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Handwritten files provide sediment treasure chest

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 1:39 pm | NIWA

A NIWA scientist who spent years poring over handwritten scientific notes stored in about 50 large wooden drawers, has seen the fruits of her labour now being used in ways she never imagined. More >>

Sulawsi quake and tsunami – Expert Reaction v2

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 12:06 pm | Science Media Centre

On Friday Evening, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck near the city of Palu on the island of Sulawesi. The quake and resulting tsunami killed at least 800 people and displaced more than 50,000. More >>

Sulawsi quake and tsunami – Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 11:50 am | Science Media Centre

On Friday Evening, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck near the city of Palu on the island of Sulawesi. The quake and resulting tsunami killed at least 800 people and displaced more than 50,000. These numbers are expected to grow as the rescue teams ... More >>

Whale footage and research from sub-Antarctic Islands

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 10:41 am | University of Otago

A University of Otago research team led by Professor Steve Dawson and Dr Will Rayment, have recently returned from a month-long expedition to the sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands where they have been collecting data on a recovering population of southern ... More >>

Quantum Shorts is open for entries

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 10:21 am | Quantum Shorts

Lights, camera, action! The Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies is calling for entries to the celebrated Quantum Shorts film festival. The festival is free to enter, and open to amateur and professional film-makers who want to tell ... More >>

Key Dairy Areas Forecast to Have a Drier Than Normal October

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 10:04 am | CLIMsystems

Hamilton, New Zealand, 3 August 2018. The relatively benign seasonal forecast issued by ExtendWeather in August for the early part of the dairy season has largely been experienced. The three times a month update does however offer insights into occasionally ... More >>

Kiwi’s made kererū count this week

Monday, 1 October 2018, 4:58 pm | Kereru Discovery Trust

Kiwi’s made kererū count this week in NZ’s biggest citizen science project This week hundreds of New Zealand citizen scientists made just over 8,800 observations of kererū, from as far north as Mangonui and south as Pikaroro Bay, Stewart Island, ... More >>

Meg Matthews appointed Cawthron chair

Monday, 1 October 2018, 1:10 pm | Cawthron Institute

Media Release: 1 October 2018 Meg Matthews brings considerable governance experience to role as Chair of Cawthron Institute Board of Directors Meg Matthews has been appointed chair of the Cawthron Institute Board of Directors. She replaces Ian Kearney who ... More >>

Dry weather wins battle over weakening fronts

Monday, 1 October 2018, 1:00 pm | MetService

Several fronts weaken as they move over New Zealand this week, resulting in plenty of fine weather for the first week of the school holidays. More >>

October is the time to search for the South Island kōkako

Monday, 1 October 2018, 12:23 pm | South Island Kokako Charitable Trust

If you’re planning to get out and about this spring, please take a camera as the search continues for the elusive and secretive South Island kōkako. More >>

New technique to test NZ foods that promote healthy bacteria

Monday, 1 October 2018, 11:47 am | High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge

At birth a baby’s digestive system is pristine and waiting to be rapidly colonised by millions of bacteria (microbiome). We know the health of a baby is linked to the health of its microbiome. More >>

SMC Bulletin - Get on board with blockchain

Friday, 28 September 2018, 3:56 pm | Science Media Centre

Get on board with blockchain New Zealand should get on board with blockchain, including cryptocurrency, according to a report funded by the Law Foundation. More >>

Harnessing science to support Mycoplasma bovis eradication

Friday, 28 September 2018, 2:44 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

This week in Wellington, the Mycoplasma bovis Strategic Science Advisory Group (SSAG) brought together around 75 key people for a workshop to develop the science plan that will prioritise Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) eradication research and help inform ... More >>

Nanogirl Labs Donating Kitchen Science Cookbook to Schools

Friday, 28 September 2018, 12:30 pm | Nanogirl

Nanogirl Labs Are Donating the Kitchen Science Cookbook to Every Decile 1 & 2 Primary School in New Zealand More >>

Scientists recognised for controlling plant disease

Friday, 28 September 2018, 11:03 am | Plant and Food Research

Two wins for Plant & Food Research at the Kudos Awards - Dr Philip Elmer, a senior scientist in plant pathology and biological control, has been presented with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, while his team was awarded the Kudos Science ... More >>

UC scientists mix technology, art and roleplay

Friday, 28 September 2018, 10:34 am | University of Canterbury

Combining special effects, science, art and storytelling, University of Canterbury geological scientists have developed an exciting hi-tech game to help high school students understand the power of the earth. More >>

Region shines a light on our world class scientists

Friday, 28 September 2018, 9:35 am | The Kudos Awards

Region shines a light on our world class scientists Hamilton and Waikato’s science and innovation sector celebrated the region’s top scientists and their achievements at the 12th annual Kudos Awards last night in Hamilton. More >>

Government Invests $6m into a Seaweed Project

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 12:08 pm | Waikaitu

Waikaitu Ltd is proud to be a partner with Auckland University in a novel project awarded with $6m through the Endeavour Fund 2018. More >>

Ngāpuhi researcher challenges health advice on Obesity

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 11:54 am | Ngapuhi

Medical practitioners and policy makers internationally are taking note of research completed by Ngāpuhi education scholarship recipient Dr Ricky Bell given its findings go against the long-standing public health approach for obesity mitigation. More >>

DNA-packaging proteins and cancer development

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 10:00 am | University of Otago

University of Otago scientists have unravelled the 3D structure of two proteins, potentially providing answers as to why some people may be at risk of developing specific cancers. More >>

Post-winter cultivation is critical

Wednesday, 26 September 2018, 10:46 am | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

The future of farming, on which our region’s economic and social wellbeing relies heavily, could be at risk if the quality and extent of our soils are not maintained. Sediment and nutrients from farming operations, along with pathogenic microbes, are ... More >>

MINERVA-II1: Successful image capture, landing on Ryugu, hop

Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 1:08 pm | Hayabusa2 Project

On September 21, the small compact MINERVA-II1 rovers separated from the Hayabusa2 spacecraft (time of separation was 13:06 JST). The MINERVA-II1 consists of two rovers, Rover-1A and Rover-1B. We have confirmed both rovers landed on the surface of asteroid ... More >>

Mozzies knocked out with gene drive - Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 8:53 am | Science Media Centre

UK researchers say they've successfully used a CRISPR-based gene drive to cause the collapse of a population of caged malaria-carrying mosquitoes. More >>

Brain Research NZ Features in International Programme

Monday, 24 September 2018, 4:07 pm | Brain Research NZ

Every three seconds someone in the world develops dementia. To raise awareness about the condition, Brain Research New Zealand (BRNZ) has highlighted their efforts to research and combat dementia in ‘Every Three Seconds’, an international documentary ... More >>

Busy season for NIWA scientists in Antarctica

Monday, 24 September 2018, 3:49 pm | NIWA

The new science season at Antarctica is just a few days away from opening and NIWA researchers are busy packing containers and shipping them to the ice where they will be reunited with them in the coming months. The summer science season lasts for about ... More >>

Scientists in the age of ‘fake news’

Monday, 24 September 2018, 3:40 pm | ESR

ESR’s new Chief Scientist says at a time when there is an increasing distrust of experts, scientists have a responsibility to communicate in a simple and clear way. Watch Brett Cowan talk on this interesting topic. More >>

Heavy snow, rain and bitterly cold southwest gales

Monday, 24 September 2018, 12:25 pm | MetService

Snow has fallen to 300 metres over parts of southern New Zealand this morning, and there’s more snow to come through to the middle of this week. More >>

SMC Bulletin - Aus strawberries needled

Friday, 21 September 2018, 3:42 pm | Science Media Centre

Aus strawberries needled Australia's strawberry industry was dealt a massive blow this week when needles were found in the fruit, by people who had purchased them from local stores. More >>

Want to tell NZ about Antarctic science ... from Antarctica?

Friday, 21 September 2018, 11:21 am | Antarctica New Zealand

If you’re an educator, journalist, artist or influencer and want to tell New Zealanders about Antarctic science and why it’s important … read on! More >>

Miscanthus shelter boosts farm productivity

Friday, 21 September 2018, 9:51 am | Miscanthus NZ

Miscanthus – a the giant sterile perennial woody grass - was originally brought into New Zealand to be grown as a renewable energy crop, primarily for boiler fuel. While this is still a very valid and appropriate use, innovative Kiwis have been ... More >>

Enjoy the weekend weather as change is coming

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 1:21 pm | MetService

MetService is encouraging everyone to make the most of the weekend’s weather as a cold front approaches from the south bringing a return of ‘winter-like’ conditions. More >>

Democratising carbon fibre from Auckland

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 9:52 am | Callaghan Innovation

An Auckland company has come up with a way of making the miracle carbon fibre material available to all. More >>

Global TB burden falling - Expert Q&A

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 2:18 pm | Science Media Centre

The global burden of tuberculosis is falling, but faster detection and treatment would help the process, according to a new World Health Organization report. More >>

Women in science – a celebration of NZ pioneers

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 9:17 am | University of Auckland

Pioneering women scientists who helped pave the way for others are being honoured as part of Women’s Suffrage 125 celebrations by having the University of Auckland’s science departments and schools named after them for the week. More >>

Huge reduction in nitrogen leaching when Miscanthus is used

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 9:13 am | Miscanthus NZ

One of the negative effects that pastoral agriculture can have on the environment occurs through the leaching of nitrogen into groundwater. Most members of the public do not understand how or why this is important but those that do are justifiably ... More >>

OPEN LETTER to national leaders concerning our Royal Society

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 11:27 am | Climate Conversation

The Royal Society of New Zealand refuse to give evidence that global warming is man-made. More >>

Anti-reflux medicines safe for infants

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 9:20 am | University of Otago

New University of Otago research shows infants using popular anti-reflux medicines like omeprazole are not at increased risk of pneumonia or other lower respiratory tract infections, contrary to findings from other international studies. More >>

NZers to find and record hundreds of species

Monday, 17 September 2018, 5:46 pm | iNaturalist

New Zealanders to find and record hundreds of species during Conservation Week. iNaturalist NZ is encouraging New Zealanders to find and record as many different species as they can in their neighbourhoods during Conservation Week for the first ... More >>

Snow on the way out, a ridge on the way in

Monday, 17 September 2018, 3:06 pm | MetService

Snow fell overnight and this morning over many parts of the lower South Island and was well forecast over the past couple of days by MetService meteorologists. Although it may have come as surprise to many people, cold southerly outbreaks are not uncommon ... More >>

Scientists secure almost $1.6 million for heart research

Monday, 17 September 2018, 9:41 am | University of Otago

University of Otago researcher Professor Alison Heather has secured funding from the Heart Foundation to continue her investigations into preventing atherosclerosis, the leading cause of deaths from heart disease. More >>

BPA alternatives questioned

Friday, 14 September 2018, 4:22 pm | Science Media Centre

Replacements for BPA in plastics might cause similar reproductive problems in lab mice as the original ingredient does. More >>

Major funding for University of Auckland science research

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 4:12 pm | University of Auckland

A non-invasive laser probe to detect prostate cancer and developing high-value products from seaweed are just two research projects at the University of Auckland awarded funding from this year’s Endeavour and Smart Ideas science fund allocation. More >>

Better protection for space objects

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 4:10 pm | University of Auckland

Better protection for space objects and better sound insulation for multi-storey buildings get more than $2 million funding More >>

MBIE funds further research into myrtle rust

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 3:54 pm | Landcare Research

Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research has won three Endeavour bids, funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Endeavour, for research programmes focusing on bird restoration, ecosystem resilience, and erosion control. More >>

$11.5 million grant to help safeguard NZ's blue economy

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 3:47 pm | MetService

A new research project spearheaded by MetService’s oceanography division, MetOcean Solutions will shed new light on the performance of New Zealand’s oceans to support the seafood sector. More >>

GNS Science awarded $11.2 million in MBIE funding

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 3:33 pm | GNS Science

GNS Science has been awarded $11.2 million for three new multi-year research projects in the latest round of the Government’s Endeavour Fund, announced today. More >>

Carbon research grant “exceptional moment” for scientist

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 3:07 pm | NIWA

A NIWA-led team has today been awarded a multi-million dollar research grant that will help drive major advances in understanding of New Zealand’s carbon emissions and uptake. More >>

ESR microplastics work wins multi-million-dollar funding

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 2:41 pm | ESR

A collaborative bid led by ESR scientist Olga Pantos and Grant Northcott (Northcott Research Consultants) has been awarded more than $12.5 million in government funding to continue research on the impact of microplastics and the threat to New Zealand’s ... More >>

ESR microplastics work wins multi-million-dollar funding

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 1:05 pm | Institute of Environmental Science And Research

ESR scientist Olga Pantos has been awarded more than $12.5 million in government funding to continue her research on the impact of microplastics and the threat to New Zealand’s ecosystems, animals and people. The $12,536,205.00 over five years, ... More >>

A Spring buffet for Aotearoa

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 12:38 pm | MetService

Rain, snow, gales and warm temperatures are in the forecast through to early next week, as weather systems preceded by northwesterly winds move onto the country from the Tasman Sea. More >>

Testing native plants to improve lake quality

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 10:39 am | Institute of Environmental Science And Research

A new field trial is underway in Wairarapa using native plants to clean up farm runoff going into Lake Wairarapa. More >>

Sudden spring sun for south

Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 12:02 pm | NIWA

A cool start to spring is about to be replaced by a sudden burst of warmth, according to NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll. “Parts of Canterbury and Marlborough have been more than 2°C below average so far this month but that’s about to change. It will ... More >>

Mitigating agricultural greenhouse gas emissions

Tuesday, 11 September 2018, 12:51 pm | Sir Peter Gluckman Chief Science Advisor

Attached please find my final report as your Chief Science Advisor. An executive summary has already been provided. More >>

Project builds resilience in communities preparing for quake

Tuesday, 11 September 2018, 10:11 am | University of Otago

The scientists, emergency planners and numerous agencies involved in preparing for a future Alpine Fault earthquake have modelled the impacts of a major earthquake on the Alpine Fault and highlighted the need for emergency agencies to work across ... More >>

Mostly paki-fine weather for Māori Language Week

Monday, 10 September 2018, 1:08 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting a mostly paki or fine week this week, with a lingering front over the upper North Island the only significant weather feature for today. More >>

SMC Bulletin - 1080 back in the public eye

Friday, 7 September 2018, 4:50 pm | Science Media Centre

1080 back in the public eye The use and safety of 1080 for pest control has re-entered public discussion in recent weeks. More >>

1080 use in NZ - Expert Q&A v2

Friday, 7 September 2018, 12:35 pm | Science Media Centre

The use and safety of 1080 for pest control has re-entered public discussion in recent weeks. More >>

Science journalism fund awards five new projects

Thursday, 6 September 2018, 10:57 am | Science Media Centre

The winners of the third round of the Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund will receive over $17,000 in new grants to cover science topics for a range of media outlets. More >>

Chatham Rock Phosphate Recognises Rare Earths

Thursday, 6 September 2018, 9:46 am | Chatham Rock Phosphate

WELLINGTON New Zealand – Chatham Rock Phosphate Limited (TSXV: “NZP” and NZAX: “CRP” or the “Company") is pleased to announce that it has recently formed a 100% owned subsidiary Pacific Rare Earths Limited . More >>

Symposium explores challenges of climate change

Wednesday, 5 September 2018, 12:22 pm | LGNZ

Attendees at LGNZ’s Climate Change Symposium in Wellington on Friday 7 September will discuss the challenges and opportunities of climate change facing New Zealand communities now and in the future. Supported by Deep South National Science Challenge, ... More >>