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Sleep health Foundation asks “Are you getting enough?”

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 11:23 am | Sleep Health Foundation

A slew of tweets claiming an almost god-like ability to exist successfully with few hours (or almost no) sleep at all, clearly set the USA’s 45th President, Donald J Trump, galaxies apart from we mere mortals. More >>

Marine heatwaves threaten global biodiversity

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 9:58 am | University of Canterbury

Extreme weather events occur in the oceans as well as the atmosphere. Marine heatwaves – periods of unusually high temperatures – are increasing in frequency, with 54% more heatwave days per year from 1987–2016 than from 1925–1954, yet their ... More >>

Warm Week Ahead

Monday, 4 March 2019, 11:53 am | MetService

MetService are forecasting a mild week ahead, with warm temperatures forecast across Aotearoa. This stands to contrast with what has been a cooler week last week following a bout of southerlies. More >>



International weather and climate experts gather in Wgtn

Friday, 1 March 2019, 1:43 pm | NIWA

Weather and climate experts from around the world are meeting in Wellington next week to discuss the successes of a global scientific model focused on improving the accuracy and reliability of weather and climate forecasting. More >>

Chemical time capsules from Captain Cook's voyage

Friday, 1 March 2019, 11:50 am | Plant and Food Research

Robust oil gland linings in historical mānuka samples collected during one of Captain James Cook’s voyages serve as “chemical time capsules”, linking them to modern mānuka varieties, a Plant & Food Research study has found. More >>

Scientists urge countries to protect peatlands

Thursday, 28 February 2019, 4:35 pm | CIFOR

Scientists urge countries to protect peatlands in fight against climate change More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Thursday, 28 February 2019, 4:02 pm | NIWA

NIWA's Hotspot Watch A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing these soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent ... More >>

A dry run into Autumn

Thursday, 28 February 2019, 1:49 pm | MetService

Metservice is forecasting a dry first weekend of Autumn for most New Zealanders as a ridge of high pressure builds over the country during Friday and persists well into next week. More >>

Seasonal climate outlook - March – May 2019

Thursday, 28 February 2019, 1:33 pm | NIWA

• A central Pacific El Niño is now occurring as the ocean and atmosphere have been weakly coupled for a third consecutive month. Traditionally, this occurs farther east toward South America and during the early summer season. More >>

ESR hunting down new psychoactive substances

Thursday, 28 February 2019, 10:56 am | ESR

ESR’s tracking of illicit drugs coming into the country is continuing to turn up a large and varied number of new psychoactive substances. More >>

New Zealand urgently needs a biotech strategy

Wednesday, 27 February 2019, 7:51 pm | Make Lemonade

New Zealand urgently needs a biotech strategy February 27, 2019 New Zealand urgently needs a biotech strategy because it is critical to the future of the country’s economy, BiotechNZ executive director Zahra Champion says. The global biotechnology ... More >>

New Tasman bush fire - Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 27 February 2019, 3:45 pm | Science Media Centre

A new bush fire has broken out near Nelson , as warm and extremely dry conditions persist in the region. Police have told residents living on a stretch of Moutere Highway to evacuate and the following up with evacuation patrols. Today was the day ... More >>

Smarter urea means farmers can buy less nitrogen

Wednesday, 27 February 2019, 2:09 pm | Ravensdown

Choosing products coated with a special urease inhibitor is one way for farmers to reduce the total amount of purchased nitrogen needed on farm. More >>

The cold start to the week continues

Monday, 25 February 2019, 1:24 pm | MetService

Brisk cold southerly air has blanketed the country, bringing down average day time temperatures for many towns around New Zealand today. Towns and cities across New Zealand have seen day time highs tumble. More >>

Auckland Parkinson’s research receives grant

Monday, 25 February 2019, 9:25 am | University of Auckland

Embargoed until 5am Monday 25 February 2019 NZT: Liggins Institute researchers will use a $226,000 grant from two major US-based foundations to investigate the genetics of Parkinson’s disease from an unusual and promising angle. More >>

Mixed results for sea lion breeding season

Thursday, 21 February 2019, 2:14 pm | Department of Conservation

A count of rāpoka/New Zealand Sea Lion pups born in the subantarctic islands this breeding season has shown mixed results for the species, the Department of Conservation, (DOC) says. More >>

Wind, rain and falling temperatures this weekend

Thursday, 21 February 2019, 1:43 pm | MetService

Despite Tropical Cyclone Oma remaining in the Coral Sea, MetService are monitoring the potential for severe weather which is expected to impact many parts of New Zealand during the next few days. More >>

Fruit fly detections in Auckland - Expert Q&A

Thursday, 21 February 2019, 9:43 am | Science Media Centre

Two different species of exotic fruit flies have been found in Auckland in the past week . Both pose a risk to New Zealand's horticulture industry and the threat is unlikely to disappear. More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Wednesday, 20 February 2019, 2:24 pm | NIWA

A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing these soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions ... More >>

Regenerative farming better for NZ than GM

Wednesday, 20 February 2019, 2:00 pm | GE Free NZ

20/02/2019 Regenerative farming better for NZ than GM in agriculture and environment. The Minister for the Environment is leading the way for New Zealand to be at the fore front of sustainable policies that will buffer the extremes of climate and soil ... More >>

Killer footage confirms toothfish on the menu

Wednesday, 20 February 2019, 9:23 am | Antarctica New Zealand

Antarctic scientist Dr Regina Eisert has captured extraordinary video footage of her close encounter with a killer whale on the edge of the sea ice. The encounter happened last week in the final few hours of Dr Eisert’s research for this season ... More >>

Review finds NZ world leader in reducing livestock emissions

Tuesday, 19 February 2019, 3:21 pm | Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre

Review finds New Zealand world leader in the field of reducing methane emissions from livestock More >>

Tech, science and Mātauranga Māori a powerful force

Tuesday, 19 February 2019, 12:27 pm | Callaghan Innovation

Māori are enjoying a stellar year of innovation, with record numbers engaging in R&D, and making up nearly half the finalists in this year’s New Zealander of the Year Awards . More >>

Gut bacteria adapting to NZers' love of fruit and veg

Tuesday, 19 February 2019, 12:04 pm | Plant and Food Research

The discovery of the first gut bacterium that specialises in breaking down a hard-to-digest substance found in plants suggests that the human gut microbiome is evolving to accommodate our consumption of fibre-rich foods. More >>

The interactive device you can operate with your mouth

Tuesday, 19 February 2019, 11:04 am | University of Auckland

Imagine a device that feels like and is no bigger than a piece of chewing gum, which allows you to answer the phone simply by biting down on it. We now have the technology with ChewIt, a novel interface developed by the Augmented Human Lab team at the Auckland ... More >>

New scheme targets greenhouse gases

Monday, 18 February 2019, 2:42 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is supporting international efforts to help cool the planet with new regulations coming into force today. More >>

This week set to be the wettest of the year so far

Monday, 18 February 2019, 1:52 pm | MetService

Starting off in the south of the country, a frontal feature along with a warm and moist air mass pushes onto the lower South Island and brings rain with heavy falls reaching warning amounts from Monday through to Wednesday. A Severe Weather Warning ... More >>

Several Cryptojacking Apps Found on Microsoft Store

Monday, 18 February 2019, 1:33 pm | Symantec

Symantec found eight apps on Microsoft's app store that mine the cryptocurrency Monero without the user's knowledge. More >>

Opportunity Rover Mission on Mars Comes to End

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 4:04 pm | NASA

One of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration, NASA's Opportunity rover mission is at an end after almost 15 years exploring the surface of Mars and helping lay the groundwork for NASA’s return to the Red Planet. More >>

Slightly cooler weather, but no rain of note

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 1:38 pm | MetService

A cold front moving up the South Island today is forecast to weaken as it crosses the North Island from Friday afternoon, and although the West Coast of the South Island sees some rain or drizzle today, it is mainly confined to the front. By the ... More >>

Scientists return from Antarctic voyage

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 10:12 am | NIWA

After travelling almost 12,000km in the past six weeks, a group of scientists returns to Wellington at the weekend with new knowledge about life in the Ross Sea of Antarctica. More >>

Vitamin C, cancer and infection – Expert Q&A

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 9:52 am | Science Media Centre

Researchers will meet in Auckland this week to discuss the potential role of Vitamin C in cancer and infection. More >>

Long-term, sustainable solutions to sea level rise

Wednesday, 13 February 2019, 9:17 am | National Science Challenges

A significant proportion of New Zealand’s population is under increasing threat from sea-level rise – 300,000 residents live below 3m land elevation. More >>

"Making Embryos in a Dish" Protects Babies From DNA Mutation

Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 3:46 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

Gene editing tools such as CRISPR are helping researchers who hope to cure cancer and other problems involving DNA, but "making embryos in a dish" is a much easier way to check for mutations before implanting an embryo in a mother's uterus, ... More >>

Young explorers to kayak Antarctic waters

Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 3:03 pm | Antarctic Heritage Trust

Sir Edmund Hillary’s grandson, a living kidney donor, and a mum are among a group of young explorers who are heading to Antarctica to take part in an expedition featuring kayaking with New Zealand Olympian Mike Dawson. New Zealand’s Antarctic Heritage ... More >>

Dairy effluent treatment system good news for water quality

Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 11:49 am | Ravensdown

New research conducted by Lincoln University on Ravensdown’s ClearTech® farm dairy effluent (FDE) treatment system in Canterbury has shown the system could have significant environmental benefits for river, lake and groundwater quality. More >>

New Zealand leads global effort to control rheumatic fever

Monday, 11 February 2019, 3:36 pm | University of Otago

A three-year project aimed at pinpointing the most effective ways to prevent and control rheumatic fever and associated heart disease in New Zealand is being launched tomorrow (Tuesday 12 February) at the University of Otago, Wellington. More >>

Mapping immune responses one cell at a time

Monday, 11 February 2019, 1:37 pm | Malaghan Institute

Cell Systems: Single cell analysis of diverse pathogen responses defines a molecular roadmap for generating antigen-specific immunity More >>

The hot, dry weather continues

Monday, 11 February 2019, 12:35 pm | MetService

MetService forecasters are predicting a weak front to move northeast over the upper South Island tonight but it battles against high pressure as it crosses the North Island on Tuesday and weakens further as high pressure over the Tasman sea builds ... More >>

Breaking down science stereotypes

Friday, 8 February 2019, 4:32 pm | Wright Family Foundation

If you ask a class of primary school children to draw a picture of a scientist, often they will draw a man in a white lab coat. More >>

NEC Technology Recognizes People based on Partial Images

Friday, 8 February 2019, 4:15 pm | JCN Newswire

NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701) today announced the development of a "Person Re-identification Technology" that is capable of matching images of people whose figures are partially hidden from cameras, even if the image is taken from behind or from the side. More >>

Leading spider scientists to gather in Christchurch

Friday, 8 February 2019, 11:43 am | Canterbury Museum

More than 200 experts in all things eight-legged will arrive in Canterbury next week for the biggest event on the world arachnology calendar. More >>

Bombs away in Terra Nova Bay, Antarctica

Friday, 8 February 2019, 11:01 am | University of Otago

A team of Kiwi scientists have broken new research ground on the Priestley Glacier in Terra Nova Bay, Antarctica. More >>

Nelson fisherman on environmental mission

Friday, 8 February 2019, 9:30 am | DB Breweries Limited

7 February 2019: A fisherman from Nelson who has spent the last five years working in the ocean has witnessed first-hand how widespread New Zealand’s plastic problem is. Mohi Healey consistently finds plastic rubbish at sea even in remote parts of ... More >>

Do crows plan ahead just like humans playing chess?

Friday, 8 February 2019, 9:11 am | University of Auckland

A new study shows crows have the ability to plan three behaviours ahead towards achieving a goal in a way that may be similar to the way humans plan future moves in chess. More >>

Progress in self-assembling nanomaterials

Friday, 8 February 2019, 9:10 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

Collaboration between material scientists, biologists and chemists could advance the development of self-assembling nanomaterials, called nanoarchitectonics, argues a review in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials. And while cyber ... More >>

Nelson bush fire - Expert Reaction

Thursday, 7 February 2019, 4:41 pm | Science Media Centre

A massive bush fire is burning near Nelson , which has experienced warm and extremely dry conditions this summer. More >>

Differences in water temperature can create new species

Thursday, 7 February 2019, 9:36 am | Flinders University

Warm and cool water temperatures over a long stretch of coastline cause new species of marine fish to evolve without being isolated from similar types of fish nearby, according to a new international study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society ... More >>

Global apple & pear breeding programme heats up

Thursday, 7 February 2019, 8:56 am | Plant and Food Research

New, superior tasting apples and pears that can thrive in the planet’s increasingly warm climate will soon be available to fruit growers worldwide. More >>

They were defrosting leopard seal poo...

Tuesday, 5 February 2019, 1:51 pm | NIWA

For more than a year a frozen slab of leopard seal poo sat in a NIWA freezer. More >>

Fisheries management – Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 5 February 2019, 11:34 am | Science Media Centre

Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash has proposed a series of changes to how fisheries are managed in New Zealand. The Government is calling for public submissions on new rules that aim to reduce unnecessary waste in the industry. The proposal focuses ... More >>

Balloon-assisted births could be easier for mums

Tuesday, 5 February 2019, 8:53 am | University of Auckland

Women who need help starting labour could have a more comfortable, relaxed birthing experience with the aid of a specialised balloon. More >>

Women in Science – Girls are Boss!

Monday, 4 February 2019, 4:14 pm | Otago Museum

Otago Museum in collaboration with the Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies is hosting a series of workshops to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11 February. The workshops are aimed at intermediate and ... More >>

Warm start and finish but a cooler dip for Waitangi Day

Monday, 4 February 2019, 1:15 pm | MetService

MetService are forecasting that a ridge of high pressure clings on to bring fine and settled conditions to most parts of the country as we begin this week. There is however a rain laden front approaching the far south of the country which will ... More >>

NIWA Outlook: February – April 2019

Friday, 1 February 2019, 4:01 pm | NIWA

Outlook Summary • The atmospheric circulation around New Zealand is forecast to be characterised by slightly higher than normal pressure to the southwest and southeast of New Zealand and lower pressure than normal to the northeast of the country. Weak ... More >>

Science Deadline: Temperatures reach extremes

Friday, 1 February 2019, 3:18 pm | Science Media Centre

Parts of New Zealand have reached official heatwave status this week. More >>

Hydrogen in New Zealand study

Friday, 1 February 2019, 3:15 pm | Concept Consulting

A new study on hydrogen in New Zealand explores how hydrogen technologies could be used in New Zealand to help decarbonise the economy, as well as its potential as a lower emissions export fuel to decarbonise other economies. It examines both 'green' ... More >>

The heatwave in numbers

Friday, 1 February 2019, 2:14 pm | NIWA

NIWA has crunched the data on this week’s heatwave and come up with the following record breakers: More >>

New UC study finds minimal risk for Māori consuming eel

Friday, 1 February 2019, 1:55 pm | University of Canterbury

New toxicology study finds minimal risk of PFOS-linked cancer for Māori eating eel fished from the Oaonui Stream in Taranaki, New Zealand. More >>

Quake-testing the whole building

Friday, 1 February 2019, 10:33 am | University of Auckland

Quake-testing the whole building, on one of the world’s largest shake tables More >>