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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 >>

Study sheds fresh light on self-harming in later life

Friday, 1 February 2019, 9:50 am | University of Auckland

Study sheds fresh light on self-harming in middle-age and late life More >>

Boom in AI patents points to ‘quantum leap' in tech - UN

Friday, 1 February 2019, 9:17 am | UN News

The “upsurge” in patent applications for devices and machines powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the last five years, suggests that it could soon revolutionize all areas of daily life far beyond the tech world, a UN report suggested on Thursday. More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Thursday, 31 January 2019, 2:17 pm | NIWA

Across the North Island, soil moisture levels decreased everywhere during the past week due to meagre rainfall and extremely warm temperatures. The most significant decreases were observed across the northern two-thirds of the island, with less substantial ... More >>

Beetle application could boost arsenal against weed

Thursday, 31 January 2019, 12:49 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is considering an application to introduce a root-feeding beetle to control the weed moth plant, a noxious weed which smothers the growth of native plants in communities in the North Island. The applicant is ... More >>

Hot temperatures set to cool slightly this weekend

Thursday, 31 January 2019, 12:43 pm | MetService

Summer has certainly taken hold this week with loads of attention on the temperatures the last few days. If you are sick of the heat there is hope, MetService is forecasting a front to bring rain to many parts of the South Island tomorrow and a few showers ... More >>

Sea level rise likely to damage inland water infrastructure

Thursday, 31 January 2019, 12:27 pm | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand says that rising sea levels will have a huge impact on water infrastructure many kilometres inland from the coast. More >>

New research shows our true thoughts about the Internet

Thursday, 31 January 2019, 10:31 am | InternetNZ

New research released today by InternetNZ shows that 92% of New Zealanders are concerned about young children accessing inappropriate content on the Internet. More >>

How much coffee would you drink in a year?

Thursday, 31 January 2019, 10:01 am | Antarctica New Zealand

If you find the weekly grocery shop a chore, imagine one to last a year on the ice. Two hundred kilograms of coffee beans, 100 cans of peaches and 1900 rolls of toilet paper have just arrived at Scott Base in Antarctica. The supplies were delivered ... More >>

Keeping a low profile is for the birds

Thursday, 31 January 2019, 9:07 am | University of Auckland

It has long been assumed that colourful plumage puts birds at higher risk of being spotted by a predator but a new study has a surprising finding – being dull and brown doesn’t necessarily increase the chances of survival. More >>

NIWA’s Sea Surface Temperature Update

Wednesday, 30 January 2019, 2:03 pm | NIWA

A fortnightly report, updated over summer, covering sea surface temperatures and anomalies (differences from average) around New Zealand. Following the Tasman Sea marine heatwave event of 2017-18, this report will help users understand the latest ... More >>

Plant & Food Research success in Sustainable Farming Fund

Wednesday, 30 January 2019, 12:05 pm | Plant and Food Research

On-farm nitrogen (N) management, reduced use of agrichemicals in onion production, pest management in strawberries, and management of avocado fruit quality are amongst the seven proposals selected for the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Sustainable ... More >>

The Lancet: The drivers of obesity and climate change

Wednesday, 30 January 2019, 9:49 am | University of Auckland

Leaders must take a hard line against powerful commercial interests and rethink global economic incentives within the food system in order to tackle the joint pandemics of obesity, undernutrition and climate change, according to a major new report by ... More >>

Current heatwave grim view of climate change future

Tuesday, 29 January 2019, 2:38 pm | Maori Climate Commissioner

Māori Climate Commissioner, Donna Awatere Huata, says the current heatwave that burnt Australia and is currently suffocating New Zealand is a grim view of our climate change future. More >>

Summer heatwave - Expert Reaction

Monday, 28 January 2019, 3:35 pm | Science Media Centre

MetService has warned there is a hot week ahead for many parts of the country, with many towns and cities set for 30C weather. More >>

Hot week across New Zealand, some weekend relief

Monday, 28 January 2019, 1:25 pm | MetService

This summer is hot, and don’t we know it. Slip, slop, slap, the perennial slogan on the top of mind, always that timely reminder for kiwis to stay sun smart. And this is certainly a week to be mindful of te rā (the sun). More >>

Science Deadline: Gene drive, gene editing condemned, drugs

Friday, 25 January 2019, 5:02 pm | Science Media Centre

US researchers say they’ve had some success in testing out a gene drive in laboratory mice. More >>

Festival drug testing - Expert Reaction

Friday, 25 January 2019, 11:57 am | Science Media Centre

It's January and the sun's out, which means it's festival season and again there is talk about providing drug testing for festival-goers. More >>

IVF ‘add-on’ has no benefit – study

Friday, 25 January 2019, 9:13 am | University of Auckland

A fertility treatment commonly performed around the world has been shown to have no benefit at all, and researchers want IVF clinics to stop offering it. More >>

New Royalcam chick makes its first appearance

Thursday, 24 January 2019, 5:19 pm | Department of Conservation

The newest star of the Department of Conservation’s (DOC’s) internationally renowned Royalcam live stream has hatched to blustery conditions at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head on Otago Peninsula. More >>

A hot weekend in store, many places will hit 30°C on Sunday

Thursday, 24 January 2019, 1:50 pm | MetService

A ridge of high pressure builds over New Zealand during Friday, meaning largely settled conditions for much of the country, however Metservice is forecasting a trough to linger over the upper North Island Friday afternoon, triggering isolated showers ... More >>

Sir Ed’s temperature legacy

Thursday, 24 January 2019, 12:47 pm | NIWA

Temperature records that began with Sir Edmund Hilary in 1957 are still being collected and used by scientists, and operational staff at Scott Base. More >>

Scientists confirm warming seas around New Zealand

Thursday, 24 January 2019, 10:25 am | NIWA

The water in the New Zealand region is significantly warmer than it was 30 years ago, and all indications are the warming trend will continue, says a NIWA scientist. More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch 23/1/19

Wednesday, 23 January 2019, 4:47 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 >>

New nutrient management guidelines for vegetables released

Wednesday, 23 January 2019, 4:03 pm | Plant and Food Research

A new best practice manual developed in collaboration with Plant & Food Research, Vegetable Research & Innovation (VR&I) Board and the Fertiliser Association of New Zealand (FANZ) will help commercial vegetable growers and consultants make ... More >>

Health professionals welcome ‘Great Food Transformation’

Wednesday, 23 January 2019, 9:16 am | NZ Climate And Health

New Zealand health professionals are applauding a landmark report that outlines how to achieve healthy and sustainable eating patterns for a future global population of 10 billion people. More >>

Warm windy weather makes way for a cold snap in the south

Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 1:44 pm | MetService

A broad westerly flow makes it windy for exposed parts of the South Island and lower North Island today, while it remains mostly sunny and warm in the north and east. More >>

Six more Taranaki community science projects to launch

Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 11:34 am | Venture Taranaki

Six new Curious Minds Participatory Science Platform (PSP) projects will get the go-ahead in the first half of 2019, Venture Taranaki has announced, bringing the number of projects supported in Taranaki to 40 since the programme was launched. More >>

Gaps in health professionals’ knowledge about HPV

Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 10:56 am | Massey University

The first New Zealand study of health professionals’ knowledge and understanding about the human papillomavirus (HPV) has identified significant gaps, particularly about the role of HPV testing in the New Zealand National Cervical Screening Programme. More >>

Saxophonist wanted to help get birds breeding

Monday, 21 January 2019, 3:20 pm | Meridian Energy

Since 2016, Meridian Energy have been the National Partner of the Department of Conservation’s Kākāpō Recovery Programme (KRP) in their efforts to revive this critically endangered native parrot, but what most people don’t know is that there are only 147 left. More >>