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Scientists discover one of world’s oldest bird species

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 4:35 pm | Canterbury Museum

The ancestor of some of the largest flying birds ever has been found in Waipara, North Canterbury. Bony-toothed birds (Pelagornithids), an ancient family of huge seafaring birds, were thought to have evolved in the Northern Hemisphere – but ... More >>

Welcome Tim Naish

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 3:48 pm | Antarctic Science Platform

The Antarctic Science Platform is delighted to announce a new addition to its leadership team, internationally renowned Antarctic scientist, Professor Tim Naish. The Victoria University of Wellington Professor will look after a number of research projects ... More >>

Research to study the health benefits of Greenshell™ mussels

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 2:51 pm | High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge

Dr Matt Miller from the Cawthron Institute has received an investment of $1,000,000 from the High-Value Nutrition (HVN) National Science Challenge and industry partners for a second programme of research to investigate the anti-inflammatory properties ... More >>

Scientists discover new class of flavonoids

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 10:50 am | Plant and Food Research

Scientists at Plant & Food Research, along with colleagues at Lincoln University and overseas, have recently discovered a brand new class of flavonoid pigments called “auronidins”. More >>

Fiordland air samples revealing carbon secrets

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 9:29 am | NIWA

Air samples from the native Fiordland forest are being collected by researchers as one of the first steps in an ambitious new NIWA-led project to reassess New Zealand’s carbon budget. The project, called CarbonWatch NZ, aims to build the world’s first ... More >>

Air pollution reaches the placenta – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 8:22 am | Science Media Centre

Researchers have found black carbon particles in the placenta of pregnant women exposed to air pollution during pregnancy. More >>

GNS Science research projects help secure energy future

Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 5:04 pm | GNS Science

New Zealand’s goal to be carbon-zero by 2050 is a step closer today, thanks to two major projects launched and led by GNS Science. More >>

New research finds missing link between active volcanoes

Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 10:38 am | GNS Science

Rifting and volcanic activity in the Taupō Volcanic Zone (TVZ) is strongly related to the evolution of two ridges north-east of New Zealand which continue to move apart, according to new research led by GNS Science experts. More >>

Marsden Point pipeline rupture inquiry – Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 9:13 am | Science Media Centre

The government has released the report of an inquiry into the fuel supply disruption caused by the rupture of a key pipeline in September 2017. More >>

Severe Weather makes way for settled weather

Monday, 16 September 2019, 12:17 pm | MetService

A strong cold front is expected to make landfall today (Monday) bringing plenty of Severe Weather with it. MetService has issued Strong Wind Watches and Orange Warnings for almost all the South Island and central New Zealand. More >>

The Power of Wind

Friday, 13 September 2019, 11:20 am | Genesis

How will Emirates Team New Zealand’s boat harness wind power to reach speeds of almost 95km/hr when the America’s Cup is sailed in the Hauraki Gulf in March 2021? More >>

$1.1M to be invested into Māori-led research

Friday, 13 September 2019, 11:06 am | High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge

This investment by the High-Value Nutrition (HVN) National Science Challenge and industry partners will seek to establish two new highly functional natural foods - Karengo (a type of edible seaweed) and Mamaku (tree fern). The HVN Challenge is ... More >>

Steroids help preterm babies and mums

Friday, 13 September 2019, 10:37 am | Liggins Institute

Two common forms of a life-saving steroid treatment for preterm babies have been shown to be equally effective and safe in a large New Zealand-Australian clinical trial – though the cheaper one may have a slight advantage. The treatment, discovered ... More >>

Livestock ‘Worm Detective’ wins trip to Berlin

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 5:43 pm | Royal Society Te Aparangi

Attempting to break down the wall of resistant worms in livestock has won Seer Ikurior from Massey University the chance to compete at the Falling Walls Lab final in Berlin in November. He was selected from 45 applicants from New Zealand and Pacific, 20 ... More >>

Wind and rain from Friday through Saturday

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 12:53 pm | MetService

Wind and rain from Friday through Saturday, mostly fine on Sunday Two cold fronts are set to move up the South Island during Friday then stall around central New Zealand on Saturday before moving away from Aotearoa during Sunday. More >>

Hubble Finds First Water Vapor on Habitable-Zone Exoplanet

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 12:33 pm | NASA

This artist’s impression shows the planet K2-18b, its host star and an accompanying planet in this system. K2-18b is now the only super-Earth exoplanet known to host both water and temperatures that could support life. UCL researchers used archive ... More >>

New study reveals dugong in big trouble

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 8:54 am | University of Auckland

Scientists have used historic DNA to discover some of the highest-risk populations of the endangered dugong are so genetically distinct, losing them would be the equivalent of losing a species of elephant. More >>

Shoddy science stokes stroke panic

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 3:06 pm | Vegan Society

A recent report stated that the EPIC dietary study of heart and stroke disease incidences found that vegans had a higher rate of stroke than meat eaters. Contrary to the media report, the main outcome from this study is entirely consistent with nearly all previous ... More >>

Bayer launches new fungicide innovation, VIMOY® iblon®

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 10:04 am | Bayer NZ

Auckland, 11 September 2019 – Bayer announced today that its latest fungicide innovation, VIMOY iblon, has received the first registration worldwide for any iblon formulation from the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries. More >>

Vaping with nicotine a proven effective combo

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 8:52 am | NZVAPOR

Vaping with high levels of nicotine is the winning combination when it comes to smoking cessation! More >>

Research tracks the impact of cannabinoids

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 8:47 am | ESR

A two year research project tracking the tragic impact of synthetic cannabinoids in New Zealand has found clear geographical differences in substance use, especially among those drugs linked to fatalities. An ESR project, which started in July 2017, ... More >>

Methane seep research bubbling along

Monday, 9 September 2019, 2:17 pm | NIWA

A chance discovery off the Gisborne coast five years ago is prompting a NIWA scientist to find out more about the link between a field of methane seeps bubbling out of the sea floor and submarine landslides. More >>

Tasman Low Keeps the Upper North Island Under a Cloud

Monday, 9 September 2019, 2:06 pm | MetService

A low over the Tasman Sea will continue the trend of unsettled weather for the upper North Island with thundery showers or rain forecast for most areas north of the Central Plateau today and tomorrow, according to MetService. More >>

ESR Wins Bid to Host Global Forensic Elite

Monday, 9 September 2019, 2:04 pm | ESR

The world’s top forensic toxicologists will descend on New Zealand after ESR won the bid to host the 61st Annual Meeting and Congress of the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT) in 2023. More >>

Planning fertiliser use in spring

Monday, 9 September 2019, 11:35 am | Waikato Regional Council

With a refreshed National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management around the corner, there is increasing pressure for farmers to improve nutrient management in their farming systems. More >>

EQC-funded heavy-duty drones benefit scientists

Monday, 9 September 2019, 9:09 am | Earthquake Commission

Heavy-duty drones and monitoring equipment developed with EQC funding by a Wellington research team is starting to have an impact far beyond New Zealand shores in tough volcanic conditions around the Pacific. More >>

Winners of the 2019 Kudos Awards announced last night

Friday, 6 September 2019, 1:42 pm | The Kudos Awards

Waikato celebrated the achievements of 19 finalists and announced winners in eight categories at the 13th Annual Kudos Science Excellence Awards at Claudelands last night. More >>

Top Māori academic researcher to join Unitec

Friday, 6 September 2019, 10:20 am | Unitec

Ngā Wai a Te Tūī, Māori and Indigenous Research Centre at Unitec is pleased to announce that Leonie Pihama will join our team as a Professor of Māori Research from 1st October 2019. More >>

Unitec launches Research Centre for Environmental Solutions

Friday, 6 September 2019, 9:24 am | Unitec

Auckland, 4 September, 2019 – A ground-breaking research project focused on protecting people and other living species from the dangers of asbestos has been announced as the inaugural project for Unitec’s newly-launched Environmental Solutions Research ... More >>

Freshwater action plan - Expert Reaction Update

Thursday, 5 September 2019, 3:16 pm | Science Media Centre

The Government has released an Action Plan for Healthy Waterways , which aims to restore rivers and lakes within a generation. More >>

Research links virus to high rates of childhood pneumonia

Thursday, 5 September 2019, 3:13 pm | ESR

Research into respiratory infection among young children in New Zealand has highlighted one particular virus as a leading cause of high rates of hospitalisation. More >>

True Spring conditions with changeable weather

Thursday, 5 September 2019, 1:53 pm | MetService

A low over New Zealand is tracking eastwards today over the upper North Island. Strong, cool southwesterlies follow on Friday, then ease on Saturday. A cold front sweeps up the South Island Sunday cooling things off a little, while a warm front ahead ... More >>

Freshwater action plan - Expert Reaction

Thursday, 5 September 2019, 11:26 am | Science Media Centre

The Government has released an Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, which aims to restore rivers and lakes within a generation. More >>

Essential word for the government to learn

Wednesday, 4 September 2019, 3:38 pm | Dr John Baker

About Time the Government Learned the Word Sequestration A New Zealand international soil scientist wants to reintroduce the word sequestration into our lexicon. Dr John Baker says it’s so important, it should be part of our everyday conversation. It’s ... More >>

August Climate Summary: Variable Temperature and Rainfall

Wednesday, 4 September 2019, 1:45 pm | NIWA

Variable temperature and rainfall patterns with frequent southwesterly winds Temperature Temperatures were above average (0.51°C to 1.2°C above average) in parts of central Southland, north Otago, Taranaki, Whanganui, southern Hawke’s Bay, Waikato and ... More >>

Whale migration pattern written into their songs

Wednesday, 4 September 2019, 11:08 am | University of Auckland

The convergence of humpback whales at the Kermadec Islands is the human equivalent of a singing competition at a favourite gathering place, where new songs are shared and old ones reveal a lot about where you are from, new research suggests. More >>

The Singularity: Last we looked, it's not too late

Wednesday, 4 September 2019, 9:05 am | Aurecon

In the ‘not so long ago’, science fiction movies were filled with weird and wonderful (and pretty impossible) scenarios and exciting plot lines. It was thrilling, entertaining, and while the entire humankind was almost always in grave danger, we ... More >>

NIWA UV research reinforces success of Montreal Protocol

Wednesday, 4 September 2019, 8:36 am | NIWA

On the eve of the 30th anniversary since the Montreal Protocol came into force, new research by NIWA scientists reinforces its reputation as the world’s most successful environmental treaty. More >>

How will climate-driven drought impact rural communities?

Tuesday, 3 September 2019, 8:27 pm | Deep South National Science Challenge

‘Ground zero’: How will climate-driven drought impact rural communities? New economic research co-funded by the Deep South Challenge and Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, with the support of Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, will investigate ... More >>

Child ADHD study shows longer term micronutrient benefits

Tuesday, 3 September 2019, 9:20 am | University of Canterbury

The results from a University of Canterbury (UC) study into the longer term effects of micronutrients on ADHD symptoms in children have been published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology . More >>

Subtropical Low to Bring a Period of Rain to All

Monday, 2 September 2019, 1:56 pm | MetService

MetService meteorologist April Clark warns: “New Zealand will say goodbye to the calm weather we experienced over the weekend as a subtropical low to the northwest will spread rain over the country as the we head into the first week of Spring.” More >>

Allan Herbarium now the world leader in subantarctic flora

Monday, 2 September 2019, 10:40 am | Landcare Research

A treasure trove containing thousands of subantarctic plant specimens dating back to the 1800s has arrived at Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, making it the world’s largest collection. More >>

Earthquake Early Warning in New Zealand

Saturday, 31 August 2019, 11:54 am | Jenlogix

Earthquake Early Warning is available and has been working in New Zealand since mid-2014. More >>

Springing out of Winter with a Sunny Weekend

Thursday, 29 August 2019, 12:02 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting fine weather for this weekend, which also sees the seasons tick over from Winter to Spring. Sunny days, frosty nights and westerly winds are the classic harbingers of Spring, and New Zealand will receive good measures of each ... More >>

NIWA Outlook: September – November 2019

Thursday, 29 August 2019, 11:12 am | NIWA

Outlook Summary • The central Pacific El Niño event that arrived in March 2019 has ended, giving way to ENSO neutral conditions, owing to cooling sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in the tropical Pacific and a neutral Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) during ... More >>

New Zealanders keen for an earthquake early warning system

Thursday, 29 August 2019, 11:05 am | Earthquake Commission

New Zealanders have welcomed the idea of an early warning system for earthquakes so they can be mentally prepared, as well as drop, cover and hold in the moments before major shaking occurs. More >>

Students seek scientific solutions

Wednesday, 28 August 2019, 2:50 pm | NIWA

Everything from eating brownies made with bugs to a substitute for stickers on fruit has had a scientific eye cast over it ahead of this year’s NIWA Auckland Science and Technology Fair. The annual fair, one of seven regional events sponsored by NIWA, ... More >>

Weka bring hidden benefits to New Zealand forests

Wednesday, 28 August 2019, 11:10 am | University of Canterbury

Weka are often portrayed as little more than sandwich-stealing scallywags. The large, brown flightless bird’s tendency to be curious and gobble any food available (whether it be an unwatched biscuit, penguin egg or endangered gecko) also makes them troublesome ... More >>

HME ryegrass making steady progress

Wednesday, 28 August 2019, 10:20 am | AgResearch

AgResearch’s development of a new generation grass is making steady progress. AgResearch principal scientist Dr Greg Bryan recently returned from the United States where the Crown Research Institute is conducting field trials of the genetically ... More >>

What if Climate Change was Purple?

Wednesday, 28 August 2019, 9:22 am | Track Zero

What if Climate Change was Purple? is a new project that will bring artists and scientists together to create artworks that inspire climate action. More >>

$1m for new Mt Erebus research

Tuesday, 27 August 2019, 2:11 pm | University of Waikato

A team from the University of Waikato and University of Canterbury, led by Professor Craig Cary, has received a nearly $1m Marsden research grant to study unique micro-organisms that live in the geothermal fumerols of Mt Erebus in Antarctica. More >>

UC investing $2.6m in cutting edge research equipment

Tuesday, 27 August 2019, 11:56 am | University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury is investing $2.6 million over two years in cutting edge new research equipment which will strengthen research and teaching excellence in diverse fields, including biomedicine, engineering, drug design, and nanotechnology. More >>

Students seek scientific solutions

Tuesday, 27 August 2019, 11:12 am | NIWA

Everything from traffic safety to chickens and ballet shoes has had a scientific eye cast over it ahead of this year’s NIWA Wellington Science and Technology Fair. The annual fair, one of seven regional events sponsored by NIWA, has attracted 328 ... More >>

Last week of winter mainly fine

Monday, 26 August 2019, 2:00 pm | MetService

MetService are forecasting a settled week of weather ahead, though this is punctuated for some by a front on Thursday bringing rain to western areas especially the South Island West Coast. More >>

It’s not queasy being Green

Friday, 23 August 2019, 2:42 pm | University of Auckland

Would you take medicine that’s been reclaimed from sewage? Munch on an insect burger, or a gnarled, bulbous, multi-limbed carrot? If you just choked on your cornflakes, you’re not alone. More >>

MedicAlert® launches Scholarship Fund in memory of Dr Rajpal

Friday, 23 August 2019, 11:21 am | MedicAlert

Last Wednesday evening the Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy officially launched a scholarship fund that will provide financial support to those working on harm prevention initiatives. More >>

Rare weather phenomenon possible

Friday, 23 August 2019, 9:03 am | NIWA

NIWA meteorologists are keeping an eye on an unusual atmospheric phenomenon that is amassing in the polar stratosphere. Called a Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW), it occurs when the temperature of the stratosphere (30-50km above ground) over the ... More >>

Drug boosts survival for diabetes after pancreatitis

Friday, 23 August 2019, 8:53 am | University of Auckland

A University of Auckland-led study has shown for the first time that diabetes drug metformin halves the risk of death in people with the second most common form of adult-onset diabetes. More >>

Calls for more research on microplastics in drinking water

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 2:11 pm | ESR

A scientist leading a study on the effects of microplastics in the New Zealand environment is welcoming calls for a further assessment of their potential impacts on human health. More >>

Research aims to assist M. bovis eradication

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 1:41 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

New research will determine if there is a better way of prioritising investigation of farms potentially infected with Mycoplasma bovis . This would enable the M. bovis Programme to more quickly identify infected farms and take action to accelerate eradication ... More >>