apple exports in new high-value Asian markets. More >>

Video: Tiger Cubs the New Cuties at Hamilton Zoo

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 2:34 pm | Hamilton Zoo

The zoo’s female Sumatran tiger, Sali, gave birth to a pair of cubs earlier this month – believed to be a boy and a girl – in what is a significant achievement for both the species and the popular Hamilton visitor attraction. More >>

Exotic flying spiders dominate land after fires

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 2:28 pm | Lincoln University

There may be another reason to be careful during the heightened fire risk of a dry summer in addition to the danger posed to people and property — big foreign flying spiders. More >>

Potassium plan for pasture growth

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 2:23 pm | Ballance Agri-Nutrients

Potassium (K) is an essential nutrient to deliver good pasture growth, particularly during summer, and a three year trial by Ballance Agri-Nutrients shows one size does not fit all for application rates. More >>

Peter Schwerdtfeger awarded Rutherford Medal

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 1:44 pm | Massey University

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 Under embargo until 10.30pm (NZ time), November 26 Peter Schwerdtfeger awarded Rutherford Medal More >>

Mobile labs to tackle fruit fly investigations

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 12:42 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has today received two newly fitted mobile field laboratories to improve its ability to manage the diagnostic work required in the event of a fruit fly detection. More >>

Cause of yellow-eyed penguin disease investigated

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 12:28 pm | Department of Conservation

Yellow-eyed penguin chicks/hōiho are under the spotlight this week as vets try to find the trigger for the mystery illness that continues to threaten the endangered birds. Avian diphtheria appears to take hold in the Otago population of yellow-eyed ... More >>

Medal for baby brain injury treatment

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 10:30 am | University of Auckland

Decades of research into understanding the impact and mechanisms of mild hypothermia treatment to reduce brain injury in newborn babies was recognised with the award of the Royal Society’s MacDiarmid Medal this week. University of Auckland Professor ... More >>

Methane consuming microbes combat climate change

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 11:32 am | Lincoln University

A Lincoln University scientist is thinking small to help solve a big problem—climate change. More >>

Pioneering research leads to drug break-through

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 11:19 am | University of Auckland

Drug discovery research at the University of Auckland to treat a severe neurodevelopmental disorder has successfully passed Phase 2 clinical trials and will now be taken to the next stage. More >>

New procedure making waves

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 10:58 am | Capital and Coast District Health Board

A new ‘water jet’ procedure providing shorter, safer treatment for kidney tumours is being run at Capital & Coast District Health Board (CCDHB). More >>

Sugary drinks focus of Pacific health research

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 10:45 am | University of Auckland

A new Pacific career development award has been made to University of Auckland public health researcher, Dr Gerhard Sundborn. More >>

KuangChi Science Is Going to Launch the 'Traveller' in NZ

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 10:04 am | KuangChi Science

KuangChi Science (HKSE: 00439) is collaborating with Airways New Zealand and Pengxin International to launch a 'near space ship' called Traveller in New Zealand. KuangChi Science is a Hong Kong listed company specializing in novel space service. More >>

Insights into tuberculosis using a tropical fish

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 10:04 am | University of Auckland

Researchers from the University of Auckland and Duke University Medical Centre have collaborated to develop a new understanding and possible way of treating tuberculosis. The research has relied on using a small tropical fish, the zebrafish, that can develop ... More >>

House of Science going national

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 9:57 am | House of Science

The House of Science is opening branches in three other locations from early next year. Launched in Tauranga 12 months ago, the House of Science has been so successful that other parts of the country want a slice of the action. More >>

Sophisticated cyber-espionage malware uncovered by Symantec

Monday, 24 November 2014, 1:41 pm | Symantec

Symantec has uncovered a sophisticated new piece of malware—reminiscent of Stuxnet and Duqu—which bears the hallmarks of a state-sponsored operation and operates with a degree of technical competence rarely seen. The malware, dubbed “Regin,” ... More >>

Blustery spring weather to continue

Monday, 24 November 2014, 1:17 pm | MetService

The windy spring weather is set to continue this week, with several fronts bringing bouts of rain to western areas, and warm temperatures with blustery northwest winds in the east. More >>

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 >>

 

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