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Loss of science quality in NZ is having dire consequences

Monday, 8 May 2017, 11:21 am | Dr Jo Pollard

Back in the 1990s, in at least one institution, rigorous government science was alive and well. More >>

Science Deadline - This Week in Sci-Tech

Friday, 5 May 2017, 3:26 pm | Science Media Centre

A fungal disease that could harm some of our iconic native trees has been found on mainland New Zealand for the first time. More >>

Planktonauts training for Sea Cadet mission

Friday, 5 May 2017, 12:30 pm | Cawthron Institute

Nelson Marlborough Sea Cadet Corps Lieutenant Milo Coldren has been preparing for his aid mission to Fiji with planktonaut training from Cawthron Institute research scientist Dr Xavier Pochon. More >>

Biggest week-long tech event ever held in NZ

Friday, 5 May 2017, 10:20 am | NZTech

New Zealand Techweek, which is the biggest festival of tech events ever held in New Zealand, begins all over the country tomorrow. More >>

NIWA April 2017 Climate Summary

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 4:58 pm | NIWA

April 2017 was characterised by higher than normal atmospheric pressure to the south and southeast of the South Island, along with lower than normal atmospheric pressure over and to the north of the North Island. This pressure pattern resulted in more ... More >>

Crazy & Ambitious Conference 2017

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 4:55 pm | National Science Challenges

The New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge kicks off its inaugural conference at Te Papa, Wellington next week. More >>

Research fit for a king salmon

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 4:11 pm | Cawthron Institute

Scientists from around the world are in Nelson this week to work with domestic experts and salmon industry leaders on a Cawthron Institute led research programme that aims to improve the profitability and production efficiency of king salmon. More >>

Counting endangered birds from space

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 3:26 pm | Canterbury Museum

In a worldwide first, New Zealand and British scientists have used satellite images to calculate the number of endangered albatrosses living on remote and inaccessible islands. More >>

Centrify calls for two-factor authentication mandate

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 2:17 pm | Centrify

This week, Sabre Corp, a major technology solution provider for airline and hotel companies, disclosed a breach of its Central Reservations system may have exposed customer payment card data and personal information. Reports suggest that compromised ... More >>

Off-label prescription of proton pump inhibitors is common

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 12:47 pm | University of Otago

Off-label use of proton pump inhibitors is common among New Zealand infants, according to new University of Otago research. More >>

REANNZ increased 20Gbps capacity

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 11:00 am | Research and Education Advanced Network

REANNZ Ltd, the high-speed telecommunications network powering New Zealand’s research, innovation and education communities, today announced the completion of a total system upgrade to ensure the continued high performance of their network. More >>

Jumping spiders research a key to robotics

Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 1:02 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

Species of jumping spiders of the family Salticidae can now be imported into New Zealand for research purposes, following a decision by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). More >>

International team wins $2 million research grant

Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 11:46 am | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury Professor Rick Millane is one of an international team of researchers that has been awarded a NZ$2 million research grant by the Human Frontier Science Program to develop a novel method for imaging individual biomolecules with ... More >>

Blockchain leaders coming to New Zealand

Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 4:15 pm | Blockchain

Blockchain is a revolution of technology that acts as a global spreadsheet that is programmed to record transactions of value. The information on blockchain exists as a shared database that is continually reconciled. Because the database is not ... More >>

A drier than normal May on the horizon for many

Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 3:51 pm | MetService

Lows made frequent forays across the North Island during April, with Cyclone Cook a notable arrival on 13-14 April. The atmosphere was locked in a repeat pattern during April, with low pressure bee-lining towards Cape Reinga and producing intermittent ... More >>

World Password Day

Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 1:07 pm | Connect Smart

May 4th is not only a special day for Star Wars fans, this year it’s also World Password Day . If the Empire had used better cybersecurity , including strong passwords, the Rebel Alliance would have had real difficulties and the Star Wars story might ... More >>

Manifesto Launched To Help Advertisers Beat Ad Blockers

Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 11:05 am | Video Entertainment Network Asia - VeNA

WELLINGTON - May 2, 2017 - Video ad tech company Unruly and ad platform VeNA today unveil a manifesto for New Zealand brands and agencies looking to deploy best practice video strategies. More >>

More chilly nights ahead

Monday, 1 May 2017, 1:10 pm | MetService

A burst of polar air which flowed northwards over New Zealand yesterday meant a very cold start to this week for many inland places, with frosts reported this morning, and Queenstown recording an overnight low of -1C, Alexandra -2C and Mount Cook -3C. More >>

Global leaders combine forces

Monday, 1 May 2017, 11:33 am | Future Realities

As the first national tech week approaches in May one of the highlight events, Future Realities, has attracted support from the local innovation community and international speakers including Author Neal Stephenson. The aim of this event is to boost understanding ... More >>

Red Lab Coat Day New Zealand launch

Monday, 1 May 2017, 9:14 am | Multiple Sclerosis Society

The New Zealand Multiple Sclerosis Research Trust (“NZMSRT”) is excited to announce that in partnership with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of New Zealand (“MSNZ”) it will be celebrating Red Lab Coat Day on 1 May 2017. This is a day recognising ... More >>

EDS calls for urgent action to avoid species extinction

Friday, 28 April 2017, 4:57 pm | Environmental Defence Society

The Environmental Defence Society has released its submission on the Government’s freshwater reform proposals and has called for more urgent action. More >>

Climate change & insurance

Friday, 28 April 2017, 3:40 pm | Science Media Centre

The extent to which climate change threatens New Zealand’s coastal housing will depend on insurance options available to homeowners, according to a new report. More >>

Freshwater pressures rising

Friday, 28 April 2017, 3:38 pm | Science Media Centre

The Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand have released the latest national report about the state of freshwater. More >>

Climate change and insurance - Expert Reaction

Friday, 28 April 2017, 12:32 pm | Science Media Centre

The extent to which climate change threatens New Zealand's coastal housing will depend on insurance options available to homeowners, according to a new report. More >>

AgResearch helping people to breathe easier

Friday, 28 April 2017, 11:29 am | AgResearch

28 April 2017 AgResearch helping people to breathe easier With air quality an increasing concern for people around the world, AgResearch is doing its part in the development of innovative pollution masks that protect the everyday health of users. AgResearch ... More >>

Red Lab Coat Day New Zealand launch

Friday, 28 April 2017, 10:37 am | Multiple Sclerosis Society

The New Zealand Multiple Sclerosis Research Trust (“NZMSRT”) is excited to announce that in partnership with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of New Zealand (“MSNZ”) it will be celebrating Red Lab Coat Day on 1 May 2017. This is a day recognising ... More >>

Cassini's grand finale - Expert reaction

Friday, 28 April 2017, 9:37 am | Science Media Centre

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has begun its 142-day death spiral inside Saturn’s rings, passing through them 22 times over the coming months. More >>

Quake hazard to the South from Akatore Fault hard to assess

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 2:03 pm | University of Otago

One of the closest active geological faults to Dunedin is not giving up its secrets easily. That is worrying when it comes to assessing the potential earthquake hazard the Akatore Fault poses to residents in Dunedin and around the region. More >>

Response to Ministry for freshwater report

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 1:35 pm | Enviroment Canterbury

Environment Canterbury Chairman David Bedford said the comprehensive report provides a marker of New Zealand’s fresh water management and the areas that particularly need addressing. More >>

Where would we be today without WiFi?

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 1:28 pm | Aurecon

Where would we be today without WiFi? No more hotspots. No cool internet cafés. Our ‘mobile’ devices would be far less mobile. Or what would life be like without the microwave? TV dinners would never be the same. What many of us don’t know, ... More >>

Freshwater report shows increasing pressures

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 12:11 pm | Science Media Centre

The Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand have released the latest national report about the state of freshwater. Our fresh water 2017 measures the quality of New Zealand's waterways, including water quality, biodiversity and cultural ... More >>

New report reinforces need for urgent action on rivers

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 12:08 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird is calling for a comprehensive government package to restore our declining rivers and lakes, in the face of overwhelming evidence that they are in serious trouble. More >>

Report confirms serious challenges for rivers

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 11:10 am | Statistics New Zealand

New Zealand’s rivers and lakes are under increasing pressure, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of fresh water. More >>

Scientists go door-to-door in Edgecumbe

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 8:31 am | NIWA

Scientists will be knocking on doors in Edgecumbe next week seeking to survey the damage done to buildings from recent flooding caused when a stopbank on the Rangitaiki River breached. More >>

Whitehead Return Brings Bream Head Bird Song Bonanza

Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 3:33 pm | Bream Head Conservation Trust

Bird and nature lovers are already enjoying the increasing sight and sound of native bird species on this iconic Whangarei Reserve since the Bream Head Conservation Trust’s habitat restoration programmes began there 15 years ago. More >>

Vodafone connections slow to download NZ pages

Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 9:47 am | TrueNet

Vodafone shows a strong decline during the day and into the evening, in stark contrast to all other ISP results on any fixed line technology. The trend in Special Chart 3, has been evident for some time, indicating long standing congestion on the Vodafone ... More >>

More Action Needed on Digital Inclusion

Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 9:12 am | Innovation Partnership

New Zealand has made good progress toward making Broadband accessible, but due to other factors some people are still not able to take advantage of the opportunities created by the Internet. Fellowship research released today by the Innovation Partnership ... More >>

Video of today's balloon launch

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 5:06 pm | NASA

Video of today's balloon launch https://www.dropbox.com/s/v1vstfl242ye6mu/NZ%20SPB%202017_LAUNCH%20SEQ_WEB_04252017.mp4?dl=0 Flight tracker: https://www.csbf.nasa.gov/map/balloon5/flight679NT.htm ends More >>

Airways teams with NASA for super-pressure balloon launch

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 4:56 pm | Airways New Zealand

NASA has successfully launched its super-pressure scientific balloon from Wanaka aerodrome today, with Airways New Zealand safely managing the balloon’s ascent into near space. More >>

NASA's Super Pressure Balloon Takes Flight From NZ

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 1:50 pm | NASA

News Release: NASA's Super Pressure Balloon Takes Flight From New Zealand NASA successfully launched its football-stadium-sized, heavy-lift super pressure balloon (SPB) from Wanaka, New Zealand, at10:50 a.m. Tuesday, April 25 (6:50 p.m. April 24 in U.S. Eastern ... More >>

New Zealand fish and chips hold human DNA clues

Monday, 24 April 2017, 4:53 pm | University of Otago

Before you pop that piece of battered fish in your mouth, be aware it might just hold the key to understanding the origins of a form of DNA memory critical to human development. More >>

Rare Bird Shot in Paraparaumu

Monday, 24 April 2017, 4:38 pm | Department of Conservation

Ranger David Moss with the dead kārearea shot last week in Paraparaumu © Lee Barry/DOC More >>

Fine weather to relinquish its brief hold over the country

Monday, 24 April 2017, 1:57 pm | MetService

This week, a ridge that has been sitting over central New Zealand moves north and eventually gives way to an active front pushing in from the west. The weather remains on the quiet side until the end of the week, when changeable weather muscles in. ... More >>

Veterinarians taking on global health issue

Monday, 24 April 2017, 11:56 am | New Zealand Veterinary Association

New Zealand is joining the world in taking on one of the biggest issues facing our planet - and vets here have a special role More >>

NZ Bird Data highlights vital importance of Yellow Sea

Sunday, 23 April 2017, 7:14 pm | Birds New Zealand

New Zealand Bird Data highlights vital importance of Yellow Sea tidal flats for migrant shorebirds More >>

Celebrating Techweek’17 at MOTAT

Friday, 21 April 2017, 3:50 pm | Museum of Transport and Technology

Celebrating Techweek’17 at MOTAT Techweek’17, a calendar event focused on reshaping our world through design, innovation and technology is back from 6 to 14 May and this year it’s bigger and better. “Our Techweek goal is to stimulate an environment ... More >>

Federated Farmers backs the March for Science

Friday, 21 April 2017, 3:48 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is encouraging its members to join the March for Science on Saturday in Christchurch (10am), Wellington, Palmerston North and Dunedin (11am) and Auckland (1.30pm). More >>

Freshwater remains a focus

Friday, 21 April 2017, 2:55 pm | Science Media Centre

After a week of floods and heavy rainfall, fresh water is still in the headlines. More >>

Marching to defend science

Friday, 21 April 2017, 2:53 pm | Science Media Centre

Hundreds of events held around the world will tomorrow highlight the role science plays in our lives. More >>

Call for applicants for the 2018 Biennial grants programme

Friday, 21 April 2017, 12:33 pm | Earthquake Commission

The Earthquake Commission’s Biennial Research Funding Programme is now open for applications. More >>

April 22 Launch Attempt Scheduled for NASA Balloon

Friday, 21 April 2017, 10:17 am | NASA

NASA is targeting Saturday, April 22 (Friday, April 21 in U.S. Eastern Time (EDT)), to conduct a super pressure balloon (SPB) test flight launching from Wanaka Airport, New Zealand, on a potential 100-day journey. More >>

Monthly vitamin D supplement does not prevent heart disease

Friday, 21 April 2017, 9:18 am | University of Auckland

A major research trial by the University of Auckland’s School of Population Health has found that taking higher doses of vitamin D once a month won’t lower your risk of heart disease. More >>

NASA Balloon Launch Attempt Postponed Again

Friday, 21 April 2017, 9:05 am | NASA

NASA postponed the sixth launch attempt of its super pressure balloon (SPB) from Wanaka, New Zealand, at 6:45 a.m. Friday, April 21 (New Zealand time) due to high surface winds not conducive for launch. More >>

Kōkako Reward Draws New Reports of Credible Encounters

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 4:34 pm | South Island Kokako Charitable Trust

Following the launch of the South Island Kōkako Trust’s $5000 reward in January, and the doubling of the reward earlier this month to NZ$10k, around 50 reports of possible encounters have been reported to the Trust from Marlborough to the outer ... More >>

Pollen from NZ may be altering remote deep-sea ecosystems

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 4:18 pm | NIWA

Pollen from New Zealand pine forests has been shown to travel more than 1500km through wind and ocean currents, and sink thousands of metres into the ocean to reach some of the world’s deepest ecosystems. More >>

Launch Attempt for NASA Super Pressure Balloon 21/4/17

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 1:08 pm | NASA

NASA is targeting Friday, April 21 (Thursday, April 20 in U.S. Eastern Time (EDT)), to conduct a super pressure balloon (SPB) test flight launching from Wanaka Airport, New Zealand, on a potential 100-day journey. More >>

‘Brain fingerprinting’ has crime-solving potential for NZ

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 11:22 am | University of Canterbury

Forensic brainwave analysis – or ‘brain fingerprinting’ – could add a revolutionary new dimension to criminal investigations in New Zealand, a NZ Law Foundation-backed research project led by the University of Canterbury has found. More >>

Extraordinary footage of blue whales in South Taranaki Bight

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 11:01 am | Kiwis Against Seabed Mining

NEWPORT, Ore. – Blue whales didn’t become the largest animals ever to live on Earth by being dainty eaters and new video captured by scientists at Oregon State University shows just how they pick and choose their meals. More >>

MindLabKids.com beaming into a home near you

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 9:09 am | The Mind Lab

Auckland, 18 April 2016 – A new, free video-based learning website where kids can discover science and technology is now beaming into the homes of kids all around New Zealand. More >>

NASA Balloon Launch Attempt Postponed Due to Winds

Monday, 17 April 2017, 8:27 am | NASA

NASA postponed the fifth launch attempt of its super pressure balloon (SPB) from Wanaka, New Zealand, at 7:50 a.m. Monday, April 17 (New Zealand time) due to winds blowing in a direction not conducive for launch. More >>