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Halt outdoor Marijuana Growing using ‘Fields of Hemp’

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 4:30 pm | Marco Fantham

Your government made it easier for you to grow marijuana by banning hemp. Put simply, you cannot grow marijuana in the vicinity of hemp. The reason is that the marijuana will turn into hemp and you will loose the THC, which you were growing marijuana ... More >>

New Zealand's space economy – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 4:26 pm | Science Media Centre

New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year, according to a report commissioned by MBIE . More >>

Pollution solution presented at Waterways Conference

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 2:29 pm | Lincoln University

Lincoln University PhD student Parsa Mohajeri is battling a key issue in protecting New Zealand’s freshwater. More >>

Research could mean longer lives for cats with cancer

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 2:03 pm | New Zealand Veterinary Association

Research funded by Healthy Pets New Zealand (HPNZ) that could lead to new treatment options to extend the lives of cats with cancer in New Zealand has been published in a world-leading journal. More >>

Kiwis asked to support new pet health research

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 2:01 pm | New Zealand Veterinary Association

New Zealand animal lovers are being asked to dig deep to support important research not funded by the Government that seeks to improve the lives of future generations of Kiwi pets and their owners. More >>

Outlook for the weekend and into Monday

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 1:36 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting a wet and windy weekend for parts of Aotearoa but it isn’t all doom and gloom as with some planning there will be opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. More >>

Talented researchers at frontier of medicinal chemistry

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 12:15 pm | University of Auckland

The cancer treatments of tomorrow are being studied today by two young scientists who each receive one of the country’s most prestigious awards, a Rutherford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. More >>

Scientists brave winter in Antarctic waters

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 11:53 am | NIWA

The New Zealand ship Janas has recently returned from a six-week winter research voyage to the Ross Sea where scientists made the first observations of developing Antarctic toothfish embryos. More >>

Two UC researchers awarded Rutherford Foundation Fellowships

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 11:49 am | University of Canterbury

Two outstanding University of Canterbury researchers are among the ten nationwide who have been awarded 2019 Rutherford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships More >>

Research, Science and Innovation Strategy lacks ambition

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 11:42 am | New Zealanders for Health Research

12 November 2019 The government’s latest Research Science and Innovation (RSI) strategy lacks ambition and will do little, if anything, to promote increased investment in health and medical research, according to health research advocate New Zealanders ... More >>

Early-career researchers announced

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 11:16 am | The Royal Society of New Zealand

2019 Rutherford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships and a Cambridge-Rutherford Memorial PhD Scholarship have been awarded to eleven early-career researchers in Aotearoa. More >>

Transformative Māori solutions launch at Gov tech event

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 9:07 am | Ahau NZ

Lightning Lab GovTech – a programme of Creative HQ – is about better serving citizens by creating a more trusted, inclusive and sustainable public sector. The three-month accelerator-style programme takes projects and staff from government ... More >>

Fertilization discovery could lead to new male contraceptive

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 8:28 am | University of Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Nov. 13, 2019 – An unexpected discovery about fertilization from the University of Virginia School of Medicine reveals new insights on how sperm and egg fuse and could have major implications for couples battling infertility – ... More >>

2060 energy modelling shows path to faster decarbonisation

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 3:37 pm | Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority

The release of new modelling on what New Zealand’s energy future could look like by 2060, is an invaluable tool, says the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA). More >>

Scientist funded to fire biochemistry experiments into space

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 2:44 pm | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury (UC) researcher Dr Sarah Kessans has been funded $500,000 to take biochemistry to new heights. More >>

Vitamin E acetate found in lungs of vaping victims

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 1:25 pm | Science Media Centre

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is narrowing in on vitamin E acetate as a potential cause of vaping illnesses and deaths in the US, with confirmation the chemical has been found in all 29 lung tissue samples taken from patients. More >>

MetService launch new metservice.com

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 1:22 pm | MetService

Today, after a three-month open beta period, MetService - New Zealand’s national weather authority - has launched its new website. Metservice.com is one of the most popular New Zealand based websites, providing national weather and marine forecasts ... More >>

$3 million invested in space science partnerships

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 12:25 pm | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

Six New Zealand research projects have received $500,000 each from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to fund the development of innovative space technologies including satellite control systems and ocean and coastal monitoring satellites. More >>

Science NZ Awards honour Plant & Food Research scientists

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 11:16 am | Plant and Food Research

A team that has developed a ground-breaking wildfish harvesting system, a leading environmental scientist and an emerging plant geneticist from Plant & Food Research were amongst the 21 scientists and research teams recognised at Science New Zealand ... More >>

Bushfires rage along Australian East Coast - Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 10:11 am | Science Media Centre

Devastating bushfires along the New South Wales and Queensland coastline have caused the loss of more than 150 homes and at least three deaths. There are more than 130 fires burning across the two states, with the number and severity of the fires prompting ... More >>

GNS quake project wins top award at prestigious event

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 8:24 am | GNS Science

A multi-year GNS Science programme investigating the likelihood and impacts of large earthquakes in Wellington has won the Supreme Award at the 2019 Science New Zealand National Awards. Called ‘It’s Our Fault’, the programme was selected for the ... More >>

Rain, rain, go away, come again on Thursday

Monday, 11 November 2019, 1:01 pm | MetService

Following a wet and thundery weekend, MetService are forecasting some sunnier days, in typical spring fashion, over the first half of the week. More >>

Hector’s and Māui dolphins are present in Taranaki region

Monday, 11 November 2019, 11:18 am | Department of Conservation

New research using acoustic underwater monitoring devices has confirmed that Hector’s or Māui dolphins are often present in the Taranaki region. More >>

Are we losing butterfly species?

Sunday, 10 November 2019, 12:26 pm | Moths and Butterflies NZ Trust

Trustees of the Moths and Butterflies of New Zealand Trust endorse the call of Environment Commissioner, Simon Upton, for more cohesive data collection and knowledge about this country’s biodiversity. More >>

CEAC finds - Huge data gaps in environmental stewardship

Sunday, 10 November 2019, 12:19 pm | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

“CEAC finds - Huge’ data gaps in environmental stewardship” Monday, 11th November 2019, Press Release: Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre We agree with the (PCE) : Parliamentary Commissioner For The Environment In our own experience CEAC as a ... More >>

Without Paris Accord, emperor penguins are in dire straits

Friday, 8 November 2019, 9:26 am | University of Canterbury

Unless climate change is slowed, emperor penguins will be marching towards extinction, according to a newly published study co-authored by a University of Canterbury (UC) scientist. More >>

NIWA to survey young snapper in Hauraki Gulf

Thursday, 7 November 2019, 2:35 pm | NIWA

NIWA is heading out into the Hauraki Gulf this month to carry out a survey of juvenile snapper– the first of its kind for 20 years. More >>

Measuring changes to our environment – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 7 November 2019, 2:10 pm | Science Media Centre

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) Simon Upton has reviewed our environmental reporting system and found it wanting. More >>

Rain this weekend but not a washout for all

Thursday, 7 November 2019, 12:03 pm | MetService

“However, it won’t be a complete washout for everyone,” says MetService Meteorologist Stephen Glassey. More >>

Marsden success for Antarctic science projects

Thursday, 7 November 2019, 9:34 am | Antarctica New Zealand

Two Antarctic research projects have been awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in the latest round of Marsden funding. More >>

Monthly birth control patch – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 7 November 2019, 9:13 am | Science Media Centre

US researchers have developed a new reversible contraceptive microneedle patch that slowly releases the hormone levonorgestrel over the course of a month, according to a study published this morning in Science Advances . More >>

New Zealand joins MethaneSAT climate mission in space

Wednesday, 6 November 2019, 4:51 pm | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

New Zealand has joined its first official space mission as a country to combat climate change and the mission control centre will be located in New Zealand. Today the Government announced it would contribute $26 million towards MethaneSAT, a state-of-the-art ... More >>

Satellite to measure methane emissions – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 6 November 2019, 3:41 pm | Science Media Centre

Mission control for an international space mission to locate and measure global methane emissions will be based in New Zealand. More >>

Supercharged Ginseng grown on NZ’s fertile volcanic slopes

Wednesday, 6 November 2019, 2:12 pm | Riddet Institute

Ginseng is not a crop you would normally associate with New Zealand. However, crops planted 20 years ago on fertile North Island volcanic land shows it grows very successfully, according to Riddet Institute scientists, based at Massey University,. More >>

Pine needle blight pathogen gets weaker in New Zealand

Wednesday, 6 November 2019, 11:54 am | Bio Protection Research Centre

New Zealanders are used to hearing about plant diseases that arrive here and wreak havoc. More >>

LIC recognised for helping to protect national herd

Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 2:22 pm | Livestock Improvement Corporation

Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) calls for New Zealand to remain vigilant to protect against M. bovis after taking home an award for its response to the outbreak at this year’s Biosecurity Awards. More >>

Partners join forces for second high-tech marine survey

Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 11:00 am | Land Information New Zealand

Detailed 3D images of the seabed in the Western Marlborough Sounds will be brought to the surface as a second high-tech marine survey gets underway in the region. More >>

A warm week ahead

Monday, 4 November 2019, 12:41 pm | MetService

MetService meteorologists are forecasting a warm week ahead for many places, though not as hot as the temperatures seen the past weekend. Temperatures pushed above 30C for some parts this weekend, particularly for the eastern South Island, though it ... More >>

Cultivating the right way

Monday, 4 November 2019, 10:40 am | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

Cultivation of paddocks is common on farms at this time of year. It’s also a time when local storms may occur, adding substantial risk to an important farming practice. More >>

The next stage in a journey of thousands of years

Friday, 1 November 2019, 2:30 pm | Otago Museum

After five months of careful storage, the conservation process has commenced for the six moa footprints extracted from the Kyeburn River in May. More >>

Dairy farmers using genomic testing

Friday, 1 November 2019, 11:13 am | Holstein Fresian

David Fullerton can tell before heifer calf is weaned if it’s going to grow into a profitable, high-producing dairy cow. More >>

How to engineer a zero-carbon future

Friday, 1 November 2019, 10:28 am | University of Canterbury

Most of us worry about climate change and realise urgent action is needed, but what inspires someone to take on the job of figuring out how to save the planet? More >>

Measles immune amnesia – Expert Reaction

Friday, 1 November 2019, 8:48 am | Science Media Centre

If you haven't had the MMR vaccine, catching measles can cripple your immune system for years. More >>

Astronomers gather to witness a sunrise transit of Mercury

Thursday, 31 October 2019, 4:25 pm | Otago Museum

It’s not very often that history repeats itself, allowing us to revisit events of the past and reflect on our history in a new light. However, thanks to a beautiful cosmic resonance between Earth, Mercury and the Sun, on 12 November 2019, and again ... More >>

Award-winning Waikato student researching wave power

Thursday, 31 October 2019, 2:36 pm | University of Waikato

A University of Waikato PhD student plans to harness the power of New Zealand’s coastlines to provide affordable, clean and sustainable electricity using wave power. More >>

UC glaciologist wins national tertiary teaching award

Thursday, 31 October 2019, 2:34 pm | University of Canterbury

Connecting students to the environment is as important as their education in the classroom, according to award-winning glaciologist Dr Heather Purdie. More >>

Fellowships support research

Thursday, 31 October 2019, 12:27 pm | The Royal Society of New Zealand

Four researchers at the height of their careers have been awarded fellowships to undertake study or research in their field of endeavour for two years, recognising their sustained research excellence. More >>

Hot weekend awaits

Thursday, 31 October 2019, 12:07 pm | NIWA

This weekend, after a rather cool October, the beginning of November brings out the heat. More >>

Warm weather for the weekend

Thursday, 31 October 2019, 12:03 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting that the large and slow-moving high over the Tasman Sea is poised to bring settled and warm weather to much of the country this weekend, which lingers over northern and central New Zealand into the middle of next week. More >>

Our Vanishing World: Insects

Wednesday, 30 October 2019, 5:36 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

About 12,000 years ago, late stone age humans precipitated the neolithic (agricultural) revolution that marked the start and steady rise of civilization. Coincidentally, this occurred at the same time as the beginning of what is now known as the Holocene ... More >>

Wellington Medical Researches awarded $29,945

Wednesday, 30 October 2019, 9:53 am | Research for Life

Wellington-based medical researchers have received $29,945 in Research For Life ’s second funding round for 2019. Three researchers received a total of $20,272 to undertake innovative medical research and six travel grants totalling $9,673 were approved ... More >>

Why kinship is key to caring about the living world

Wednesday, 30 October 2019, 9:41 am | The Conversation

(Headline abbreviated, original headline: Why a sense of kinship is key to caring about the living world) More >>

Sunday roast for eastern and inland areas

Tuesday, 29 October 2019, 11:46 am | MetService

Metservice are forecasting temperatures to climb into the mid to late twenties for eastern and inland areas this weekend. Some places in Marlborough and Canterbury may even get to thirty degrees on Sunday. More >>

Otago scientist wins national award for cancer research

Tuesday, 29 October 2019, 9:21 am | Roche

University of Otago gastrointestinal cancer researcher and medical oncologist, Dr Sharon Pattison, has won the 2019 NZSO (NZ Society for Oncology) Roche Translational Cancer Research Fellowship to drive the discovery of novel treatments, translate ... More >>

Better access to magnetic therapy for depression needed

Friday, 25 October 2019, 8:56 am | University of Auckland

A proven treatment for clinical depression that involves targeting areas of the brain with magnetic energy is under-used in Aotearoa New Zealand, University of Auckland researchers say. More >>

Agricultural emissions agreement – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 24 October 2019, 10:09 am | Science Media Centre

The Government and farming sector have agreed to a partnership to reduce primary sector emissions. More >>

SkyCity fire - Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 2:13 pm | Science Media Centre

Reports suggest it was started as a result of construction work and the fire caught in the seven-storey building's roof. More >>

Kiwi researchers in breakthrough treatment for tuberculosis

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 11:04 am | Auckland UniServices Ltd

October 23, 2019 – A team of medical researchers based at the University of Auckland (UoA), who have been working for nearly 15 years in partnership with the international non-profit TB Alliance to develop new treatments for tuberculosis (TB), has been ... More >>

NZ Academic to Speak at Largest Space Science Conference

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 10:46 am | Chrysalis Group

A New Zealand academic and ECE educator has been asked to speak alongside experts from NASA, the Smithsonian Institute and the US Air Force at the world’s largest earth and space science conference later this year. More >>

New research to investigate digestive health benefits

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 10:05 am | University of Auckland

A research team led by Dr Dulantha Ulluwishewa from AgResearch Ltd has received an investment of $100,000 from the High-Value Nutrition (HVN) National Science Challenge and industry partner Quantec Limited for a new study to investigate whether a novel ... More >>