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Science Deadline: Dam Appeal, Nanoscare and melting mantle

Friday, 7 July 2017, 2:39 pm | Science Media Centre

Legal blow for Ruataniwha The Supreme Court has denied an appeal to allow a land swap for the proposed Ruataniwha Dam project in the Hawke's Bay. More >>

Exercise in early life has long-lasting benefits

Friday, 7 July 2017, 9:09 am | Liggins Institute

Exercise in early life counteracts some of the damaging programming effects of a high-fat diet, a new Auckland study shows. More >>

Safe nuclear waste disposal aided by Kiwi technology

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 12:23 pm | ARANZ Geo Limited

CHRISTCHURCH, NZ – 6 July 2017 – New Zealand company ARANZ Geo is taking on the global challenge of safe final disposal of nuclear waste as a geological and environmental risk management solutions provider. More >>

Rain in the north, drier further south this weekend

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 12:20 pm | MetService

“Over the next few days two low pressure systems are set to slide eastwards, delivering periods of rain over the North Island, while the South Island escapes most of the wet weather,” said MetService meteorologist Stephen Glassey. The first low moves ... More >>

NZ food network helping fast rising water extractor

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 9:03 am | Make Lemonade

NZ food network helping fast rising water extractor July 6, 2017 New Zealand’s top food innovation network is helping fast rising clean-tech company Hydroxsys with its amazing water extraction technologies aimed at mining, dairy and other industries ... More >>

Significant Contribution to Food Safety Award Presented

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 8:56 am | Cawthron Institute

Yesterday evening, Cawthron Senior Scientist Dr Lesley Rhodes CNZM received the inaugural Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Award for Significant Contribution to Food Safety, at the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology (NZIFST) Conference ... More >>

ArborGen does not undertake any research into GE trees in NZ

Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 2:27 pm | ArborGen

The GE Free NZ press release “Alarm Bells Ring Over Threat of GE Trees” published yesterday on Scoop (as below) makes a number of statements that are factually incorrect with regard to ArborGen and its business. More >>

Six months in a (slightly) cooler climate

Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 12:12 pm | NIWA

Now the first six months of the year are done and dusted, NIWA forecasters have been analysing the country’s weather statistics to see where we stand compared to last year’s record breaker. More >>

July 2017 – Colder than usual temperatures

Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 3:25 pm | MetService

The MetService long-range forecast for July is picking below average temperatures for the first half of July, just in time for what is traditionally the coldest time of year. More >>

Mentoring guidance prepared with a cultural lens

Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 3:20 pm | The Royal Society of New Zealand

Support for culturally appropriate mentoring is being released today by Royal Society Te Apārangi to aid researchers and mentors in an increasingly diverse Aotearoa New Zealand. More >>

June climate summary - Record-dry June for parts of North

Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 3:13 pm | NIWA

Rainfall was well below normal ( Temperature June temperatures were near average for most of the country (-0.50°C to +0.50°C). Pockets of above average temperatures (0.51°C to 1.20°C) occurred in the Bay of Plenty, West Coast, and inland Otago. ... More >>

Old faithful hangs up its hat

Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 1:54 pm | Cawthron Institute

After 16 years of service, Cawthron’s first liquid chromatography-mass spectrometer (LC-MS) is hanging up its hat, making room for new technology. The inner workings of the retired instrument dubbed ‘Old Faithful’ has been mounted in honour of ... More >>

Rare octopus turns up at NIWA

Monday, 3 July 2017, 4:24 pm | NIWA

NIWA’s Marine Invertebrate Collection has welcomed two extremely rare octopus that have only just been provisionally identified. More >>

25 years of science working for New Zealand

Monday, 3 July 2017, 3:47 pm | Science New Zealand

Twenty-five years ago – on 1 July 1992 – the Government re-shaped the nation’s science research organisations into ten Crown Research Institutes. More >>

Cold in the South and More Rain for the North

Monday, 3 July 2017, 1:30 pm | MetService

The week started off very wet in parts of the North Island, as an old low moving over the country delivered bands of heavy rain or showers to areas at either end of the island. 12mm of rain fell in one hour earlier this morning in Wellington, ... More >>

MOTU Ranked 10th in The World for Climate Change Work

Friday, 30 June 2017, 9:49 am | MOTU

A tiny research organisation from New Zealand has ranked tenth in the world for climate change work internationally and second for think tanks outside of Europe and North America. More >>

New weather forecasts to improve safety

Thursday, 29 June 2017, 3:00 pm | MetService

Trampers, hunters and mountain bikers will benefit from new weather forecasts for Kahurangi National Park which were launched yesterday on the MetService website and mobile website. The forecasts are produced by MetService’s team of meteorologists ... More >>

Men of different ethnicities needed for weight loss study

Thursday, 29 June 2017, 2:48 pm | University of Otago

Researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) are seeking 20 men from different ethnic backgrounds for a study to find out how well people of different body shapes and different ethnicities respond to a weight loss diet More >>

Change is in the wind

Thursday, 29 June 2017, 1:43 pm | MetService

After a relatively quiet week weather wise, things are about to change. “Expect a changeable weekend of weather, with north-facing regions such as Nelson and Bay of Plenty likely to see the worst of the heavy rain,” said MetService meteorologist ... More >>

Symantec Security Response to Petya Ransomware Outbreak

Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 10:40 am | Symantec Security Response

Petya ransomware impacting large organisations in multiple countries. This new strain of the Petya ransomware started propagating on June 27, 2017, infecting many organisations. Similar toWannaCry, Petya uses the Eternal Blue exploit to propagate itself. What ... More >>

New ransomware campaign known as Petya

Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 10:11 am | CERT NZ

A new ransomware campaign known as Petya is affecting computer networks using Microsoft Windows. It was first seen affecting systems in the Ukraine, but is quickly spreading across other computer networks in Europe. More >>

Daily walks help lower office workers’ blood lipids

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 9:45 am | University of Otago

Many people spend increasing time sitting during their work days, but breaking things up with regular brisk walks, while also taking daily 30-minute walks, significantly lowers levels of fatty acids that lead to clogged arteries, University of Otago researchers ... More >>

International food safety experts in NZ

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 9:41 am | Food Integrity Conference

Attended by some of New Zealand’s leading food producers, the two-day conference on Wednesday 28 and Thursday 28 June in Auckland brings together international food experts to help local companies navigate the complex international food export market ... More >>

Innovative Technology Proves a Winner for Emirates Team NZ

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 9:16 am | Callaghan Innovation

Callaghan Innovation has today applauded Emirates Team New Zealand’s triumph in the 2017 America’s Cup and the use of innovative technology to give its winning performance the edge. More >>

Next generation of Antarctica scientists celebrated

Monday, 26 June 2017, 8:42 pm | Antarctica New Zealand

Next generation of Antarctica scientists celebrated Media release embargoed until 6pm, 26 June 2017 Understanding what Antarctica's environment was like 3.5 million years ago could prove crucial to preparing New Zealand for the impacts of climate ... More >>

International accolade for director

Monday, 26 June 2017, 3:54 pm | Auckland Bioengineering Institute

The Director of the University of Auckland’s Bioengineering Institute (ABI) has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Sheffield, in the United Kingdom. More >>

Improving trend into the weekend - Thursday 22 June 2017

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 2:20 pm | MetService

It will be been a wet and unsettled end to the working week over the North Island, thanks to a low pressure system over the northern Tasman Sea, while a weak cold front has moved up the South Island. However, it is an improving trend as we get into the ... More >>

Myrtle rust update – Wednesday 21 June 2017

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 1:21 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Incident Controller David Yard says there has been no significant change to the spread of myrtle rust, but work continues to control the fungus. More >>

Changes in garden bird populations over the last 10 years

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 10:08 am | Landcare Research

Landcare Research released research results today that reveal some species counted in the annual New Zealand Garden Bird Survey have declined over the last 10 years. More >>

Spotlight on benefits of pre-lamb drenching

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 2:25 pm | AgResearch

Latest research is challenging the popular belief that drenching ewes around the time of lambing will consistently provide production and financial benefit, AgResearch scientists say. At the recent Beef + Lamb New Zealand AgInnovation conference in ... More >>

Myrtle Rust: Plant Movement Must Stop

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 1:32 pm | The Tree Council Inc

The Tree Council is calling for the Ministry for Primary Industries to use its powers under the Biosecurity Act and implement a temporary ban on all plant movement across New Zealand to prevent the spread of Myrtle Rust. More >>

Updated guidance urgently needed for antipsychotic drug

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 11:30 am | University of Otago

Drug-safety regulators and manufacturers need to take urgent action over serious adverse effects of the valuable antipsychotic drug clozapine, a new study shows. More >>

New funding takes the fight to myrtle rust

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 10:36 am | Plant And Food Research

Plant & Food Research and Scion have been successful in the latest round of MBIE’s Catalyst Strategic Fund with a project addressing the threat of myrtle rust to New Zealand. More >>

New evidence of animal behaviour and tidal clocks

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 9:59 am | University of Auckland

A slater-like crustacean that lives in the sand on Auckland’s Piha beach has provided new evidence that animals have biological clocks influenced by the tide as well as the more familiar circadian clock that follows the day/night cycle and which regulates ... More >>

The Settled Weather Doesn’t Last

Monday, 19 June 2017, 2:32 pm | MetService

The generally dry weather over the weekend carries into the start of this week with just a few showers taking the shine off the sun until Wednesday. More >>

A smidgen of seasonal solstice science

Monday, 19 June 2017, 2:10 pm | NIWA

This year’s winter solstice may start mild, but by the end of the shortest day of the year on Wednesday there will be rain, wind and even some snow. More >>

Science Deadline: Childcare nutrition, Grenfell disaster

Friday, 16 June 2017, 3:32 pm | Science Media Centre

A survey of menus provided by childcare centres found most weren't meeting nutritional guidelines. More >>

Drought-hit mudfish insight into surviving climate change

Friday, 16 June 2017, 3:06 pm | University of Canterbury

Life and death in a Westland rainforest: Drought-hit mudfish give insight into surviving climate change University of Canterbury researchers studying Westland mudfish have witnessed a life and death struggle that sheds new light on how species may survive ... More >>

Settled weather for the weekend

Thursday, 15 June 2017, 1:10 pm | MetService

The strong, cold southerly flow these past two days was a definite winter wakeup call for most of New Zealand. Along with blustery winds, heavy swells affected many western, southern and eastern coasts during Tuesday and Wednesday. More >>

NZ farmers using artificial intelligence to manage animals

Thursday, 15 June 2017, 11:00 am | Teck Labs

A New Zealand made mobile app is being used by local dairy farmers to replace veterinarians. Available on the App Store, the Betty app uses machine learning algorithms to help dairy farmers diagnose sick cows in their herd. More >>

SMC ALERT: Future of Housing - Expert Q&A

Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 2:18 pm | Science Media Centre

There's no place like home, but owning your own home is harder than ever before. Leaky homes, eye-watering prices, an ageing housing stock and a growing population: how can we make sure everyone has an affordable, healthy home? More >>

Questions and answers about oyster disease Bonamia ostreae

Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 5:17 pm | NIWA

NIWA is today issuing some scientific information on the parasite Bonamia ostreae, recently discovered in Big Glory Bay, Stewart Island, and the risk it poses to the Bluff oyster fishery. The information has been compiled by NIWA fisheries scientist ... More >>

Cracking mānuka’s genetic code to mitigate myrtle rust

Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 11:46 am | Plant and Food Research

A nationwide science project that sequenced the mānuka genome and is now exploring its genetic diversity may be instrumental in protecting the indigenous plant from the fungal disease myrtle rust. More >>

Mussels Inherit Ocean Acidification Resilience from Parents

Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 10:09 am | Cawthron Foundation

Cawthron scientists have revealed preliminary findings from their Greenshell Mussel ocean acidification breeding trials. Dr Norman Ragg advised their trials indicate certain mussel families are more likely than others to survive predicted ocean acidity ... More >>

A mostly fine forecast for Fieldays 2017

Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 9:52 am | NIWA

It’ll be a wet and breezy start to Fieldays tomorrow but it’s better and brighter after that. More >>

Climate change threat to native spider

Monday, 12 June 2017, 2:56 pm | Lincoln University

Climate change threat to native spider Climate change may threaten one of our more reclusive native animals, according to Lincoln University research. Trapdoor spiders are found throughout New Zealand, springing out from their concealed burrows to capture ... More >>

What scientists say on fluoridation

Monday, 12 June 2017, 11:47 am | Science Media Centre

As parliament considers a bill to put decision-making about community water fluoridation in the hands of district health boards, fluoridation is likely to remain a polarising issue for some communities. More >>

New Pink and White Terraces Survey Fixes Terrace Locations

Monday, 12 June 2017, 11:36 am | Rex Bunn

On the anniversary of the 1886 Mt Tarawera eruption, a new survey is published this week in the Journal of the Royal Society: More >>

New fund to support science-related journalism projects

Monday, 12 June 2017, 9:50 am | Science Media Centre

The Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund is offering grants of between $500 and $10,000 for projects exploring science-related issues of importance to New Zealand. More >>

New Zealand joins global seabed mapping initiative

Friday, 9 June 2017, 2:13 pm | NIWA

New Zealand has joined a global initiative to map the ocean floor of the entire world by the year 2030. More >>

Research finds flu is a major killer in New Zealand

Friday, 9 June 2017, 11:47 am | University of Otago

New research from the University of Otago, Wellington, shows that influenza kills about 500 New Zealanders each year, and the risk of premature death is much higher for Māori, Pasifika, men, and those living in relative poverty. More >>

Queen’s Birthday honour for surgeon and student mentor

Friday, 9 June 2017, 11:25 am | University of Auckland

Professor Peter Gilling, a top surgeon and mentor to medical students at Tauranga Hospital, has been recognised in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. More >>

Masters student awarded $22,000 Fieldays scholarship

Thursday, 8 June 2017, 11:32 am | University of Waikato

This year’s New Zealand Agricultural Fieldays scholarship winner, Shannon Hunter, is conducting research that will make an important contribution to New Zealand’s growing avocado industry. More >>

World's rarest marine dolphin close to extinction

Thursday, 8 June 2017, 11:17 am | NABU International - Foundation for Nature

Scientists from the Inernational Whaling Commission (IWC) have warned New Zealand over its inaction to protect the world´s rarest dolphin More >>

World´s rarest marine dolphin close to extinction

Thursday, 8 June 2017, 10:35 am | NABU International - Foundation for Nature

Scientists from the Inernational Whaling Commission (IWC) have warned New Zealand over its inaction to protect the world´s rarest dolphin More >>

WWF call for govt action to save Māui dolphins endorsed

Thursday, 8 June 2017, 9:16 am | World Wildlife Fund

For the fifth year in a row, leading international scientists have urged the New Zealand government to remove set netting (also called gillnetting) and conventional trawling from Māui dolphin habitat, to save the world’s smallest and rarest marine ... More >>

The Ultimate GoPro Ecosystem Takes Flight

Wednesday, 7 June 2017, 4:30 pm | GoPro

GoPro has long been celebrated for its ability to literally go anywhere, allowing you to capture imagery from surfboards, motorbikes, canoes or seriously large selfie sticks. You’ve heard the saying the sky’s the limit? Well not for GoPro with ... More >>

The Genius of Bugs nominated for New Zealand book award

Wednesday, 7 June 2017, 2:45 pm | Te Papa Press

Children’s book author and spider expert Simon Pollard has been nominated in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. More >>

#keepitkindonline - a new movement in online kindness

Wednesday, 7 June 2017, 1:49 pm | keepitkindonline

The internet should be a place to share ideas, to meet like minds and debate with perspectives other than your own. It should be a place where we can engage in dialogue and debate without concern for safety. At its best, the internet is a place for everyone. ... More >>

Scientists eavesdrop on endangered dolphins

Wednesday, 7 June 2017, 11:48 am | NIWA

The critically endangered Māui dolphin is getting a helping hand from scientists this month who are beginning a year-long research project to listen in on them. More >>