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New info leads to a small change in mānuka honey definition

Monday, 29 January 2018, 5:07 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has reissued the General Requirements for Bee Products Export Notice. More >>

Govt’s revised science definition of mānuka honey welcomed

Monday, 29 January 2018, 4:56 pm | Apiculture NZ

Apiculture New Zealand welcomes the Ministry for Primary Industries’ decision to adjust its mānuka honey science definition for multifloral honey. “We’re pleased that MPI has listened to industry and delivered a definition that ensures our consumers ... More >>

Summer heat followed by stormy weather this week

Monday, 29 January 2018, 1:51 pm | MetService

A ridge of high pressure remains over New Zealand today. However, as the ridge starts to move off on Thursday, a front from the south and the remains of recently-named Tropical Cyclone Fehi, tracking from the Coral Sea, will have a significant impact ... More >>

Altitude training could benefit non-athletes

Monday, 29 January 2018, 1:42 pm | Lincoln University

Simulated altitude training is well known for improving athletes’ physical performance, but studies suggest that non-exercisers could benefit from the technique as well. More >>

Blunting Chilean needle grass

Monday, 29 January 2018, 11:34 am | Environmental Protection Authority

New Zealand farming’s vulnerability to Chilean needle grass may be reduced if an application to release a rust fungus from Argentina wins approval from the Environmental Protection Authority. More >>

Rocket Lab | massive stars | Auckland SAVVY

Friday, 26 January 2018, 4:11 pm | Science Media Centre

Rocket Lab makes orbit, clue to how massive stars form and last chance to apply for Auckland SAVVY More >>

NIWA and DOC to embark on blue whale research expedition

Friday, 26 January 2018, 3:26 pm | Department of Conservation

A two-week research expedition to gather data on the elusive, endangered blue whale within New Zealand’s shores is due to set sail on Sunday 28 January. More >>

Creating a climate-safe Dunedin

Friday, 26 January 2018, 11:56 am | Deep South National Science Challenge

Last year, and the start of this one, gave all of us plenty of opportunities to experience a future in which creeping sea level rise and extreme weather – from drought to flood to surprise storm surges – make day-to-day life more precarious and more ... More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Thursday, 25 January 2018, 3:13 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 >>

Tests find endangered dolphin killed by shark

Thursday, 25 January 2018, 1:56 pm | Department of Conservation

An endangered dolphin found washed up at Port Waikato at the weekend was the victim of a shark attack, a post mortem examination shows. The Māui or Hector’s dolphin was recovered by a Department of Conservation (DOC) ranger on Sunday and sent to ... More >>

Even Warmer Temperatures Ahead

Thursday, 25 January 2018, 1:32 pm | MetService

Few would argue that it has been a warm week, and the heat is expected to linger over the weekend and into next week. More >>

Impacts of stormwater, wastewater and climate change

Thursday, 25 January 2018, 12:12 pm | National Science Challenges

Stormwater, wastewater and climate change: Impacts on our economy, environment, culture and society In October 2017, the Deep South Challenge released a report into the state of the nation’s storm and waste water infrastructure, in the face of ... More >>

Free ‘Hands-on’ science workshop at the LAB

Thursday, 25 January 2018, 10:25 am | East Coast LAB Life at the Boundary

Hawke’s Bay children are being given the chance to learn more about the forces beneath their feet that cause earthquakes, tsunami and volcanoes. More >>

NZ research detects jet from young star outside our galaxy

Thursday, 25 January 2018, 9:40 am | University of Canterbury

In a significant astronomical discovery, a University of Canterbury (UC) scientist has made the very first detection of a jet from a very young, massive star in a galaxy that is not our own. More >>

Matariki – the People Making It Happen…

Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 2:29 pm | University of Waikato

A move to Hawke’s Bay 13 years ago, with a PhD in Plant Pathology in hand, hasn’t stopped Christchurch-born Belinda Sleight from pursuing a career focused on innovation around the country. More >>

UC Engineers develop in-situ damage detection for steel

Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 12:36 pm | University of Canterbury

An award-winning, pioneering technique for assessing earthquake damage to steel in buildings or bridges will allow engineers to give faster, more reliable information to engineers, with tangible flow-on results for insurers and building owners. More >>

No tsunami threat to NZ following 7.9 Gulf of Alaska quake

Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 8:02 am | Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management

There is no tsunami threat to New Zealand following the magnitude 7.9 Gulf of Alaska earthquake at 22.32. More >>

UC Connect public lecture: Getting to Mars

Monday, 22 January 2018, 11:01 am | University of Canterbury

NASA has begun a new era of human space exploration, with the ultimate goal of landing humans on Mars. To fulfil this mission, NASA is building the Space Launch System (SLS), the world’s most powerful rocket, which will produce more thrust at lift-off ... More >>

SMC Alert: Rocket Lab successful launch

Sunday, 21 January 2018, 3:51 pm | Science Media Centre

SMC Alert: Rocket Lab successful launch and payload deployment - Expert reaction Rocket Lab successfully launched its Electron rocket and deployed satellites into orbit this afternoon, a milestone for the company and New Zealand's fledgling private ... More >>

SMC Bulletin: Bunnings pulls pesticides

Friday, 19 January 2018, 3:29 pm | Science Media Centre

Bunnings pulls pesticides Australian hardware chain Bunnings has decided to stop selling neonicotinoid pesticide products in its Australian and New Zealand stores by the end of the year. The Sydney Morning Herald reported the decision last weekend, ... More >>

‘Olympics of the animal genetics world’ making its way to NZ

Friday, 19 January 2018, 1:26 pm | WCGALP

‘Olympics of the animal genetics world’ making its way to New Zealand More than 1000 delegates from around the world will travel to New Zealand to take part in three prestigious animal recording and genetics conferences in February. It is the first ... More >>

Summer Series #8 - Spectacular Scenes Under The Ice

Thursday, 18 January 2018, 10:29 am | NIWA

In October a team of scientists from New Zealand and Finland travelled to Antarctica for a scientific diving expedition under the ice. More >>

Lawns – site of backyard environmental salvation?

Tuesday, 16 January 2018, 5:43 pm | Massey University

Lawns – site of backyard environmental salvation? Humanity’s often abusive relationship towards nature has culminated in concerns we have wrecked Earth beyond repair, with climate change, ecological degradation and mass extinctions threatening the survival ... More >>

CSST appoints NASA scientist as Director of Research

Tuesday, 16 January 2018, 10:56 am | Centre for Space Science Technology

The Centre for Space Science Technology (CSST) is delighted to announce that Delwyn Moller, PhD has been appointed as Director of Research. Delwyn was born and raised in the Waikato, studied at the University of Auckland and went on to design and implement ... More >>

UC biotechnologist creates new biodegradable crop coating

Monday, 15 January 2018, 3:27 pm | University of Canterbury

UC biotechnologist creates new biodegradable coating to protect crops A novel system for protecting plants from pests, infection and adverse weather has been awarded one of the top prizes in the University of Canterbury’s (UC) Tech Jumpstart competition. ... More >>

E-Cigarettes: Use, Effects, Risks, and Policy Implications

Monday, 15 January 2018, 1:30 pm | Annual Review of Public Health

Stanton A. Glantz - Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education and Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, California 94143, USA; email: More >>

Landmark expedition to bottom of the Antarctic Ocean

Monday, 15 January 2018, 12:35 pm | Greenpeace

Greenpeace launches landmark expedition to bottom of the Antarctic Ocean Monday, January 15: Greenpeace has today launched a campaign calling for the creation of the largest protected area on Earth - a 1.8 million square kilometre ocean sanctuary ... More >>

SMC Bulletin: 2017 year of extreme weather

Friday, 12 January 2018, 3:19 pm | Science Media Centre

2017 year of extreme weather Last year's climate brought us severe weather events, including floods and droughts, according to Niwa's annual climate summary released this week. More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch - January

Thursday, 11 January 2018, 3:08 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 >>

Sailing the Southern Ocean – a scientific odyssey

Thursday, 11 January 2018, 2:07 pm | NIWA

NIWA’s research vessel Tangaroa sets off for a six-week voyage to Antarctica in February. Six of those aboard explain what they’re doing, what they’re worried about and the one thing they wouldn’t be without. DAVE BOWDEN More >>

A giant extinct burrowing bat discovered in Central Otago

Thursday, 11 January 2018, 1:49 pm | Te Papa

The fossilised remains of a giant burrowing bat that lived in New Zealand millions of years ago have been found. More >>

Ship noise affects ability of marine species to communicate

Wednesday, 10 January 2018, 12:02 pm | University of Auckland

The first-ever large scale investigation into the effects of ship noise in the waters of the Hauraki Gulf shows a significant reduction in the amount of “communication space” available for at least two key marine species. The first-ever large scale ... More >>

New Zealand Climate Summary: 2017

Monday, 8 January 2018, 1:29 pm | NIWA

Annual mean sea level pressures for 2017 were slightly higher than normal to the south and east of New Zealand, primarily over and to the east of the Chatham Islands. This atmospheric pressure pattern produced slightly more northerly wind flows than ... More >>

$1 million research partnership with Māori business cluster

Monday, 8 January 2018, 12:48 pm | High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge

High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge has partnered with Nuku ki te Puku, a cluster of Māori-owned food and beverage businesses, in a $1m project to prototype how Māori businesses and some of the country’s top researchers can share science ... More >>

Citizen scientists take on Hutt River

Monday, 8 January 2018, 12:43 pm | NIWA

A group of volunteers who love the Hutt River is helping to care for it over summer. Beth Reille is bending over in the middle of the Hutt River peering into a large orange cone. At the bottom of the cone is clear plastic giving her a crisp, close-up ... More >>

2017 year of extreme weather - Expert reaction

Monday, 8 January 2018, 12:20 pm | Science Media Centre

Niwa has released its annual climate summary for 2017, which it says was a year of weather extremes. More >>

Antarctic expedition to uncover impacts of global warming

Saturday, 6 January 2018, 11:06 am | GNS Science

One of the world’s top scientific research ships which has just finished investigating the Hikurangi subduction zone east of Gisborne will head for Antarctica this weekend to find out how warming oceans will affect the ice sheets, changes to sea level, ... More >>

NIWA Outlook: January – March 2018

Friday, 5 January 2018, 3:54 pm | NIWA

Weak La Niña conditions persisted in the tropical Pacific during December 2017. Below average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) are present across the central and eastern Equatorial Pacific Ocean, and have cooled further compared to November 2017, ... More >>

New nitrate detection tech could save waterways

Thursday, 4 January 2018, 12:55 pm | University of Canterbury

New nitrate detection tech could save waterways Emerging technology being developed at the University of Canterbury (UC) could revolutionise nitrate monitoring in waterways. The novel electrochemical sensing system offers the advantages of selectivity and ... More >>

A day out measuring at Molesworth

Tuesday, 2 January 2018, 2:08 pm | NIWA

As the road behind Hanmer Springs turns to gravel and a dust cloud forms in the rear vision mirror, the southern edge of Molesworth Station unfolds. Photo: HAMISH MCCORMICK NIWA More >>

One fish, two fish…we’re counting on you

Tuesday, 26 December 2017, 11:04 am | NIWA

Kim McNamara says she can tell if someone’s had a bad day fishing just by looking at them. More >>

How invasive weeds make wildfires hotter and more frequent

Friday, 22 December 2017, 11:44 am | Tim Curran George Perry and Sarah Wyse

Mixed grill: burning combinations of invasive and native plants helps us understand how invasive plants make fires hotter and more likely. Sarah Wyse , CC BY-ND More >>

Precious Soil Being Lost to the Ocean

Friday, 22 December 2017, 11:15 am | Primary Land Users Group

On the 14th December 2017 the New Zealand Herald published the above headlined article by Bala Tikkisetty, Sustainable agriculture co-ordinator for the Waikato Regional Council. More >>

Your chance to dig deeper on science-related stories

Thursday, 21 December 2017, 1:11 pm | Science Media Centre

Applications are now open in the second round of funding of the Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund. More >>

Widowed Takahē Paired up Again

Wednesday, 20 December 2017, 11:47 am | Department of Conservation

Three new takahē arrived in Wellington this week and another is moving between pest-free islands. The movements will help provide companions for birds who have lost their elderly mates this year. Department of Conservation staff transferred a male bird, ... More >>

Protect Our Iconic Kauri Forests These Holidays

Wednesday, 20 December 2017, 9:47 am | The Tree Council Inc

The Tree Council is calling on everyone to do their bit to protect our iconic kauri forests this Christmas as people pack their cars ready to head off for the holidays. More >>

Use of grass fungi saving NZ billions

Tuesday, 19 December 2017, 1:10 pm | AgResearch

Fungi that live within grasses are being harnessed by scientists to save the New Zealand economy billions of dollars. More >>

A year of new knowledge

Tuesday, 19 December 2017, 11:14 am | NIWA

It’s been a year of discovery for NIWA scientists who now know more than they did 12 months ago – their top five discoveries for the year range from the bottom of the ocean to the top of the atmosphere. Kaikoura canyon post earthquake More >>

Warning Against Gene-Drive Hype

Tuesday, 19 December 2017, 10:33 am | GE Free NZ

The media and community consultations promoting the conceptual gene drive project “Genetic Biocontrol of Invasive Rodents” (GBIRd) seriously underestimate dangers and need to be informed by lessons from previous cutting-edge GE animal experiments ... More >>

Frequently Asked Questions About Kauri Dieback

Tuesday, 19 December 2017, 7:42 am | The Tree Council Inc

A. A microscopic water mould called Phytophthora agathidicida . It is new to science and lives in the soil and has two forms. The soil form is in tough spores called oospores that can survive in dried soil on boots and equipment for up to 8 years ... More >>

Student combating tuberculosis with algorithms

Monday, 18 December 2017, 3:03 pm | Lincoln University

A Lincoln student is hunting for a universal vaccine for over 140 strains of tuberculosis (TB) which kill 1.4 million people every year worldwide, in a computer lab. More >>

SfTI Challenge Researcher Numbers Near 200

Monday, 18 December 2017, 10:11 am | National Science Challenges

Nearly 200 Science for Technological Innovation (SfTI) National Science Challenge researchers now work on 35 projects at 25 local, and four international, organisations. More >>

Research Shows Kauri Dieback Older Than We Thought

Monday, 18 December 2017, 10:09 am | Lincoln University

Phytophthora agathidicida (PTA), the fungus-like organism that causes kauri dieback, has been in New Zealand much longer than previously thought, a study led by Bio-Protection Research Centre researchers based at Massey University suggests. More >>

Scientists Explore Deepest Parts of the Kermadec Trench

Monday, 18 December 2017, 8:13 am | NIWA

Scientists exploring the Kermadec Trench believe they have retrieved the deepest ever sediment sample from the bottom of the ocean using a wire-deployed corer. The sample was obtained a week ago at 9994m deep in a mission that took six hours to ... More >>

Science Deadline: SMC seeks a new director, coastal hazards

Friday, 15 December 2017, 4:44 pm | Science Media Centre

Science Deadline: SMC seeks a new director, coastal hazards report released, and NZ's ancient giant penguin More >>

Warning to plan now for sea level rise - Expert reaction

Friday, 15 December 2017, 3:20 pm | Science Media Centre

A report from the Ministry for the Environment has warned that New Zealand lacks a coordinated plan to deal with future climate change. More >>

Christmas Day forecasts

Friday, 15 December 2017, 3:00 pm | MetService

Initial forecasts for Christmas Day will appear on the MetService website tomorrow (Saturday), offering a first glimpse of the expected weather for festivities around the country. However, MetService meteorologists caution that there’s still some ... More >>

Wildlife benefit from road reopening

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 5:18 pm | Forest and Bird

A group of international seabird scientists will be among the first using the reopened highway to Kaikoura tomorrow. More >>

NZ 'monster bird' bones reveal an ancient penguin

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 4:40 pm | Alan Tennyson

An artist’s reconstruction of Kumimanu biceae , a giant ancient penguin, from fossils found in New Zealand. Reconstruction by G Mayr/Senckenberg Research Institute , CC BY-ND More >>

New discovery finds starving white dwarfs are binge eaters

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 2:21 pm | University of Canterbury

Embargoed until 14 December 2017 New Zealand Time (1800 London time / 1300 US Eastern Time on 13 December 2017). More >>