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Roboticist Says Robots Could Save Lives, To Talk On Campus

Sunday, 29 March 2015, 9:43 pm | University of Canterbury

Renowned Roboticist Who Says Robots Could Save Lives To Talk On Campus March 29, 2015 Photo : Doctoral student Sean Welsh with one of the university’s Nao research robots. More >>

Pharma transparency needed

Friday, 27 March 2015, 4:44 pm | Science Media Centre

Health researchers are calling for greater disclosure of payments from drug companies to doctors in New Zealand More >>

NASA, NZ aviation leaders launch scientific balloon

Friday, 27 March 2015, 12:28 pm | Airways New Zealand

As NASA successfully launched its super-pressure scientific balloon into near space from Wanaka aerodrome today, a New Zealand aviation leader made the operation possible through precision airspace control and coordination. More >>

A wet weekend ahead for many

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 2:00 pm | MetService

A weak trough of low pressure has brought showers to many parts of the country over the past couple of days, especially the West Coast and lower South Island. The associated cloudiness has been responsible for mild overnight temperatures, with many places ... More >>

Otago’s status as a leading scientific institution confirmed

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 12:12 pm | University of Otago

The University of Otago leads all research institutions in New Zealand in terms of articles published in 68 highly selective international science journals during 2014, according to newly published rankings by the Nature Publishing Group. More >>

Bilingual infants have different assumptions about word use

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 9:58 am | University of Auckland

Infants as young as 13 months of age who are exposed to more than one language don’t generalise word meanings in the same way as their monolingual counterparts, a new study shows. More >>

Researchers stumble across find with a bite

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 9:20 am | Forest Lifeforce

Teeth from a nasty marine predator with a bad attitude from around 80 million years ago are the latest find to come from the fossil-rich Maungataniwha Native Forest in inland Hawkes Bay. Scientists from Wellington-based GNS Science have identified ... More >>

2015 New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards Finalists

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 6:35 pm | NZ Hi Tech Awards

A record number of entries from a record number of companies across New Zealand have lifted the bar for this year’s New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards, with finalists spanning the breadth of the technology sector. More >>

How Apparel by Design use Unleashed for inventory management

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 2:38 pm | Unleashed Software

As is the case with most of the businesses we’ve spoken to, there is an interesting story for how Apparel by Design came about. Rik Dalton, Apparel by Design’s founder and owner, was racing in a professional cycling event, when he was involved in an ... More >>

Expert to explore bias in pharmaceutical research

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 9:47 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Highly respected physician and international commentator on health policy Professor Joel Lexchin, will deliver a public lecture in Wellington next week exploring how bias can be introduced into pharmaceutical research. More >>

New Zealand helps Tongan deep water fisheries development

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 1:02 pm | NIWA

Fisheries scientists from NIWA are in Tonga this week to launch a programme to help the Pacific island nation maximise the economic benefits of commercial fishing. More >>

Teenagers with traumatic brain injury often have poor memory

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 11:52 am | University of Canterbury

Teenagers who have suffered traumatic brain injury do not retain information as well as others and it can affect their studying, work life and friendships, a University of Canterbury postgraduate communication disorders student says. More >>

Is extreme weather the new normal?

Monday, 23 March 2015, 4:09 pm | NIWA

New Zealanders have just experienced one of the driest summers on record – great for beachgoers and cricket lovers, but far from ideal for farmers and orchardists relying on rain to maintain productivity. More >>

A warmer week ahead

Monday, 23 March 2015, 12:58 pm | MetService

Most places will see some sunshine over the next few days with the east of the country getting the best of the weather. Temperatures are also on an upward trend after last week's relatively cooler temperatures. However, a few spots of rain are expected ... More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Monday, 23 March 2015, 11:44 am | NIWA

Facts: Soil Moisture For the North Island, soil moisture levels are drier than normal for this time of year for much of the lower part of the North Island as well as western and northern areas of the island. Isolated pockets of severely drier than normal ... More >>

Summer spent barcoding spiders

Monday, 23 March 2015, 11:22 am | University of Waikato

Nigel Binks and Annie West weren’t big fans of arachnids before they spent 10 weeks on a University of Waikato Summer Research Scholarship project analysing spider DNA. Since then, Annie says she has gained a great appreciation for the eight-legged creatures. More >>

Wellington software company helps Kiwis 100 million times

Sunday, 22 March 2015, 4:25 pm | Abletech

Wellington software company Abletech has counted how many times Kiwis have used their address auto-complete tool to get street addresses accurate. It just tipped over 100,000,000. More >>

NASA heavy-lift balloon scheduled for Mon. 23 March lift-off

Sunday, 22 March 2015, 1:14 pm | NASA

WANAKA, New Zealand - Following a week of unsettled upper-atmospheric and surface weather in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Pam, NASA is targeting Monday, March 23, for the first launch attempt of the heavy-lift super pressure balloon from Wanaka, ... More >>

NASA balloon launch update for Sun 22 and Mon 23 March

Saturday, 21 March 2015, 5:49 pm | NASA

Please be advised that NASA is NO GO for launch on Sunday 22 March, due to the predicted launch conditions in the morning. The team will be looking closely at the forecast for Monday 23 March (Otago Anniversary Day). All indications at this time are that ... More >>

Skin cream spurs superbug

Friday, 20 March 2015, 3:36 pm | Science Media Centre

Over-prescribing of skin creams may have contributed to antibiotic resistance in New Zealand, according to research presented at a high profile conference this week. More >>

Bright new hope for beating deadly hereditary cancers

Friday, 20 March 2015, 1:11 pm | University of Otago

Deadly familial stomach and lobular breast cancers could be successfully treated at their earliest stages, or even prevented, by existing drugs that have been newly identified by University of Otago cancer genetics researchers. The researchers, led ... More >>

Greenpeace ranking reveals action on toxic pollution

Thursday, 19 March 2015, 10:35 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Beijing, 19 March 2015 – Greenpeace East Asia today released its Detox Catwalk, an online platform assessing how effectively major fashion brands are removing toxic chemicals from their supply chains and tackling water pollution. Inditex (which owns ... More >>

A ridge of high pressure for the North this weekend

Thursday, 19 March 2015, 4:04 pm | MetService

It was an interesting start to the week, with Cyclone Pam dominating the weather headlines. Pam brought heavy rain to northern Hawke's Bay and Gisborne; blasted eastern parts of Northland, Great Barrier Island and Gisborne with severe gales; and also ... More >>

South American beetle introduced to control weed

Thursday, 19 March 2015, 1:43 pm | Landcare Research

A tiny Chilean beetle has been introduced to New Zealand in a bid to control a weed that if left unchecked could potentially become as big a problem as gorse. More >>

Doctors have alternatives to topical treatments

Thursday, 19 March 2015, 1:13 pm | AFT Pharmaceuticals

Infectious disease experts this week drew attention to the growing link between topical antibiotic treaments in New Zealand and the superbug MRSA. More >> - classified website which speaks to the local

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Biopesticides Being Tested Against Moth Pest

Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 2:17 pm | NZ Genomics

Scientists working under the banner of the Lincoln University based New Zealand Bio-Protection Research Centre are examining how to harness naturally occurring fungi and bacteria as biopesticides capable of killing insect pests. More >>

NASA balloon launch update - No Go for Thurs 19 March

Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 1:35 pm | Queenstown Airport

NASA advises it is NO GO for launch on Thursday 19 March. The latest prediction of the balloon trajectory is attached. Again, the balloon heads too far north in the first few days of flight. The team will continue to evaluate conditions on a ... More >>

Non-chemical pest control method showing exciting results

Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 11:46 am | Lincoln University

Research on using non-chemical methods to control potato pests is delivering groundbreaking results. A newly published paper from the Biology Husbandry Unit (BHU) Future Farming Centre and Lincoln University, detailing the results of field trials, shows the use ... More >>

Unique animal communities may need special protection

Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 11:34 am | Victoria University of Wellington

New Zealand’s underwater mountains are home to unique animal communities which need careful environmental management, research from Victoria University of Wellington and the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric (NIWA) research reveals. More >>

Notice of hearing on fungi to protect cereal crops

Tuesday, 17 March 2015, 2:09 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is holding a hearing to decide on an application to release non-toxic Epichloe fungi. Epichloe endophytes could improve the resistance of cereal plants to insect pests, fungal diseases and drought. More >>

YikeBike undiscovered Urban Freedom

Tuesday, 17 March 2015, 11:19 am | Yike Bike

At YikeBike we love cool gadgets and freedom. We didn’t want to create a namby-pamby device but wanted something that would genuinely give people more freedom to rapidly move around our congested cities. YikeBikes are built for people who love the mix ... More >>

Stellar technology returns from space

Tuesday, 17 March 2015, 10:58 am | Carter Observatory

Space technology has come to down to earth, with Carter Observatory’s new planetarium show highlighting just how entwined space technology has become in our modern lives. More >>

Expatriate physicist slams UK’s Royal Society

Monday, 16 March 2015, 5:15 pm | New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

Distinguished expatriate physicist slams UK’s Royal Society for its lack of science on climate change More >>

Savvy tech companies join forces in global healthcare market

Monday, 16 March 2015, 4:45 pm | Kinross Group

Dynamic mobile software company Kinross Group Ltd and leading digital healthcare business Netsoft, have formed a partnership; one which will spearhead a new gold standard in healthcare and increase their global footprint. Both companies are already ... More >>

Neuro study identifies iconic triggers to optimise TVCs

Monday, 16 March 2015, 4:42 pm | Lighthouse Communications

Global first neuro study identifies iconic triggers to optimise TVCs creative for OOH locations Australian and New Zealand advertisers can now increase the effectiveness of their out-of-home campaign by more than 40 per cent by applying neuroscience to ... More >>

SummerGlow Apiaries applaud new scientific research

Monday, 16 March 2015, 3:31 pm | Summerglow Apiaries

Along with other high quality Manuka Honey producers, Waikato-based SummerGlow Apiaries, enlists an Australian scientist to help protect their export business from counterfeiters. More >>

Bid to protect morepork on Banks Peninsula

Monday, 16 March 2015, 1:07 pm | Lincoln University

Carina Pohnke (left) and DoC science advisor Moira Pryde hold a female morepork that was caught by DoC in Kaituna Valley last year. A transmitter was attached to the bird and will stay in place for 18 months so the morepork’s home range can ... More >>

NIWA discovers 141 new creatures

Monday, 16 March 2015, 12:37 pm | NIWA

The work of NIWA biologists has discovered 141 new marine creatures in the past three years, an important contribution to a worldwide register of the planet’s underwater life. More >>

Whitebait on the move

Monday, 16 March 2015, 10:06 am | University of Canterbury

The Canterbury earthquakes devastated the lower reaches of the Heathcote River / Ōpāwaho and its mouth at the Avon-Heathcote estuary. More >>

Putting a price on a predator-free New Zealand

Monday, 16 March 2015, 9:48 am | University of Auckland

A vision of a New Zealand free from the worst introduced predators is not a fantasy, say scientists, who have analysed the costs of such a project for the first time. More >>

NASA balloon launch update - No launch Monday 16th March

Sunday, 15 March 2015, 10:05 am | Queenstown Airport

Please be advised there will be no balloon launch attempt on Monday. An assessment of flight conditions for a launch attempt on Tuesday 17th will be made by NASA on Monday by 2pm. More >> is a portal where you can post your ads for FREE!

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Students win engineering prize for adventure tourism design

Sunday, 15 March 2015, 9:42 am | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury student flying fox engineering design project involving a 400 metre high-wire ride dropping 150 vertical metres down the face of Coronet Peak has been national recognised. More >>

Youngest equity crowdfunder on PledgeMe

Sunday, 15 March 2015, 9:40 am | PledgeMe

Youngest equity crowdfunder on PledgeMe The world’s youngest ever equity crowdfunder is today launching a campaign to sell shares in his business. More >>

Poison powder threat

Friday, 13 March 2015, 4:22 pm | Science Media Centre

Scientists stepped up this week to explain the toxicity of 1080 poison as police went public on threats to food supply. More >>

Update on Tropical Cyclone Pam

Friday, 13 March 2015, 2:25 pm | MetService

At 1pm today (Friday 13 March), Tropical Cyclone Pam was located 220 kilometres northeast of the capital of Vanuatu, Port Vila, moving slowly southwards. Now Category 5, the storm has winds of 220 kilometres per hour near the centre, with gales extending ... More >>

Kakariki released into Abel Tasman National Park

Friday, 13 March 2015, 2:13 pm | Department of Conservation

Ten kakariki or yellow-crowned parakeet have today been released into the Abel Tasman National Park to join a further 12 birds released last year. More >>

Minister says more evidence needed on e-cigarettes

Friday, 13 March 2015, 12:01 pm | University of Auckland

The need for more examination and investigation into the role of e-cigarettes was called for by the Associate Minister of Health at a symposium at the University of Auckland this week. More >>

People wanted for innovative cardiac exercise study

Friday, 13 March 2015, 10:03 am | University of Auckland

Participants are needed for an innovative exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation study that uses mobile technology to remotely supervise exercise in real time, anywhere in New Zealand. More >>

Putting the ‘P’ in pest control

Friday, 13 March 2015, 10:01 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Animal urine will be used to make more effective traps for problematic pests like rats and brushtail possum in a research project from Victoria University of Wellington. PossumA team of scientists, led by Dr Wayne Linklater from Victoria’s School of ... More >>

PETA on the 1080 threat

Thursday, 12 March 2015, 9:32 pm | PETA

While People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia would never condone the disturbing threats that someone is making to poison baby formula with 1080 in protest of the poison being used to kill wildlife, we can agree that no one should ... More >>

Tropical Cyclone Pam and the weekend ahead

Thursday, 12 March 2015, 1:03 pm | MetService

Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam, currently six hundred kilometres north of Port Vila, is expected to move southwards over the next 24 hours taking it just east of the major islands of Vanuatu. Though the Cyclone isn't expected to make a direct hit ... More >>

Biggest year by far for takahē breeding facility

Thursday, 12 March 2015, 11:40 am | Department of Conservation

Once presumed extinct, the critically endangered takahē has had a hugely successful breeding season thanks to work undertaken by the Department of Conservation (DOC) in partnership with Mitre 10. More >>

People wanted for innovative cardiac exercise study

Wednesday, 11 March 2015, 3:42 pm | University of Auckland

Participants are needed for an innovative exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation study that uses mobile technology to remotely supervise exercise in real time, anywhere in New Zealand. More >>

Lincoln student in frontline of battle against stink bug

Wednesday, 11 March 2015, 10:55 am | Lincoln University

Lincoln student in frontline of battle against stink bug In the wake of the Queensland fruit fly threat Lincoln University PhD student Laura Nixon is working hard to develop a weapon in the fight to stop another unwanted destructive pest, the brown marmorated ... More >>

Scientists return from successful Antarctic research voyage

Wednesday, 11 March 2015, 10:42 am | NIWA

NIWA deepwater research vessel Tangaroa docks in Wellington today to complete a successful six-week New Zealand-Australia Antarctic Ecosystems voyage. More >>

NIWA’s research receives international recognition

Tuesday, 10 March 2015, 12:36 pm | NIWA

World-class climate and ozone research by scientists at NIWA’s Lauder Atmospheric Research Station has been recognised by meteorology’s leading organisation in Geneva, making Lauder the fourth upper-air site in the world to be certified by the global ... More >>

Samsung Electronics’ Ultra Slim Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3

Tuesday, 10 March 2015, 11:09 am | Samsung

Samsung Electronics’ Ultra Slim Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 – Perfect for Social Networking Express yourself in style Auckland, New Zealand, March 9, 2015 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today unveiled the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3, offering a refined, ... More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Tuesday, 10 March 2015, 10:02 am | NIWA

Weekly update to help media assess likelihood of extremely dry weather preceding a drought. Regions experiencing severely to extremely drier than normal soils conditions are deemed “hotspots”. Facts: Soil Moisture More >>


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